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Dr Talitha Ford

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Position

Dean's Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Psychology

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Dr Ford completed her Ph.D. in 2017 at Swinburne University of Technology, in which she investigated the neurobiology of social processing difficulties that span multiple spectrum conditions, including autism and schizophrenia. Talitha then took up a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship role at Swinburne’s Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, where she led the neuroimaging arms of several clinical trials, and ran a clinical trial looking at the combined effects of prescription benzodiazepines and alcohol on driving and cognition.

Dr Ford joined the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit within Deakin University's School of Psychology as a Dean's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in March, 2019. In this position, Dr Ford will pursue her primary research interests: characterising the neurobiology and genetic profiles of specific symptom domains of multi-dimensional spectrum conditions, with a particular focus on the excitatory-inhibitory processes involved in the social processes deficits central to autism and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

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Career highlights

2018 Dean’s Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
2018  Emerging Researcher Award, Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society
2018 Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant
2017 School of Health Sciences Dean’s Award: Best HDR Thesis, Swinburne University
2016  Woman of Swinburne, Swinburne University’s International Women’s Day Award
2015  Student Travel Award, Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference

Research interests

austism, schizotypy, social processing, neuroimaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, M/EEG, genetics

Affiliations

Teaching interests

Neuroimaing, neurodevelopmental disorders, social and cognitive functioning

Knowledge areas

Autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, social processing, neuroimaging (functinoal MRI, MRS, MEG, EEG).

Conferences

2018

  • Social dysfunctions of autism and schizophrenia are interactively modulated by excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission. Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • #academiclife: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Early Career Researcher Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
  • The effect of Ecstasy/MDMA use on psychiatric symptoms in recreational users. “Poster Jam Sessoin”, 31st European Congress for Neuropsychopharmacology Meeting, Barcelona, Spain.
  • PhD and Beyond. School of Health and Social Sciences Student Association Symposium Series, Swinburne University.

2017

  • Magnetoencephalography reveals an increased P3a, but not P3b, that is associated with high non-clinical psychosocial deficits. Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Adelaide, Australia
  • A shared autism and schizophrenia spectrum trait phenotype may be marked by increased glutamate/GABA ratio. Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Newcastle, Australia.
  • A step-by-step guide for MEG users. Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability Network Meeting, Monash University.

2016

  • Mismatch field in a shared autistic and schizotypal phenotype. Swinburne Brain Symposium, Melbourne, Australia.

2015

  • GABA level abnormality may mark the similar Social Disorganisation phenotype in autistic and schizotypal personality traits. Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

2013

  • MMN in autistic and schizotypal tendencies. MEG Day Symposium, Melbourne, Australia.

Awards

2019

  • School of Health Sciences Conference Funding, Deakin University

2018

  • Dean’s Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, Faculty of Health, Deakin University
  • Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant
  • Emerging Researcher Award, Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference

2017

  • School of Health Sciences Dean’s Award: Best HDR Thesis, Swinburne University

2016

  • Woman of Swinburne, Swinburne University’s International Women’s Day Award

2015

  • Student Travel Award, Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference

2013

  • Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award

Projects

Characterising the Neurobiology of Social Processes across the Autism Spectrum (NeuroSPA)
Funded by a Dean’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, this study utilises EEG and MRI to investigate the underlying brain processes involved in the social processing difficulties typically experienced by adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder. The outcomes of this research may be useful to inform therapeutic interventions and improve outcomes for young people with autism spectrum disorders.

Publications

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2020

Psychosocial deficits across autism and schizotypal spectra are interactively modulated by excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission

Talitha Ford, David Crewther, Ahmad Abu-Akel

(2020), Vol. 24, pp. 364-373, Autism, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Cortical excitation-inhibition ratio mediates the effect of pre-attentive auditory processing deficits on interpersonal difficulties

T Ford, W Woods, P Enticott, D Crewther

(2020), Vol. 98, pp. 1-9, Progress in neuropsychopharmacology and biological psychiatry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Subclinical autistic traits mediate the relationship between emotional intelligence and resiliency in adolescents

S McCarthy, T Ford, J Lomas, C Stough

(2020), Vol. 158, pp. 1-9, Personality and individual differences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Fixel based analysis reveals atypical white matter micro- and macrostructure in adults with autism spectrum disorder: an investigation of the role of biological sex

Melissa Kirkovski, Ian Fuelscher, Christian Hyde, Peter Donaldson, Talitha Ford, Susan Rossell, Paul Fitzgerald, Peter Enticott

(2020), Vol. 14, pp. 1-11, Frontiers in integrative neuroscience, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2019

The role of dispositional mindfulness and emotional intelligence in adolescent males

C Teal, L Downey, J Lomas, T Ford, E Bunnett, C Stough

(2019), Vol. 10, pp. 159-167, Mindfulness, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Green teens: investigating the role of emotional intelligence in adolescent environmentalism

A Robinson, L Downey, T Ford, J Lomas, C Stough

(2019), Vol. 138, pp. 225-230, Personality and individual differences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The association of excitation and inhibition signaling with the relative symptom expression of autism and psychosis-proneness: implications for psychopharmacology

Talitha Ford, Ahmad Abu-Akel, David Crewther

(2019), Vol. 88, pp. 235-242, Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2018

Magnetoencephalography reveals an increased non-target P3a, but not target P3b, that is associated with high non-clinical psychosocial deficits

Talitha Ford, Will Woods, David Crewther

(2018), Vol. 271, pp. 1-7, Psychiatry research: neuroimaging, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The effect of a high-dose vitamin b multivitamin supplement on the relationship between brain metabolism and blood biomarkers of oxidative stress: a randomized control trial

T Ford, L Downey, T Simpson, G McPhee, C Oliver, C Stough

(2018), Vol. 10, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Trait and state anxiety is marked by increased working memory-related parietal BOLD signal

Talitha Ford, Tamara Simpson, Grace McPhee, Con Stough, Luke Downey

(2018), Vol. 278, pp. 92-97, Psychiatry research: neuroimaging, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Cluster analysis reveals subclinical subgroups with shared autistic and schizotypal traits

Talitha Ford, Pragalathan Apputhurai, Denny Meyer, David Crewther

(2018), Vol. 265, pp. 111-117, Psychiatry research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2017

Emotional intelligence and risky driving behaviour in adults

A Hayley, B Ridder, C Stough, T Ford, L Downey

(2017), Vol. 49, pp. 124-131, Transportation research Part F: traffic psychology and behaviour, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Psychomotor tremor and proprioceptive control problems in current and former stimulant drug users: an accelerometer study of heavy users of amphetamine, MDMA, and other recreational stimulants

Luke Downey, Brenda Tysse, Talitha Ford, Angela Samuels, Rory Wilson, Andrew Parrott

(2017), Vol. 57, pp. 1330-1337, Journal of clinical pharmacology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Mismatch field latency, but not power, may mark a shared autistic and schizotypal trait phenotype

Talitha Ford, Will Woods, David Crewther

(2017), Vol. 116, pp. 60-67, International journal of psychophysiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Confirmatory factor analysis of autism and schizophrenia spectrum traits

T Ford, P Apputhurai, D Meyer, D Crewther

(2017), Vol. 110, pp. 80-84, Personality and individual differences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Glutamate/GABA+ ratio is associated with the psychosocial domain of autistic and schizotypal traits

Talitha Ford, Richard Nibbs, David Crewther

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 1-14, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal article

Increased glutamate/GABA+ ratio in a shared autistic and schizotypal trait phenotype termed Social Disorganisation

Talitha Ford, Richard Nibbs, David Crewther

(2017), Vol. 16, pp. 125-131, Neuroimage clinical, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Spatio-temporal source cluster analysis reveals fronto-temporal auditory change processing differences within a shared autistic and schizotypal trait phenotype

Talitha Ford, Will Woods, David Crewther

(2017), Vol. 16, pp. 383-389, Neuroimage: clinical, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Cannabis: an overview of its adverse acute and chronic effects and its implications

T Ford, A Hayley, L Downey, A Parrott

(2017), Vol. 10, pp. 6-18, Current drug abuse reviews, Beijing, China, C1

journal article
2016

A comprehensive review of the H-MRS metabolite spectrum in autism spectrum disorder

Talitha Ford, David Crewther

(2016), Vol. 9, pp. 1-27, Frontiers in molecular neuroscience, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2014

Factor analysis demonstrates a common schizoidal phenotype within autistic and schizotypal tendency: implications for neuroscientific studies

Talitha Ford, David Crewther

(2014), Vol. 5, Frontiers in psychiatry, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

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Supervisions

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