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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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Projects 2006 2018

Research Output 1994 2018

Randomised pilot study of cannabis cue exposure: reducing cue reactivity while building tolerance

Norberg, M. M., Barnier, E., Weidemann, G., Chakerian, K., Cornish, J. L. & Rapee, R. M. Jul 2018 In : Clinical Psychologist. 22, 2, p. 126-136 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Randomized Controlled Trials
Implosive Therapy
Psychological Stress
Substance-Related Disorders
Drug Therapy
Social Behavior

The role of the vasopressin V1A receptor in oxytocin modulation of methamphetamine primed reinstatement

Everett, N. A., McGregor, I. S., Baracz, S. J. & Cornish, J. L. 1 May 2018 In : Neuropharmacology. 133, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vasopressin Receptors
Nucleus Accumbens
Oxytocin Receptors
Prefrontal Cortex
gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
Messenger RNA

Pharmacotherapeutic agents in the treatment of methamphetamine dependence

Morley, K. C., Cornish, J. L., Faingold, A., Wood, K. & Haber, P. S. 4 May 2017 In : Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs. 26, 5, p. 563-578 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Expert Testimony
Street Drugs
Public Health