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Dr Catherine Orr



Background: I was awarded my MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology)/ PhD from the University of Melbourne. Before taking up a position at Swinburne University in 2018, I completed postdoctoral training at the University of Vermont. 
Research interests: My primary research interest is cognitive neuroscience with a particular interest in brain maturation during the adolescent and early adult period. I use multi-modal neuroimaging methods to describe neural network organization with the aim of better understanding the neurobiological underpinnings of emotional and cognitive dysregulation.   
Current projects: I am currently working on projects making use of large, longitudinal neuroimaging datasets. With collaborators, I am relating the developmental trajectories of cortical and subcortical structures to risk taking behaviours in adolescence; studying the neurobiological correlates of substance misuse initiation; and disentangling the effects of sex and pubertal staging on neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Research interests

Clinical Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Mood Disorders; Neuroscience

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Brain development in adolescents with high levels of substance use

Evaluation of "Right Now", an eight-week course to support women who have experienced interpersonal trauma (a collaboration with Relationships Australia, Victoria)

Neurobiological correlates of low levels of cannabis use in adolescents

Fields of Research

  • Learning, Motivation And Emotion - 520403
  • Behavioural Genetics - 520201
  • Behavioural Neuroscience - 520202
  • Cognitive Neuroscience - 520203
  • Psychopharmacology - 520205
  • Psychophysiology - 520206
  • Social And Affective Neuroscience - 520207
  • Clinical Neuropsychology - 520301
  • Cognition - 520401


Also published as: Orr, Catherine; Orr, C.; Orr, C. A.; Orr, Catherine A.; Orr, Catherine Ann
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Brimbank Young Researchers Project Evaluation *; Brimbank City Council
  • 2018: Neural Circuits Underlying Risk and Resilience in Young People Exposed to Intrafamilial Violence *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant

* Chief Investigator