Suzanne received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Dublin Business School. Following this she went on to complete her MSc in Neuroscience at King’s College London. During her MSc she worked on a neuroimaging project examining the effects of various antipsychotic drugs on cerebral blood flow and on cognitive functioning in healthy humans.
She has worked at King’s since 2015 on various studies, including coordinating an fMRI study which investigated the specific differences in brain activation of women who suffered from postnatal depression.
Suzanne’s PhD involves researching the malleability of the neural correlates of antisocial behaviours in children with conduct problems, using functional, structural and diffusion MRI before and after a psychological intervention. Her work focusses on different subgroups of children with conduct problems - defined by the presence, or absence, of callous-unemotional traits. The next phase of her work is to determine whether intranasal oxytocin can modulate the abnormal neural processing in children with conduct disorder who have high levels of callous-unemotional (CU) traits.
She has presented preliminary findings of her current research at the annual ‘Society of the Scientific Study of Psychopathy’ conference in Las Vegas investigating ‘Impaired Pathways to Callous-unemotional Traits in Children with Conduct Disorders’.
- Conduct disorder
- Callous-unemotional Traits
- Antisocial behaviour
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Guo, P., Dzingina, M., Firth, A. M., Davies, J. M., Douiri, A., O'Brien, S. M., Pinto, C., Pask, S., Higginson, I. J., Eagar, K. & Murtagh, F. E. M., 17 Mar 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 3, e020071. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020071
Brighton, L. J., Koffman, J., Hawkins, A., McDonald, C., O'Brien, S., Robinson, V., Khan, S. A., George, R., Higginson, I. J. & Selman, L. E., 4 Aug 2017, In : Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 54, 3 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.04.008
Selman, L. E., Brighton, L. J., Hawkins, A., McDonald, C., O'Brien, S., Robinson, V., Khan, S. A., George, R., Ramsenthaler, C., Higginson, I. J. & Koffman, J., Sep 2017, In : Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 54, 3, p. 404-416.e5 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.04.007