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Haeme completed her PhD at the University of Auckland in 2015 where she examined the effects of schizotypal personality on healthy young adults using both MRI and EEG methods. She then moved to Belgium to pursue a three-year postdoctoral scholarship at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University (Oct 2015- Jan 2019), in which she focused on the behavioural and neural interactions between motivational and emotional processes. At NeuRA, Haeme will be working in the Gatt Resilience lab and looking at neural trajectories of vulnerability versus resilience in adult twins using longitudinal data. Her interests mainly lie at the intersection of individual differences and cognitive functioning measured using MRI, and how personality traits and life events can affect neural structure and function.
Dr Gatt is co-leading a project with speech pathologist Verity MacMillan that focuses on stuttering and its impact on wellbeing in children and their caregivers. The mental health and wellbeing of children who stutter and their caregivers will be evaluated pre-treatment, mid-treatment and post-treatment to evaluate changes in response to stuttering treatment. We will determine the impact that stuttering has on mental wellbeing from the outset, as well as the factors that determine an optimal and faster treatment response.
The investigators on this project include Verity MacMillan (SWSLHD) and Justine Gatt as Co-Leads (NeuRA and UNSW, Australia), and Stacey Sheedy (SWSLHD), Wendy Lloyd (SWSLHD) and Haeme Park (NeuRA and UNSW, Australia) as co-investigators.
This project is currently supported by a SWSLHD Clinical Knowledge Exchange Seed Funding Initiative.
Dr Gatt is leading a project that focuses on observing the impact of Instagram usage on mental health and wellbeing in adolescents and young adults in Australia and the USA. Participants will be compared at multiple time points over a 6-month period in order to compare non-linear patterns over time. This project will determine the positive and negative impact of Instagram use on mental health and wellbeing over time, how it varies according to various factors such as age, gender and country of origin, as well as the factors that might modulate its impact such as usage patterns, life events and connectedness.
The investigators on this project include Dr Justine Gatt as CIA and Dr Haeme Park as CIB (NeuRA and UNSW, Australia). Collaborative organisations involved in this project include the Qualtrics Research Team.
This project is currently supported by an Instagram Wellbeing Research Grant.
Dr Gatt is leading a project that focuses on identifying the longitudinal neural trajectories of vulnerability versus resilience in adult twins. This project involves a 10-year and 12-year follow-up of our adult twin cohort who previously participated in our TWIN-E Study. Changes in mental health outcomes since baseline will be evaluated over multiple time points to characterise different profiles of risk versus resilience over time. We will then evaluate the parallel changes in neurocognitive performance and brain structure and function that correspond to these risk and resilience profiles. By comparing identical to non-identical twins, we will determine the role of genetics and environment in these pathways over time.
Team Members & Collaborators
The investigators on this project include Dr Justine Gatt as CIA (NeuRA and UNSW, Australia), Dr Robin Turner as CIB (University of Otago, New Zealand) and Professor Leanne Williams as CIC (Stanford University, USA). The postdoctoral fellow on this project is Dr Haeme Park, and the PhD students involved in this project include: Miranda Chilver (PhD), Javad Jamshidi (Scientia PhD), and Arthur Montalto (PhD). The twin participants to be recruited for this project will be drawn from the Twins Research Australia (TRA) twin registry (https://www.twins.org.au/).
This project is currently supported by a NHMRC Project Grant (APP1122816, 2017-2021).
Key Outcomes & Publications
Recruitment for this project is underway.