Use of functional and structural brain imaging to investigate schizophrenia and first episode psychosis, including risk factors such as cannabis use. Research using MRI, ERPs and neuropsychological testing to study auditory sensory memory function in young people at increased risk for the development of psychosis. Collaborative research with colleragues at KU Leuven (Belgium), Kings College London (UK), Universidade Federale de Santa Maria (Brazil), Kyambogo University (Uganda) and University of Sydney. Recent research interests include brain plasticity in neuropsychiatry, efficacy of computerised cognitive remediation training in schizophrenia, and lifestyle interventions to improve physical and mental health outcomes in first episode psychosis and established severe mental illness.
Broad Research Areas:
Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Neuroscience, Lifestyle intervention
BMedSc, PhD UNSW
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Australian Neuroscience Society (1983 -)., Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (1981 -)., Australasian Society for Biological Psychiatry, (Foundation Member 1987 -), (Executive Member, 1993 -), (Secretary/Treasurer 1997), (Chairperson, 1998 - 2005), Advisory Board, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Scientific Advisory Committee, Australian Brain Donor Program, Society for Neuroscience (1995- ), Cognitive Neuroscience Society (2000- ), Organisation for Human Brain Mapping (2001- )
Specific Research Keywords:
fMRI, Cognition, MRI, Electrophysiology, Schizophrenia