Jacob Crouse is a Ph.D. candidate (Medicine) at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. His principal research seeks to understand the factors involved in shaping the functional course of young people in the early phases of common mental disorders.
Through this work, Jacob and his colleagues have pinpointed several factors important for social and occupational functioning in this cohort, including general cognitive ability, specific cognitive domains (e.g. executive function), and age of onset of substance use. These factors may be useful in directing interventions to at-risk individuals, as well as for predicting patients’ functional course over time. Jacob hopes to further develop this line of inquiry in young, at-risk groups enriched with risk factors such as childhood adversity (e.g. physical or sexual abuse) and poverty.
Jacob is additionally interested in the neuropsychology of Parkinson’s disease, with some published work exploring reversal learning, postural instability and the inter-relations between cognitive and motor processes in the disease.