I am a cognitive neuroscientist with research interests in anxiety, fear, learning, and language. I use psychophysiology and multi-modal neuroimaging methods (f/MRI, MEG, DWI) to investigate the interaction between emotion and cognition in clinical and healthy populations.

  • M.A., Philosophy & Linguistics, Humboldt Universitaet Berlin
  • MSc, Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition, Edinburgh University
  • PhD, Cognitive Science, Macquarie University Sydney


  1. & The challenge of bias-free coil combination for quantitative susceptibility mapping at ultra-high field. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  2. & Adaptive contextualization: A new role for the default mode network in affective learning. Human Brain Mapping 38(2), 1082-1091.
  3. & Adaptive Motor Imagery: A Multimodal Study of Immobilization-Induced Brain Plasticity. Cerebral Cortex 26(3), 1072-1080.
  4. & Dynamic competition between large-scale functional networks differentiates fear conditioning and extinction in humans. NeuroImage 134, 314-319.
  5. & Individual differences in structural and functional connectivity predict speed of emotion discrimination. Cortex 85, 65-74.

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  • PS-M09 Theoretical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience

    Cognitive neuroscience is the study of how the brain gives rise to mind and behaviour. Using a variety of imaging and sensing techniques, it is now possible to measure the functional activity of the brain during mental processing. Married with good experimental design, and including insights from clinical populations, this approach holds great potential for illuminating mind and behaviour. This course will begin with a brief description of cognitive neuroscience techniques and an overview of basic structural and functional brain organization. Each week, a current research issue (e.g. the nature of consciousness, the link between perception and action, the representation of objects) will be discussed in detail via the use of recent journal articles. Class participation in presenting and critiquing these papers will be expected. The module will be assessed via written assignment.

  • PS-M15 Special Research Skills

    Specialists from a variety of fields in psychology discuss the methods used in their own research area. The subject areas will vary from year to year depending upon the current research interests and activities of the staff. Each seminar is grounded by showing the application of these methods to a particular theory or issue in psychology. Students select two options from those presented (one in TB1 and TB2) and write an essay after consultation with the presenter on a topic geared to their own research interests.

Key Grants and Projects

  • Testing posterior parietal cortex contributions to human episodic memory 2018 - 2021

    Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant, with with M. Irish, J. Hodges & L. Marstaller, £205,000

  • The role of the default-mode network in the generalisation of fear 2017 - 2020

    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Award COFUND Individual Fellowship, £192, 520

  • Development of a novel functional imaging protocol to investigate memory complaints in epilepsy patients 2016 - 2017

    Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Foundation Research Grant, with Hana Burianová, $40, 000

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2014 2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland

External Responsibilities

  • Affiliated Research Fellow, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia

    2017 - Present

  • PhD Supervisor, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia

    2015 - 2018

  • PhD Supervisor, Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia

    2015 - 2018

Research Groups

  • Neuroimaging Group

    The Neuroimaging Group investigates brain function, structure, and neurochemistry of cognitive processes