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Weickert Group - Assoc Professor Tom Weickert

Schizophrenia is a debilitating disease characterized by cognitive impairment due to both general and regionally specific brain dysfunction, which may have genetic contributions. The Cognitive Neuronal Systems Unit of the Schizophrenia Research Laboratory uses functional brain imaging (fMRI), cognitive testing, and genetic analyses to define the relationships among thinking deficits, genetic influences, and brain dysfunction in people with schizophrenia. We also use findings from the Schizophrenia Molecular Neurobiology Lab to guide our research using brain stimulation techniques and the novel application of existing medications as add-on therapy to antipsychotics to improve thinking ability and reduce symptoms in people with schizophrenia.

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Research Fellow, NeuRA
Associate Professor, School of Psychiatry, UNSW
T: +61 2 9399 1730
E: t.weickert@neura.edu.au

Assoc Prof Thomas Weickert received a BA in Biology from Kean University, USA and while at the Graduate School of the City University of New York (CUNY) where his studies focused on Cognition, he received an MA, an MPhil, and a PhD in Psychology. He was an Adjunct Lecturer in Psychology at Hunter College. He has received several undergraduate and graduate level academic and research awards. His dissertation work on memory deficits in healthy ageing and Alzheimer's disease was conducted at the New York University Medical Center in Manhattan where he also worked as an assistant research scientist.

He received an Intramural Research Training Award Fellowship to study cognitive deficits in schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD, USA. His research has resulted in over 45 peer-reviewed publications, which have over 1800 citations and appear in well-respected scientific journals. His first publication alone has generated over 300 citations. He is a co-author of chapters in two Psychiatry textbooks. He has been a research mentor to well over 20 students. He is a member of many scientific organisations. He is an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychiatry and a reviewer of grant applications and manuscripts submitted to many scientific journals. He has presented his work at many national and international scientific meetings.

Click below to access Assoc Prof Tom Weickert's research papers on Google Scholar:

Canakinumab Add-on Treatment for Schizophrenia (CATS) Study

Canakinumab adjunctive treatment to reduce symptoms and improve cognition in people with schizophrenia displaying elevated blood inflammatory markers

Schizotypal Personality Traits and Striatal Function

This study tests the relationship among probabilistic association learning (a type of non-conscious learning), schizotypal personality traits (involving odd behaviours and/or beliefs in some people),

tDCS Treatment for Auditory Hallucinations and Thinking Problems in Schizophrenia

We are recruiting people with schizophrenia to take part in a study of the effects of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) upon thinking problems and some of the symptoms that occur with sch

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Assoc Professor Tom Weickert
Research Fellow, NeuRA
Associate Professor, School of Psychiatry, UNSW
T: +61 2 9399 1730
E: t.weickert@neura.edu.au
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Prof Stan Catts
Visiting Academic
T: +612 9399 1745
E: s.catts@uq.edu.au
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Dr Daniel Pellen
Research Clinician, NeuRA
T: +612 9399 1683
E: d.pellen@neura.edu.au
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Isabella Jacomb
Research Assistant
T: +612 9399 1858
E: i.jacomb@neura.edu.au
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Ruth Wells
Research Assistant
T: +612 9399 1841
E: r.wells@neura.edu.au
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Ellen Ji
PhD Student
T: +612 9399 1810
E: e.ji@neura.edu.au
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Cynthia Lee
Honours Student
T: +612 9399 1683
E: c.lee@neura.edu.au
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Yijun Gao
Honours Student