Jennifer Cornish

PhD, Professor

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1994 …2023

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Personal profile


As a neuropharmacologist I have contributed to the understanding of brain circuitry, particularly the involvement of the neurotransmitter dopamine on regulating brain function using rodent models. In the past few years I have discovered neurotransmitter/neurochemical interactions that regulate behaviours associated with drug abuse and dietary intake, such as: reward, addiction, psychoses, depression, anxiety and memory function. I am a member of the Centre for Emotional Health, Frontiers in Biomolecular Research Centre and the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence).  

Research interests

I am particularly interested in understanding the neurobiology of:

  • drug (methamphetamine) addiction
  • drug (methamphetamine)-induced psychosis
  • alcopop addiction
  • anxiety
  • oxytocin as a therapeutic
  • cannabinoids as therapeutics
  • brain circuitry - dopamine, glutamate, GABA

Research student supervision

I supervise honours, Clinical Masters (Neuropsychology), Masters of Research and PhD candidates studying the impact of drug abuse on mental health for pharmacotherapeutic discovery.


  • PSYC104 First year Psychology (Lecturer)
  • PSY236 Biopsychology & Learning (Lecturer, co-convenor)
  • PSY354 Clinical and Experimental Neuroscience (Convenor, Lecturer)
  • PSYN841/987 Clinical Psychopharmacology (Convenor, Lecturer)
  • MRES700 Research Communications (Convenor, Lecturer)
  • MEDI303 Neuroscience 2 (Guest Lecturer)

Research engagement

Research affiliations:

  • Centre for Emotional Health
  • Center for Atypical Neurodevelopment
  • Frontiers in Biomolecular Research Centre
  • Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (ARC, AI)
  • Australasian Neuroscience Society
  • British Society of Neuroendocrinology
  • Kinoxis Pharmaceuticals
  • Lambert Initiative

Community engagement

  • Panel member for the National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Associate Dean, Higher Degree Research for the Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Frequent reviewer for neuroscience and pharmacology journals


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