• 267 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research interests

I am interested in understanding the mechanisms by which oxytocin and oxytocin-like compounds work in the brain to reduce the rewarding effects and abuse potential of licit and illicit drugs. This is to investigate whether oxytocin could be used as a pharmacological treatment. 

I am also interested in how early life trauma can disrupt the oxytocin system and the impact this has on mental health and susceptibility for drug addiction later in life. Importantly, I want to identify those who are more vulnerable, or more resilient, to later-life mental illness following early life trauma, and characterise these two populations so that targeted treatment can be developed for those most vulnerable. 



  • ANTH106: Drugs Across Cultures
  • PSY236: Biopsychology and Learning
  • PSY354: Clinical and Experimental Neuroscience
  • PSY461: Advanced Topics in Physiological Psychology
  • MEDI704: Decoding the Brain

Research student supervision

I supervise students in the following research areas:

  • Understanding the neural mechanisms of drug addiction
  • Examining the impact of early life stress on later-life vulnerability for mental illness (depression, anxiety, substance abuse)
  • Understanding the role of oxytocin as a treatment for drug addiction 


External positions

Visiting Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University

17 Feb 201730 Jun 2017

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney

1 Jul 201515 Jan 2017

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Outputs 2012 2020

  • 267 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 14 Article
  • 1 Review article

The neurocircuitry involved in oxytocin modulation of methamphetamine addiction

Baracz, S. J. & Cornish, J. L., 1 Oct 2016, In : Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology. 43, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Subthalamic Nucleus
Substance-Related Disorders
Drug Therapy

Oxytocin in the nucleus accumbens core reduces reinstatement of methamphetamine-seeking behaviour in rats

Baracz, S. J., Everett, N. A., McGregor, I. S. & Cornish, J. L., 1 Mar 2016, In : Addiction Biology. 21, 2, p. 316-325 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Nucleus Accumbens
Oxytocin Receptors

Adolescent pre-treatment with oxytocin protects against adult methamphetamine-seeking behavior in female rats

Hicks, C., Cornish, J. L., Baracz, S. J., Suraev, A. & McGregor, I. S., 1 Mar 2016, In : Addiction Biology. 21, 2, p. 304-315 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Reinforcement Schedule
Self Administration

The L-type calcium channel blocker, isradipine, attenuates cue-induced cocaine-seeking by enhancing dopaminergic activity in the ventral tegmental area to nucleus accumbens pathway

Addy, N. A., Nunes, E. J., Hughley, S. M., Small, K. M., Baracz, S. J., Haight, J. L. & Rajadhyaksha, A. M., 2018, In : Neuropsychopharmacology. 43, p. 2361–2372 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

L-Type Calcium Channels
Ventral Tegmental Area
Nucleus Accumbens
Calcium Channel Blockers
Nucleus Accumbens

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