Genevieve Steiner

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PhD (Psychology) with Examiners' Commendation for Outstanding Thesis, University of Wollongong, 2015Gen Steiner

BPsyc (Hons I), University of Wollongong, 2010

Dr Genevieve Steiner is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow and is part of the neurodegenerative research team at NICM. Dr Steiner has a background in clinical psychophysiological research, and her work explores the electrophysiological bases of learning and memory processes.  Dr Steiner is particularly interested in the neural activity and autonomic irregularities associated with the changes in cognition that occur with healthy ageing, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and dementia.  A large portion of Dr Steiner's work uses continuous psychophysiological measures including electroencephalograph (EEG), skin conductance, pupil diameter, electrocardiogram (ECG), peripheral pulse pressure, and respiration. Dr Steiner is working with NICM using some of these research techniques to explore the psychopharmacology of herbal medicines for people living with mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

Dr Steiner is also experienced in statistics, having taught statistics extensively at the University of Wollongong for five years, eLearning curriculum design, the genetic determinants of brain activity, and dietary effects on cognition.


Areas of Research /Teaching Expertise

  • Complementary Medicine for Dementia
  • Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Electrophysiology of Ageing and Cognitive Decline
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Learning and Memory
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Psychology
  • eLearning Curriculum Design

Grants / Projects

Dr Steiner's research has been supported by numerous external funding agencies including an NHMRC, government and industry. Over the last two years she has attracted seven successful external research grants totalling $725,000.

See a full list of past and current projects.

Awards and Recognition

  • Best Presenter, NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellows, NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Australian Dementia Forum, 2016
  • Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, 2016-2019
  • Best Postgraduate Oral Platform Presentation, 24th Australasian Society for Psychophysiology Annual Conference, 2014
  • Best Tutor Award (voted by students), School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, 2014
  • Best Postgraduate Presentation, 22nd Australasian Society for Psychophysiology Annual Conference, 2012
  • Student Publication Prize, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science, University of Wollongong, 2011
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Department of Industry, Australian Government, 2011
  • Dean's Merit List, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science, University of Wollongong, 2010

Memberships

  • NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research, 2016-present
  • Australian Psychological Society, 2016-present
  • Australian Society for Medical Research, 2016-present
  • Brain Foundation, 2015-present
  • Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, 2010-present
  • International Organization of Psychophysiology, 2011-present
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research, 2011-present
  • Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2013-present

Editorial Roles

  • Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 2015-present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Psychophysiology, 2015-present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2015-present
  • Reviewer, Psychophysiology, 2015-present
  • Reviewer, Clinical Neurophysiology, 2013-present
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2013-present

Publications

Book Chapters

Steiner, G.Z., Mathersul, D.C., in press. Cognitive Anxiolytics. In: Camfield, D.A., McIntyre, E., Sarris, J. (Eds.), Evidence-based herbal and nutritional treatments for anxiety in psychiatric disorders. Springer, Switzerland. 

Chang, D., Steiner G.Z., Ghosh, D., Bensoussan, A., in press. Vitamins and complementary therapies used to treat Alzheimer's Disease.  In: Ames, D., Burns, A., O'Brien J.T. (Eds.), Dementia, Vol. 5, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, United States.

Journal Articles

2017

Steiner, G.Z., Seto, S.W., Kwan, Y.W., Haskell-Ramsay, C., Camfield, D.A.. Complementary medicine for the modification of risk factors for cognitive decline. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Article ID 9472859. 2017. DOI: 10.1155/2017/9472859.

Steiner, G.Z., Mathersul, D.C., MacMillan, F., Camfield, D.A., Klupp, N.L., Seto, S.W., Huang, Y., Hohenberg, M.I., Chang, D.H.. A systematic review of intervention studies examining nutritional and herbal therapies for mild cognitive impairment and dementia using neuroimaging methods: study characteristics and intervention efficacy. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Article ID 6083629. 2017. DOI: 10.1155/2017/6083629.

Seto, S.W., Chang, D.H., Ko, W.M., Zhou, X., Kiat, H., Bensoussan, A., Lee, S.M.Y., Hoi, M.P.M., Steiner, G.Z., Liu, J.X., 2017. Sailuotong prevents hydrogen peroxide (H202)-induced injury in EA.hy926 cells. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2017. 18, 95. DOI: 10.3390/ijms18010095.

2016

Chang, D.H., Liu, J., Bilinski, K., Xu, L., Steiner, G.Z., Seto, S.W., Bensoussan, A.. Herbal Medicine for the Treatment of Vascular Dementia: an Overview of Scientific Evidence. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Article ID 7293626. 2016. DOI: 10.1155/2016/7293626.

Wang, Y., Zheng, Y., Qu, S., Zhang, J., Zhong, Z., Zhang, J., Huang, H., Li, M., Xu, Y., Chen, J., Wang, L., Steiner, G.Z., Tang, C., Huang, Y., 2016. Cerebral targeting of acupuncture at combined acupoints in treating essential hypertension: an Rs-fMRI study and curative effect evidence. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Article ID 5392954. 2016. DOI: 10.1155/2016/5392954.

Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., De Blasio, F.M.. Reinstating the Novelty P3. Scientific Reports, 2016. 6, 31200. DOI: 10.1038/srep31200.

Klupp, N.L., Kiat, H., Bensoussan, A., Steiner, G.Z., Chang, D.H.. A double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of Ganoderma lucidum for the treatment of cardiovascular risk factors of metabolic syndrome. Scientific Reports,2016. 6, 29540. DOI: 10.1038/srep29540.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., Gonsalvez, C.G.. Sequential processing and the matching-stimulus interval effect in ERP components: An exploration of the mechanism using multiple regression. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2016. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00339.

Steiner, G.Z., Gonsalvez, C.J., De Blasio, F.M., Barry, R.J.. Electrophysiology of memory-updating differs with age. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 2016. DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2016.00136.

Steiner, G.Z., Yeung, A., Liu, J., Camfield, D.A., De Blasio, F.M., Pipingas, A., Scholey, A.B., Stough, C., Chang, D.H.. The effect of Sailuotong (SLT) on neurocognitive and cardiovascular function in healthy adults: a randomised, doubleblind, placebo controlled crossover pilot trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2016. 15, 1-13. DOI: 10.1016/j.imr.2015.04.322.

2015

Barry RJ, De Blasio FM, Bernat EM, Steiner GZ. Event-related EEG time-frequency PCA and the orienting reflex to auditory stimuli. Psychophysiology. 2015;52(4):555-61. DOI: 10.1111/psyp.12376.

Karamacoska D, Barry RJ, Steiner GZ, de Blasio FM. Clarifying the sequential processes involved in a cued continuous performance test. Psychophysiology. 2015;52(1):67-80. DOI: 10.1111/psyp.12286. 

2014

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., Gonsalvez, C.J.. Stimulus-to-matching-stimulus interval influences N1, P2, and P3b in an equiprobable Go/NoGo task. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2014;94, 59-68.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., Gonsalvez, C.J.. Nontarget-to-nontarget interval determines the nontarget P300 in an auditory equiprobable Go/NoGo task. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2014;92, 113-121.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., 2014. The Mechanism of Dishabituation. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 8, 14. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2014.00014

2013

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., Gonsalvez, C.J., 2013. Can working memory predict target-to-target interval effects on the P3? International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89, 399-408.

Steiner, G.Z., Brennan, M.L., Gonsalvez, C.J., Barry, R.J., 2013. Comparing P300 modulations: Target-to-target interval versus infrequent nontarget-to-nontarget interval in a three-stimulus task. Psychophysiology, 50, 187-194.

De Blasio, F.M., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., 2013. Prestimulus EEG amplitude determines ERP responses in a habituation paradigm. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89, 444-450.

Smith, J.L., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., 2013. CNV resolution does not cause NoGo anteriorisation of the P3: A failure to replicate Simson et al. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89, 349-357.

Barry, R.J., MacDonald, B., De Blasio, F.M., Steiner, G.Z., 2013. Linking components of the event-related potentials and autonomic measures of the orienting reflex. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89, 366-373. 

2012

Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., De Blasio, F.M., 2012. Event-related EEG time-frequency analysis and the Orienting Reflex to auditory stimuli. Psychophysiology, 49, 744-755.

2011

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., 2011. Exploring the mechanism of dishabituation. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 95, 461-466.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., 2011. Pupillary responses and event-related potentials as indices of the orienting reflex. Psychophysiology, 48, 1648-1655.

Conference Abstracts Published in Journals

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., Forgarty, J., 2016. Detecting target/nontarget differences in ERP components from a visual oddball task with separate PCAs: Young vs. older adults. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ASP2016 – 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2016.221.00006.

Forgarty, J., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., 2016. Sequential Processing in the Traditional Go/NoGo Paradigm. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ASP2016 – 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2016.221.00008.

Karamacoska, D., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., 2016. Resting EEG Delta Affects Go-Related Decision-Making Efforts. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ASP2016 – 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2016.221.00017.

Karamacoska, D., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., 2016. Intra-Individual Response Variability: Insights from ERP Topographies. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ASP2016 – 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2016.221.00018.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., Fogarty, J.S., 2016. Applying the Go/NoGo processing schema to a visual oddball task in older adults. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 108, 36.

Fogarty, J.S., Barry, R.J., De Blasio, F.M., Karamacoska, D., Steiner, G.Z., 2016. Linking behaviour into the Go/NoGo processing schema. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 108, 35.

Karamacoska, D., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., 2016. Prestimulus EEG determinants of Go stimulus-response processes in Go/NoGo tasks. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 108, 42.

Steiner, G.Z., Fernandez-Enright, F., Barry, R.J., Barkus, E., 2015. KIBRA rs17070145 polymorphism and resting EEG spectral activity: Biomarkers for reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ASP2015 – 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2015.219.00039.

Steiner, G.Z., Yeung A., Camfield, D.A., Pipingas A., Scholey, A.B., Stough, C., Chang, D.H.T., 2015. A pilot study on Sailuotong, a Chinese herbal medicine formula, for cognition and brain activity. Advances in Integrative Medicine, 2, 115. doi: 10.1016/j.aimed.2015.07.003.

Chang, D.H., Steiner, G.Z., Yeung, A., De Blasio, F.M., Pipingas, A., Scholey, A.B., Stough, C., 2015. Sailuotong (SLT), a standardised Chinese herbal medicine formula, enhances working memory in healthy adults: a pilot study. Integrative Medicine Research, 4, s14. doi: 10.1016/j.imr.2015.04.322.

Steiner, G.Z., Yeung, A., Camfield, D.A., De Blasio, F.M., Pipingas, A., Scholey, A.B., Stough, C., Chang, D.H., 2014. The effect of a standardised Chinese herbal medicine formula (Sailuotong) on N1, PN, P2, MMN, P3a, and P3b amplitudes: a pilot study. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Inc. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2014.216.00025.  

Steiner, G.Z., Fernandez-Enright, F.Z., Barkus, E., Barry, R.J., 2014. The effects of catechol-O-methyltransferase polymorphism Val158Met on resting EEG spectral activity in healthy adults. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Inc. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2014.216.00016.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., Gonsalvez, C.J., 2014. Sequential processing and the matching-stimulus interval effect in ERP components: An exploration of the mechanism. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Inc. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2014.216.00031.

Lum, M., Fernando, T., Karamacoska, D., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., 2014. EEG Topographies in High and Low Extraverts. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Inc. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2014.216.00019.

Camfield, D.A., Boyall, S., Kornfeld, E.J., Taylor, M., Wesnes, K.A., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., De Blasio, F.M., Croft, R., 2014. Exploring individual differences in Affective processing using psychophysiology. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Inc. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2014.216.00023. 

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., De Blasio, F.M., 2014. ERPs in Long and Short ISI Dishabituation Tasks: A Comparison Using PCA. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 94, 169. 

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., 2013. Current arousal or sensitisation: which determines electrodermal dishabituation in short and long ISI tasks?. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ACNS-2013 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.212.00143.

Karamacoska, D., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., 2013. Clarifying Response Processes and Efficiency in a Cued Continuous Performance Test. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ACNS-2013 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.212.00142.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., Gonsalvez, C.J., 2013. Matching-stimulus-interval affects the N2 and the P3: a principal components analysis. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ASP2013 - 23rd Annual meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.213.00034.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., Gonsalvez, C.J., 2013. N1, P2, and P3b are affected by the matching-stimulus-interval in an auditory equiprobable Go/NoGo task. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ASP2013 - 23rd Annual meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.213.00010.

Karamacoska, D., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., De Blasio, F.M., 2013. Sequential Response Processes in a Cued CPT: A Temporal PCA Study. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: ASP2013 - 23rd Annual meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2013.213.00039.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., Gonsalvez, C.J., 2013. Intelligence and PCA-derived ERP components in an auditory equiprobable Go/NoGo task. Psychophysiology, 50, s102.

Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., 2013. The mechanism of dishabituation: how is sensitisation involved? Psychophysiology, 50, s53.

Karamacoska, D., Steiner, G.Z., De Blasio, F.M., Barry, R.J., 2013. Relationships between pre-stimulus EEG activity, ERPs, and RTs, in a continuous performance task. Psychophysiology, 50, s135.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R J., Gonsalvez, C.J. Can working memory ability predict different temporal effects on the P300? In Barry, R. J., Broyd, S. J., Bruggemann, J.M., Budd, T.W., Johnstone, S.J., Rushby, J.A., Smith, J.L., 2013. Editorial. Psychophysiology in Australasia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89, 285-287; Supplementary content, pp. 11.

Karamacoska, D., Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J. Is the change in arousal from resting baseline to a task situation a better predictor of performance than within-task activation? In Barry, R.J., Broyd, S.J., Bruggemann, J.M., Budd, T.W., Johnstone, S.J., Rushby, J.A., Smith, J.L., 2013. Editorial. Psychophysiology in Australasia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89, 285-287; Supplementary content, pp. 14.

Smith, J.L., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z. CNV resolution in the Go/NoGo task: A failure to replicate Simson et al. In Barry, R.J., Broyd, S.J., Bruggemann, J.M., Budd, T.W., Johnstone, S.J., Rushby, J.A., Smith, J.L., 2013. Editorial. Psychophysiology in Australasia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89, 285-287; Supplementary content, pp. 11.

De Blasio, F.M., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z. Prestimulus EEG – ERP amplitude relationships in a habituation paradigm: I. Low-frequency effects. In Barry, R.J., Broyd, S.J., Bruggemann, J.M., Budd, T.W., Johnstone, S.J., Rushby, J.A., Smith, J.L., 2013. Editorial. Psychophysiology in Australasia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89, 285-287; Supplementary content, pp. 13.

De Blasio, F.M., Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z. Prestimulus EEG – ERP amplitude relationships in a habituation paradigm: II. Higher-frequency effects. In Barry, R.J., Broyd, S.J., Bruggemann, J.M., Budd, T.W., Johnstone, S.J., Rushby, J.A., Smith, J.L., 2013. Editorial. Psychophysiology in Australasia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89, 285-287; Supplementary content, pp. 4.

Gonsalvez, C.J., Barry, R.J., De Blasio, F.M., Steiner, G.Z. The effect of target-to-target interval on P300 varies with age. In Barry, R. J., Broyd, S. J., Bruggemann, J.M., Budd, T.W., Johnstone, S.J., Rushby, J.A., Smith, J.L., 2013. Editorial. Psychophysiology in Australasia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89, 285-287; Supplementary content, pp. 5.

Steiner, G.Z., Gonsalvez, C.J., Barry, R.J., Brennan, M.L., 2012. Does the target-to-target interval determine multiple components of the event-related potential? Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 43, 247.

Steiner, G.Z., Gonsalvez, C.J., Barry, R.J., De Blasio, F.M., Brennan, M.L., 2012. Target-to-target interval influences a range of ERP components. Psychophysiology, 49, s53.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., De Blasio, F.M., 2012. LPC subcomponents in a long-ISI dishabituation task. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 85, 314.

Steiner, G.Z., De Blasio, F.M., Barry, R.J., 2012. Pre-stimulus EEG amplitude modulation of the LPC in a dishabituation paradigm. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 85, 334.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., Gonsalvez, C.J., 2012. Matching-stimulus intervals determine P3b amplitudes for both targets and nontargets. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 85, 399-400.

Barry, R.J., Steiner, G.Z., De Blasio, F.M., 2012. Time-frequency analysis of EEG activity and the Orienting Reflex to auditory stimuli. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 43, 224.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., 2011. An investigation into the mechanism of electrodermal dishabituation. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 42, 122.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., 2011. Electrodermal activity, pupillometrics, and the Late Positive Complex as indices of the phasic Orienting Reflex. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 42, 122.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., 2011. Pupillometrics and event-related potentials as correlates of the Orienting Reflex. Psychophysiology, 48, s79.

Steiner, G.Z., Barry, R.J., 2010. Phasic and tonic electrodermal activity in a dishabituation task with indifferent and significant stimuli. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 77, 281.

Steiner, G. Z., Yeung A., Camfield, D.A., Pipingas A., Scholey, A.B., Stough, C., Chang, D.H.T., in press. A pilot study on Sailuotong, a Chinese herbal medicine formula, for cognition and brain activity. Advances in Integrative Medicine.