A/Prof Andrew Kemp PhD, MAPS
Position: Honorary Associate Professor
+55 11 30919300
I have an international recognition in the psychology and neuroscience of emotion and mood. Currently, I am in Brazil as an Invited International Visiting Professor working on the largest epidemiological study of the health and wellbeing of Brazilians at the Universidade de São Paulo.
Broadly, my research examines cognitive and emotional processing in humans, and the impact of psychiatric illness and their treatments on this processing. My research incorporates state-of-the-art techniques including genetics, functional neuroimaging, psychophysiology and neuropsychology. I have published my research in over 90 international and peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
At the University of Sydney, I am involved in the supervision of PhD and DCP students in a variety of areas including psychophysiology, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, positive psychology and meditation.
I have developed a productive program of research to better understand the relationship between mental and physical wellbeing. Recently, I have made important observations concerning the link between mood and anxiety disorders, alcohol dependence and a key measure of cardiovascular function called heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is a sensitive and robust indicator of autonomic balance and predictor of future mortality.
Together, my research indicates that heart-rate variability in otherwise healthy patients with depression, anxiety and alcohol dependence is reduced, and that a variety of antidepressants do not reverse the observed reductions, emphasising an evidence-based, public health message that patients presenting with, and being treated for these disorders should consider comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction strategies.
I am always interested in possibilities to collaborate with other researchers and encourage potential students to contact me to discuss research opportunities.
Kemp, A.H., Quintana, D.S., Felmingham, K.L., Matthews, S., Jelinek, H.F. (in press). Depression, comorbid anxiety disorders and heart rate variability in physically healthy, unmedicated patients: Implications for cardiovascular risk. PLoS ONE. Accepted 27 December 2011. (2010 IF: 4.411; citations: n/a)
Kemp, A. H., & Guastella, A. J. (2011). The role of oxytocin in human affect: A novel hypothesis. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20(4), 222-231. [abstract]
Kemp, A.H., Quintana, D.S., Felmingham, K.L., Gray, M.A., Brown, K., Gatt, J.M. (in press). Impact of depression and antidepressant treatment on heart rate variability: a review and meta-analysis. Biological Psychiatry. 2010 Feb 5. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 20138254.
Kemp, A.H., Guastella, A.J. (2010). Oxytocin: prosocial behavior, social salience or approach-related behaviour? Biological Psychiatry. 2010 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 20060102.
Kemp, A.H., Hopkinson, P.J., Hermens, D.F., Rowe, D.L., Sumich, A.L., Clark, C.R., et al., (2009). Fronto-temporal alterations within the first 200ms during an attentional task distinguish major depression, non-clinical participants with depressed mood and healthy controls: a potential biomarker? Human Brain Mapping, 30(2): 602-14.
Gatt, J.M., Nemeroff, C.B., Dobson-Stone, C., Paul, R.H., Bryant, R.A., Schofield, P.R., Gordon, E., Kemp, A.H., Williams, L.M. (2009). Interactions between BDNF Val66Met polymorphism and early life stress predict brain and arousal pathways to syndromal depression and anxiety. Molecular Psychiatry. 2009 Jul;14(7):681-95. Epub 2009 Jan 20. PMID: 19153574.
Kemp, A.H., Gordon, E., Rush, A.J., Williams, L.M., (2008). Improving the prediction of treatment response in depression: Integration of clinical, cognitive, psychophysiological, neuroimaging and genetic measures. CNS Spectrums, 13(12):1066-86; Quiz 1087-88.
Felmingham, K., Kemp, A.H., Williams, L.M., Das, P., Hughes, G., Peduto, A., Bryant, R. (2007). Changes in anterior cingulate and amygdala after cognitive behaviour therapy of posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychological Science, 18, 127-29. PMID: 17425531.
Williams, L.M., Brown, K.J., Palmer, D., Liddell, B.J., Kemp, A.H., Olivieri, G., Peduto, A.S., Gordon, E (2006). The ‘mellow years’: Neural basis of improving emotional stability over age. Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 6422-30.
Williams, L.M., Das, P., Liddell, B.J., Kemp, A.H., Rennie, C.J., Gordon, E. (2006). Mode of functional connectivity in amygdala pathways dissociates level of awareness for signals of fear. Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 9264-71.
Bryant, R.A., Felmingham, K.L., Kemp, A.H.; Barton, M., Rennie, C., Gordon, E., Williams, L.M. (2005). Neural Networks of Information Processing in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Functional MRI Study. Biological Psychiatry, 58, 111-18. PMID: 16038681. (2005 IF: 6.779; citations: 46).
Kemp, A.H., Gray, M.A., Silberstein, R.B., Armstrong, S.M. & Nathan, P.J. (2005). Augmentation of Serotonin Enhances Pleasant and Suppresses Unpleasant Electrophysiological Responses to Visual Emotional Stimuli in Humans. NeuroImage, 22, 1084-96. (2005 IF: 5.288; citations: 31).
A/Prof Kemp has published a series of articles on depression and it's treatment in The Conversation – an independent source of information, analysis and commentary from the university and research sector.