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Meredith McHugh, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

Meredith graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2000 with a BSc in Psychology. She then worked for 18 months as a research assistant to Dr Ottmar Lipp, studying attentional modulation of the startle blink reflex. After a period of travelling and working throughout Europe, Meredith returned to Australia to commence her graduate studies at Griffith University. She received first class honours in Psychology in 2004 and continued on to complete her Ph.D thesis, entitled "Is fear right? Applying Gray's two-dimensional neuropysychology of defence to the approach-withdrawal model of frontal brain asymmetry" under the supervision of Drs Penelope Davis and David Shum, in 2010. During this time Meredith also worked as a senior research officer for the Griffith University Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance where she co-authored several large-scale government commissioned reports addressing issues in the prevention and treatment of female juvenile offenders, sex offenders and public nuisance offending. Currently, Meredith is developing a project which aims to identify functional brain networks underlying inhibitory control and stress reactivity and their role in addiction and relapse.

Research Interests:

  • fNeurobiological mechanisms underlying poor inhibitory control and stress reactivity in addicted populations.
  • Applying concurrent EEG and fMRI to the identification of functional brain networks.
  • Comorbidity between substance use, anxiety and other affective disorders.


  • Gullo, M.J, Dawe, S., & McHugh, M.J. (In Press). Impulsivity and adolescent substance use: From self-report measures to neuroimaging and beyond. In Milich, R (Ed). Inhibitory Control and Drug Abuse Prevention: From Research to Translation. New York: Springer.
  • McHugh, M.J., & Mazerolle, P. (2010). Understanding and Responding to Female Juvenile Offending in Queensland. Brisbane: Griffith University.
  • Mazerolle, P., McHugh, M.J., Fitzgerald, R., Sanderson, J., Anderson-Bond, T., & Manning, M. (2010). Ticketing for public nuisance offences in Queensland: An evaluation of the 12-month trial. Brisbane: Griffith University.
  • Smallbone, S., & McHugh, M.J. (2009). Outcomes of the Queensland Corrective Services Sexual Offender Treatment Programs. Brisbane: Griffith University.
  • Neumann, D.L., Lipp, O.V., & McHugh, M.H (2004). The effect of stimulus modality and task difficulty on attentional blink modulation of blink startle. Psychophysiology, 41, 407-416.
  • Lipp, O.V., Neumann, D.L., Pretorius, N.R., & McHugh, M.J. (2003). Attentional blink modulation during sustained and after discrete lead stimuli presented in three sensory modalities. Psychophysiology. 40, 285-290.
  • Lipp, O.V., Neumann, D.L., & McHugh, M.J. (2003). Lead stimulus modality change and the attentional modulation of the acoustic and electrical blink reflex. Biological Psychology. 62, 27-48.
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