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Neural circuitry of emotion processing disturbance in alcohol use disorder


The PhD students will use a combination of neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques to study brain-behaviour relationships of addiction. These projects are ideally suited to individuals who have a strong aptitude for research and statistical analysis and a strong interest in addiction, specifically cognitive neuroscience/neuropsychology.


Dr Kirsten Morley.

Research location

Camperdown - Central Clinical School

Program type



The project will require multidisciplinary collaboration, involving clinical neuroscience, neuroimaging (mainly functional magnetic resonance imaging), and clinical psychiatry/psychology in an integrative approach. The project will combine advanced structural neuroimaging techniques including cortical thickness, voxel-based morphometry and diffusion tensor imaging with functional neuroimaging (fMRI and functional connectivity) to systematically examine this neural circuitry. Training for the analytical techniques required (advanced structural neuroimaging techniques, fMRI and functional connectivity) will be provided with our partners (UNSW, BMC) and clinical work and mentoring program will be provided via our team at the NHMRC CRE for Mental Health and Substance Use.

Additional information

To make this project successful students should have a strong interest in clinical neuroscience, neuropsychology, addiction, clinical psychology and good personal skills needed to work with a complex group of patients in addition to an interest in handling complex neuroimaging data and work in a multi-disciplinary environment.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 126

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