Dr Adrian Russo

Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar

BPsychSc (Hons), MPsych(Clin Neuro), PhD

Background and Experience

Adrian practices as a Psychologist at the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Group. He obtained his Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) degree and is currently completing a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology at LaTrobe University. Previously, Adrian has worked at La Trobe University where he taught into the Psychology program.

Clinical Interests

Within clinical practice, Adrian is specifically interested in neurodevelopmental presentations and is extensively trained in conducting diagnostic assessments. Adrian’s goals are to provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of their cognition, and to help implement strategies that can address challenges that manifest at home, school and/or work.

Research Interests

Adrian’s research focuses on investigating the role of serotonin in social behaviour, anxiety and sleep, and published scientific research in the field of psychology and neuroscience.

Practice Philosophies


Payet, J. M., Stevens, L., Russo, A. M., Jaehne, E. J., van den Buuse, M., Kent, S., … Hale, M. W. (2023). The role of dorsal raphe nucleus serotonergic systems in emotional learning and memory in male BALB/c mice. Neuroscience, 534, 1-15.

Russo, A. M., Payet, J. M., Kent, S., Lesku, J. A., Lowry, C. A., & Hale, M. W. (2022). Acute treatment with 5-hydroxytryptophan increases social approach behaviour but does not activate serotonergic neurons in the dorsal raphe nucleus in juvenile male BALB/c mice: A model of human disorders with deficits of sociability. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 36(7), 806–818.

Payet, J. M., Wilson, K.-E., Russo, A. M., Angiolino, A., Kavanagh-Ryan, W., Kent, S., … Hale, M. W. (2021). Involvement of dorsal raphe nucleus serotonergic systems in social approach-avoidance behaviour and in the response to fluoxetine treatment in peri-adolescent female BALB/c mice. Behavioural Brain Research, 408, 113268.

Russo, A. M., Lawther, A. J., Prior, B. M., Isbel, L., Somers, W. G., Lesku, J. A., … Hale, M. W. (2019). Social approach, anxiety, and altered tryptophan hydroxylase 2 activity in juvenile BALB/c and C57BL/6J mice. Behavioural Brain Research, 359, 918–926.

Payet, J. M., Burnie, E., Sathananthan, N. J., Russo, A. M., Lawther, A. J., Kent, S., … Hale, M. W. (2018). Exposure to acute and chronic fluoxetine has differential effects on sociability and activity of serotonergic neurons in the dorsal raphe nucleus of juvenile male BALB/c mice. Neuroscience, 386, 1–15.

Pike, K. E., Chong, M. S., Hume, C. H., Keech, B. J., Konjarski, M., Landolt, K. A., Leslie, B. E., Russo, A. … & Kinsella, G. J. (2018). Providing online memory interventions for older adults: A critical review and recommendations for development. Australian Psychologist, 53(5), 367-376.

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