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Daniel Zuj

Lecturer in Psychological Sciences
School of Psychological Sciences

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Daniel Zuj is a Lecturer in Psychological Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Daniel works in the field of experimental psychopathology with a focus on the boundary conditions and mechanisms of human associative learning models, particularly those with direct implications for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dan works with a number of national and international collaborators investigating fear, threat and avoidance learning with broad implications, from the development of underlying fears in individuals with anxiety disorders and eating disorders, to COVID-related anxiety and avoidance behaviours.

Biography

Daniel joined the University of Tasmania in 2022. Before joining UTAS, Dan was a Lecturer in Psychology at Swansea University in the UK (2018-2021), where he remains an Honorary Lecturer. He completed his PhD at the University of Tasmania in 2017.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis Title

University

Country

Date Awarded

PhD

Moderators of the Relationship Between Fear Extinction Learning and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

University of Tasmania

Australia

2017

Grad Cert Research

University of Tasmania

Australia

2017

BA (1st Class Hons)

Acute Cognitive Impairment Association with the Inception of Cigarette Cravings

University of Tasmania

Australia

2012

Memberships

Professional practice

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), AdvanceHE

Committee associations

  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience (AS4SAN)
  • Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

Teaching

Teaching responsibility

Courses:

www.utas.edu.au/courses/53F

Units:

www.utas.edu.au/units/PSY124

www.utas.edu.au/units/PSY305

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Expertise

  • Experimental psychopathology
  • Learning theory
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Pavlovian fear conditioning and extinction
  • Avoidance acquisition and extinction
  • Trauma
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • COVID-related fear, anxiety and avoidance
  • Mediation and moderation path analysis
  • Psychophysiology
  • Electrodermal activity

Collaboration

Daniel is involved in a number of national collaborations with colleagues at the University of Melbourne and Queensland University of Technology, as well as international collaborations with colleagues in the UK, Europe and USA. These collaborations use a multi-modal framework to understand the biological, neural, cognitive, and behavioural underpinnings of fear, anxiety and avoidance. This research is applied to a number of anxiety disorders (e.g., PTSD, specific phobia, and generalized anxiety disorder) and eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa).

In addition, Dan’s research collaborations in the UK are focused on investigating how fear, anxiety and avoidance has developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what implications these emotions and behaviours might have for the end of lockdowns and a return to normality.

Current projects

  • Leaving lockdown and living with COVID-19: Protection may increase fear and avoidance
  • The reinstatement of fear and avoidance
  • The role of context in the acquisition and extinction of fear and avoidance
  • The role of Pavlovian fear learning in eating disorder development

Fields of Research

  • Behavioural neuroscience (520202)
  • Mental health services (420313)
  • Sensory processes, perception and performance (520406)
  • Health psychology (520304)

Research Objectives

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

Publications

Daniel’s research has been published in a number of international clinical psychology and experimental psychopathology journals. Daniel is also a review editor for Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, and has reviewed for many top tier psychology journals, including, but not limited to:

  • Clinical Psychological Science
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Behaviour Research and Therapy

Total publications

13

Highlighted publications

(1 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2016Journal ArticleZuj DV, Palmer MA, Lommen MJ, Felmingham KL, 'The centrality of fear extinction in linking risk factors to PTSD: A narrative review', Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 69 pp. 15-35. ISSN 0149-7634 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.07.014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 80Web of Science - 73

Co-authors: Palmer MA; Felmingham KL

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Journal Article

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Felmingham KL, Caruana JM, Miller LN, Ney LJ, Zuj DV, et al., 'Lower estradiol predicts increased reinstatement of fear in women', Behaviour Research and Therapy, 142 Article 103875. ISSN 0005-7967 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2021.103875 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Felmingham KL; Ney LJ; Nicholson E; To A

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2020Ney LJ, Hsu CMK, Nicholson E, Zuj DV, Clark L, et al., 'The effect of self-reported REM behavior Disorder Symptomology on Intrusive Memories in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder', Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 19, (2) pp. 178-191. ISSN 1540-2002 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/15402002.2020.1722127 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Ney LJ; Nicholson E; Clark L

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2018Felmingham KL, Zuj DV, Hsu KCM, Nicholson E, Palmer MA, et al., 'The BDNF Val66Met polymorphism moderates the relationship between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and fear extinction learning', Psychoneuroendocrinology, 91 pp. 142-148. ISSN 0306-4530 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.03.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Felmingham KL; Nicholson E; Palmer MA; Stuart K; Vickers JC

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2018Hsu C-MK, Kleim B, Nicholson E, Zuj DV, Cushing PJ, et al., 'Sex differences in intrusive memories following trauma', PLoS ONE, 13, (12) pp. e0208575. ISSN 1932-6203 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208575 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Nicholson E

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2018Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Malhi GS, Bryant RA, Felmingham KL, 'Endogenous salivary α-amylase does not interact with skin conductance response during fear extinction in posttraumatic stress disorder', Psychiatry Research, 262 pp. 316-322. ISSN 0165-1781 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.02.016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Palmer MA

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2018Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Malhi GS, Bryant RA, Felmingham KL, 'Greater sleep disturbance and longer sleep onset latency facilitate SCR-specific fear reinstatement in PTSD', Behaviour Research and Therapy, 110 pp. 1-10. ISSN 0005-7967 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2018.08.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Palmer MA

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2017Zuj DV, Felmingham KL, Palmer MA, Lawrence-Wood E, Van Hooff M, et al., 'Neural activity and emotional processing following military deployment: Effects of mild traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder', Brain and Cognition, 118 pp. 19-26. ISSN 0278-2626 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2017.07.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Palmer MA

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2017Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Gray KE, Hsu CMK, Nicholson EL, et al., 'Negative appraisals and fear extinction are independently related to PTSD symptoms', Journal of affective disorders, 217 pp. 246-251. ISSN 0165-0327 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.04.016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Palmer MA; Nicholson EL; Felmingham KL

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2017Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Malhi GS, Bryant RA, Felmingham KL, 'Endogenous cortisol reactivity moderates the relationship between fear inhibition to safety signals and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms', Psychoneuroendocrinology, 78 pp. 14-21. ISSN 0306-4530 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.01.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Palmer MA

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2016Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Hsu KCM, Nicholson EL, Cushing PJ, et al., 'Impaired fear extinction associated with PTSD increases with hours-since-waking', Depression and Anxiety, 33, (3) pp. 203-210. ISSN 1091-4269 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/da.22463 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 33Web of Science - 30

Co-authors: Palmer MA; Nicholson EL; Gray KE; Felmingham KL

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2016Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Lommen MJ, Felmingham KL, 'The centrality of fear extinction in linking risk factors to PTSD: A narrative review', Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 69 pp. 15-35. ISSN 0149-7634 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.07.014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 80Web of Science - 73

Co-authors: Palmer MA; Felmingham KL

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2015Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Kemps E, 'Cigarette cravings impair mock jurors' recall of trial evidence', Psychology, Crime and Law, 21, (5) pp. 413-425. ISSN 1068-316X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2014.989168 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Palmer MA

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2014Alogna VK, Attaya MK, Aucoin P, Bahnik S, Birch S, et al., 'Registered Replication Report: Schooler and Engstler-Schooler (1990)', Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, (5) pp. 556-578. ISSN 1745-6916 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1745691614545653 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 106Web of Science - 89

Co-authors: Holt G; Palmer MA; Rainsford MAE; Sauer JD

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In 2020, Daniel was a co-PI on a Welsh Government Office for Science (Ser Cymru Tackling COVID-19 call) funded project (£65,000) with Swansea University colleagues investigating COVID-related fear and avoidance. This research program focused on developing a series of remote online avoidance learning tasks to understand how COVID-related avoidance is learned, and how this avoidance behaviour might be unlearned (or extinguished).

Daniel has supervised two PhD students to completion in the UK, with projects investigating the acquisition, generalisation and extinction of fear and avoidance. Daniel is available for supervision of HDR candidates interested in projects related to human associative learning of fear and avoidance.