Kathryn Baker

Senior Lecturer

My research is in developmental psychology and behavioural neuroscience, with a focus on examining psychological and neural changes in emotional memories across adolescent development.

Journal articles
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Richardson R; Bowers J; Callaghan BL; Baker KD, 2021, 'Does maternal separation accelerate maturation of perineuronal nets and parvalbumin-containing inhibitory interneurons in male and female rats?', Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 47, pp. 100905 - 100905, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100905
2021
Zimmermann KS; Richardson R; Baker KD, 2020, 'Esketamine as a treatment for paediatric depression: questions of safety and efficacy', The Lancet Psychiatry, vol. 7, pp. 827 - 829, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30521-8
2020
Bisby MA; Richardson R; Baker KD, 2020, 'Developmental differences in the effects of CB1/2R agonist WIN55212-2 on extinction of learned fear', Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, vol. 99, pp. 109834, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2019.109834
2020
Bisby MA; Baker KD; Richardson R, 2020, 'Deficits in opioid receptor-mediated prediction error contribute to impaired fear extinction during adolescence', Behaviour Research and Therapy, vol. 133, pp. 103713 - 103713, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2020.103713
2020
Zimmermann KS; Richardson R; Baker KD, 2019, 'Maturational changes in prefrontal and amygdala circuits in adolescence: implications for understanding fear inhibition during a vulnerable period of development', Brain Sciences, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9030065
2019
King G; Baker KD; Bisby MA; Chan D; Cowan CSM; Stylianakis AA; Zimmermann KS; Richardson R, 2019, 'A precision medicine approach to pharmacological adjuncts to extinction: a call to broaden research', Psychopharmacology, vol. 236, pp. 143 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00213-018-4999-0
2019
Stylianakis AA; Richardson R; Baker K, 2019, 'Timing is everything: Developmental differences in the effect of chronic corticosterone exposure on extinction retention', Behavioral Neuroscience, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/bne0000326
2019
Bisby MA; Baker KD; Richardson R, 2018, 'Elucidating the mechanisms of fear extinction in developing animals: A special case of NMDA receptor-independent extinction in adolescent rats', Learning and Memory, vol. 25, pp. 158 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/lm.047209.117
2018
Baker KD; McNally GP; Richardson R, 2018, 'D-Cycloserine facilitates fear extinction in adolescent rats and differentially affects medial and lateral prefrontal cortex activation', Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, vol. 86, pp. 262 - 269, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2018.06.007
2018
Stylianakis AA; Harmon-Jones SK; Richardson R; Baker KD, 2018, 'Differences in the persistence of spatial memory deficits induced by a chronic stressor in adolescents compared to juveniles', Developmental Psychobiology, vol. 60, pp. 805 - 813, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/dev.21750
2018
Baker K; McNally G; Richardson R, 2018, 'T13. D-Cycloserine Facilitates Fear Extinction in Adolescent Rats and Differentially Affects Medial and Lateral Prefrontal Cortex Activation', Biological Psychiatry, vol. 83, pp. S133 - S134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.02.349
2018
Stylianakis A; Baker K; Richardson R, 2017, '832. Timing is Everything: Developmental Differences in the Effect of Chronic Stress on Extinction in Adolescent Rats', Biological Psychiatry, vol. 81, pp. S337 - S337, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.02.899
2017
Baker KD; Richardson R, 2017, 'Pharmacological evidence that a failure to recruit NMDA receptors contributes to impaired fear extinction retention in adolescent rats', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 143, pp. 18 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2016.10.014
2017
Baker KD; Gray AR; Richardson R, 2017, 'The development of perineuronal nets around parvalbumin GABAergic neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex and basolateral amygdala of rats', Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 131, pp. 289 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/bne0000203
2017
Baker KD; Loughman A; Spencer SJ; Reichelt AC, 2017, 'The impact of obesity and hypercaloric diet consumption on anxiety and emotional behavior across the lifespan', Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 83, pp. 173 - 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.10.014
2017
Baker KD; Bisby MA; Richardson R, 2016, 'Impaired fear extinction in adolescent rodents: Behavioural and neural analyses', Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 70, pp. 59 - 73, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.05.019
2016
Baker KD; Reichelt AC, 2016, 'Impaired fear extinction retention and increased anxiety-like behaviours induced by limited daily access to a high-fat/high-sugar diet in male rats: Implications for diet-induced prefrontal cortex dysregulation', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 136, pp. 127 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2016.10.002
2016
Baker KD; Richardson R, 2015, 'Forming competing fear learning and extinction memories in adolescence makes fear difficult to inhibit', Learning and Memory, vol. 22, pp. 537 - 543, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/lm.039487
2015
Ogeil RP; Baker KD, 2015, 'The Interaction of REM Sleep with Safety Learning in Humans: Could a Good Night's Sleep Alter a Traumatic Experience?', The Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 35, pp. 1337 - 1339, http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4370-14.2015
2015
Chan D; Baker KD; Richardson R, 2015, 'Relearning a context-shock association after forgetting is an NMDAr-independent process', Physiology and Behavior, vol. 148, pp. 29 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.11.004
2015
Baker KD; Den ML; Graham BM; Richardson R, 2014, 'A window of vulnerability: Impaired fear extinction in adolescence', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 113, pp. 90 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2013.10.009
2014
Baker KD; McNally GP; Richardson R, 2013, 'Memory retrieval before or after extinction reduces recovery of fear in adolescent rats', Learning and Memory, vol. 20, pp. 467 - 473, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/lm.031989.113
2013
Baker KD; Edwards TM; Rickard NS, 2013, 'The role of intracellular calcium stores in synaptic plasticity and memory consolidation', Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 37, pp. 1211 - 1239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2013.04.011
2013
Baker KB; McNally GP; Richardson RL, 2012, 'D-cycloserine does not facilitate fear extinction by reducing conditioned stimulus processing or promoting conditioned inhibition to contextual cues', Learning and Memory, vol. 19, pp. 461 - 469, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/lm.026674.112
2012
Baker KD; Edwards TM; Rickard NS, 2011, 'Pharmacobehavioural Evidence for Nitric Oxide and Noradrenaline Interactions With Ryanodine Receptors During Memory Formation in the Young Chick', Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 125, pp. 175 - 183, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0022537
2011
Baker KD; Edwards TM; Rickard NS, 2011, 'Blocking SK channels impairs long-term memory formation in young chicks', Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 216, pp. 458 - 462, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2010.07.032
2011
Baker KD; Edwards TM; Rickard NS, 2010, 'A ryanodine receptor agonist promotes the consolidation of long-term memory in young chicks', Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 206, pp. 143 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2009.08.026
2010
Baker KD; Edwards TM; Rickard NS, 2008, 'Inhibition of mGluR1 and IP3Rs impairs long-term memory formation in young chicks', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 90, pp. 269 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2008.04.004
2008
Baker KD; Edwards TM, 2007, 'd-Lactate inhibition of memory in a single trial discrimination avoidance task in the young chick', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 88, pp. 269 - 276, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2007.06.004
2007

2019: UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program Early Career Scientist  https://www.science.unsw.edu.au/unsw-women-maths-and-science-champions-program

2017: Amygdala Function in Emotion, Cognition & Disease (Gordon Research Conference) Travel Award

2017: Early Career Investigator - International Travel Fellowship Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry (US$2000)

2016: Kucharski Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Developmental Psychobiology

2016: International Society of Developmental Psychobiology Travel Award provided by the NIH (NICHD), Wiley, the Sackler Institute, the Nurture Science Project at Columbia University, and ISDP (US$1200)

2014: International Society of Developmental Psychobiology Travel Award provided by the NIH (NICHD), the Sackler Institute, and the ISDP (US$800)

2014: FENS-IBRO FENS Forum Travel Grant (Euro $750)

2014: European FENS-SfN Summer School 2014 “Neurodevelopmental Psychiatric Disorders”

2013: Amygdala in Health & Disease (Gordon Research Seminar) Travel Award (US$504)

2012: International Society of Developmental Psychobiology Travel Award provided by the NIH (NICHD), the Sackler Institute, and the ISDP (US$750)

2011: Australian Neuroscience Society Student Travel Award

2006 – 2009: Australian Postgraduate Award, Monash University

2009: Undergraduate Psychology Teaching Award (PSY1011), Monash University

2009: Australian Neuroscience Society Student Travel Award

2007: Australian Neuroscience Society Student Poster Prize at IBRO2007

2007: Australian Neuroscience Society Student Poster Prize at IBRO2007

  • UNSW, Research Infrastructure Scheme 2020, Richardson, Baker, Prasad, Ong, Zimmermann, McNally, Begg, & Killcross, Behavioural Neuroscience Group Expansion to PC2 labs on Level 6 of E26.
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), 2017-2019, Baker, Impaired fear inhibition in adolescence: an imbalance in the brain?
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant 2015 – 2017, Richardson & Baker, A window of vulnerability: Impaired fear inhibition in adolescent rats.
  • The University of New South Wales, Faculty of Science Research Grant 2014, Baker, Neural mechanisms of impaired fear inhibition in adolescence.
  • NHMRC Peter Doherty Early Career Fellowship, 2013 – 2016, Baker, How is fear inhibited in the adolescent brain?
    • Neuroscience
    • Adolescent brain
    • Learning
    • Memory
    • Fear Extinction

    Courses I teach

      Course Coordinator and Lecturer: 2021 (T2) PSYC1029 - Psychobiology of Sex, Love, and Attraction   2020 (T1, T2, T3 - Newly designed course) PSYC1029 - Psychobiology of Sex, Love, and Attraction

       

      Lecturer: 2016 - 2021 (1 semester per year) PSYC3241 - Psychobiology of Memory and Motivation    2015 (1 semester) PSYC2081 - Learning and Physiological Psychology ECH216 - Infancy and Early Development (Macquarie University)