Professor Susan Rossell
PhD (Cognitive Neuropsychiatry), Kings College London, United Kingdom; BSc (Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
- Faculty of Health, Arts & Design
- School of Health Sciences
- Centre for Mental Health
- ATC916 Hawthorn campus
Professor Susan Rossell is a cognitive neuropsychologist and Professorial Research Fellow at Swinburne’s Centre for Mental Health. She also holds adjunct positions at Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre and at St Vincent's Health.
Professor Rossell’s research focuses on understanding the cognitive and neurobiological processes involved in psychosis and related disorders. She has published extensively and received both the International and European award for Young Investigator into Schizophrenia Research.
Prior to coming to Australia, Professor Rossell studied at the University of Manchester, the Institute of Psychiatry (part of King's College London) and Oxford University. She gained extensive experience in neuroimaging while undertaking a position at London’s world-renowned Functional Imaging Lab. In 2000 Professor Rossell was awarded a prestigious International Wellcome Post-doctoral Fellowship during which she spent time at Macquarie University. Before joining Swinburne, she also held roles as Head of the Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Department at the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria and at Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre.
Schizophrenia and related disorders; Bipolar Disorder; Body Dysmorphic Disorder; Mood disorders; Cognitive neuroscience particularly audition, memory, emotion processing and language; Integration of language and memory systems; Neuroimaging including fMRI, EEG and eyetracking; Relationship between genes and cognition
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
A longitudinal examination of the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) in mood disorders: Auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) represent a complex phenomenon that has typically served as a hallmark indicator of severe psychiatric illness. Characteristics of AVHs have been well-documented in schizophrenia, but have not been well-studied in mood disorders. This project will investigate AVH in mood disorders over a year.
Available to supervise honours students.
Honours topics and outlines
An online study of perfectionism and facial symmetry in individuals with body image concerns: Theories looking to explain how body image disorders may have arisen have examined several constructs, one of which is perfectionism. A related construct receiving limited research attention is the study of facial symmetry. This online study aims to investigate perfectionism and facial symmetry detection in persons with body image concerns drawn from the general population.
Investigating cognition in body dysmorphic disorder: Patients with BDD have “imagined ugliness” and report that parts of their body are ugly or malformed. Recent evidence has begun to show that they also have problems recognizing visual processing, especially in recognising the emotional expressions in other people around them. The student will join an active team.
Using brain imaging to investigate symptoms of schizophrenia: Patients with schizophrenia have a number of distressing symptoms. Prof Rossells group have been using brain imaging to unravel these symptoms. She has a number of active projects that students can join.
Fields of Research
- Psychology - 170100
- 2015, Swinburne, International Womens Day Award: Significant Woman, Swinburne University
- 2013, Swinburne, Vice Chancellors Research Excellence Award, Swinburne University
- 2004, International, Young Investigator Award, Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia Research
- 2002, International, Young Investigator Award, Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia Research
- 1999, International, International Schizophrenia Research Young Investigator Award, International Congress of Schizophrenia Research
Also published as: Rossell, Susan; Rossell, S.; Rossell, S. L.; Rossell, Susan L.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2018: 2018 visiting fellowship schemeA/Prof KatherineBurdick *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
- 2018: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for Anorexia Nervosa *; Swiss Anorexia Nervosa Foundation - Project Grants
- 2017: A longitudinal examination of the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) in mood disorders *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2017: An investigation of neurocognitive abnormalities in anorexia nervosa. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2017: Are plasm oxytocin and vasoppressin levels associated with depressive symptons and amygdala activation during the processing of negative emotions? A preliminary study. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2017: Investigating the relationship between glutathione, mood and memory *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2017: Understanding the role of inhibitory dysfunction in affective network alteration and auditory verbal hallucinations in patients with bipolar disorder *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2016: An open-label pilot trial of N-acetyl cysteine treatment for body dysmorphic disorder *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2016: Can we explain accelerated cognitive ageing using the muscarinic system? *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2016: Evaluating a Novel Smartphone-Assisted Coping Strategy Intervention for Distressing Voices The SAVVy Study *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2016: Investigating factors that influence the efficacy of cognitive remediation therapy inindividuals with schizophrenia *; Research Endowment Fund
- 2016: N-Acetyl Cysteine In Schizophrenia Resistant to Clozapine: A Double-Blind Randomised Placebo-Controlled Trial Targeting Negative Symptoms *; NHMRC Project Grants
- 2016: Neural correlates of reward and punishment associated with trichotillomania. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2016: Too stressed to think clearly? How microarray gene expression profiling can inform us about stress and cognition *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2016: Understanding trauma-related auditory verbal hallucinations: phenomenology and predictors *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2015: Investigating the relationship between structural and functional neural networks implicated in emotion processing in bipolar disorder. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2015: Nature's clocks and human mood: The neural basis of the 24-hour rhythm in reward motivation *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2015: Neuromagnetic correlates of semantic memory processing in health and depression: A magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study of semantic priming *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2015: NHMRC 2015 Standard Equipment Grant: LcModel *; NHMRC Standard Equipment Grant
- 2015: Reward Sensitivity theory in Trichotillomania *; ARHRF Ian Scott Scholarship
- 2015: The Impact of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Auditory Hallucinations on Localised Brain Activity, Attention and Subjective Experience *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2015: The trajectory of trauma: an integrative approach *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2015: Translating Research, Integrated Public Health Outcomes and Delivery (TRIPOD):Achieving optimal health across chronic conditions in patients and carers via translating research, integrated public health outcomes and delivery. *; Australian Catholic University
- 2014: A comprehensive investigation of neurocognitive, emotional and neurobiological processes in body dysmorphic disorder. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2014: An examination of the characteristics (phenomenology) of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) in relation to mood in bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2014: An examination of the role of the BDNF gene in cognitive ageing and depression in healthy adults. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2014: Investigating factors that influence the efficacy of cognitive remediation therapy in people with schizophrenia. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2014: NHMRC 2014 Standard Equipment Grant:MEG compatible button boxes *; NHMRC Standard Equipment Grant
- 2014: Using the latest neuroimaging and genetic advances to improve our understanding of hearing voices *; NHMRC Project Grants
- 2013: A multimodal neuroimaging investigation of social rejection in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Anorexias Nervosa (AN) *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2013: Use of online technology to promote self-management and recovery in people with psychosis (MIRF) *; Victorian Mental Illness Research Fund
- 2012: Characterizing semantic memory using cognitive, neuroimaging and genetic evidence *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2012: Comparison of the neurocognitive profiles in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression through the use of the MATRICS consensus cognitive battery *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2012: Neuromagnetic correlates of semantic memory processing: A magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study of semantic priming in healthy adults *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2012: Using MEG to better understand the temporal characteristics of auditory hallucinations *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2011: Psychophysiological Correlates of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD); possible early biomarkers *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
- 2011: Understanding Emotion Abnormalities in Bipolar Disorder *; Australian Rotary Health/Bipolar Expedition Research Project Grant
- 2011: Understanding Emotion Abnormalities in Bipolar Disorder *; Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Grants
* Chief Investigator