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Associate Professor

Justine Gatt

Current Appointments

Principal Research Scientist
Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, School of Psychology, UNSW
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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, and is an External Research Fellow of the Black Dog Institute. She obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University of Sydney in December 2005.

A/Prof Gatt leads a research program that focuses on understanding the neuroscience of wellbeing and resilience to stress and trauma, and ways wellbeing and resilience can be promoted via various intervention platforms. Her work includes leading longitudinal neuroimaging studies of adults and adolescents, twin studies (e.g., TWIN-E and TWIN-10), wellbeing program development for organisations (e.g., Thrive), wellbeing app development (e.g., ReNeuWell) and other clinical trials. At the crux of her projects is the primary outcome measure of wellbeing, the COMPAS-W Wellbeing Scale (Gatt et al., 2014), which she has developed and validated in adults and adolescents from age 12 and above, and the COMPAS-KIDS and COMPAS-PARENTS Wellbeing scales suitable for children aged 5 - 12 years and their parents.

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.


2024 May

Resilience to Stress and Adversity: A Narrative Review of the Role of Positive Affect

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S391403

2024 Jan

Heritability of cognitive and emotion processing during functional MRI in a twin sample

View full journal-article on https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.26557


Connecting genomic results for psychiatric disorders to human brain cell types and regions reveals convergence with functional connectivity

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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


Associations between mental wellbeing and fMRI neural bases underlying responses to positive emotion in a twin sample

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Building a transdisciplinary expert consensus on the cognitive drivers of performance under pressure: An international multi-panel Delphi study

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GWAS Meta-Analysis of Suicide Attempt: Identification of 12 Genome-Wide Significant Loci and Implication of Genetic Risks for Specific Health Factors

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Longitudinal associations between resting-state, interregional theta-beta phase-amplitude coupling, psychological distress, and wellbeing in 12–15-year-old adolescents

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Predicting wellbeing over one year using sociodemographic factors, personality, health behaviours, cognition, and life events

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