Mechanisms of anxiety risk across development and sex

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
A/Prof Sarah Whittle 8344 1958 Personal web page

Project Details

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated candidate for a PhD/Masters project beginning in 2019. The project is a joint initiative of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (Department of Psychiatry) and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. The successful candidate, supervised by A/Prof. Sarah Whittle, will contribute to a new study that investigates the neurodevelopmental basis of ‘fear extinction recall’, the ability to remember that something is no longer a threat after learning. Fear extinction recall is thought to underlie both risk for anxiety, and is the key process underlying therapy for anxiety disorders. The project will involve behavioural, hormonal and neuroimaging assessments in children, adolescents and adults. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to craft a thesis topic that suits their interests. For example, they may focus on the neurodevelopmental component, and/or on the influence of sex and sex hormones on fear extinction recall. The successful applicant should have an honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field, have excellent results (first class honours or equivalent) and/or have relevant research experience. Experience in clinical interviewing, longitudinal data analysis &/or MRI analysis will be looked upon favourably.

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health, Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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