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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 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

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