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OUR ACADEMICS

Professor Tony Paolini
MPsych PhD MAPS
ISN Psychology Head and President

Qualifications:

1987-1989 BSc The University of Melbourne Major in Physiology and Psychology
1990 BSc (Hons – Physiol) The University of Melbourne Department of Physiology
1992-1993 BSc (Hons – Psych) The University of Melbourne Department of Psychology
1991-1994 PhD The University of Melbourne Department of Physiology
2001-2005 M.Psych (Clin. Near) The University of Melbourne Department of Psychology

Professional Membership

APS Australian Psychological Society, Registration as Psychologist with AHPRA, Psychology Board of Australia

Teaching and University Full Time Experience Last 5 Years

2007-2012 Reader and Associate Professor, School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University
Subjects taught include: Behavioural Neuroscience 1 and 2, Applied Neuroscience, Third Year Project supervision. Honours, Masters and PhD supervision.

2012-present Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University

2012-present Professor in Psychology, School of Health Sciences, RMIT University
Subjects taught: Science of Human Nature, Psychopathology, Advanced Topics in Psychology, Biological Basis of Behaviour, Brain and Behaviour.

2013-2015 Head of Psychology, School of Health Sciences, RMIT University ​

Research

Publications for the past five years:

  1. Barutchu A., Crewther SG, Fifer J.M., Shivdasani M.N., Innes-Brown H., Toohey S, Danaher J. and Paolini A.G. (2011) The Relationship between Multisensory Integration and IQ in Children. Develop. Psychol. 47(3): 877-85

  2. Innes-Brown H. Barutchu A., Shivdasani M.N., Crewther D.B., Paolini A.G. (2011) Susceptibility to the flash-beep illusion is increased in children compared to adults. Develop. Sci. 14, 1089-99.

  3. MacDonald L., Radler M., Paolini A.G.  and  Kent S. (2011) Calorie restriction attenuates LPS-induced sickness behaviour and shifts hypothalamic signalling pathways to an anti-inflammatory bias. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 301, R172-84. IF 3.28

  4. Guccione L., Paolini A.G., Penman J. and Djourma E. (2012) The effects of calorie restriction on operant responding for alcohol. Behav. Brain Res. 230, 281-7. IF 3.391

  5. Morgan S and Paolini A.G. (2012) Behavioural determination of stimulus pair discrimination of auditory acoustic and electrical stimuli using a classical conditioning and heart-rate approach.  J. Vis. Exp. (64), e3598, DOI: 10.3791/3598

  6. Allitt B.J., Morgan S. Bell S., Nayagam D., Arhatari, B., Clark G.M. and Paolini A.G. (2012)  Midbrain responses to micro-stimulation of the cochlea using high density thin-film arrays. Hearing Research 287(1-2):30-42. IF 2.848

  7. Arhatari B.D., Harris A.R., Paolini A.G., Peele A.G. (2012) Enhanced imaging for a thin film cochlear implant with metal artifacts using phase retrieval tomography. J. Appl. Phys. 111, 114904 IF 2.185

  8. Mauger S.J., Shivdasani M.N., Rathbone G.D., Paolini A.G. (2012) An invivo investigation of inferior colliculus single neuron responses to cochlear nucleus pulse train stimulation. J. Neurophysiol. 108, 2999-3008 IF 3.30

  9. Harris A.R., Morgan S.J., Chen J., Kapsa R.M.I., Wallace G.G. and Paolini  A.G. (2013) Conducting polymer coated neural recording electrodes. J. Neural. Eng. 10(1):016004 IF 3.415

  10. Guccione L., Djourma E., Penman J. and Paolini A.G. (2013) Calorie restriction inhibits relapse behavior and preference for alcohol within a two bottle free choice paradigm in the alcohol preferring (iP) rat. Physiology and  Behaviour, 110-111, 34-41   IF 3.033

  11. Allitt B.J., Benjaminsen C, Morgan S. and Paolini A.G. (2013) Intralaminar neural activation of the inferior colliculus facilitates frequency-specific activation in the auditory cortex. J. Neural. Eng. 10(4):046008. IF 3.415

  12. Harris A.R., Morgan S.J., Wallace G.G and Paolini A.G. (2014) A Method for Systematic Electrochemical and Electrophysiological Evaluation of Neural Recording Electrodes. J Vis Exp. 85: doi: 10.3791/51084.

  13. MacDonald L., Hazi A., Paolini A.G. and  Kent S. (2014) Calorie restriction dose-dependently abates lipopolysaccharide-induced fever, sickness behavior, and circulating interleukin-6 while increasing corticosterone. Brain Behav Immun 40:18-26 IF 6.128

  14. Govic A., Bell V., Samuel A., Penman J., Paolini AG (2014) Calorie restriction and corticosterone elevation during lactation can each modulate adult male fear and anxiety-like behaviour.  Hormones and Behavior 66(4):591-601 IF 4.511

  15. Govic A. and Paolini A.G. (2015) In vivo electrophysiological recordings in amygdala subnuclei reveal selective and distinct responses to a behaviorally identified predator odor. J. Neurophysiology, in press IF 3.30

  16. Harris, A., Molino, P., Kapsa, R., Clark, GM.,  Paolini, AG. and Wallace, G. (2015) Correlation of Impedance and Effective Electrode Area of Doped PEDOT Modified Electrodes for Brain-Machine Interfaces. Analyst, 7;140(9): 3164-74  IF 3.906

  17. Spencer MJ, Nayagam DA, Clarey JC, Paolini AG, Meffin H, Burkitt AN, Grayden DB. (2015) Broadband onset inhibition can suppress spectral splatter in the auditory brainstem.  PLoS One. 15;10(5):e0126500. IF 3.534

  18. Barry KM., Paolini AG., Robertson D and Mulders WHAM (2015) Modulation of medial geniculate nucleus neuronal activity by electrical stimulation of the nucleus accembens. Neuroscience 12;308:1-10

  19. Harris, A., Molino, P., Kapsa, R., Clark, GM., Paolini, AG. and Wallace, G. (2015) Correction to Optical and Electrochemical Methods for Determining the Effective Area and Charge Density of Conducting Polymer Modified Electrodes for Neural Stimulation. Analytical Chemistry 87(22):11600 IF 5.825

  20. Govic A., Penman J, Tammer AH and Paolini AG (2016) Paternal calorie restriction prior to conception alters anxiety-like behavior of the adult rat progeny. Psychoneuroendochonology 64: 1-11.

  21. Allitt B. J. Harris, A.R., Morgan S.J., Clark, G. M. and Paolini, A.G. (2016) Neurophysiological responses to micro-electrode stimulation in the cochlea of deafened rats. Hearing Research 331:13-26 IF 2.8

  22. Lee G., Zambetta F, Xiaodong L and Paolini AG (2016) Utilising Reinforcement Learning to Develop Strategies for Driving Auditory Neural Implants.  J. Neural Engineering 19; 13(4): 046027

  23. Harris, A. R., Molino, P. J., Paolini, A. G. & Wallace, G. G. (2016). Effective area and charge density of chondroitin sulphate doped PEDOT modified electrodes. Electrochimica Acta, 197 99-106.

  24. Harris, A. R., Hutchinson, R., Molino, P. J., Kapsa, R. M. I., Clark, G. M., Paolini, A. G. & Wallace, G. G. (2016). Correlation of impedance and effective electrode area of dextran sulfate doped PEDOT modified electrodes. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 163 (7), H534-H540.

Grants last past five years:

ARC- Centre of Excellence in Electromaterial Sciences: Wallace GG, Officer DL, MacFarlane DR, Clark, GM, Forsyth M, Kane-Maguire LA, Innis PC, Spinks GM, Brown HR, Too, CO,Price WE,Liu, HK, Spiccia L,Dodds SM, Keller PA, Minett AI, Cheng Y, Alici G, Kapsa RM.,Paolini AG, $19,472,324

ARC Discovery Grant  2015-2017 DP150102496 Neural network underlying memory erasure. Jee Hyun Kim and Antonio Paolini, $355,000

Research supervision past five years:

20 Honours Students in Psychology
2 Masters of Psychology (Clinical)
4 PhD Students

Professor Tony Paolini MPsych (Clin Neuro) PhD MAPS is President of ISN PSychology. He is an internationally recognised scientist. He has qualifications in psychology (MPsych – Clin Neuro) and in Neuroscience (PhD). He was Head of the Auditory Clinical Neuroscience Unit at the Bionic Ear Institute and worked on the continued development of the cochlear implant examining the relationship between the brain’s ability to hear sounds in noise and its relationship to intelligence and higher-level cognitive functioning. At ISN he applies his knowledge of neuroscience and psychology to provide a further understanding of how the environment we live in helps shape our behaviour and mental health.  He is currently a Professor of Psychology at RMIT University, Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and holds adjunct positions at La Trobe University and The University of Melbourne.  Professor Paolini was the Head of Psychology at RMIT University overseeing more than 10 staff members and over 500 students enrolled in the program.

Associate Professor Patricia Melzer
MPsych PhD MAPS
Director of Professional Programs

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Behavioural Science, La Trobe University, 1983.

Master of Psychology, La Trobe University, 1986.

PhD – RMIT University, Discipline of Psychology, 2011

Professional Membership

Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PSYBA0001118387)
Endorsement in Clinical Psychology
Approved Registered Supervisor of provisional psychologists and interns
Member of the Australian Psychological Society
Member of College of Clinical Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society
Founding Member, Australian Clinical Psychology Association
Registered with Medicare as a provider of Clinical Psychology Services
Registered service provider with Victims of Crime Referral Services
Registered service provider with Victorian Workcover Authority
Registered service provider with Victorian TAC

Teaching and University Full time Experience Last 5 Years

Numerous senior roles in public mental health services.
2009 Full time senior lecturer at RMIT University
Currently coordinator of the Master of Clinical Psychology programme.

Research

Journal Articles:

Centofanti, A.T., Smith, D. I., Altieri, T. (2005). Posttraumatic stress disorder as a reaction to the experiences of psychosis and its sequelae. Clinical Psychologist, 9, 15-23.

Lo Nigro, J. & Altieri, T. (2010). Community support workers’ attitudes towards clients with borderline personality disorder. New Paradigm, Summer 2010/11, 55-59.

Dubois, J. Altieri, T., & Schembri, A. (2013). Thinking yourself fat: The perceived relationship between thoughts and body shape. Clinical Psychologist, doi:10.1111/cp.12015

Ross, A . & Melzer, T. (2015). Beliefs as barriers to healthy eating and physical activity. Australian Journal of Psychology doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12103

Ryan, M., & Melzer,T. (2015) Delusions in Schizophrenia: Where are we and where do we need to go? International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology 1:115. doi: 10.4172/ijscp.1000115

Books:

Nesci, J., Smith, D., & Altieri, T. (2009). Subgroups of Borderline Personality Disorder: Identification and clinical utility. Saarbrucken, Germany. VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG. ISBN: 9783639220278

Thesis Supervision:

Cvetanovski, A. (2014) Mindful Embodiment: Preliminary Investigation of the Relationship
Between Body Image Dissatisfaction and Mindfulness, and the Effectiveness of Two Pilot
Interventions for Adult Men and Women. (Second Supervisor). DPsych.

Current Research Students:

3 PhD Students
1 MPsych (Res)
4 MPsych (Coursework)

Research Interests

​Body Image
Impact of interventions on carers in Parkinson’s disease
Food addiction
Restricted calorie diet on the individual’s relationship with food and mood.

Dr Trish Melzer MPsych PhD MAPS is a senior clinical psychologist and has extensive experience (30+ years) working with adults, adolescents, and children and their families in public and private settings. In the public sector she has worked with children with disabilities and their families in community settings; in an early intervention program for pre-school aged children; and with adults and their families in public psychiatric hospitals and community services. Dr. Melzer is a graduate from La Trobe University (BBSc, MPsych) and RMIT University (PhD) and is a trained specialist in the use of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) with individuals across disorders and age ranges. In addition, she is an expert in the provision of therapy interventions to individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, and those who have experienced traumatic events. She is also skilled at mindfulness-based interventions. Dr Melzer is endorsed in the area of Clinical Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia. Dr. Melzer works with individuals with a wide variety of complex and chronic problems in living. This includes older adolescents and adults with anxiety and mood management problems; victims of crime or other traumatic events; and those with difficulties in the area of weight management and overeating.

Associate Professor Phillip Kavanagh

Associate Professor of Evolutionary Psychology

BSc(Hons), PhD, PGDipClinPsych

Associate Professor Phil Kavanagh BSc(Hons) PhD PGDipClinPsych is currently the Acting Associate Head of School: Research, the Discipline Head: Psychology, and the Program Director for the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia (UniSA). Associate Professor Kavanagh currently lectures across both the undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programs, provides research supervision to honours, master’s, and PhD students, and clinical supervision to students in the clinical program at UniSA. Associate Professor Kavanagh will be joining ISN in January 2018 as Associate Professor of Evolutionary Psychology and Head of Psychology; alongside holding a position as Principal Research fellow with the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Associate Professor Kavanagh started his degree at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch (NZ) in 1999 as a ‘mature age’ student, graduating in 2002 with a BSc(Hons) 1st class in Psychology. From there, he went on to complete both a PhD and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsych) concurrently; completing both in 2008. Associate Professor Kavanagh’s professional experiences have been varied and diverse, covering university settings, hospital settings, residential treatment facilities, clinical research projects, and clinical practice. He has worked in government organisations, non-government organisation, and privately.

Dr Rosalind Case
BSocSc (Hons), MSocSc, GDipPsych(Clin), PhD
Clinical Director/ Senior Lecturer/ Researcher

Qualifications:

1999-2000            Certificate in Care for the Elderly, Aged Care Education, NZ

1999-2000            Certificate in Care of the Elderly with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, NZ

2002-2006            Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ

2008-2009            Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (1st class), University of Waikato, NZ

2009-2009            National Certificate in Maori Studies, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Hamilton, NZ

2008-2009            Master of Social Sciences in Psychology (1st class), University of Waikato, NZ

2008-2010            Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ

2011-2014            PhD (Psychology), University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ

Professional memberships

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist (PSY0001849755)
  • Member of the College of Clinical Psychologist and an Endorsed Supervisor
  • Member International Neuropsychological Society (2016-Present)
  • Member Australian Psychological Society (2014-Present)
  • Member New Zealand Psychological Society (2009-2013)

Teaching and University Full-time Experience Last 5 years:

  • Jan 2017- Present Sessional Teaching Associate/ Clinical Supervisor, Monash Psychology Centre, Monash University, VIC
  • Apr 2016-Present Research Fellow, Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC), Monash University, VIC
  • 2014-Present Lecturer/ Coordinator Graduate Diploma of Psychology, The Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2012-2014 Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Waikato
  • 2011-2014 Clinical Research Fellow, Health Research Council of New Zealand

Clinical Work History:

  • Nov 2016 – Present Honorary Clinical Psychologist, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Alfred Hospital, VIC
  • 2014-Present Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Case Psychology, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2012-2014 Clinical Psychologist, Te Aka Kura – Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Service; Nga Kupenga Aroha – Perinatal Mental Health Service Hauora Waikato – Maori Mental Health Group, Hamilton, NZ
  • 2011-2014 Clinical Psychologist, Case Psychology, Hamilton/ Tauranga NZ
  • Dec 2009-2010 Psychologist, The Psychology Centre, Hamilton, NZ
    Department of Corrections Psychological Service, Hamilton, NZ
  • Aug-Dec 2009 Psychology Assistant, Child Development Centre
    Health Waikato, Hamilton, NZ
  • Mar-Oct 2009 Clinical Psychology Trainee, The Psychology Centre, Hamilton
    Health Waikato Child Development Centre
  • 2006-2007 Behavioural Therapist, Centre for Autism and Related Disorders, Auckland, NZ
  • 2003-2006 Clinical Administrator, Wilson Carlile Rest Home, Hamilton, NZ
  • 2003-2004 Support Worker, Victim Support, Hamilton, NZ
  • 1999-2001 Diversional Therapy Assistant, Wilson Carlile Rest Home, Hamilton, NZ
  • 1997-1999 Caregiver, Wilson Carlile Rest Home, Hamilton, NZ

UNITS LECTURED AND CONVENED

Masters Level

Clinical Health Psychology

Fourth Year Level

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Psychological Assessment

Professional Practice and Professional Ethics

Research

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Bray, J., Smith, K., Case, R., Cartledge, S., Straney, L., & Finn, J. (2017). A cross-sectional survey of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and awareness of hands-only CPR: an Australian perspective. Emergency Medicine Australasia. doi 10.1111/1742-6723.12720.
  • Case, R. J. L., Cornsweet Barber, C., & Starkey, N. J. (2015). The psychosocial needs of parents and children utilising paediatric outpatient clinics in New Zealand. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12949

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, SEMINARS AND INVITED TALKS

  • Bray, J. E., Straney, L., Smith, K., Cartledge, S., Case, R, Bernard, S., & Finn, J. (2016). Regions with low rates of bystander CPR also have lower rates of residents with CPR training: A telephone survey of residents in Victoria, Australia. Poster presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions, Nov 2016, New Orleans, United States.
  • Rubino, C., Case, R. J. L., & Anderson, A. (2015). Internalised homophobia and depression: Mediating factors in lesbian women. Paper presented at the 50th Australian Psychological Society Conference, Aug 15, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Case, R. J. L. (2015). Concussion: Implications Across the Lifespan. Invited talk at the Melbourne Mental Health Professionals Network (Preston), Apr 15 Melbourne, Australia
  • Starkey, N., Willix-Payne, D. J., Case, R. J. L., Jones, K. M., Barker-Collo, S., Feigin, V. L. (2014). Mild traumatic brain injury in childhood: Effects on behaviour, executive function and academic achievement. Paper presented at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Jul 14, Paris, France.
  • Case, R. J. L., Starkey, N., Jones, K., Barker-Collo, S., & Feigin, V. (2013). Developmental Functioning in Children After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Neuropsychological Outcomes 12-Months Post-Injury, School Functioning and Teacher Perspectives. Paper presented at the XVI European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland. Retrieved from http://wp.unil.ch/ecdp2013/files/2013/08/Abstract-Book-2-9-13.pdf
  • Case, R. J. L., Starkey, N., Jones, K., Barker-Collo, S., & Feigin, V. (2013). Mild Traumatic Brain Injury at School: Teacher Perspectives and Educating Educators. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Mid-Year Meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Case, R. J. L., Starkey, N., Jones, K., Barker-Collo, S., & Feigin, V. (2013). The Impact of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on Developmental Functioning in Children: 12-month Outcomes from the COBIC Study. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society 41st Annual Meeting, Waikoloa, Hawai’i, United States.
  • Case, R. J. L., Starkey, N., Jones, K., Barker-Collo, S., & Feigin, V. (2012). The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on Developmental Functioning in Children: Mild TBI at Home and School. Paper presented at the New Zealand Psychological Society and New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists Joint Annual Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Case, R. J. L., Cornsweet Barber, C., & Starkey, N. (2010). Psychosocial Needs of Parents and Children Using Paediatric Outpatient Clinics. Paper presented at the New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference (Primary Health Symposium), Rotorua, New Zealand.
  • Case, R. J. L., Cornsweet Barber, C., & Starkey, N. (2009). Psychosocial Needs of Parents and Children Using Paediatric Outpatient Clinics. Paper presented at the 62nd Paediatric Society of New Zealand’s Annual Scientific Meeting, Hamilton, New Zealand.
  • Case, R. J. L., Cornsweet Barber, C., & Starkey, N. (2009). Psychosocial Needs of Parents and Children Using Paediatric Outpatient Clinics. Paper presented at the University of Waikato Annual Graduate Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

MEDIA CONTENT

  • Case, R. J. L. (2016). What happens in your brain when you change your mind. Vice. Retrieved from http://www.vice.com/en_au/read/we-asked-a-psychologist-about-what-happens-in-your-brain-when-you-change-your-mind
  • Case, R. J. L. (2014). What you don’t know about concussion. The Hoopla. Retrieved from:
  • http://thehoopla.com.au/7-helpful-concussion-tips/

Research supervision past five years:

  • 6 Masters of Clinical Psychology theses (one current)
  • 8 Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Fourth Year) Theses
  • 1 School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine – Summer Scholarship Programme (Current)

FUNDING AND AWARDS

  • 2015: Australian Resuscitation Council (Victorian Branch) – $10,000
  • 2011: Health Research Council Clinical Research Fellowship – $250,000
  • 2011: University of Waikato Doctoral Award – $90,000
  • 2009: University of Waikato Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Masters Scholarship – $2000
  • 2008: University of Waikato Masters Research Award – $10,000
  • 2008: University of Waikato Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences PGDip Scholarship – $2000
  • 2008: Health Research Council Summer Studentship Scholarship – $4000
  • 2007: University of Waikato Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Honours Scholarship – $1000

Dr Rosalind Case MSocSc(Psych) PGDipPsych(Clin) PhD MAPS is a Senior Lecturer at ISN Psychology, Senior Research Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and Clinic Director at ISN Clinic. After completing her clinical training in New Zealand, Rosalind obtained a PhD in the area of paediatric neuropsychology from the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Rosalind has held research fellowships within the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato, the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, and most recently at the Florey Institute. Her research focuses on the neurocognitive and psychosocial outcomes of injury and illness across the lifespan, including traumatic brain injury and chronic health conditions. Her current research focus is in the area of cardiac arrest outcomes. Rosalind teaches in the areas of clinical and health psychology, developmental psychopathology, psychological assessment and neuropsychology. She is available to supervise graduate students in a range of clinical topics.

In clinical practice, Rosalind is a registered clinical psychologist who specialises in working with both children and adults. She has worked across a wide range of settings in both Australia and New Zealand, including hospitals, prisons, outpatient mental health services and more recently in private practice. She has 20 years experience in the health sector and is able to provide psychological assessment and treatment for a wide range of issues. Rosalind works primarily from a cognitive-behavioural perspective to deliver evidence-based interventions for a range of psychological disorders. She aims to provide sensitive and inclusive care to people from diverse backgrounds. Rosalind is also a board accredited clinical supervisor able to provide supervision to provisional psychologists.

Dr Chris Tailby
MPsych PhD MAPS
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Qualifications:

1995-1998 BA/BSc The Australian National University
1999 Hon – Psych The Australian National University
2000-2004 Ph.D The University of Melbourne
2008-2010 MPsych (Clin Neuro) The University of Melbourne

Professional memberships

Australia Psychological Society; Organisation for Human Brain Mapping; Registration with General Psychologist with AHPRA – Psychology Board of Australia, with endorsement as a Clinical Neuropsychologist

Teaching and University Full time Experience Last 5 Years

2011-present Head of Cognition Laboratory, Epilepsy Division, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
2011-present Honorary Fellow, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
2013-present Guest lecturer, Department of Psychology, Monash University
2015 Guest lecturer, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

Research

Publications Last 5 years

​1. Vaughan, D., Rayner, G., Tailby, C., Jackson, G.D. (2016). MRI-negative Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: a network disorder of neocortical connectivity. Neurology. Accepted: June 22nd, 2016.
2. Tailby, C., Masterton, R.A., Huang, J.Y., Jackson, G.D., & Abbott, D.F. (2015). Resting state functional connectivity changes induced by prior brain state are not network specific. NeuroImage. 106:428-440.
3. Pietersen, A., Cheong, S.K., Solomon, S.G., Tailby, C., & Martin, P.R. (2014). Temporal response properties of koniocellular (blue-on and blue-off) cells in marmoset lateral geniculate nucleus. Journal of Neurophysiology. 112(6):1421-1438.
4. Tailby, C., Weintrob, D.L., Saling, M.M., Fitzgerald, C. & Jackson, G.D. (2014). Reading difficulty is associated with failure to lateralize temporooccipital function. Epilepsia. 55(5):746-753.
5. Gharaei, S., Tailby, C., Solomon, S.S., & Solomon, S.G. (2013). Texture-dependent motion signals in primate area MT. Journal of Physiology. 591(22):5671-5690.
6. Cheong, S.K., Tailby, C., Solomon, S.G. & Martin, P.R. (2013). Cortical-like receptive fields in the lateral geniculate nucleus of marmoset monkeys. Journal of Neuroscience. 33(16):6864-6876.
7. Wilson, S.J., Abbott, D.F., Tailby, C., Gentle, E.C., Merrett, D.L. & Jackson, G.D. (2013). Changes in singing performance and fMRI activation following right temporal lobe surgery. Cortex. 49(9):2512-2524.
8. Tailby, C., Fankhauser, J., Josev, E.K., Saling, M.M. & Jackson, G.D. (2013). Clinical foreign accent syndrome evolving into a multiplicity of accents. Journal of Neurolinguistics. 26(3):348-362.
9. Tailby, C., Cheong, S.K., Pietersen, A.N., Solomon, S.G. & Martin, P.R. (2012). Colour and pattern selectivity of receptive fields in superior colliculus of marmoset monkeys. Journal of Physiology. 590(16): 4061-77.
10. Solomon, S.S.*, Tailby, C.*, Ghareai, S., Camp, A.J., Bourne, J.A. & Solomon, S.G. (2011). Visual motion integration by neurons in the middle temporal (MT) area of a New World monkey, the marmoset. Journal of Physiology. 589(23): 5741-58.
* these authors contributed equally to this work
11. Dhruv, N.T., Tailby, C., Sokol, S.H. & Lennie, P. (2011). Multiple adaptable mechanisms early in the primate visual pathway. Journal of Neuroscience. 31(42): 15016-25.
12. Cheong, S.K., Tailby, C., Martin, P.R., Levitt, J.B., Solomon, S.G. (2011). Slow intrinsic rhythm in the koniocellular visual pathway*. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. 108(35): 14659-63.
13. Camp, A.J., Cheong, S.K., Tailby, C., & Solomon, S.G. (2011). The impact of brief exposure to high contrast on the contrast response of neurons in primate lateral geniculate nucleus. Journal of Neurophysiology. 106(3): 1310-21.

Grants Last 5 Years

2012 Pierce Armstrong Foundation research grant, $7000.
2014 NHMRC Project Grant APP1081151 (CIA – New Investigator), Disruption of the ability to simulate one’s personal future: insights from epilepsy and implications for neurosurgical planning and presurgical counselling, $350,000.
2015 Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation Award, $22,000.

Research Supervision Last 5 Years

​2 honours students (Psychology)
1 PhD student (Medicine)

Dr Chris Tailby MPsych (Clin Neuro) PhD MAPS is senior neuropsychologist at the ISN Clinic. He has qualifications in psychology (MPsych – Clinical Neuropsychology) and in Neuroscience (PhD). He holds an area of practice endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Neuropsychologist and is a Psychology Board approved Neuropsychology supervisor. He has worked as a clinical neuropsychologist in a variety of adult settings including aged care, dementia, stroke, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, alcohol related brain injury, movement disorders, general neurology, psychiatry, and capacity assessments. He is also actively engaged in research. His PhD was in the area of sensory systems neuroscience, with an emphasis on the visual system. He is currently head of the Cognition Laboratory within the Epilepsy Division of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. His research uses neuropsychological testing in conjunction with brain imaging to better understand the basis of cognitive and psychological problems in neurological and psychiatric disease.

Dr Helen Nasser

PhD
Senior Lecturer

Qualifications:

2005-2008            B.Sc. Psychology (Hons), School of Psychology, The University of New South Wales

2009-2012            Ph.D. Psychology, The University of New South Wales.

Professional memberships

Society for Neuroscience, Pavlovian Society, Association for Women in Science, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society

Teaching and University Full-time Experience Last 5 years:

2009-2012 University tutor, School of Psychology, The University of New South Wales. Subjects taught include: Psychology 1A and 1B, Learning and Motivation, Psychobiology of Learning and Memory, Psychobiology of Sex, Love and Attraction.

Research

Publications Last 5 years

  1. Nasser HM & McNally GP. (2012). Appetitive – aversive interactions in Pavlovian fear conditioning, Behavioral Neuroscience. 126(3):404 – 422.
  2. Nasser HM & McNally GP. (2013). Neural correlates of appetitive-aversive interactions in Pavlovian fear conditioning. Learning & Memory, 20:220-228.
  3. Nasser HM, Chen YW, Fiscella K. and Calu DJ. (2015). Individual variability in behavioral flexibility predicts sign-tracking tendency.Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 9:289.
  4. Calu DJ, Nasser HM & Shaham, Y. (2015). Unexpected Results on the Role of Nucleus Accumbens Dopamine in Stress-Induced Relapse. Biological Psychiatry, 2015:77(10):848-9.
  5. Nasser HM & Delamater AR. (2016) The Determining Conditions for Pavlovian Learning: Psychological and Neurobiological Consideration, In R. Honey & R. Murphy (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning (pp. 7-47). Cardiff, Wales: Wiley Blackwell.
  6. Nasser HM, Calu DJ, Schoenbaum G, Sharpe MJ. (2017). The dopamine prediction error: considerations for associative reward learning, Frontiers in Psychology,8:244.
  7. Campbell EJ, Barker DJ, Nasser HM, Kaganovsky K, Dayas CV, Marchant NJ. (2017). Cue-induced food seeking after punishment is associated with increase Fos expression in the lateral hypothalamus, and basolateral and medial amygdala. Behavioral Neuroscience,131:2.

Conferences for the last 5 years:

Seminars and Invited Talks

  1. Nasser HM. Neural correlates of appetitive to aversive interactions. Eastern Psychology Association, New York, NY, 2013.
  2. Nasser HM. Dissociating mechanisms of Pavlovian zero contingency procedures. Eastern Psychology Association, Boston, MA, 2014.
  3. Nasser HM. Dissociating mechanisms of Pavlovian zero contingency procedures. Associative Learning Symposium (XVIII), Gregynog, Wales, 2014.
  4. Nasser HM. Timing and associative mechanisms, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS, 2014.
  5. Nasser HM. NIDA Director’s Data Blitz. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore, MD, 2015.
  6. Nasser HM. Disconnection of basolateral amygdala-insular cortex during goal and sign-tracking. Baltimore Brain Series at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore, MD, 2016.
  7. Nasser HM. Role of the basolateral amygdala-insular cortex during goal and sign-tracking. University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 2017.

 

Research Supervision Last 5 Years

2 Neuroscience Research Experience Program students

2 Neuroscience Post-Baccalaureate students

3 Graduate Students –Graduate Rotation program

Dr Helen Nasser is a senior lecturer at ISN. She is a graduate from The University of New South Wales and had qualifications in Psychology (PhD). Her PhD was in the area of behavioural neuroscience, with a specific emphasis on the behavioural and neurobiological mechanism underlying appetitive and aversive interactions. She is actively engaged in research focused on studying the neural circuitry underlying the development of maladaptive behaviors that are elicited in emotionally conflicting environments, a psychological process that is disrupted in individuals with anxiety, addiction, and overeating. Her research uses a combination of classical conditioning approaches with neurobiological tools to assess the neural circuitry in rodent models of anxiety, addiction, and overeating.

Dr. Antonina Govic
PhD
Senior Lecturer
Undergraduate Coordinator

Qualifications:

1999-2003            BBSc La Trobe University, Department of Psychology

2004                       BBSc (Dip-Applied Psych) La Trobe University, Department of Psychology

2005-2008            PhD La Trobe University, Department of Psychology

Professional memberships

ANS Australian Neuroscience Society

Teaching and University Full time Experience Last 5 Years

  • 2009-2012

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University

Subjects taught: Third year and Honours Project supervision

  • 2013-present

Research Fellow, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University

Subjects taught: Advanced topics in Psychology and Honours Project supervision

Research

Publications for the past 5 years

  1. Govic A., Penman J., Tammer A., Paolini AG. (2016). Paternal calorie restriction prior to conception
  2. alters anxiety-like behavior of the adult rat progeny. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 64, 1 – 11
  3. Govic A., Paolini AG. (2015). In vivo electrophysiological recordings in amygdala subnuclei reveal
  4. selective and distinct responses to a behaviorally identified predator odor. Journal of
  5. Neurophysiology, 113, 1423 – 1436
  6. Govic A., Bell V., Samuel A., Penman J., Paolini AG. (2014). Calorie restriction and corticosterone
  7. elevation during lactation can each modulate adult male fear and anxiety-like behaviour. Hormones
  8. & Behaviour, 66(4):591-601.
  9. Levay EA., Paolini AG., Govic A., Hazi A., Penman J., Kent S. (2010). HPA and sympathoadrenal
  10. activity of adult rats perinatally exposed to maternal mild calorie restriction. Behavioral Brain
  11. Research, 208(1):202-8.

Research Supervision Last 5 Years

  1. 6 (Full) and 5 (Co-Supervision) of Honour students in Psychology
    1 (Co-supervision) PhD Student

Dr Antonina Govic (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer at ISN. She is a graduate from La Trobe University and has qualifications in Neuroscience (PhD). Her PhD was in the area of behavioural neuroscience, with a specific emphasis on the consequences of calorie restriction on behaviour and neurobiology. Antonina is actively engaged in research and has conducted various research projects across a number of Universities and Research Institutions in Victoria such as La Trobe University, RMIT University, St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. She typically uses a variety of validated behavioural tests in rodents to assay stress and emotional reactivity (anxiety, fear, depression), socio-sexual behaviour (interaction between conspecifics, mother-pup interaction, opposite sex interaction), cognition, learning, memory and addiction. Her research interests include stress vulnerability and resilience (coping), the consequences of stress and diet on emotionality and socio-sexual behaviour, programming of life-long anxiety and fear behaviour by early life events with a particular focus on the role of epigenetics, and the function of the amygdala in anxiety and fear states.

Dr Kelly Asao

PhD
Lecturer

Qualifications:

2004-2008            BA Psychology (Hons), The University of Pennsylvania

2011-2017            PhD Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Professional memberships

Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Evolutionary Psychology, American Psychological Association

Teaching and University Full-time Experience Last 5 years:

2016                   Instructor, Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin. Introduction to Pscyhology

2011-2016          Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin. Courses taught include: Evolutionary Psychology, Human Sexuality, Psychology of Sex, Research Methods, and Statistics.

Research

Publications Last 5 years:

  1. Asao, K, & Buss, DM. The seven pillars of sexual morality: Towards a sexual morality inventory. Manscript under review.
  2. Asao, K, Buss, DM, Sedlacek, A, Wyckoff, JP. Dawkins’s puzzle: Why do women sexually advertise appearance? Manscript under review.
  3. Bendixen, M, Asao, K, Wyckoff, JP, Buss, DM, & Kennair, LEO (2017). Sexual regret in U.S. and Norway: Effects of culture, religiosity, and mating strategy. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 246-251.
  4. Lewis, DMG, Al-Shawaf, L, Conroy-Beam, D, Asao, K & Buss, DM (2017). Evolutionary psychology: A how-to guide. American Psychologist, 72(4), 353-373.
  5. Buss, DM, Goetz, C, Duntley, JD, Asao, K, & Conroy-Beam, D (2017). The mate switching hypothesis. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 143-149.
  6. Asao, K, & Buss, DM (2016). The tripartite theory of Machiavellian morality: Judgment, influence, and conscience as distinct moral adaptations. In TK Shackelford & RD Hansen (Eds), The Evolution of Morality. Springer: Switzerland.
  7. Al-Shawaf, L, Conroy-Beam, D, Asao, K, & Buss, DM (2015). Human emotions: An evolutionary psychological perspective. Emotion Review, 1-14.
  8. DeScioli, P, Asao, K, & Kurzban, R (2012). Omissions and byproducts across moral domains. PloS one, 7(10), e46963.
  9. Lewis, DMG, Al-Shawaf, L, Conroy-Beam, D, Asao, K, & Buss, DM (2012).

Friends with benefits II: Mating activation in opposite-sex friendships as a function of sociosexual orientation and relationship status. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(5), 622–628.

Grants Last 5 years:

2017                   Dissertation Research Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin.

2016                   Psychology Research Bridge Grant, The University of Texas at Austin

2012-2017          Professional Development Award, The University of Texas at Austin

 

Conferences for the last 5 years:

  1. Asao, K. The seven pillars of sexual morality. New Investigator Award presentation at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Boise, ID, 2017.
  2. Buss, DM, & Asao, K. The seven pillars of sexual morality. Invited speakers at the Psychology Advisory Committee Meeting, Austin, TX, 2017.
  3. Buss, DM, & Asao, K. The evolution of sexual morality. Invited speakers at the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, TX, 2016.
  4. Asao, K. Mating and morality: An introduction to evolutionary psychology. Invited speaker at St Edwards University brown bag, Austin, TX, 2016.
  5. Buss, DM, & Asao, K. Sexual morality. Invited speakers at Texas A&M symposium, College Station, TX, 2015
  6. Buss, DM, & Asao, K. The evolution of sexual morality. Invited speakers at the Conference on Morality: Cognitive and Evolutionary Origins, Santiago, Chile, 2015.
  7. Buss, DM, & Asao, K. The evolution of sexual morality. Invited speakers at Evolution of Morality: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Rochester, MI, 2014.

Research Supervision Last 5 Years

1 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program student

1 IE Pre-Graduate School Internship Program student

Dr Kelly Asao is a lecturer at ISN. She earned her doctorate in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research incorporates evolutionary theorizing and social psychological methods to uncover the design of human psychological mechanisms. Broadly, she is interested in understanding morality from an evolutionary psychological perspective. Her research focuses on identifying the psychological foundations of sexual morality, with a special emphasis on variation across individual and cultural contexts. Active lines of inquiry include morality, sexual regret, sexual harassment, reputation, gossip, and mating.

Dr. David Butler

BA (Ancient History, Anthropology/Archaeology); BA (Studies in Religion; Hons Psychology); PhD (Cognitive Neuroscience)

 

Qualifications:

1996-1998       Bachelor of Arts (Ancient History and Anthropology/Archaeology).

University of New England, Armidale, Australia.

2000-2005       Bachelor of Arts (Double Major: Studies in Religion and Psychology).

University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia.

2006                Honors in Psychology.

University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia

2013                PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience.

University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia

 

Teaching and Universities:

Teaching

2014               Group Stream Psychology Honors Thesis Supervisor (11 students).

2013                Evolutionary and Comparative Perspectives in Psychology (Guest Lecturer  on Psychological Evolution: The Basics). University of                              Queensland.

2007-2014       Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social, and Clinical Psychology

(2008-2010 Lead Tutor). University of Queensland.

2008-2014       Evolutionary Approaches to Psychology. University of Queensland.

2012-2013       Human Development and Social Work (2013 Joint Administrator; 2014 guest lecturer). University of Queensland.

 

Academic

2017                   Assistant Professor. Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University

2015-2017        Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Foreign Research Fellow. ‘Investigating the Development and Evolution of Prejudice                                  Using Children  and Primates.’

2008-2014       Member of University of Queensland Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology Group (see the following webpage                  http://uqevolutionandpsychology.wordpress.com/).

2008-2014       Member of University of Queensland Developmental Psychology Group.

2013-2014       Examiner of Pass Stream Honors Theses (University of Queensland’s School of Psychology).

2010-2013       Chair of University of Queensland Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology Group.

 

Research:

Refereed Journal Articles

Kanakogi, Y., Inoue, Y., Matsuda, G., Butler, D., Hiraki, K., & Myowa-Yamakoshi. M.

(2017). Preverbal infants affirm third party interventions aiding victims from aggressors, Nature Human Behaviour, 1 doi:10.1038/s41562-016-0037

Butler, D., & Suddendorf, T. (2014). Reducing the neural search space for hominid cognition:

What distinguishes human and great ape brains from those of lesser apes? Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. doi 10.3758/s13423-013-0559-0

Suddendorf, T., & Butler, D. (2014). Are rich interpretations of visual self-recognition a bit too rich? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18, 58-59.

Suddendorf, T. & Butler, D. (2013). The nature of visual self-recognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17, 121-127.

Butler, D., Mattingley, J., Cunnington, R., & Suddendorf, T. (2013). Different neural processes accompany self-recognition in photographs across the lifespan: An ERP study using dizygotic twins, PLoS One, 8(9): e72586. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072586

Butler, D., Mattingley, J., Cunnington, R., & Suddendorf, T. (2012). “Mirror, mirror on the wall, how does my brain recognize me at all?” PLoS One, 7(2): e31452. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone. 0031452

Manuscripts in Preparation

Butler, D., Myowa-Yamakoshi, M., & Anderson, J. (review and resubmit). Mirror, mirror on the wall: Does self-recognition have any adaptive value at all? A Tinbergian approach. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Unpublished manuscript, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Butler, D., Kanakogi, Y., Imafuku, I., Cowan, D., & Myowa-Yamakoshi, M. (submitted). Prepared for prejudice? 6-month-old infants selectively associate ethnic out-group faces with fearful vocalizations. Unpublished manuscript, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Butler, D. (In preparation). The natural history of prejudice: A review of human and non-human capacities for group based evaluations of ‘others’. Unpublished manuscript, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

Butler, D. (In preparation). The cognitive neuroscience of prejudice: A prospective developmental perspective. Unpublished manuscript, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

Butler, D., Kumaki, Y., & Myowa-Yamakoshi, M. (In preparation). Mirroring ethnic others across the lifespan: Developmental differences involving EEG mu suppression and prejudice. Unpublished manuscript, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

Butler, D., Kumaki, Y., & Myowa-Yamakoshi, M. (In preparation). Sharing affective states for ethnic others across the lifespan: Developmental differences involving EEG prefrontal asymmetries and prejudice. Unpublished manuscript, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

Imafuku, M., Butler, D., & Myowa-Yamakoshi, M. (In preparation). Infant’s vocal imitation is facilitated by direct eye contact. Unpublished manuscript, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

 

Books

Butler, D. (2015). Four Questions on Visual Self-recognition: Development, Evolution, Function, and Mechanisms. Cambridge Scholars Press: Newcastle upon Tyne.

Butler, D. (2014). Instructor Resource Manual for ‘(Santrock, J.W). Life Span Development.’ Sydney, Australia: McGraw-Hill Education. (Please note I also assisted in editing and providing ‘Learn Smart’ features in an electronic version of the Australian edition of Santrock’s ‘Life Span Development’).

 

Book Chapters

 Myowa-Yamakoshi, M. & Butler, D. (In press, 2017). The evolution of primate attachment: Beyond Bowlby’s rhesus macaques. In: Contextualizing Attachment: The Cultural Nature of Attachment., ed. H. Keller and K. A. Bard. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 22, J. Lupp, series editor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

 

 Conference Presentations, Seminars, and Invited Talks

  1. (February). Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Science Dialogue Program (Nara, Japan). Presentation (II). ‘Butler, D.: The Development of Prejudice.’

(March). 6th Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioural Psychology (Singapore) Presentation. Butler, D. ‘The Cognitive Neuroscience of Prejudice: A Prospective Developmental Perspective.’

(March). International Conference on Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (London, UK)Poster. Butler, D., Yamamoto, S., Hirata, S., & Myowa-Yamakoshi, M. ‘The Evolution of Prejudice.’

2016 (July). 31st International Congress of Psychology (Yokohama, Japan). Symposium Organizer ‘Four Questions on Visual Self-recognition: A Tinbergenian Perspective.’

Presentation. ‘Butler, D.: A Functional Perspective on Visual Self-recognition.’

Presentation. ‘Suddendorf, T. & Butler, D.: Evolutionary and developmental perspectives on visual self-recognition.’

Symposium Organizer (along with Prof. Yarrow Dunham) ‘A Tinbergenian Perspective on Prejudice: Development, Mechanisms, Evolution, and Function.’

(September). Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Science Dialogue Program (Nara, Japan).Presentation (I). ‘Butler, D.: The Development of Prejudice.’

(October). Myowa-Yamakoshi’s Infant-Baby Lab (Kyoto, Japan). Presentation. ‘Butler, D.: Exploring Neural Features Associated with the Development of Prejudice.’

(November). International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (San Diego,USA). Presentation. ‘Butler, D., Kanakogi, Y., Imafuku, M., & Myowa-Yamakoshi, M. Prepared for Prejudice: 6-month old Infants Selectively Associate Ethnic Out-group Faces with Fearful Vocalizations.

(December). Van Bavel Social Neuroscience Lab (New York, USA). Presentation. Butler, D. Tinbergian Investigations into Self-recognition and Prejudice: The Story So Far

(December). LoBue Developmental Lab (New Jersey, USA). Presentation. Butler, D. ‘Prepared for Prejudice?’

  1. Congress of the Japanese Primatological Society (Kyoto, Japan). Poster. ‘Butler, D., Tanaka, M., Anderson. J., & Myowa-Yamakoshi, M. The Natural History of Prejudice.’
  2. Australasian Human Development Association Conference (Gold Coast, Australia).

Presentation. ‘Butler, D., & Suddendorf, T. Visual Self-recognition Across the Lifespan.’

Presentation. ‘Suddendorf, T., & Butler, D. The Nature of Visual Self-recognition.’

  1. Australian Twin Registry International Twin Conference (Melbourne, Australia). Presentation. ‘Butler, D., Mattingly, J., Cunnington, R., & Suddendorf, T. Visual Self-recognition Across the Lifespan: An Investigation Using Dizygotic Twins.’

Primate Research Institute (Inuyama, Japan).

Presentation. ‘Butler, D. Visual Self-recognition.’

Society for Neuroscience 2011 (Washington, D.C).

Presentation. ‘Butler, D., Mattingly, J., Cunnington, R., & Suddendorf, T. Mirror Mirror On the Wall, How Does My Brain Recognize My Image at All?’

  1. Australian Cognitive Neuroscientist Society (Melbourne, Australia).

Presentation. ‘Butler, D., Mattingley, J., Cunnington, R., & Suddendorf, T. Comparing Visual Self-recognition in Mirrors and Photos Using ERPs.’

  1. UQ Evolution and Comparative Psychology Group (Brisbane, Australia)

Presentation. ‘Butler, D., & Suddendorf, T. Comparative Hominoid Neuroanatomy.’

  1. Australian Experimental Psychology Conference (Canberra, Australia).

Poster. ‘Butler, D., & Broerse, J. The Myth of Narcissus Revisited: Comparing the Left and Right Cerebral Hemispheres for Visual Self-recognition.’

Media Content

  1. Meet our authors: David Butler. Cambridge Scholars Publishers.
  2. ‘A scientific adventure of an Australian fellow in Japan’. Japan Society for the

Promotion of Science Quarterly. Issue: No. 58 2016 Winter (Date of Issue: December 22, 2016).

 

 

Funding and Awards

2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant in Aid (¥2,300,000) ‘Investigating the Development and Evolution of Prejudice Using Children and Primates’ (with Prof. Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi).

2015-2017        Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Foreign Research Fellow. ‘Investigating the Development and Evolution of Prejudice Using Children  and Primates.’

2011                Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference: Best abstract.

2008-2011       University of Queensland Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship.

2011                Shortlisted for Queensland’s State Government ‘Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship Program.’

2008                University of Queensland’s School of Psychology Tutor Award.

2000-2005       University of Queensland’s Faculty of Arts Dean’s Commendation List for Academic Performance.

 

Dr David Butler (PhD Cognitive Neuroscience) is a cognitive, developmental and comparative psychologist with several years of experience in teaching and research accrued at the University of Queensland (Australia) and Kyoto University (Japan).  David is interested in many big questions about our ‘minds’ which he investigates by combining developmental, neuroscientific, and cross-species perspectives. In particular, he continues to explore the developmental and evolutionary origins of self-awareness and prejudice. Testing children and other animals (i.e., chimpanzees) allows for an increased understanding of how and why these abilities have developed and evolved. For example, if self-awareness and prejudice are shared by humans and some other primates (but not others), we can begin to (i) consider what psychological and/or selection mechanisms are uniquely shared amongst these species which allow these abilities to arise, and (ii) how (if at all) these abilities contribute to our capacity to survive and reproduce. Ultimately, David wants to use this information to reduce the negative impact of prejudice and conditions in which abilities related to self-awareness may be impaired (e.g., people with disorders involving self-perception, such as Anorexia, who typically believe they are much larger than they actually are).

Dr Ashlee Field
MPsych (Clin) PhD MAPS
ISN Psychology lecturer
Full time contract staff

Qualifications

2006-2008 BSc The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
2009 BSc (Hons) The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
2010-2012 MPsych(Clin) The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
2016 PhD The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Professional memberships:

APS Australian Psychological Society, Registration as Psychologist with AHPRA

Teaching and university full time experience for the last 5 years:

​2011-2015 University tutor, School of Health Sciences (Psychology), The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Subjects taught include: Biological Psychology, Philosophy and Methodology of Psychology, Research Methods, Principles of Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology.
2012-Present University lecturer, School of Health Sciences (Psychology), The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Subjects taught include: Introduction to Psychology, Biological Psychology, Advanced Research Methods, and Psychological Assessment and Intervention.

Research


Research Publications for the last 5 years:

Field, A. M., Francis, A. J. P., & Carr, S. N. (2014). Borderline personality and depressive symptomatology: Common psychosocial predictors and comorbidity. Australian Journal of Psychology, doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12082
Hageman, T. K., Francis, A. J. P., Field, A. M., & Carr, S. N. (2015). Links between childhood experiences and avoidant personality disorder symptomatology. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 15(1), 101-116.
Krastins, A., Francis, A. J. P., Field, A. & Carr, C. (2014). Childhood predictors of adulthood personality disorder symptomatology. Australian Psychologist, 49, 142-150.
Stitt, N., Francis, A. J. P., Field, A. M., & Carr, S. N. (2015). Positive association between reported childhood peer teasing and adult borderline personality disorder symptoms. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 8, 137-145.
Bryden, C. I., Field, A. M., & Francis, A. J. P. (2015). Coping as a mediator between negative life events and eudaimonic well-being in female adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, doi: 10.1007/s10826-015-0180-0

Conferences for the last 5 years:

Oral presentation at RMIT University. Topic ‘Higher Degree by Research Student Conference’ (Melbourne, 2012)
Poster presentation at Bordeaux Segalen University for the 27th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society.’ Topic ‘well-being, quality of life and caregiving.’ (France, 2013)
Oral presentation at the University of Innsbruck for the 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society’. Topic ‘Beyond prevention and intervention: Increasing well-being.’ (Austria, 2014)
Oral presentation at RMIT University Higher Degree by Research Student Conference. Topic ‘Today’s innovation: Tomorrow’s success (Melbourne, 2014)

Research supervision for the last 5 years:

Six Honours students in psychology.

Dr Ashlee Field MPsych (Clinical) MAPS is one of the psychologists at ISN Clinic and has recently submitted her PhD thesis. Her research topic centred on the dynamic process of resilience and well-being during adolescence. As part of this degree, she administered a cognitive-behavioural school-based program with adolescents. Further to this, she has worked as a fertility counsellor for a number of years and has gained extensive experience in the management of grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and couples counselling. At ISN Clinic she will be responsible for facilitating group programs for youth and adults (e.g., mindfulness skills) and the conduction of psychological consultations with individuals/couples.

Ms Marisca Gouws
BPsych, MPsych (Counselling), MAPS

Qualifications:

2005-2008 BPsych, Curtin University, Faculty of Psychology and Speech pathology, WA
2010-2012 MPsych (Counselling), Curtin University, Faculty of Psychology and Speech pathology, WA

Professional memberships

  • General Registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society

University and research related Work Experience:

  • April 2007-2008 Research Assistant Child Health Promotion Research Unit (CHPRU),
    Edith Cowan University, Church Lands, WA; research and transcribing.
  • 2007-2012 Research Assistant, Faculty of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin
    University, WA
    Data collection through semi-structured interviews, questionnaires, video recordings, and observational studies. Data entry, data cleaning and transcribing of video and audio material. Archiving and digitising various longitudinal studies from the 1970’s to present. Face to face and phone follow-ups with participants as required. Analysis of data.

Psychology Work History:

  • Sept 2016 – Current Psychologist, Institute of Social Neuroscience (ISN) Psychology, VIC
  • 2016 Psychologist (Contractor), NVP, VIC
  • 2015 School Psychologist (Contractor), Supportive Minds Australia, VIC
  • 2013-2016 Psychologist/Allied Health Consultant, ORS Group, VIC
  • Jul2011-Dec2011  Placement, Perth Montessori Primary School, Perth, WA
  • Feb2011-Jun2011  Placement, PPC Worldwide-EAP, Perth, WA
  • Aug2010-Dec2010 Placement, Communicare, Perth, WA

Research

Master of Psychology (Counselling) Thesis Topic:

  • Alcohol Expectancy and Drink Refusal Self-Efficacy as Mediators between Social Anxiety and Excessive Alcohol Consumption in 18 to 29-Year-Old Individuals.

Marisca Gouws MPsych (Counselling) MAPS is one of the psychologist at ISN Clinic. Marisca has experience working with young adults and adults in community, employment, and private settings. Her work involves treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, grief and loss, stress management, chronic pain, relationship difficulties and administering cognitive assessments (I.e., WAIS-IV) for adults. She draws from a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Brief-Solution Focused Therapy. Marisca believes the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important aspects of therapy and endeavours to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for clients to explore their difficulties. At ISN Psychology, Marisca will draw on her practical experience in the field of psychology to lecture within undergraduate and honours units and provide supervision of honours theses.

SUPPORT STAFF

Ms Laura De Celis
BPSych(Hons), MPsych (Clinical), MAPS
Student Liaison Officer/ Clinician ISN Clinic

Qualifications:

2008-2010            BPsych, Australian Catholic University, VIC
2011                       BPsych (Hons), Australian Catholic University, VIC
2013-2015            MPsych (Clinical), RMIT University, VIC

Professional memberships

  • Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of the Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVIC

University and research related Work Experience:

  • Oct 2012- Jan 2013
    Research officer for Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)
    Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Internship)
    Assisting with data entry and data collection. Liaising with researchers and attend weekly meetings. Creating and organising questionnaires and spreadsheets and analysing data using the statistical program STATA. Phoning participants/ researchers to follow up their data. Assisting with literature reviews and drafting of reports. Observing clinicals / assessments. Reconstructing the PEDS website.
  • Feb 2013 – July 2015
    Psychology Sessional Tutor, RMIT University, Bundoora
    Attaining the requisite knowledge of content, psychological research and writing for the course being taught; Biological Psychology and Research Methods. Delivering material in an enthusiastic, concise, engaging and informative manner, while accommodating for students with identified learning difficulties. Managing large groups of students (e.g. 30+). Answering student’s enquiries, marking student’s assignments/ presentations and submitting student grades to the course co-ordinator in a timely manner. Liaising regularly with the course co-ordinator and teaching team to ensure consistency among tutorials.

Psychology Work History:

  • Jan 2016 – Present Psychologist, Institute of Social Neuroscience (ISN) Psychology Clinic
  • Aug 2016 – Present Access Team Clinician Headspace Sunshine
  • Jan 2016 – August Mental Health Clinician, eheadspace
  • Jan 2013 – Jan 2016 Weekend Crisis Telephone Counsellor, Lifeline Melbourne
  • March 2014 – Jan 2016 Clinic Assistant/ Psychology Test Librarian, RMIT University Psychology Clinic
  • Aug 2012- Jan 2013 Student welfare counsellor (Voluntary); Melton Secondary College
  • Feb 2012 – Aug 2012 Applied Behavioural Therapist, Centre for Inclusive Schooling of Children with Autism (CISCA)

Research

Master of Psychology (Clinical) Thesis Topic:

  • The Relationship between Parenting Styles, Parenting Practices and Adjustment among First Year Australian University Students (Achievement: APS student Prize).

Laura De Celis MPsych (Clinical) MAPS is one of the psychologists at ISN Clinic. Laura has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in both community and public mental health systems. She is passionate about working collaboratively with individuals to manage their difficulties and reach their goals. Laura has experience working with various issues, including: depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, stress management, disordered eating, bereavement, chronic pain and relationship problems. She draws from a variety of evidence-based intervention approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness approaches, tailoring her approach to meet her client’s unique needs. At ISN Clinic she is responsible for facilitating group programs for youth and adults (e.g., mindfulness skills), administering cognitive and educational assessments and providing individual psychological consultations. At ISN Psychology Laura will assist students in her role as Student Liaison Officer.

Ms June Donald
BA, DipEd, GradDipLib
ISN Head Librarian/ Support Services

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe University)
  • Diploma of Education (La Trobe University)
  • Graduate Diploma in Librarianship (University of Melbourne, Institute of Education)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Australian Library & Information Association

Work History :

  • June 2016 – Present Part -Time Volunteer, Tandem Carers (Peak body for mental health care), VIC
  • June 2013-December2014 Part-Time Volunteer Librarian, Aspergers Victoria, VIC
  • June2012-December2015 Part-Time Small Business Assistant, East India Company, VIC
  • April2010-June2012 Library Services Leader, Victorian Government Library Service, Department of Treasury and Finance, VIC
  • October2003-April2010 Library Manager, Research & Learning Hub (R&LH), Department of Planning and Community Development.

June Donald BA Dip Ed Grad Dip Lib (ALIA) has over 20 years experience managing research and special libraries, including health science libraries. Her library client base has included health clinicians, research staff, policy and legal officers and students, both under-graduate and post-graduate.  June has extensive experience managing library resources and reference services to enable users’ quick and seamless access to accurate and relevant information, both print and digital. Her key interests include providing research assistance through literature searches and the development and delivery of library information literacy.

Mr Geoffrey Lee
LLB/BCS, BCompSc (Honours), PhD Candidate (Computer Science)
Associate Lecturer/ I.T. Support Services

Qualifications:

  • 2013-Present RMIT University Melbourne PhD Candidate in Computer Science Topic: Reinforcement Learning and Auditory Prosthetics; Supervisors: Fabio Zambetta Antonio Paolini Xiaodong Li
  • 2012 RMIT University Melbourne Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours); Player Modelling & Inverse Reinforcement Learning
  • 2006 Supreme Court of Victoria Admitted as an Australian Lawyer
  • 2006 Leo Cussen Institute Practical Legal Training Program
  • 2001 – 2005 University of Melbourne Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Computer Science(LLB/BCS)

Professional memberships

Work History :

  • 2013 – Current PhD Candidate RMIT – Computer Science & Information Technology Research involving developing Artificial Intelligence algorithms in neural implants for auditory prosthetics.
  • 2014 CSIT Research Committee Student Representative, RMIT University, VIC
  • 2014 College SEH Research Subcommittee Student Representative, RMIT University, VIC
  • March 2015-Present Research Assistant, RMIT University, VIC
  • 2012-2013 Research Assistant RMIT – Evolutionary Computation & Machine Learning
  • 2011-2012 Bartender / Waiter, GV Hotel Shepparton, VIC
  • 2010-2011 Overseas – Europe/Berlin
  • 2008-2010 Lease Administrator Centro Properties Group, VIC
  • 2007-2008 Paralegal, Freehills Solicitors, VIC

PUBLICATIONS

G.W. Lee, F Zambetta, X Li, AG Paolini, Utilising reinforcement learning to develop strategies for driving auditory neural implants ​Journal of Neural Engineering 13 (4) 2016

Lee, G., Luo, M., Zambetta, F., & Li, X. (2014, July). Learning a Super Mario controller from examples of human play.​ In Evolutionary Computation (CEC), 2014 IEEE Congress on (pp. 1-8). IEEE.

Honours Thesis (unpublished): Learning Reward Functions Underlying Player Behaviour in Computer Role Playing Games Lee, G., Zambetta, F., & Li

COMPUTER SKILLS

Artificial Intelligence knowledge:

Reinforcement Learning, Player modelling, Neural networks, Genetic algorithms, Gesture recognition, Markov models, Pathfinding, Flocking behaviours, State machines.

Programming experience:

Working knowledge of TDT Workbench software suite
Excellent knowledge of C/C++/C#, Java, JavaScript, Matlab
Excellent knowledge of Unity3D Working knowledge of HTML, XML, MySQL, PHP, Axure
Working knowledge of Apache, UML, Unix related systems
Excellent knowledge of Windows XP, Vista and 7.
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Consistency

Geoffrey Lee LLB/BCS(Hons) is our resident computer guru. Geoff is researching his own PhD in combining artificial intelligence with Bionics and neural engineering, alongside Tony, RMIT and ISN. Geoff has worked as a technical assistant on a number of psychology based research projects helping out honours, masters, and other PhD students working on more technical projects; whether that be making an iPhone app for a longitudinal study, working on tracking and image recognition in behavioural studies, or putting together stimulus guidelines for neural stimulation. ISN Psychology has a number of high tech gadgets with which to perform virtual reality experiments, monitor patient’s ECG/EEGs, eye tracking and facial recognition, and Geoff will be assisting students and staff in research projects around these areas.