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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 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.