Crystal Meehan

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Crystal Meehan

Associate Lecturer in Psychology

Room 114, Level 1 , Social Sciences Building

03 6226 2922 (phone)


In 2011 Crystal completed her Bachelor of Psychology degree with first class honours at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Crystal then commenced a PhD in Psychology in the area of psychoneuroimmunology at the same institution, graduating in 2018. Crystal’s research to date uses a rodent model to investigate how activation of the mothers’ immune system during gestation increases the risk of schizophrenia developing in the offspring.

Career summary


  • PhD, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2018. Thesis: The role of early versus late gestational maternal immune activation in the aetiology of schizophrenia: Establishing a rat model with a focus on cognitive symptomology and neuroinflammation.
  • BPsych (1st Class Hons), University of Newcastle, Australia, 2011.

Administrative expertise

Previous experience as the Senior Administration Officer for the Division of Psychology, University of Tasmania including project management of curriculum accreditation round with the national accrediting body (Australian Psychology Accreditations Council).


Teaching expertise

I have over 5 years experience in university-level teaching and learning, which has involved both coordination and delivery of course material to undergraduate psychology students. I have experience teaching Behavioural Neuroscience, Biological Psychology, Counselling, and Introductory Psychology units.

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  • Mental health
  • Schizophrenia

Research Themes

Crystal research aligns to the University’s research theme of Better Health. Her long-term research vision is to not only develop the understanding of the biological underpinnings of psychopathologies, but also to contribute in translating this understanding into, and assessing the effectiveness of, potential preventative measures, practices, and interventions.

Fields of Research

  • Behavioural neuroscience (520202)

Research Objectives

  • Mental health (200409)
  • Expanding knowledge in psychology (280121)
  • Clinical health (200199)


Total publications


Journal Article

(9 outputs)
2020Rahman T, Weickert CS, Harms L, Meehan C, Schall U, et al., 'Effect of Immune Activation during Early Gestation or Late Gestation on Inhibitory Markers in Adult Male Rats', Scientific Reports, 10, (1) ISSN 2045-2322 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-58449-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4


2019Duchatel RJ, Harms LR, Meehan CL, Michie PT, Bigland MJ, et al., 'Reduced cortical somatostatin gene expression in a rat model of maternal immune activation', Psychiatry Research, 282 pp. 1-9. ISSN 0165-1781 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2019.112621 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2018Duchatel RJ, Meehan CL, Harms LR, Michie PT, Bigland MJ, et al., 'Late gestation immune activation increases IBA1-positive immunoreactivity levels in the corpus callosum of adult rat offspring', Psychiatry research pp. 175-185. ISSN 0165-1781 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.05.063 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 21


2018Harms L, Fulham WR, Todd J, Meehan C, Schall U, et al., 'Late deviance detection in rats is reduced, while early deviance detection is augmented by the NMDA receptor antagonist MK-801', Schizophrenia research, 191 pp. 43-50. ISSN 0920-9964 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.03.042 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 20


2017Duchatel RJ, Meehan CL, Harms LR, Michie PT, Bigland MJ, et al., 'Letter to the editor: Increased complement component 4 (C4) gene expression in the cingulate cortex of rats exposed to late gestation immune activation', Schizophrenia Research: An International Multidisciplinary Journal pp. 1-3. ISSN 0920-9964 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

[eCite] [Details]

2017Meehan C, Harms L, Frost JD, Barreto R, Todd J, et al., 'Effects of immune activation during early or late gestation on schizophrenia-related behaviour in adult rat offspring', Brain, Behavior, and Immunity pp. 8-20. ISSN 0889-1591 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2016.07.144 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 53Web of Science - 51


2017Rahman T, Zavitsanou K, Purves-Tyson T, Harms LR, Meehan C, et al., 'Effects of Immune Activation during Early or Late Gestation on N-Methyl-ᴅ-Aspartate Receptor Measures in Adult Rat Offspring', Frontiers in Psychiatry pp. 1-12. ISSN 1664-0640 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00077 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 21


2014Harms L, Fulham WR, Todd J, Budd TW, Hunter M, et al., 'Mismatch negativity (MMN) in freely-moving rats with several experimental controls', PloS one pp. 1-16. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110892 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 53Web of Science - 52


2012Sominsky L, Meehan C, Walker AK, Bobrovskaya L, McLaughlin EA, et al., 'Neonatal immune challenge alters reproductive development in the female rat', Hormones and behavior, 62, (3) pp. 345-355. ISSN 0018-506X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2012.02.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 33


Research Supervision




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