Bridget Callaghan

Bridget Callaghan

General Area of Research

Developmental Psychobiology, Neuroscience, fMRI

Bridget Callaghan is a National Health & Medical Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Tottenham Laboratory.

My program of research takes a cross-species approach to examine how early experiences (particularly those of adversity) shape central and peripheral circuits that influence cognitive and emotional development. I earned my PhD in 2012 at the University of New South Wales in Australia. There I used rodent models to study how early experiences get ‘under the skin’ to influence the development of mental health. Currently, as a NH&MRC Early Career Research Fellow, I am translating my doctoral research findings, to a human population (post-institutionalized youths). In humans I have been examining how early experiences contribute to the development of learning and memory systems, and how parents can regulate these learning processes in their children. I also examine how peripheral signals, e.g., the microbes in our gut, are affected by early life adversity and how they contribute to mental health across the lifespan. I am also a clinical psychologist and, as such, I am very interested in the development of new and augmented treatments for mental health problems across the lifespan