Daniel Quintana

Position: Ph.D. Student, Research Assistant

Office: SB247
Ph: +61 2 9351 0940
Fax: +61 2 9351 2603

Postal Address:
School of Psychology
Brennan MacCallum Building (A18)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006

Research Interests

My PhD is investigating the impact of depression, substance abuse and its treatment using oxytocin on psychophysiology. Collection of psychophysiological data from participants will provide crucial information on underlying mechanisms of these conditions, their treatment and resilience.



Quintana, D.S., Guastella, A.J., McGregor, I.S., Hickie, I.B., & Kemp, A.H. (in press). Heart rate variability predicts alcohol craving in alcohol dependent outpatients: Further evidence for HRV as a psychophysiological marker of self-regulation. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. (Accepted 24/02/13).

Quintana, D.S., Kemp, A.H., Alvares, G.A., Guastella, A.J. (2013). A role for autonomic cardiac control in the effects of oxytocin on social behaviour and psychiatric illness. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 7:48; dpi: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00048.

Quintana D.S., McGregor, I.S., Guastella, A.J., Malhi, G.S., Kemp A.H, (2013). A meta-analysis on the impact of alcohol dependence on short-term resting state heart rate variability: Implications for cardiovascular risk. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37(S1), E23-E29.

Quintana, D.S., Guastella, A.J., Outhred, T., Hickie, I. B., Kemp, A.H. (2012). Heart rate variability is associated with emotion recognition: Direct evidence for a relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social cognition.International Journal of Psychophysiology, 86(2); 168-172.

Wells, R., Outhred, T., Heathers, J.A.J., Quintana, D.S., Kemp, A.H., (2012) Matter Over Mind: A Randomised-Controlled Trial of Single-Session Biofeedback Training on Performance Anxiety and Heart Rate Variability in Musicians. PLoS ONE 7(10): e46597.

Quintana D.S., Heathers, J.A.J., Kemp A.H. (2012). On the Validity of Using the Polar RS800 Heart Rate Monitor for Heart Rate Variability Research. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 112; 4179-4180.

Kemp A.H,. Quintana D.S., Kuhnert, R.L., Griffiths, K., Hickie, I.B. Guastella, A.J., Malhi, G.S., (2012). Oxytocin increases heart rate variability in humans at rest: Implications for social approach-related motivation and capacity for social engagement. PLoS One. 7(8); e44014.

Kemp A.H., Quintana D.S., Felmingham K.L., Matthews S., Jelinek H.F. (2012) Depression, Comorbid Anxiety Disorders, and Heart Rate Variability in Physically Healthy, Unmedicated Patients: Implications for Cardiovascular Risk. PLoS ONE 7(2): e30777.

Jelinek, H.F., Khandoker, A.H., Quintana, D.S., Imam, M.H., Kemp, A.H. (2011). Complex correlation measure as a sensitive indicator of risk for sudden cardiac death in patients with depression. Computing in Cardiology, 38.

Kemp, A.H., Quintana, D.S., Mahli, G.S. (2011). Effects of Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors on Heart Rate Variability: Methodological Issues, Medical Comorbidity, and Clinical Relevance. Biological Psychiatry, 69(8); e25-e26.

Kemp, A.H., Quintana, D.S., Gray, M. (2011). Is heart rate variability reduced in depression without cardiovascular disease? Biological Psychiatry, 69; e3-e4.

Kemp, A.H., Quintana, D.S., Gray, M., Felmingham, K., Brown, K., Gatt, J. (2010). Impact of Depression and Antidepressant Treatment on Heart Rate Variability: A review and Meta-analysis. Biological Psychiatry, 67; 1067-1074.

Kemp, A. H., Pe Benito, L., Quintana, D.S., Clark, C. R., McFarlane, A., Mayur, P., Harris, A., Boyce, P., Williams, L. M. (2010). Impact of depression heterogeneity on attention: An auditory oddball event related potential study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 123 (1); 202-207.


Conference Presentations

Quintana, D.S., Guastella, A.J. Kemp, A.H. (2012). Oxytocin and heart rate variability: A role in social behavior and psychiatric illness [Invited Seminar Presentation]. Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway.

Quintana, D.S., Kemp, A.H., Guastella, A.J. (2012). Heart rate variability and social dysfunction [Invited Oral Presentation for symposia]. Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy National Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.

Kemp, A.H., Quintana, D.S., Outhred, T., Malhi, G. (2012). The relationship between mental and physical health: Insights from the study of heart rate variability [Poster presentation]. Society for Psychophysiology Research, New Orleans, USA.

Quintana, D.S., Guastella, A.J., Hickie, I. B., Kemp, A.H. (2012). Heart rate variability predicts emotion recognition: Direct evidence for a relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social cognition [Poster presentation]. Federation of European Neuroscience Societies Forum, Barcelona, Spain.

Kemp, A.H., Quintana, D.S., Matthews S., Jelinek, H (2011). Impact of depression subtype and anxiety comorbidity on heart rate variability [Poster presentation]. Australian Heart Foundation Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Quintana, D.S., Kemp, A. H. (2010) Impact of Depression on Heart Rate Variability in Unmedicated Patients Without CVD. [Oral Presentation]. Australian Society for Psychiatric Research Conference, Sydney, Australia

Quintana, D.S., Felmingham, K., Gray, M., Brown, K., Gatt, J., & Kemp, A. H. (2009). Impact of Depression, anxiety comorbidity and antidepressant treatment on heart rate variability: A meta-analysis. [Oral presentation]. 9th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, Paris, France.