Justine Gattprofile image
Associate Professor

Justine Gatt

Current Appointments

Senior Research Scientist (Conjoint)
Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, School of Psychology, UNSW
email hidden; JavaScript is required

Associate Professor Justine Gatt is Director of the Centre for Wellbeing, Resilience and Recovery, and Head of the Gatt Resilience Group at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales. She obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University of Sydney in December 2005 (conferred 2006). A/Prof Gatt currently leads several national and international projects in resilience and wellbeing. Her current projects include: (a) a longitudinal study of healthy adult twins from her TWIN-E Emotional Wellbeing Study followed after 10 and 12 years to determine changes in brain structure/function, neurocognitive performance and mental health outcomes over time that predict a risk versus resilience trajectory; (b) a project focusing on the impact of Instagram use on mental health and wellbeing in adolescents and young adults; (c) a project focusing on the impact of stuttering and its treatment on the wellbeing of children and their parents; (d) several clinical studies focusing on the impact of mental health treatment on wellbeing in youth and adults undergoing treatment; (e) the development of wellbeing programs in the workplace including healthcare workers; (f) online smartphone wellness technologies; and (g) wellbeing in children. A/Prof Gatt has been successful in obtaining several competitive research fellowships and grants, and has an outstanding track record in publication. Her work has been recognised by multiple awards including the Worldwide University Network (WUN) Success Story awarded to her WUN Resilience Research Group for Exceptional Levels of Achievement (2019), the Commonwealth Health Ministers Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research (2014), and the NHMRC Excellence Award for Top Ranked CDF Applicant (2014). A/Prof Gatt also serves as an Editorial Member for several scientific journals.


2023 May

Negative association between anterior insula activation and resilience during sustained attention: an fMRI twin study

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291721005262

2022 Dec

Positive lifestyle behaviours and emotional health factors are associated with low back pain resilience

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-022-07404-7

2022 Dec

Wellbeing and brain structure: A comprehensive phenotypic and genetic study of image‐derived phenotypes in the UK Biobank

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.25993

2022 Jul

TWIN-10: protocol for a 10-year longitudinal twin study of the neuroscience of mental well-being and resilience

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058918

2022, 21 Apr

A Web-Based Well-being Program for Health Care Workers (Thrive): Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.2196/34005

2022, 19 Mar

Phenotypic and genetic analysis of a wellbeing factor score in the UK Biobank and the impact of childhood maltreatment and psychiatric illness

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1038/s41398-022-01874-5

2022 Mar

Six-Week Online Multi-component Positive Psychology Intervention Improves Subjective Wellbeing in Young Adults

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-021-00449-3

2022 Jan

Emotional face processing correlates with depression/anxiety symptoms but not wellbeing in non-clinical adults: An event-related potential study

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.11.038

2021, 03 Oct

A Web-Based Well-being Program for Health Care Workers (Thrive): Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial (Preprint)

View full preprint on https://doi.org/10.2196/preprints.34005

2021 Feb

The impact of online brain training exercises on experiences of depression, anxiety and emotional wellbeing in a twin sample

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.12.054

Justine's research projects and related news