Adolescence is a risk period for the emergence of psychiatric disorders, coinciding with the period of rapid brain changes, and when the processes of brain structural maturation may have a significant impact on network functioning and subsequent behaviour. Very few studies have detailed the effects of developmental brain changes on this sensitive period. We will track the developing brain from pre-or early puberty through to later puberty and sexual maturity, to determine the relative contributions of genetic versus environmental factors responsible for increasing our risk or resilience for psychiatric disease.

Project members

Associate Professor Margie Wright

Joint Appointment
The Centre for Advanced Imaging and Queensland Brain Institute

Associate Professor Katie McMahon

Group leader
Centre for Advanced Imaging