Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am a third-year PhD student in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences Lab. Broadly speaking, my PhD research investigates neurocognitive function in disorders characterised by abnormalities in dopamine, with a focus on Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. Currently, I am involved in several wider research studies that examine decision-making impairments in both disorders, with the aim of mapping these abnormalities to the basal ganglia model of action selection. I am supervised by Dr Irina Baetu, Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino, and Professor Nicholas Burns.
During my undergraduate studies, I completed research internships at both the University of Adelaide (with Prof Martha Augoustinos) and the University of South Australia (with Dr Hannah Keage). Currently, I am employed as a tutor and marker in the School of Psychology and am a student representative on the School's Research Committee. Since 2018, I have been President of the Psychology Students' Association.
My academic and research skills have been recognised through multiple awards and scholarships, including the Australian Psychological Society’s Prize for Best Honours Thesis in 2017.
My current research focuses on decision-making impairments in Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia, with the aim of mapping these abnormalities to the basal ganglia model of action selection. I am particularly interested in the relationship between cognitive and motor dysfunction; to this end, my research also explores whether different patterns of motor dysfunction co-occur with and predict specific patterns of cognitive decline. This research may inform assessment tools and protocols used in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders known to have both cognitive and motor components (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, stroke, TBI, schizophrenia).
Poster presented at the 2019 Annual Florey Postgraduate Research Conference (September 2019).
Poster presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (June 2019).
Date Position Institution name 2019 - ongoing Tutor University of Adelaide 2018 - ongoing Marker University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award School of Psychology Prize, Florey Postgraduate Research Conference University of Adelaide Australia $200 2019 Scholarship WASAA Group Travel Scholarship Embassy of France, Australia France $3125 2018 Scholarship Complex Human Data School Travel Scholarship University of Melbourne Australia $500 2017 Award APS Prize in Psychology Australian Psychological Society Australia Nil 2017 Scholarship Vacation Research Scholarship University of South Australia Australia $2400 2017 Scholarship The University of Adelaide Honours Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia $5000 2016 Award Roby Fletcher Munn Prize for Psychology III University of Adelaide Australia $200 2016 Award The CB Martin Prize for a Philosophy Major University of Adelaide Australia $500 2015 Award Norman Munn Prize for Psychology II University of Adelaide Australia $200 2015 Scholarship Summer Research Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia $1200
Date Institution name Country Title 2014 - 2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Psychology (1A Honours)
Date Title Institution Country 2019 - 2019 New Trends in Information Technologies IMT Atlantique France 2018 - 2018 Complex Human Data Summer School University of Melbourne Australia
Year Citation 2023 Saywell, I., Child, B., Foreman, L., Collins‐Praino, L., & Baetu, I. (2023). Influence of cognitive reserve on cognitive and motor function in α‐synucleinopathies: A systematic review protocol. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1522(1), 15-23.
Year Citation 2019 Child, B. D., Baetu, I., Collins-Praino, L., & Burns, N. (2019). Reinforcement learning in Parkinson’s disease: Do motor symptoms predict performance?. Poster session presented at the meeting of 28th Annual Meeting of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society. Cairns, Australia. 2019 Child, B. D., Baetu, I., Collins-Praino, L., Salamon, J., & Burns, N. (2019). Reinforcement learning in Parkinson's disease: Do motor symptoms predict performance?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Florey Postgraduate Research Conference. Adelaide, Australia. 2018 Child, B. D., Baetu, I., & Burns, N. (2018). Watch and learn: Identifying optimal conditions for learning. Poster session presented at the meeting of The University of Adelaide Undergraduate Research Conference. Adelaide, Australia. 2018 Child, B. D., Baetu, I., & Burns, N. (2018). Watch and learn: The effects of time delays and interfering events on our ability to learn. Poster session presented at the meeting of Florey Postgraduate Research Conference. Adelaide, Australia. 2018 Child, B. D., Baetu, I., & Burns, N. (2018). Individual differences in working memory capacity predict performance on an associative learning task. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Psychological Society Congress. Sydney, Australia.
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Representative School of Psychology Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia 2018 - ongoing President Psychology Students' Association University of Adelaide Australia 2016 - 2018 Representative Psychology Students' Association University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - ongoing Member Australasian Neuroscience Society Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Biological Psychiatry Australia Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Health Sciences Postgraduate Association (HeSPA) Australia 2017 - 2017 Member EEG Club Australia 2017 - ongoing Member Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) Australia 2014 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Australia
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