Biography

Kristi Griffiths is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Brain Dynamics Centre within the Westmead Institute for Medical Research.  She completed her Bachelor of Science (Psychology Hons) and doctoral degree at the University of Sydney in February 2015.  This work involved investigating the brain circuits underlying goal-directed behaviours and how they are affected in youth with psychiatric illnesses. Since beginning at the BDC in 2014, Kristi has begun to focus her research specifically on children and adolescents with ADHD and in her role as a post-doctoral research fellow, she coordinates the ADHD research team.  Kristi is a recipient of the Westmead Medical Reseach Foundation Tenix Fellowship.

Keywords

ADHD/Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Mental disorders, Neuropsychiatry, Neuroimaging, Adolescent health

Themes

Neurosciences and Mental Health

Research Focus

Kristi is interested in identifying cognitive or neurobiological markers that will help us to understand the different subtypes and causes of ADHD, and to identify markers that can help to predict the likelihood of response to different treatments.  Her research uses a combination of cognitive testing, EEG and various brain imaging modalities (structural and functional imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, connectomics).  With this integrative approach, she hopes to bridge the gap between science and clinical practice, and to make a difference in the lives of children with ADHD and their families.

Other Affiliations

Sydney Medical School > Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015 Westmead Medical Research Foundation Tenix fellowship
  • 2013 Sydney Neuroscience Network best poster prize
  • 2011, 2013 Sydney Medical School Travelling fellowship
  • 2011, 2012, 2014 Postgraduate research support scheme
  • 2010-2014 ARC laureate postgraduate scholarship
  • 2009 World Congress of Biological Psychiatry travel award

Education

  • PhD Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Sydney