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Associate Professor Neil Thomas

Associate Professor of Psychology; Deputy Director, Centre for Mental Health

Biography

Neil Thomas is an Associate Professor in Swinburne’s Department of Psychological Sciences, Deputy Director of the Centre for Mental Health, Director of the National eTherapy Centre, and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Alfred Health. He has particular interests in psychological models and interventions for severe mental health problems (e.g. psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder), in persisting auditory hallucinations or ‘hearing voices’ as an experience, and in the therapeutic use of online, mobile and digital technology.

The main focus of Dr Thomas’s research is in developing new therapeutic approaches to empower people who live with mental health problems to self-manage symptoms and have the best recovery possible. He heads the PERISCOPE Lab, which conducts research on experiences of psychosis, along with the process of recovery and the development of interventions. Alongside directing the National eTherapy Centre, he also researches therapeutic uses of digital technology in healthcare including online health self-management courses, telehealth, mobile applications and the use of tablet computers by health workers.

Dr Thomas has established research collaborations with a number of health services in Victoria including Alfred Health, Austin Health, Melbourne Health, St Vincent's Health, headspace, Mind Australia, Neami National, Uniting Care, and Wellways Australia (Mental Illness Fellowship). He has received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Government Department of Health, Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs, Victorian State Government Department of Health and Human Services, and VicHealth.

Research interests

Clinical Psychology; Mental Health

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology - 170106

Teaching areas

Clinical Psychology

Publications

Also published as: Thomas, Neil; Thomas, N.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: A longitudinal examination of the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) in mood disorders *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2017: A peer-led education program for women who have experience of mental illness and trauma *; Quentin Hanich
  • 2017: Investigating therapeutic mechanisms of a new treatment for bipolar disorder *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2017: Understanding the role of inhibitory dysfunction in affective network alteration and auditory verbal hallucinations in patients with bipolar disorder *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2016: Digitally Assisted Peer Support (DAPS) for Young People with Emerging Mental Health Problems: A Novel Model of Technology-Enhanced Peer Work *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2016: Evaluating a Novel Smartphone-Assisted Coping Strategy Intervention for Distressing Voices The SAVVy Study *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2016: Evaluation of e-counselling effectiveness in the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service *; Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service
  • 2016: Improving quality of life in late stage bipolar disorder: RCT of a novel psychological treatment *; NHMRC Project Grants
  • 2016: Investigating factors that influence the efficacy of cognitive remediation therapy inindividuals with schizophrenia *; Research Endowment Fund
  • 2016: Online, mindfulness-based intervention for bipolar disorder: Does anyone not benefit *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2016: Understanding trauma-related auditory verbal hallucinations: phenomenology and predictors *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2015: A pilot group intervention targeting loneliness in young people diagnosed with depression *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2015: Identity in recovery from persisting mental health problems: Understanding a key therapeutic target *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2015: Peer Modelling: Drinking Culture Change Intervention - Innovation Challenge *; VicHealth
  • 2015: The Impact of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Auditory Hallucinations on Localised Brain Activity, Attention and Subjective Experience *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2014: A pilot online intervention aimed at reducing loneliness for people diagnosed with mental disorders *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2014: An examination of the characteristics (phenomenology) of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) in relation to mood in bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2014: Investigating factors that influence the efficacy of cognitive remediation therapy in people with schizophrenia. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2014: Using the latest neuroimaging and genetic advances to improve our understanding of hearing voices *; NHMRC Project Grants
  • 2013: Use of online technology to promote self-management and recovery in people with psychosis (MIRF) *; Victorian Mental Illness Research Fund
  • 2012: Using MEG to better understand the temporal characteristics of auditory hallucinations *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant

* Chief Investigator


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