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Lenroot Group - Professor Rhoshel Lenroot

The development of the human brain occurs through a marvelously orchestrated interplay of precisely timed genetic and environmental factors. Each stage of development bears its own gifts, and also potential vulnerabilities. Most individuals with psychiatric disorders experience the onset of symptoms during childhood and adolescence, raising the importance of early identification to prevent or minimize long term adverse effects. However, neurodevelopmental syndromes such as Autism and Schizophrenia likely arise from a variety of different mechanisms, which may best respond to different treatments. Our goal is to understand how the processes of normal development such as the onset of puberty interact with other factors to increase the risk of developing psychiatric disorders, and to use this understanding for optimizing interventions.

Research Fellow, NeuRA
Chair of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry, UNSW
Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, SESIHAS
T: +612 9399 1089
E: r.lenroot@neura.edu.au

Rhoshel received her medical degree and training in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico in the United States. She began her work in psychiatric research in New Mexico with a project using spectroscopy to study glutamate abnormalities in adolescents with early onset schizophrenia.


She then moved to Bethesda, Maryland, to work on longitudinal studies of brain development with the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institutes of Mental Health. There her research focussed on understanding influences on brain development, including sex differences, the impact of having different numbers of sex chromosomes, and twin studies to parse out the relative of influences of genetic and environmental factor across development. 

In May of 2009 Rhoshel relocated to Sydney to begin her work at NeuRA and UNSW using neuroimaging techniques to study healthy and atypical brain development in children and adolescents.

Having an MRI: What to expect

COMPOSE - A clinical study to improve cognitive capabilities in people with Down syndrome

Down syndrome is the most common cause of intellectual disability.

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EMPATHY – An MRI study of emotion processing in children

Learning to understand how other people feel is an essential part of growing up. For some kids this comes easily, but for others it doesn’t.

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Professor Rhoshel Lenroot
Research Fellow, NeuRA
Chair of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry, UNSW
T: +612 9399 1089
E: r.lenroot@neura.edu.au
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Dr Jason Bruggemann
Research Officer
T: +61 2 9399 1278
E: j.bruggemann@neura.edu.au
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Karen Burton
Research Assistant
T: +612 9399 1882
E: k.burton@neura.edu.au
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Dr Janan Karatas
Research Officer
T: +612 9399 1098
E: j.karatas@neura.edu.au

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