Dr Catherine Orr
- Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
- School of Health Sciences
- Department of Psychological Sciences
- ATC 1017 Hawthorn campus
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.
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 Associate 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
- Biological Psychology (neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) - 170101
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