Professor Rick Richardson

BA, MA, PhD, Kent State University, USA
(02) 9385 1048

I am the course co-ordinator for PSYC3241 (Psychobiology of Memory and Motivation) and also give lectures in PSYC1002 (First year Psychology – on animal learning).

Current Post-Doctoral Research Associates


Kathryn Baker

PhD, Monash University

DECRA project – Impaired fear inhibition in adolescence: An imbalance in the brain?

Kelsey Zimmermann

PhD, Emory

Developmental Analysis of CRH-projecting neurons after early life stress.

Gabe King, PhD UNSW

Working on an ARC-funded Discovery Project (Graham & Richardson) looking at FGF2 as a biomarker of individual differences in responses to stress i

Gabe gets a 1st Prize in Faculty of Science’s 1 Minute Speed thesis comp!
n humans

Current PhD students 

Sarah Altmann

The Effect of Prenatal Stress on Social Development in Infant Rat Pups and their Mothers.


Nathalie Elliott

Examining developmental differences in fear generalisation after early life stress


Sarah Bae

PKMζ and the Maintenance of Fear Memories in Infancy.

Maddy Bisby

The role of the endocannabinoid system in fear extinction in adolescent rats.

Anthea Stylianakis

The effect of chronic stress on adolescent human and non-human behaviour, brain function, and genetic regulation



Current Honours students (2018)

Sylvia Harmon-Jones

Predicting fear across development

Sruti Alur

FGF2 and fear extinction in adolescence

Stacey Zhang

Neural mechanisms underlying infantile amnesia

August Gable

Extinction in female adolescent rats (supervised by Kathryn Baker)

Aqsa Shahid

The effect of diet on extinction in adolescence (supervised by Kathryn Baker)

Current 3rd year Interns (2018)

Abigail Marcus