Dr Jacqueline Rushby is a Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, and Lecturer for the Bachelor of Neuroscience honours course, at the University of New South Wales. Jacqueline’s current research projects examine psychophysiological processes underpinning arousal during resting and active states, in order to inform our understanding about how and why arousal to emotional events is dysregulated in many clinical conditions, including:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders. Examining the relationship between hypoarousal and disrupted brain-communication networks, and how the outcomes of these disruptions contribute to anxiety in social situations. The overarching aim is to more specifically target remediation, and reduce the often debilitating symptoms of anxiety.
- Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. NHMRC funded project to examine the feasibility of several novel treatments, aimed at improving physiological function, and whether such improvement lead to better emotion-regulation and social functioning.
- Effects of binge drinking on brain development in adolescents and young adults. Preliminary evidence suggests hypoarousal and poor emotion regulation predicts which young adults will develop a binge drinking habit, suggesting remediation needs to be targeted before drinking onset.