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Dr Amanda Boyes

BPsychSc/BCCJ (Hons) Griff., BSocSc(Psych)(Hons) Sunshine Coast, PhD Sunshine Coast

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Youth Mental Health) - Thompson Institute
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Amanda Boyes


Dr Amanda Boyes is a postdoctoral research fellow (youth mental health) and team leader (research) on the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS), a ground-breaking youth mental health research project conducted at the Thompson Institute.

Amanda provides Stream Leadership across Youth Neurobiology and Wellbeing. Her research looks at associations between brain structure, wellbeing, and subclinical mental ill-health in adolescence using data collected as part of LABS.

Her PhD project investigated neurobiological markers of resilience in early adolescence, with a particular focus on the brain's subcortical grey matter volume. Watch a 3-minute video summary.

Amanda's psychology honours project looked at the relationship between the brain's cortical thickness, cognition and psychological distress in early adolescence.

Amanda holds a Doctor of Philosophy in neuroscience, a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Criminal Justice Major) (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (First Class Honours).


Professional memberships


  • 2023 UniSC DVC (Research and Innovation) SPARK grant to support research skill development ($8, 822)
  • 2021 USC 3-Minute Thesis Finalist and People's Choice Award Winner ($500)
  • 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

Research areas

  • Youth mental health
  • Wellbeing
  • Neuroimaging
  • Early intervention - mental health