Professor Ben J. Harrison

Professor Ben J. Harrison is the Deputy Scientific Director and head of the Depression and Anxiety Research Stream at the MNC                                                                        +61 3 8344 1959

Ben completed an undergraduate BSc degree (co-major in psychology/psychophysiology) with first-class honours (2002), followed by a PhD in cognitive neuroscience (2006). His post-doctoral training in neuroimaging was undertaken in Europe (Barcelona) under the mentorship of Jesus Pujol (2006-09). Since returning to The University of Melbourne, Ben has established an independent research program within Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, and in 2017 was appointed the Centre’s Deputy Scientific Director to Prof Chris Pantelis. Ben’s research is primarily concerned with how the brain supports human emotion, affect and related cognition, with particular relevance to understanding mood and anxiety disorders, including their treatment. He has published over 130 research articles on these topics, and has received multiple NHMRC fellowships and project grants in support of his work. Ben has current active leadership roles across the Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne Medical School and Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences.


Harrison BJ, et al. (2019 - 2021). A neural systems model of fear dysregulation in anxiety disorders.

NHMRC Project Grant

Harrison BJ, et al. (2018 - 2020). A brain-based model of anxiety sensitivity in panic disorder.

NHMRC Project Grant

Davey CG, et al. (2018 - 2021). A randomised control trial of low-dose ketamine in youth with severe depression and elevated suicide risk.

NHMRC Project Grant

Harrison BJ, et al. (2014 - 2018). Neural predictors of treatment response in youth depression.

NHMRC Project Grant

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Current Projects and Funding

Davey CG, Harrison BJ. (2018) The brain’s center of gravity: how the default mode network helps us to understand the self. World Psychiatry 17(3):278–279.

Via E et al. (2018) Ventromedial prefrontal cortex activity and pathological worry in generalised anxiety disorder. British Journal of Psychiatry 213(1):437-443.

Fullana MA et al. (2018) Fear extinction in the human brain: a meta-analysis of fMRI studies in healthy participants. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 88: 16-25.

Harrison BJ et al. (2017) Human ventromedial prefrontal cortex and the positive affective processing of safety signals. Neuroimage 152:12–18.

Stephanou K et al. (2017) Hard to look on the bright side: neural correlates of impaired emotion regulation in depressed youth. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 12(7):1138–1148.

Davey CG et al. (2017) A Brain Model of Disturbed Self-Appraisal in Depression. American Journal of Psychiatry 174(9):895–903.

Fullana MA et al. (2016) Neural signatures of human fear conditioning: an updated and extended meta-analysis of fMRI studies. Molecular Psychiatry 21(4):500–508.

Davey CG et al. (2016) Mapping the self in the brain’s default mode network. Neuroimage 132:390–397.

Stephanou K et al. (2016) Brain functional correlates of emotion regulation across adolescence and young adulthood. Human Brain Mapping 37(1):7–19.

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