Professor Tony Paolini
ISN Psychology President and CEO


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 ​


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.  Prior to joining ISN he was 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.

Michael Dacres-ManningsChief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Michael ensures systems and processes are conducted efficiently at ISN Psychology.

His role is to assist the CEO in the areas of governance, finance, technology, human resources, and facilities management, providing staff and students with a safe and uplifting place to study and work.

His expertise in stakeholder relations, risk management and governance, along with strong commercial and financial acumen was gained during a career of organisational leadership in FMCG industries and international trade. Many of the complex situations he has managed will enable him to bring innovative solutions to ISN Psychology, developing it as a thriving institute of neuroscience.

Dr Ben Allitt – Director of Academic Studies

As Director of Academic Studies, Ben oversees the general running of courses, student standards, academic compliance and quality of delivery.

Ben, having trained as a research scientist, has over the course of the past ten years, conducted experiments looking at sensory neuroscience in both pathophysiological and normal states. Throughout his career he has lectured and tutored at institutions such as Monash, Chisolm LaTrobe Universities in psychology, sensory neuroscience, mental health and addiction and managed academic staff.

He brings to ISN Psychology a love for science, and a concern for student welfare and success.

Robert Van de Berg – Three Seas Partnership Director

The Three Seas Psychology Group have partnered up with ISN Psychology to expand evidence-based practice to help people improve their health and well-being. Our partnership enables us to provide far reaching clinical services to the community at low cost through a network of clinics all over Melbourne including City, Northcote, Richmond, Knox, Brighton, Ivanhoe and soon Bundoora.

Robert is Director and Principal Psychologist of The Three Seas Psychology Group. He has a Masters in Organisational Psychology and a wealth of experience in coaching and counselling. He has worked successfully with many clients in the areas of Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety, Business Consulting, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Issues, Grief and Loss, Life Coaching, Marriage Counselling, Mediation, Sexuality Issues, Self-Esteem Issues, Stress Management and Workplace Issues.


Suzanne Dick – Placement Program Manager

Suzanne is a registered psychologist with extensive experience in health care, forensic and educational systems as a case manager, psychologist, trainer and organisational consultant.

Suzanne’s consultancy has focused on the training and supervision of staff and creating a climate conducive to organisational growth and innovation. With an emphasis on engagement at all levels of the organisation and an explicit focus on wellbeing as a measure of success, Suzanne works with companies to focus on their people as their most valuable asset, exploring the simple steps organisations can take to improve their overall performance. She has worked therapeutically with individuals with significant mental health and social issues in addition to working with organisations in the areas of policy development, program design and evaluation and improving staff performance.

Suzanne’s strengths include emotional intelligence, integrity, and diligence enabling her to engage effectively with stakeholders and to work both independently and collaboratively in achieving desired outcomes. Her energy is contagious and because of this she is able to work effectively with teams to quickly generate creative solutions to organisational challenges.


Karlene Elkin – Clinical Program Manager & Clinical Psychologist

Karlene is the coursework coordinator for the Masters of Clinical Psychology, lecturer, and clinical supervisor at ISN Psychology.

With a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) La Trobe University, and a Masters in Arts (Clinical Psychology) University of Melbourne, Karlene has worked extensively in public mental health. She has worked in private Mental Health a senior manager, clinical advisor and senior clinical psychologist for a private hospital. In this setting she gained a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Change and Consulting.

More recently she has worked in a range of settings including private practice and providing clinical supervision (supervisor with AHPRA). She has also been an independent consultant to a range of sectors including higher education, government,financial services, professional services and not for profit.

She has a strong interest in higher education and helping individuals and organisations to take up their competence through evidence-based interventions.

Dr Karen Hendricks – Placement Co-ordinator & Clinical Psychologist

DPsych (Clinical), BA (Hons)

Dr Karen Hendricks is a clinical psychologist who works in private practice and is a Placement Coordinator at ISN. She has previously worked across a variety of public mental health settings and held a clinical-research role in the field of psycho-oncology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Karen has an interest in personality functioning and completed her doctoral thesis at The University of Melbourne before working in mental health at the Alfred Hospital. Here, Karen worked in both adult inpatient and outpatient settings as well as coordinating the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy program. Karen has a keen interest in the training of psychologists, having supervised postgraduate students and worked for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Dr Olga Szymanska – Senior Lecturer / Clinical Psychologist & Supervisor

Olga is a senior lecturer, clinical supervisor & coordinates ISN Psychology’s Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) placements. She completed her Bachelor Arts/Bachelor Science (Honours), followed by a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (Child specialisation) from the University of Melbourne.

Olga has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), which specialises in working therapeutically with children and adolescents with psychiatric conditions. Her role there included working in the family therapy team, helping run mother-baby programmes, and supervising doctoral students. She also has worked in schools, Victoria University, and currently, she also works in private practice.

Olga enjoys teaching developmental psychopathology at ISN Psychology, and supervising and coordinating the CEM placements, ensuring that masters students have a variety of individual & group therapy experiences with primary school aged children & their families, cognitive assessments, and opportunities to write Professional Development for parents and teaching staff at schools.

Dr Sarah Louise Wrigley
D.Psych (Clin) BBSc (Hons) PGDip CAT.
Clinical Psychologist


2009 – 2011: Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Sheffield-Hallam University
United Kingdom

2000 – 2003: Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)
The University of Melbourne

1994 – 1999: Bachelor of Behavioural Science (First Class Honours)
La Trobe University

Professional Registrations:

– Registered and Endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA;
– Registered as a supervisor with AHPRA;
– Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association;
– Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Cognitive Analytic

Current Position:

  •  Senior Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor

Employment History:

> Lecturer and Placement Coordinator
Cairnmillar Institute
2014 – 2018

> Senior Clinician, Clinical Psychologist – P3
Northern Primary Mental Health Team (0.4)
North Western Mental Health
Oct 2010 – 2014

> Professional Officer, Psychology
Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (0.4)
February 2011 – June 2012

> Senior Clinical Psychologist
Psychology in Health Care
Newcastle Primary Care NHS Trust
June 2005 – September 2010

> Clinical Psychologist
Bedford and Luton Community NHS Trust
6-Month Locum Contract
November 2004 – May 2005

> Clinical Psychologist
Bedford and Luton Community NHS Trust
6-Month Locum Contract
May – November 2004

> Clinical Psychologist – P2
North West Aged Persons’ Mental Health Program
Melbourne Health
January 2003 – April 2004

Dr. Sarah Wrigley BBSc (Hons.) DPsych (Clin) PGDip (CAT) MACPA is a senior lecturer and clinical supervisor with ISN. She gained her Bachelor of Behavioural Science with Honours from La Trobe University, Melbourne and then completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, obtaining the Degree of Doctor of Psychology (Clinical). After working as a clinical psychologist within the public mental health service in Melbourne, Dr. Wrigley moved to the United Kingdom to further develop her clinical skills and expertise. Here she worked in various settings such as Primary Care, Mental Health and Cystic Fibrosis, and also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Since returning to Melbourne, Dr. Wrigley has held roles within public mental health and the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency as well as running a successful private practice working with adults.

Sonia Street – Psychologist

Sonia Street leads the Child and Parent Service within the student clinic at ISN Psychology and also works in private practice. She is a psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with children aged 0-12 years across a variety of early childhood intervention settings, as well as working in both public and private schools. She recently held a clinical-research role at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University. Sonia has strong interest in the early assessment of childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, along with therapeutic intervention practices, embedded within Family Centred Practice principles. She is seen regularly presenting at workshops and seminars to educators, parents and clinicians on these topics. In clinic, Sonia is often seen rolling around the floor and pretending to be anything from a fairy to a Jedi knight in therapy sessions.


Dr. David Butler

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


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:


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.



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        

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.



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.



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. Antonina Govic
Senior Lecturer
Undergraduate Coordinator


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


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.

A/Prof Neil McLachlan – Academic

Associate Professor Neil McLachlan will supervise Honours and Masters research projects at ISN Psychology.

He supervised graduate student research in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Melbourne for two decades. Over this time he have developed a revolutionary neurobiological model of the auditory system, which was published in the leading psychological journals, and applied this model to music cognition, artificial intelligence and social psychology.

He is pivotal in developing a vibrant research network between ISN Psychology and leading research institutes and his existing academic collaborators.

A/Prof Pascal Molenberghs – Academic

Associate Professor Pascal Molenberghs completed his Master in Psychology and PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He has since worked at the University of Queensland, Monash University and the University of Melbourne and thus brings a wealth of knowledge to the Institute for Social Neuroscience.

His research focus is Social Neuroscience, aiming to understand our social brain and how it breaks down in neurological patients. Interests include empathy, morality, intergroup relations and leadership. His research has already attracted more than $3 million in grant funding and has been published in the leading neuroscience journals. His work has also featured widely in the media, including stories in Time Magazine, The Age and New Scientist.

Dr Helen Nasser

Senior Lecturer


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.


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 Amanda Paolini (Tammer) – Senior Lecturer / Learning and Teaching Manager

Dr. Amanda Paolini (Behavioural Epigenetics) is studying the epigenetic and genetic mechanisms that relate to stress and anxiety pathways.  Using molecular biological techniques she addresses questions on how the environment influences our genomehow this translates to physiological and behavioural changes and  what role such changes play in stress and anxiety pathways. Dr Amanda Paolini is the learning and teaching manager at ISN, with her research based at the Florey Institute of Mental Health in conjunction with ISN.


Dr Kelly Asao



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.


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.

A/Prof Peter Jonason – Adjunct Academic

Peter supervises students of the Masters of Psychology Degree, helping them to discover research options into evolutionary psychology and the dark triad – machiavellianism, psychopathy and narcissism.

Further to obtaining his Ph.D. in Psychology at New Mexico State University, Peter specialises as a social-personality psychologist, using evolutionary theory to drive predictions and for observable phenomena in personality, individual differences, mating strategies and sexuality.

After studying in the U.S.A and then founding the Australasian Society of Human Behaviour and Evolution (ASHBE), Peter is well networked globally in his field and has been the recipient of many awards, fellowships and grants.

Dr Jon Finch

Over the past fifteen years Dr Jon Finch has worked in a variety of clinical settings. He has substantial clinical experience in the treatment of mental health disorders, particularly PTSD. He is also experienced as a manager of mental health services, and as a trainer and supervisor. He has provided clinical supervision to over 20 psychologists, including those undergoing postgraduate training. He  has worked within the government, corporate, university and private sectors since 2003.


College Registrar

Kelli Dearlove – Quality and Risk Manager

Kelli Dearlove  (B.Education and Diploma of Secondary Teaching). Kelli is the Quality and Risk Manager at ISN managing the human resources, and health and safety responsibilities for the College. With a career spanning 25 years in human resources, talent sourcing and education, Kelli has worked in the healthcare, government and education sectors and has developed a speciality for compliance/accreditation, building high performing cultures and implementing effective processes. Kelli’s primary focus as both a senior HR professional, private business owner and people manager has been to cultivate excellence through maximising individuals potential and creating happy safe places to work.

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


  • 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)

Ms June Donald 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. She 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.

Samantha Dale, Executive Officer

As Executive Officer to CEO, Prof Tony Paolini, Samantha is responsible for diary management, incoming & outgoing communication, office operations plus the preparation for College Council & Academic Board meetings.

During her 25 years of experience as an executive assistant, Samantha has worked in higher education, private secondary, and the automotive industry. In addition Samantha was part-owner of a retail food business. Samantha adds value to the ISN Psychology team with her intuition and ability to work to solutions and create cohesiveness.

Erandee Abeyakoon – College Administration Officer

Erandee is the College Administration Officer at ISN Psychology, working alongside the Registrar in conducting student support services, admissions, compliance and administrative processes. Her experience spans more than 8 years in the education industry and her specific areas of expertise are tutoring, providing student support, conducting administrative work as well as ensuring compliance in the VET/ HE sector. With a passion for compliance, student satisfaction, astute accuracy and attentiveness, she wants to contribute to the smooth operation, continued growth and success of this higher education provider.

Jacqueline Dinan – PR & Marketing Executive

As ISN Psychology is a thriving, but young institute, Jacqueline is responsible for raising awareness of the brand. She is the conduit for all internal and external stakeholder communications, including educational, industry and mainstream media, staff newsletter, social media and government relations.
Jacqueline has worked in corporate human resources, agency communications and as a freelance communications consultant. She has a strategic, yet creative approach to defining key messages and identifying target audiences as part of a communications plan.

Heather Madsen – Secretary of the Ethics Committee, Student Liaison Officer