Dr Sarah   Baracz
Senior Research Associate

Dr Sarah Baracz

Science
School of Psychology

Sarah is currently a Senior Research Associate in the School of Psychology. She completed her PhD in 2015, and since then has held a post-doctoral research position at the University of Sydney, a visiting post-doctoral position at Yale University, and was a Lecturer at Macquarie University. Her research has significantly furthered the understanding of the neurocircuitry involved in oxytocin as a therapy for drug addiction, it has progressed the development of novel oxytocin compounds, and has probed the neural mechanisms common to drug addiction and depression. Most recently, Sarah has been investigating the link between early life stress and later-life vulnerability for drug addiction. Sarah’s clinical skills have enabled her to contribute to public health research in drug addiction in Australia, and she continues to use these skills in ongoing neuropsychological studies in children’s hospitals. Sarah has been invited to speak at international meetings, her research is highly cited and has been disseminated through nationally televised media and online magazines.

Publications:

  • Thornton, J.L. Everett, N.A., Webb, P., Turner, A.J., Cornish, J.L. & Baracz, S.J. (2021). Adolescent oxytocin administration reduces depression-like behaviour induced by early life stress in male and female rats. Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 110, 110279. 

  • Everett, N.A., Carey, H.A., Cornish, J.L., & Baracz, S.J (2020). Sign tracking predicts cue-induced but not drug-primed reinstatement to methamphetamine seeking in rats: Effects of oxytocin treatment. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 34, 1271-1279.

  • Everett, N.A., Turner, A.J., Costa, P.A., Baracz, S.J., & Cornish, J.L (2021). The vagus nerve mediates the suppressing effects of peripherally administered oxytocin on methamphetamine self-administration and seeking in rats. Neuropsychopharmacology, 46, 297-304.

  • Everett, N.A., & Baracz, S.J (2020). A piriform-orbitofrontal cortex pathway drives relapse to fentanyl-seeking after voluntary abstinence. Journal of Neuroscience, 40(43), 8208-8210.

  • Baracz, S.J., Everett, N.A., Robinson, K.J., Campbell, G.R., & Cornish, J.L (2020). Maternal separation changes maternal care, anxiety-like behaviour and expression of paraventricular oxytocin and corticotropin-releasing factor immunoreactivity in lactating rats. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 32(6), e12861.

  • Green, T., Baracz, S.J., Everett, N., Robinson, K.J., & Cornish, J.L (2020). Differential effects of GABAA receptor activation in the prelimbic and orbitofrontal cortices on anxiety. Psychopharmacology, 1-11.

  • Hall, F.S., Amato, D., & Baracz, S.J (2020). Opportunities for innovation and translation in behavioral neuroscience. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 195, 172957.

  • Everett, N., Baracz, S., & Cornish, J (2020). The effect of chronic oxytocin treatment during abstinence from methamphetamine self-administration on incubation of craving, reinstatement, and anxiety. Neuropsychopharmacology, 45, 597-605.

  • Everett, N., Baracz, S., & Cornish, J. (2019). Oxytocin treatment in the prelimbic cortex reduces relapse to methamphetamine-seeking and is associated with reduced activity in the rostral nucleus accumbens core. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behaviour, 183, 64-71.

  • Everett, N. A., Baracz, S. J., McGregor, I. S., & Cornish, J. L (2018). The interaction of the vasopressin V1a receptor and oxytocin in the nucleus accumbens core in reducing reinstatement to methamphetamine-seeking behaviour in rats. Neuropharmacology, 133, 1-11.

  • Hay, G.L.*, Baracz, S.J.*, Everett, N. A., Roberts, J., Arnold, J., McGregor, I. S., & Cornish, J. L (2018). Cannabidiol treatment reduces methamphetamine self-administration and drug-primed relapse in rats. Journal of Pharmacology, 32(12), 1369-1378. *indicates joint first author

  • Addy, N.I., Nunes, E.J., Hughley, S.M., Small, K.M., Baracz, S.J., Haight, J.L., & Rajadhyaksha, A.M (2018). The L-type calcium channel blocker, isradipine, attenuates cue-induced cocaine-seeking by enhancing dopaminergic activity in the ventral tegmental area to nucleus accumbens pathway. Neuropsychopharmacology, 43, 2361-2372.

  • Hicks, C., Cornish, J. L., Baracz, S. J., Suraev, A., & McGregor, I. S (2016). Adolescent pretreatment with oxytocin protects against adult methamphetamine-seeking behavior in female rats. Addiction Biology, 21(2):304-315.

  • Baracz, S. J., Everett, N. A., McGregor, I. S., & Cornish, J. L (2016). Oxytocin in the nucleus accumbens core reduces reinstatement of methamphetamine-seeking behaviour in rats. Addiction Biology, 21(2):316-325.

  • Baracz, S. J., Parker, L.M., Suraev, A.S., Everett, N.A., Goodchild, A.K., McGregor, I.S., and Cornish, J.L (2016). Chronic methamphetamine self-administration dysregulates oxytocin plasma levels and oxytocin receptor fibre density in the nucleus accumbens core and subthalamic nucleus of the rat. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 28, 10.1111/jne.12337.

  • Hicks, C., Ramos, L., Dampney, B., Baracz, S.J., McGregor, I.S., and Hunt, G (2016). Regional c-Fos expression induced by peripheral oxytocin administration is prevented by the vasopressin 1A receptor antagonist SR49059. Brain Research Bulletin, 127, 208-218.

  • Baracz, S. J., Everett, N.A., and Cornish, J.L (2015). The involvement of oxytocin in the subthalamic nucleus on relapse to methamphetamine-seeking behaviour. PLoS ONE, 10(8): e0136132.

  • Baracz, S. J., and Cornish, J. L (2013). Oxytocin modulates dopamine-related reward in the rat subthalamic nucleus. Hormones and Behavior, 63(2):370-375.

  • Baracz, S. J., Rourke, P. I., Pardey, M. C., Hunt, G. E., McGregor, I. S., and Cornish, J. L (2012). Oxytocin directly administered into the nucleus accumbens core or subthalamic nucleus attenuates methamphetamine-induced conditioned place preference. Behavioural Brain Research, 228(1):185-193.

Reviews:

  • Baracz, S.J., Everett, N.A., and Cornish, J.L (2020). The impact of early life stress on the central oxytocin system and susceptibility for drug addiction: applicability of oxytocin as a pharmacotherapy. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 110, 114-132.

  • Baracz, S. J., and Cornish, J. L (2016). The neurocircuitry involved in oxytocin modulation of methamphetamine addiction. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 43, 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yfrne.2016.08.001.

Phone
+61 (2) 9385 0333

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Everett NA; Turner AJ; Costa PA; Baracz SJ; Cornish JL, 2021, 'The vagus nerve mediates the suppressing effects of peripherally administered oxytocin on methamphetamine self-administration and seeking in rats', Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 46, pp. 297 - 304, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41386-020-0719-7
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Thornton JL; Everett NA; Webb P; Turner AJ; Cornish JL; Baracz SJ, 2021, 'Adolescent oxytocin administration reduces depression-like behaviour induced by early life stress in adult male and female rats', Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, vol. 110, pp. 110279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2021.110279
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Everett NA; Baracz SJ; Cornish JL, 2020, 'The effect of chronic oxytocin treatment during abstinence from methamphetamine self-administration on incubation of craving, reinstatement, and anxiety', Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 45, pp. 597 - 605, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41386-019-0566-6
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Baracz SJ; Everett NA; Cornish JL, 2020, 'The impact of early life stress on the central oxytocin system and susceptibility for drug addiction: Applicability of oxytocin as a pharmacotherapy', Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 110, pp. 114 - 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.08.014
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Baracz SJ; Everett NA; Robinson KJ; Campbell GR; Cornish JL, 2020, 'Maternal separation changes maternal care, anxiety-like behaviour and expression of paraventricular oxytocin and corticotrophin-releasing factor immunoreactivity in lactating rats', Journal of Neuroendocrinology, vol. 32, pp. e12861, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jne.12861
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Green TA; Baracz SJ; Everett NA; Robinson KJ; Cornish JL, 2020, 'Differential effects of GABAA receptor activation in the prelimbic and orbitofrontal cortices on anxiety', Psychopharmacology, vol. 237, pp. 3237 - 3247, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00213-020-05606-9
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Everett NA; Baracz SJ, 2020, 'A piriform-orbitofrontal cortex pathway drives relapse to fentanyl-seeking after voluntary abstinence', Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 40, pp. 8208 - 8210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1295-20.2020
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Hall FS; Amato D; Baracz SJ, 2020, 'Opportunities for innovation and translation in behavioral neuroscience', Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, vol. 195, pp. 172957, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pbb.2020.172957
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Everett NA; Carey HA; Cornish JL; Baracz SJ, 2020, 'Sign tracking predicts cue-induced but not drug-primed reinstatement to methamphetamine seeking in rats: Effects of oxytocin treatment', Journal of Psychopharmacology, vol. 34, pp. 1271 - 1279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269881120954052
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Everett N; Baracz S; Cornish J, 2019, 'Oxytocin treatment in the prelimbic cortex reduces relapse to methamphetamine-seeking and is associated with reduced activity in the rostral nucleus accumbens core', Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, vol. 183, pp. 64 - 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pbb.2019.06.002
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Hay GL; Baracz SJ; Everett NA; Roberts J; Costa PA; Arnold JC; McGregor IS; Cornish JL, 2018, 'Cannabidiol treatment reduces the motivation to self-administer methamphetamine and methamphetamine-primed relapse in rats', Journal of Psychopharmacology, vol. 32, pp. 1369 - 1378, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269881118799954
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Addy NA; Nunes EJ; Hughley SM; Small KM; Baracz SJ; Haight JL; Rajadhyaksha AM, 2018, 'The L-type calcium channel blocker, isradipine, attenuates cue-induced cocaine-seeking by enhancing dopaminergic activity in the ventral tegmental area to nucleus accumbens pathway', Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 43, pp. 2361 - 2372, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41386-018-0080-2
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Everett NA; McGregor IS; Baracz SJ; Cornish JL, 2018, 'The role of the vasopressin V1A receptor in oxytocin modulation of methamphetamine primed reinstatement', Neuropharmacology, vol. 133, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropharm.2017.12.036
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Baracz SJ; Cornish JL, 2016, 'The neurocircuitry involved in oxytocin modulation of methamphetamine addiction', Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, vol. 43, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yfrne.2016.08.001
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Baracz SJ; Parker LM; Suraev AS; Everett NA; Goodchild AK; Mcgregor IS; Cornish JL, 2016, 'Chronic Methamphetamine Self-Administration Dysregulates Oxytocin Plasma Levels and Oxytocin Receptor Fibre Density in the Nucleus Accumbens Core and Subthalamic Nucleus of the Rat', Journal of Neuroendocrinology, vol. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jne.12337
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Hicks C; Ramos L; Dampney B; Baracz SJ; McGregor IS; Hunt GE, 2016, 'Regional c-Fos expression induced by peripheral oxytocin administration is prevented by the vasopressin 1A receptor antagonist SR49059', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 127, pp. 208 - 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brainresbull.2016.10.005
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Baracz SJ; Everett NA; McGregor IS; Cornish JL, 2016, 'Oxytocin in the nucleus accumbens core reduces reinstatement of methamphetamine-seeking behaviour in rats', Addiction Biology, vol. 21, pp. 316 - 325, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/adb.12198
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Hicks C; Cornish JL; Baracz SJ; Suraev A; McGregor IS, 2016, 'Adolescent pre-treatment with oxytocin protects against adult methamphetamine-seeking behavior in female rats', Addiction Biology, vol. 21, pp. 304 - 315, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/adb.12197
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Baracz SJ; Everett NA; Cornish JL, 2015, 'The involvement of oxytocin in the subthalamic nucleus on relapse to methamphetamine-seeking behaviour', PLoS ONE, vol. 10, pp. e0136132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0136132
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Baracz SJ; Cornish JL, 2013, 'Oxytocin modulates dopamine-mediated reward in the rat subthalamic nucleus', Hormones and Behavior, vol. 63, pp. 370 - 375, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2012.12.003
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Baracz SJ; Cornish JL, 2013, 'Corrigendum to "Oxytocin modulates dopamine-mediated reward in the rat subthalamic nucleus" [Horm. Behav. 60 (2013) 370-375]', Hormones and Behavior, vol. 64, pp. 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2013.04.013
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Sarah Baracz
    Baracz SJ; Rourke PI; Pardey MC; Hunt GE; McGregor IS; Cornish JL, 2012, 'Oxytocin directly administered into the nucleus accumbens core or subthalamic nucleus attenuates methamphetamine-induced conditioned place preference', Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 228, pp. 185 - 193, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2011.11.038

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