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Dr Natalia Albein-Urios

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Psychology

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, , 2012

Contact

Biography summary

My research currently focuses on unravelling the neurobehavioural underpinnings of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using advanced neuroscience technologies, such as Non-invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) and EEG techniques at Deakin University. I have expertise in cognitive and clinical phenotyping of ASD and Substance Use Disorders, and experience conducting developmental studies and large-scale assessment studies in this population. 

Career highlights

EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION

2014 – present Research Fellow of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), Deakin University

2013 – 2014  Research Assistant, Department of Paediatrics, Melbourne Children’s Hospital, University of Melbourne

2009 – 2012 PhD Neuropsychology, University of Granada
Thesis: Neuroimaging and genetics of the comorbidity between addiction and personality disorders
Classification: Summa Cum Laude; Best thesis in Health Sciences 

2009 Diploma of Education, University of Granada

2008-2009 Psychologist Therapist, Main Centre of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Granada
I was involved in assessment and application of behavioural guidelines to children with ASD and their parents

2007-2009 Psychologist, Child Psychology Unit, General Hospital of Alicante (Spain)

2007-2009 International Master in Clinical Psychology, Spanish Association of Behavioural Psychology
Master thesis: Cognitive impairments in very low birth children

2007 Master in Health Psychology, University Miguel Hernandez

2002-2007  BAppSc (Hons), Psychology, University of Miguel Hernandez

Research interests

Cognitive neuroscience, emotional regulation, executive functions, non-invasive brain stimulation, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), substance use disorder (SUD).

Knowledge areas

Cognitive neuroscience, emotional regulation,executive functions, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), fMRI, EEG, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), substance use disorder (SUD). 

Awards

FUNDING, AWARDS AND PRIZES

  • Best Thesis Prize in Health Sciences, University of Granada (2016) - $500
  • Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, Deakin University  (2015-2017) - $187,458
  • Research Development Grant, Deakin University (2014) - $18,000
  • First Prize for Best Poster, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Conference (2018) -$800
  • First Prize for Best Oral Presentation, “Histrionic Personality Disorder, Cocaine Dependence and ADHD”, International Congress on Dual Disorders: Addictive Behaviors and other Mental Disorders (2011) - $900

Projects

Current projects

As primary investigator:

- A clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of High-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) to improve emotional regulation and cognitive flexibility in young people with autism spectrum disorder

- Neural correlates of emotion regulation: A HD-tDCS study

- Inner speech and autism spectrum disorder traits

 

As an associate investigator:

- Theta burst stimulation (TBS) to improve social relating in autism spectrum disorder

- An investigation of the Role of the Frontoparietal Action Observation Network in Empathy

- The role of context and motor preparatory neural markers in motor resonance

Publications

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2018

Autism spectrum traits linked with reduced performance on self-report behavioural measures of cognitive flexibility

N Albein-Urios, G Youssef, M Kirkovski, P Enticott

(2018), Vol. 48, pp. 2506-2515, Journal of autism and developmental disorders, New York, N.Y., C1

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Self-awareness deficits associated with lower treatment motivation in cocaine addiction

Benjamin Castine, Natalia Albein-Urios, Oscar Lozano-Rojas, Jose Martinez-Gonzalez, Jakob Hohwy, Antonio Verdejo-Garcia

(2018), pp. 1-7, American journal of drug and alcohol abuse, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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Neuropsychological interventions for decision-making in addiction: a systematic review

Antonio Verdejo-García, Miguel Alcázar-Córcoles, Natalia Albein-Urios

(2018), pp. 1-14, Neuropsychology review, Berlin, Germany, C1

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2017

Cathodal transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to the right cerebellar hemisphere affects motor adaptation during gait

L Fernandez, N Albein-Urios, M Kirkovski, J McGinley, A Murphy, C Hyde, M Stokes, N Rinehart, P Enticott

(2017), Vol. 16, pp. 168-177, Cerebellum, New York, N.Y., C1

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Neural correlates of impaired self-awareness of apathy, disinhibition and dysexecutive deficits in cocaine-dependent individuals

L Moreno-López, N Albein-Urios, J Martínez-González, C Soriano-Mas, A Verdejo-García

(2017), Vol. 22, pp. 1438-1448, Addiction biology, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Trait and neurobiological underpinnings of negative emotion regulation in gambling disorder

J Navas, O Contreras-Rodríguez, J Verdejo-Román, A Perandrés-Gómez, N Albein-Urios, A Verdejo-García, J Perales

(2017), Vol. 112, pp. 1086-1094, Addiction, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Overall prognosis of preschool autism spectrum disorder diagnoses

A Brignell, N Albein-Urios, S Woolfenden, A Hayen, A Iorio, K Williams

(2017), Vol. 2017, Cochrane database of systematic reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Using non-invasive transcranial stimulation to improve motor and cognitive function in Parkinson's disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis

A Goodwill, J Lum, A Hendy, M Muthalib, L Johnson, N Albein-Urios, W-P Teo

(2017), Vol. 7, Scientific reports, London, Eng., C1

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Decisional balance and processes of change in community-recruited with moderate-high versus mild severity of cannabis dependence

F López-Torrecillas, E López-Quirantes, A Maldonado, N Albein-Urios, M Rueda, A Verdejo-Garcia

(2017), Vol. 12, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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2016

Diagnosing autism: Australian paediatric research network surveys

M Randall, N Albein-Urios, A Brignell, A Gulenc, S Hennel, C Coates, C Symeonides, H Hiscock, C Marraffa, N Silove, V Bayl, S Woolfenden, K Williams

(2016), Vol. 52, pp. 11-17, Journal of paediatrics and child health, Milton, Qld., C1

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Increased corticolimbic connectivity in cocaine dependence versus pathological gambling is associated with drug severity and emotion-related impulsivity

O Contreras-Rodríguez, N Albein-Urios, R Vilar-López, J Perales, J Martínez-Gonzalez, M Fernández-Serrano, O Lozano-Rojas, L Clark, A Verdejo-García

(2016), Vol. 21, pp. 709-718, Addiction biology, Chichester, Eng., C1

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2015

Cocaine use severity and cerebellar gray matter are associated with reversal learning deficits in cocaine-dependent individuals

L Moreno-López, J Perales, D van Son, N Albein-Urios, C Soriano-Mas, J Martinez-Gonzalez, R Wiers, A Verdejo-García

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 546-556, Addiction biology, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Cocaine-specific neuroplasticity in the ventral striatum network is linked to delay discounting and drug relapse

O Contreras-Rodríguez, N Albein-Urios, J Perales, J Martínez-Gonzalez, R Vilar-López, M Fernández-Serrano, O Lozano-Rojas, A Verdejo-García

(2015), Vol. 110, pp. 1953-1962, Addiction, London, Eng., C1

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Brain substrates of social decision-making in dual diagnosis: cocaine dependence and personality disorders

A Verdejo-Garcia, J Verdejo-Román, N Albein-Urios, J Martínez-González, C Soriano-Mas

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 457-467, Addiction biology, London, Eng., C1

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Neural substrates of cognitive flexibility in cocaine and gambling addictions

A Verdejo-Garcia, L Clark, J Verdejo-Román, N Albein-Urios, J Martinez-Gonzalez, B Gutierrez, C Soriano-Mas

(2015), Vol. 207, pp. 158-164, British journal of psychiatry, London, Eng., C1-1

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2014

Re-appraisal of negative emotions in cocaine dependence: dysfunctional corticolimbic activation and connectivity

N Albein-Urios, J Verdejo-Román, S Asensio, C Soriano-Mas, J Martínez-González, A Verdejo-García

(2014), Vol. 19, pp. 415-426, Addiction biology, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Decision-making impairment predicts 3-month hair-indexed cocaine relapse

A Verdejo-Garcia, N Albein-Urios, J Martínez-González, E Civit, R de la Torre, O Lozano

(2014), Vol. 231, pp. 4179-4187, Psychopharmacology, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

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Executive functions in cocaine-dependent patients with cluster B and cluster C personality disorders

N Albein-Urios, J Martínez-González, O Lozano-Rojas, A Verdejo-García

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 84-90, Neuropsychology, Philadelphia, PA, C1-1

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The value of impulsivity to define subgroups of addicted individuals differing in personality dysfunction, craving, psychosocial adjustment, and wellbeing: A latent class analysis

N Albein-Urios, A Pilatti, O Lozano-Rojas, J Martínez-González, A Verdejo-García

(2014), Vol. 29, pp. 38-46, Archives of clinical neuropsychology, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Monetary delay discounting in gambling and cocaine dependence with personality comorbidities

N Albein-Urios, J Martinez-Gonzalez, Ó Lozano, A Verdejo-Garcia

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 1658-1662, Addictive behaviors, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Prefrontal gray matter and motivation for treatment in cocaine dependent individuals with and without personality disorders

L Moreno-López, N Albein-Urios, J Martinez-Gonzalez, C Soriano-Mas, A Verdejo-Garcia

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 1-9, Frontiers in psychiatry, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1-1

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Aspectos diferenciales del riesgo de abandono al inicio del tratamiento de la adicción a la cocaína en pacientes con trastornos de la personalidad

J Martínez-González, N Albein-Urios, O Lozano-Rojas, A Verdejo-García

(2014), Vol. 26, pp. 116-125, Adicciones, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, C1-1

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2013

Cocaine users with comorbid Cluster B personality disorders show dysfunctional brain activation and connectivity in the emotional regulation networks during negative emotion maintenance and reappraisal

N Albein-Urios, J Verdejo-Román, C Soriano-Mas, S Asensio, J Martínez-González, A Verdejo-García

(2013), Vol. 23, pp. 1698-1707, European neuropsychopharmacology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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A MAOA gene*cocaine severity interaction on impulsivity and neuropsychological measures of orbitofrontal dysfunction : preliminary results

A Verdejo-García, N Albein-Urios, E Molina, A Ching-López, J Martínez-González, B Gutiérrez

(2013), Vol. 133, pp. 287-290, Drug and alcohol dependence, Shannon, Ireland, C1-1

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Negative urgency, disinhibition and reduced temporal pole gray matter characterize the comorbidity of cocaine dependence and personality disorders

N Albein-Urios, J Martinez-Gonzalez, Ó Lozano, L Moreno-López, C Soriano-Mas, A Verdejo-Garcia

(2013), Vol. 132, pp. 231-237, Drug and alcohol dependence, Shannon, Ireland, C1-1

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Frontal systems related symptoms in cocaine dependent patients with comorbid personality disorders

N Albein-Urios, J Martinez-Gonzalez, Ó Lozano, A Verdejo-Garcia

(2013), Vol. 228, pp. 367-373, Psychopharmacology, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

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Negative urgency, disinhibition and reduced temporal pole gray matter characterize the comorbidity of cocaine dependence and personality disorders

N Albein-Urios, J Martínez-González, O Lozano, L Moreno-Lopez, C Soriano-Mas, A Verdejo-García

(2013), Vol. 132, pp. 231-237, Drug and alcohol dependence, Shannon, Ireland, C1-1

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2012

Comparison of impulsivity and working memory in cocaine addiction and pathological gambling : implications for cocaine-induced neurotoxicity

N Albein-Urios, J Martinez-Gonzalez, Ó Lozano, L Clark, A Verdejo-Garcia

(2012), Vol. 126, pp. 1-6, Drug and alcohol dependence, Shannon, Ireland, C1-1

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Effects of a multicomponent behavioral intervention on impulsivity and cognitive deficits in adolescents with excess weight

E Delgado-Rico, J Río-Valle, N Albein-Urios, A Caracuel, E González-Jiménez, M Piqueras, P Brandi, I Ruiz-López, I García-Rodríguez, M Martín-Matillas, M Delgado-Fernández, C Campoy, A Verdejo-García

(2012), Vol. 23, pp. 609-615, Behavioural pharmacology, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

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Psychoeducation as a strategy to improve family support perceived from patient with alcohol dependence and personality disorder

J Martinez-Gonzalez, N Albein-Urios, P Munera, A Verdejo-Garcia

(2012), Vol. 5, pp. 18-24, International journal of psychological research, Medellin, Colombia, C1-1

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2011

Preliminary study for the validation of the Spanish version of the personality belief questionnaire

N Albein-Urios, J Martinez-Gonzalez, O Lozano-Rojas, A Verdejo-Garcia

(2011), Vol. 13, pp. 144-150, Trastornos adictivos, Barcelona, Spain, C1-1

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Bases neurobiológicas de la comorbilidad entre consumo de cocaína y trastornos de la personalidad

N Albein-Urios, J Martínez-González, B Gutiérrez, Ó Lozano-Rojas, A Verdejo-García

(2011), Vol. 13, pp. 15-19, Trastornos adictivos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2017

Gillian Clark

Thesis entitled: The nature of procedural memory deficits in specific language impairment: An investigation using the serial reaction time task

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology