Amanda Boyes joined the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute in 2016 and is a PhD student and Research Assistant on the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS). Her research interests include youth mental health, wellbeing, psychological distress, neuroscience, cognition, and early intervention. She is involved in a range of research activities on LABS, including participant recruitment and screening, assessments (self-report, cognition, neuropsychiatric interviews, and EEG), ethics, preparing and delivering cognitive feedback reports, and writing journal articles. Under supervision, Amanda developed (and still has responsibility for) the pipeline for processing and analysing LABS MRI structural data. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Criminal Justice Major) (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (First Class Honours). Her psychology honours project used baseline data from LABS to look at orbitofrontal cortical thickness, executive functioning and psychological distress in early adolescence. Her current postgraduate project is investigating neurobiological markers of resilience in early adolescence, with a particular focus on brain structure and chemistry.
- Member of International Association for Youth Mental Health (IAYMH)
- Member of Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH)
- Member of Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR)
- Golden Key International Honour Society
- 2020 (Postgraduate Student Student Award) - Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship
- 2015 (Staff Award) - USC Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Excellence in Service
- Youth Mental Health