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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 and Group Leader, NeuRA
Chair of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry, UNSW
Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, SESLHD
T: +612 9399 1884
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

An MRI study of intervention outcomes in children with Autism

The proposed study, funded through the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (AutismCRC) will evaluate primary school aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to determine

A functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) study of early intervention for children with Autism

The aim of this study, funded through the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (AutismCRC), is to determine whether the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), an early intervention

EMPATHY: An MRI study of emotion processing in boys with aggressive behavior and other conduct problems and boys without a history of mental health problems.

Conduct problems such as aggressive behavior are a common problem in children and adolescents, with significant costs both to the children and their families and to communities.

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Like Father Like Son: Fathers Against Violence and Aggression

This project, which is been supported with a $2.6 million grant from the Movember Foundation, seeks to decrease intergenerational transmission of violence and other mental health issues through increa

The Bipolar kids & sibs study

NeuRA is working in partnership with the Black Dog Institute to conquer bipolar disorder. This study aims to identify what makes people more or less likely to develop bipolar disorder.

Research team 
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Professor Rhoshel Lenroot
Research Fellow and Group Leader, NeuRA
Chair of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry, UNSW
T: +612 9399 1884
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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Bronwyn Overs
Research Assistant
T: +612 9399 1883
E: b.overs@neura.edu.au