Affective Development and Psychopathology Team

Research Overview


The Affective Development and Psychopathology Team (ADAPT) is a network of researchers investigating the environmental, interpersonal and biological processes that influence emotional reactivity and emotion regulation across the lifespan. We are especially interested in these developmental processes during childhood and adolescence, and in the role that these processes play in vulnerability to the onset of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and substance use disorders.

Ultimately, we aim to not only shed light on the underlying causes of mental health and ill-health during these stages of life, but also to inform innovative approaches to early intervention and prevention by utilising this knowledge to generate and test novel, developmentally-targeted clinical and public health interventions.



Dr Joanna M Waloszek
Dr Julian G. Simmons
Dr Orli Schwartz
Professor Nick  Allen


Research Publications

See 'Download Research Publications' below for a complete listing (2006 - present) of Professor Allen's publications.

2013 and in press

  1. Baker S, Yücel M, Fornito A, Lubman D. (In press). A systematic review of diffusion weighted MRI studies of white matter microstructure in adolescent substance users. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.
  2. Bei B, Byrne ML, Ivens C, Waloszek J, Woods MJ, Dudgeon P, Murray G, Nicholas CL, Tinder J, Allen NB. Pilot study of a mindfulness-based, multicomponent, in-school, group, sleep   intervention in adolescent girls. Early Intervention in Psychiatry 2013; 7: 213-220.
  3. Dennison M, Whittle S, Yücel M, Vijayakumar N, Kline A, Simmons JG, Allen NB. (In press). Mapping subcortical brain maturation during adolescence: Evidence of hemisphere- and sex-specific longitudinal changes. Developmental Science.
  4. Jovev M, Whittle S, Yücel M, Simmons  JG, Allen NB, Chanen A. (In press). The relationship between hippocampal asymmetry and temperament in the emergence of borderline and antisocial personality pathology during adolescence. Development and Psychopathology.
  5. Gaté MA, Watkins ER, Simmons JG, Byrne ML, Schwartz OS, Whittle S, Sheeber, Allen NB. Maternal parenting behaviors and adolescent depression: The mediating role of rumination. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 2013; 42: 348-357.
  6. Kaess M, Simmons JG, Whittle S, Jovev M, Chanen AM, Yücel M, Pantelis C, Allen NB. (In press). Sex-specific prediction of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity by pituitary volume during adolescence: a longitudinal study from 12 to 17 years of age. Psychoneuroendocrinology.
  7. Mensah FK, Bayer JK, Wake M, Carlin JB, Allen NB,  Patton GC. Childhood differences in social and behavioral adjustment associated with early puberty: Evidence from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Journal of Adolescent Health 2013; 53: 118-124. IF=3.33.
  8. Moore GA, Powers CJ, Bass AJ, Cohn JF, Propper CB, Allen NB, Lewinsohn PM. Dyadic interaction: Greater than the sum of its parts? Infancy 2013; 18: 490-515.
  9. Ooi KEB, Lech M, Allen NB.  Multi-channel weighted speech classification system for prediction of major depression in adolescents. IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering 2013; 60(2): 497-506.
  10. Visser TAW, Ohan JL, Whittle S, Yücel M, Simmons JG,  Allen NB. (In press). Sex differences in structural brain asymmetry predict overt aggression in early adolescents. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN).
  11. Whittle S, Bartolomeusz C, Yücel M, Dennison M, Vijayakumar N, Allen NB. (In press). Orbitofrontal sulcogyral patterns predict temperamental risk for psychopathology. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN).
  12. Whittle S, Dennison M, Yücel M, Lubman D, Pantelis C, Simmons JG,  Allen NB. (In press). Childhood maltreatment and psychopathology affect brain development during adolescence. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


  1. Allen NB, Kuppens P, Sheeber L.  Heart rate responses to parental behavior in depressed adolescents. Biological Psychology 2012; 90: 80-87.
  2. Davey CG, Yücel M, Allen NB,  Harrison B.J. (2012). Task-related deactivation and functional connectivity of the subgenual cingulate cortex in major depressive disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry 2012; 3: Article 14.
  3. Davey GC, Harrison BJ,  Yücel M,  Allen NB.  Regionally specific alterations in functional connectivity of the anterior cingulate cortex in Major Depressive Disorder. Psychological Medicine 2012; 42(10): 2071-2081.
  4. Cheetham A, Allen NB, Whittle S, Simmons JG, Yücel M,  Lubman DI. Orbitofrontal volumes in early adolescence predict initiation of cannabis use: A four-year longitudinal and prospective study. Biological Psychiatry 2012; 71(8): 684-692.
  5. Koval P, Kuppens P, Allen NB, Sheeber L.  Getting stuck in depression: The roles of rumination and emotional inertia. Cognition and Emotion 2012; 26: 1412-1427.
  6. Kuppens P, Sheeber L, Yap MBH, Whittle S, Simmons JG, Allen NB.  Emotional inertia prospectively predicts the onset of depressive disorder in adolescence. Emotion 2012; 12: 283-289.
  7. Lo BCY, Lau S, Cheun S, Allen NB. The impact of rumination on internal attention switching. Cognition and Emotion 2012; 26(2): 209-223.
  8. Pfeifer JH, Allen NB.  Arrested development? Reconsidering dual-systems models of brain function in adolescence and disorders. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2012;16: 322-329.
  9. Schwartz OS, Dudgeon P, Sheeber L, Yap MBH, Simmons JG,  Allen NB. Parental behaviors during family interactions predict changes in depression and anxiety symptoms during adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 2012; 40: 59-71.
  10. Schwartz OS, Sheeber LB, Dudgeon P, Allen NB.  Emotion socialization within the family environment and adolescent depression. Clinical Psychology Review 2012; 32: 447-453.
  11. Sheeber LB, Kuppens P,  Shortt JW, Katz LF, Davis B, Allen NB.  Depression is associated with escalation of adolescents' dysphoric behavior during interactions with parents. Emotion 2012; 12: 913-918.
  12. Whittle S, Yücel M, Forbes EE, Davey C, Harding I, Sheeber L, Yap MBH, Allen NB. Adolescents' depressive symptoms moderate neural responses to their mothers' positive behavior. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) 2012; 7: 23-34.
  13. Whittle S, Yücel M, Lorenzetti V, Byrne ML, Simmons JG, Wood SJ, Pantelis C, Allen NB. Pituitary volume mediates the relationship between pubertal timing and depressive symptoms during adolescence. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2012; 37: 881-891.