Dr Rose Chesworth

Rose ChesworthPosition

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Medicine


Rose completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of Sydney. She worked as a research assistant for 3 years with Prof Tim Karl at NeuRA, investigating gene-environment interactions in schizophrenia using genetic mouse models. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne with Prof Andrew Lawrence, investigating how glutamate and adenosine receptors contributed to methamphetamine addiction using mouse models. She continued her work using rodent models of addiction in her first postdoctoral position at Prof Bernard Balleine’s Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Sydney. Here she investigated if pharmacologically targeting the noradrenergic system could help prevent relapse in alcohol addiction. Rose brought her skills in drug addiction research to Western Sydney University, to examine drug-taking behaviour in animal models of schizophrenia with Prof Tim Karl, and has recently started investigating novel treatments for neurodegenerative disorders. Rose is supported by several grants (e.g. NHMRC project grant 2019, Rebecca Cooper Project Grant 2020, Dementia Australia Project Grant 2022) and collaborates with leading Australian researchers from Macquarie University, the University of Wollongong and NeuRA.


  • Biological Psychiatry Australia (2016 - 2022)
  • Schizophrenia International Research Society (2019)
  • International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience (2019)
  • Society for Mental Health Research (2015 - 2017)
  • Australian Neuroscience Society (2012 - 2014)


  • Local organising committee member for RiSe Schizophrenia Summit (November 2021)
  • Local organising committee member for Biological Psychiatry Australia (2020)
  • Committee member for Biological Psychiatry Australia Early Career Researcher Network (2017 – 2019)
  • Executive committee member for Biological Psychiatry Australia (2017-2018)
  • Pint of Science Team Leader 2017

Research Interests

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Addiction
  • Genetic mouse models
  • Mental Health
  • Pharmacology

Qualifications & Recognition

  • PhD (Neuroscience) University of Melbourne
  • B. Psychology (Honours) University of Sydney

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+612 4620 3934
LocationCampbelltown Campus