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Dr Pamela Marsh

BSocSci UNE, BA USyd, PhD USyd.

Pamela Marsh

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 3.741
Phone : +61 2 9850 6769
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : pamela.marsh@mq.edu.au
Homepage : http://www.ccd.edu.au

External Address

Department of Cognitive Science
Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109

Profile

I obtained my Bachelor of Social Science at the University of New England in 1994. I then completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology in 1995, supported by a Faculty of Arts Honours Scholarship where I examined the validity of the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria in attention eficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I completed my PhD research in 2005 at the University of Sydney supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award and a Jean Gilmore/Thenie Baddams Special Grant from the Australian Federation of University Women. My PhD thesis, entitled "Distinguishing ADHD and first-episode schizophrenia: An investigation of emotion perception impairments" examined visual processing of emotional facial expressions in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and first-episode schizophrenia (FES). During my candidature I also spent some time working as a Consumer Consultant for the Western Sydney Area Health Service, which served to reinforce the need to investigate the social cognition and social functioning in psychoses. I joined the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science (MACCS) in 2006 to work on a project investigating the remediation of facial emotion perception in psychotic disorders in collaboration with Dr Melissa Green. I have since expanded this research and I am conducting a randomized single-blind control study which is testing the two social cognitive remediation programs as detailed in this current application. This research study is funded by Australian Rotary Health, the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW (SFNSW) and Macquarie University.

Awards

  • Promotion to Lecturer (Level B) (2012), Marsh, P.
  • Macquarie University's Faculty of Human Sciences Dean's Award for Service (2012), Marsh, P.J. "For promoting and enhancing the profile of the Department of Cognitive Science and the Faculty to the wider community."

Grants Awarded

  • Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW (2013 - 2014) "The development of an Internet-based social cognitive remediation for people with schizophrenia (eSoCog)." Marsh, P.J., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. ($50,000)
  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant (2011) "Eye monitoring & tactile stimulators for a magnetic resonance imaging environment". Rich, A.N., Graham, S., Williams, M.A., Morgan, M., Savage, G., Burianova, H., Magnussen, J., Finkbeiner, M., Marsh, P., & Rowe, D. ($50,000)
  • Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW (2010) "Remediation of social cognition in schizophrenia: Theoretical and clinical implications." Marsh, P., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. ($50,000)
  • Australian Rotary Health Research Fund (2010) "Remediation of mental-state reasoning and emotion recognition in schizophrenia: Theoretical and clinical implications." Marsh, P., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. ($43,000)
  • Macquarie University Safety Net Grant (2010) "Remediation of mental-state reasoning and emotion recognition in schizophrenia: Theoretical and clinical implications." Coltheart, M., Langdon, R., & Marsh, P. ($18,639)
  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant Scheme (2009) "Remote eyetracker for testing special populations." Crain. S., Brock, J., Thornton, R., Castles, A., McArthur, G., Thornton, R., Marsh, P., Brock, J., Savage, G., Rich, A., Cox, R., Rowe, D., A. Gamble, A., Langdon, R., Rapee, R., Hudson, J., Lyneham, H., & Porter, M. ($47,908)
  • Australian Rotary Health Research Fund (2009) "Remediation of mental-state reasoning and emotion recognition in schizophrenia: Theoretical and clinical implications." Marsh, P., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. ($51,269)
  • Macquarie University Safety Net Grant (2009) "Improving socio-occupational outcomes in schizophrenia using targeted remediation." Marsh, P., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. ($19,769)
  • Australian Rotary Health Research Fund (2009 - 2011) "Remediation of mental-state reasoning and emotion recognition in schizophrenia: Theoretical and clinical implications." Marsh, P., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. ($140,000)
  • Macquarie University Safety Net Grant (2008) "Effects of Augmentation a Cognitive Remediation Program with Targeted Socio-Cognitive Training in Schizophrenia." Marsh, P., Harris, A., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. ($18,206)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Books

  • Marsh, P.J., McGuire, J., Polito, V., Anandakumar, T., Lee, B.W., McMillan, J.E., Suraev, A., Coltheart, M., Harris, A.W.F., & Langdon, R. (2013). SoCog: Manual for mental-state reasoning and emotion recognition training in schizophrenia. Sydney: Macquarie University.
  • Marsh, P.J. (2008). Impaired emotion perception in ADHD and first-episode schizophrenia: How are they different. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag.

Periodicals

  • Marsh, P.J., Langdon, R., McGuire, J., Harris, A., Polito, V., & Coltheart, M. (2013). An open clinical trial assessing a novel training program for social cognitive impairment in schizophrenia. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(2), 122-126. doi:10.1177/1039856213475683
  • Marsh, P.J., Langdon, R., Harris, A., & Coltheart, M. (2013). The case for social-cognitive remediation to improve outcomes in schizophrenia: A life well lived is more than remission from psychosis. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (ANZJP), 47(6), 512-515. doi:10.1177/0004867413479066
  • Marsh, P., Luckett, G., Russell, T., Coltheart, M., & Green, M. (2012). Effects of facial emotion recognition remediation on visual scanning of novel face stimuli. Schizophrenia Research, 141(2-3), 234-240. [Link]
  • Marsh, P.J., Green, M.J., Russell, T.A., McGuire, J., Harris, A. & Coltheart, M. (2010). Remediation of facial emotion recognition in schizophrenia: Functional predictors, generalisability, and durability. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 13(2), 143-170.
  • Porter, M.A., Shaw, T., & Marsh, P.J. (2010). An Unusual Attraction to the Eyes in Williams-Beuren Syndrome: A Manipulation of Facial Affect while Measuring Face Scanpaths. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 15(6), 505-530. doi:10.1080/13546801003644486
  • Taubert, J., Marsh, P.J., & Shaw, T. (2010). When you turn the other cheek: A preference for novel viewpoints of familiar faces. Perception, 39(3), 429-432. doi:10.1068/p6627
  • Marsh, P.J., & Williams, L.M. (2006). ADHD and schizophrenia phenomenology: Visual scanpaths to emotional faces as a potential psychological marker? Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 30, 651-665.
  • Marsh, P.J., & Williams, L.M. (2004). An investigation of individual typologies of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder using cluster analysis of DSM-IV criteria. Personality and Individual Differences, 36, 1187-1195.
  • Irwin, H.J., Green, M.J., & Marsh, P.J. (1999). Dysfunction in smooth pursuit eye movements and a history of childhood trauma. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 89, 1230-1236.

Published Abstracts

  • Marsh, P.J., Langdon, R., McGuire, J., Harris, A.W.F., Polito, V., Anandakumar, T., Lee, B., Singh, S., & Coltheart, M. (2012). SOCOG: A novel social cognitive training program for people with schizophrenia [Abstract]. Schizophrenia Research, 136(1), 3.
  • Marsh, P.J., Langdon, R., McGuire, J., Attewell, J., Sureav, A., Harris, A., & Coltheart, M. (2011). The design and development of a novel mental state reasoning (MSRT) program for schizophrenia [Abstract]. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45, A21.
  • Harris, A., Dark, F., Langdon, R., Marsh, P., & Killackey, E. (2011). Cognitive and social cognitive remediation therapy: Treatment for a neglected aspect of severe mental illness [Abstract]. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45, A20.
  • Marsh, P., Langdon, R., McGuire, J., Harris, A., Luckett, G., Polito, V., & Coltheart, M. (2010). The development of the mental-state reasoning training (MSR) program: Phase I and II [Abstract]. Schizophrenia Research, 117(2-3), 404-405.
  • Marsh, P., Langdon, R., Green, M., Russell, T., McGuire, J., Luckett, G., Harris, A., & Coltheart, M. (2010). Remediation of facial emotion recognition in schizophrenia: Functional predictors, generalisability, and durability and concomitant visual scanning of novel face stimuli. [Abstract]. Schizophrenia Research, 117(2-3), 521-522.
  • Marsh, P.J., Langdon, R., McGuire, J., Harris, A., & Coltheart, M. (2009). The development of the Mental-State Reasoning Training (MSR) Program [Abstract]. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 35(Suppl. 1), 318.
  • Marsh, P., Green, M.J., Harris, A., Russell, T., & Coltheart, M. (2008). Functional predictors of emotion recognition training in schizophrenia and generalizability of training to faces not used in remediation [Abstract]. Schizophrenia Research, 102(1-3, Suppl. 2), 269.
  • Marsh, P., Green, M., Russell, T., Harris, A., & Coltheart, M. (2008). Emotion recognition training in schizophrenia: functional predictors and generalizability [Abstract]. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42(Suppl. 2), A22.
  • Marsh, P., Green, M., Russell, T., Harris, A., & Coltheart, M. (2008). Emotion recognition training in schizophrenia: functional predictors and generalizability [Abstract]. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42(Suppl. 3), A101-102.
  • Marsh, P., Green, M., Russell, T., Harris, A., & Coltheart, M. (2007). Clinical and functional Predictors of effective social cognitive remediation in schizophrenia [Abstract]. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41(S2), a484.
  • Marsh, P., Russell, T., Green, M., & Coltheart, M. (2006). Visual attention to facial features following emotion remediation in schizophrenia [Abstract]. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 18(6), s298.
  • Marsh, P.J., Harris, A.W., Clarke, S., Kohn, M., Lazzaro, I., Brown, K., Charles, M., Latimer, C., Williams, L.M. (2006). ADHD and first-episode schizophrenia show distinct scanpaths to emotional faces [Abstract]. Acta NeuroPsychiatrica, 18(Suppl. 1), 298.
  • Marsh, P.J., Lazzaro, I., Manor, B.R., Harris, A.W.F., Williams, L.M., Gordon, E., & Davidson, D. (2000). Facial expressions of emotion and visual scanpaths in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and first-episode psychosis (FEP) [Abstract]. Schizophrenia Research, 41, 288.
  • Marsh, P.J., Lazzaro, I., Manor, B.R., Harris, A.W.F., Williams, L.M., Gordon, E., & Davidson, D. (2000). Facial expressions of emotion and visual scanpaths in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and first-episode psychosis (FEP) [Abstract]. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 35, 69.
  • Marsh, P.J., Lazzaro, I., Harris, A.W.F., Williams, L.M., & Gordon, E. (2000). Can ADHD and first-episode schizophrenia in adolescence be distinguished using psychophysiological measures of attention arousal? [Abstract]. Psychophysiology, 37(Suppl. 1), 66.
  • Marsh, P.J., Lazzaro, I., Harris, A.W.F., Williams, L.M., Davidson, D. & Gordon, E. (2000). Can patterns of visual scanning of facial affect differentiate attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and first-episode schizophrenia in adolescents? [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology, 53, 2.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Marsh, P., & Polito, V. (2014, March). Social cognitive impairments in schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Half-day Training Workshop on SoCog: Early Psychosis Intervention Team (EPI), Community Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS), Penrith.
  • Marsh, P., & Polito, V. (2014, March). Assessment of social cognitive impairments in schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Half-day Training Workshop on SoCog: Early Psychosis Intervention Team (EPI), Community Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS), Penrith.
  • Polito, V., & Marsh, P. (2014, March). How to improve social cognitive impairments in schizophrenia with a focus on SoCog. Presentation given at the Half-day Training Workshop on SoCog: Early Psychosis Intervention Team (EPI), Community Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS), Penrith.
  • Marsh, P., & Polito, V. (2014, March). Results from two efficacy studies of SoCog. Presentation given at the Half-day Training Workshop on SoCog: Early Psychosis Intervention Team (EPI), Community Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS), Penrith.
  • Polito, V., & Marsh, P. (2014, March). Practical demonstration of SoCog training materials. Presentation given at the Half-day Training Workshop on SoCog: Early Psychosis Intervention Team (EPI), Community Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS), Penrith.
  • Marsh, P.J. (2013, September). My research career investigating social cognitive treatments for people with schizophrenia. Invited presentation given at the Macquarie University Psychology Society Distinguished Speakers Evening, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P., & Polito, V. (2013, September). Social cognition and early psychosis. Presentation given at the Early Psychosis Forum, Westmead Hospital, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P. (2013, September). SoCog: Theoretical underpinnings and administration - A training workshop for psychologists and allied mental health professionals. Presentation given at the Clinical Forum, Concord Hospital & Mental Health Centre.
  • Marsh, P. (2013, September). SoCog: Theoretical underpinnings and administration - A training workshop for nursing staff. Presentation given at the Clinical Forum, Concord Hospital & Mental Health Centre.
  • Marsh, P.J. (2013, May). The case for social cognitive remediation in schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Family and Carer support group, Cumberland Hospital, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P., Langdon, R., Harris, A., & Coltheart, M. (2013, May). Independent effects of two novel social cognitive remediation programs (SoCog): emotion recognition training versus complex mental-state reasoning training in schizophrenia. Paper presented at the 12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference (ASC), Melbourne.
  • Marsh, P. (2013, May). Social cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Paper presented at the 12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference (ASC): Satellite Workshop on Cognition, Melbourne.
  • Marsh, P. (2013, May). The remediation of social cognitive deficits in Schizophrenia. Paper presented at the 12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference (ASC): Satellite Workshop on Cognition, Melbourne.
  • Marsh, P.J. (2013, April). Pilot study of two novel social cognitive remediation programs (SoCog): Emotion recognition training and complex mental-state reasoning training in schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Cumberland Professorial Grand Rounds, Cumberland Hospital, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P. (2012, October). Social cognitive training for people with schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Psychiatrist Council Meeting, Rural Psychiatry Project, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P. (2012, September). Social cognitive training for people with schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Grand Rounds, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P.J., Langdon, R., McGuire, J., Harris, A.W.F., Polito, V., Anandakumar, T., Lee, B., Singh, S., & Coltheart, M. (2012, April). SoCog: A novel social cognitive training program for people with schizophrenia. Presentation given at the 3rd Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Conference, Florence, Italy.
  • Marsh, P. (2012, January). Social cognitive training for people with schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Inservice, Mental Health Rehabilitation Team, St Vincentís Hospital, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P. (2012, January). Social cognitive training for people with schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Inservice, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P., Anandakumar, T. & Lee, B. (2011, September). SoCog: A new remediation program. Presentation given at the 12th NSW Early Psychosis Forum at Westmead Hospital, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P. (2011, August). Social Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Clinical Forum, Brisbane Metro South Health Service District.
  • Marsh, P. (2011, August). Social Cognition: A new remediation program (SoCog) Presentation given at the Clinical Forum, Concord Hospital & Mental Health Centre.
  • Harris, A., Marsh, P., Langdon, R., Dark, F., & Allott, K. (2011, May). Cognitive and social cognitive remediation therapy: treatment for a neglected aspect of severe mental illness. Symposium conducted at the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Darwin, Australia.
  • Marsh, P. (2011, May). A Novel Mental State Reasoning Training (MSRT) Program for Schizophrenia. Paper presented at the The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZAP) Conference, Darwin, NT.
  • Marsh, P. (2011, April). Social Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Cumberland Professorial Grand Rounds, Cumberland Hospital, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P. (2010, May). 'My journey to recovery from mental illness: I'm OK now.' Presentation given at the Consumer Network Forum at Cumberland Hospital for Schizophrenia Awareness Week, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P. (2009, November). Social Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Consumer Network at Cumberland Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
  • Marsh, P. (2009, September). Social Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Granville (Community Mental Health Rehabilitation) Seminar, Sydney, Australia.
  • Marsh, P. (2009, June). Social Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Psychiatric Rounds, Cumberland Hospital, Westmead, Sydney, Australia.
  • Marsh, P., Green, M., Russell, T., Harris, A., & Coltheart, M. (2008, October). Emotion recognition training in schizophrenia: functional predictors and generalizability Presentation given at the 10th Australasian Schizophrenia Conference, Lorne, Vic.
  • Marsh, P.J. (2008, September). Rehabilitation staff meeting. Presentation given at the 'Social Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia', Westmead Hospital, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P.J. (2008, August). Psychiatric rounds. Presentation given at the 'Social Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia', Westmead Hospital, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P.J. (2008, May). Improving Emotion Recognition and Mental-State Reasoning in Schizophrenia Presentation given at the SFNSW Parramatta Consumer Support Group/Schizophrenia Awareness Week, Parramatta, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P.J., Russell, T., Green, M., & Coltheart, M. (2006, December). Visual attention to facial features following emotion remediation in schizophrenia. Presentation given at the Brainwaves: The Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research Annual Meeting, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P.J., Harris, A.W., Clarke, S., Kohn, M., Lazzaro, I., Brown, K., Charles, M., Latimer, C., & Williams, L.M. (2006, December). ADHD and first-episode schizophrenia show distinct scanpaths to emotional faces. Presentation given at the Brainwaves: The Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research Annual Meeting, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P.J. (1996, September). An empirical approach to the classification of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Symposium conducted at the 31st Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Sydney.
  • Marsh, P.J., Bolden, S.W., & Williams, L.M. (1995, July). Early visual organisation in children with ADHD. Paper presented at the International Neuropsychological Society/ Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment Pacific Rim Post Conference, Melbourne.

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