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Professor Greg Murray

Professor, Psychology Research leader
Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Melbourne, Australia; Master of Psychology (Cinical Psychology), La Trobe University, Australia

Biography

Professor Greg Murray has a national and international reputation for clinical psychology research, being ranked in the top 1% of researchers worldwide in the fields of bipolar disorders, circadian rhythms, personality and affect. Through 2016-2019, he is leading a $1.1 million NHMRC project investigating a novel online intervention for bipolar disorder.

Professor Murray’s work has had significant translational impact. He wrote the APS guidelines for treating bipolar disorder and the psychological aspects of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists mood disorder guideline (2015). He is also a practising clinical psychologist with strong industry linkages, and currently serves as Deputy Lead of the Canada-based CREST.BD – an international research network studying psychosocial issues in bipolar disorder – and in an NIMH-led international working group on activation in mood disorders.

An active public intellectual, Professor Murray has won multiple individual awards for teaching and provided professional development workshops for hundreds of psychologists and psychiatrists across Australia and overseas. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) in 2013 and has been pro bono Chair of headspace Hawthorn since its inception with a successful $2 million bid in 2011.


Research interests

Clinical Psychology; Mood Disorders; Neuroscience; Biomedical science

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

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

PhD topics and outlines

Creativity and bipolar disorder: Working with colleagues at UC Berkeley, we have completed a number of studies of the links between creativity and bipolar disorder.   We would now like to take this research further by investigating the basic mechanisms that might underpin the link.  Such research has the potential to illuminate fundamental relationships between affect and cognition. 

Embodied and embedded cognition: As psychology gets over the "cognitive revolution", greater attention is being paid to the role of the body and its environment in the basic processes of online and offline thinking.    We would like to better understand this area using rigorous experimental protocols. 

Exploring quality of life in bipolar disorder: Quality of life is an important complementary target for psychological and biological treatments of bipolar disorder.   We are interested in the optimal measurement of this construct,  and the development of interventions that directly target quality of life outcomes. 

Mindfulness: benefits and risks for serious mental disorders: The mental health system in Australia is a labyrinth of federal, state, local and private services.  To maximise the health benefit of these multiple layers of service, and to minimise the cost to the public purse,  we need to better understand how these services interact.   Social network theory and modelling approaches provide a way forward.

Sleep and mood: investigating the circular relationship : Poor sleep challenges emotion regulation the following day, and daytime distress impairs sleep at night.   This interplay looks a lot like depression, and we are interested in basic and applied investigations to understand and ameliorate this 'vicious cycle'.

Social networks in the delivery of mental health services: The mental health system in Australia is a labyrinth of federal, state, local and private services.  To maximise the health benefit of these multiple layers of service, and to minimise the cost to the public purse, we need to better understand how these services interact.   Social network theory and modelling approaches provide a way forward.

Understanding the interaction between reward function and circadian function: The mental health system in Australia is a labyrinth of federal, state, local and private services.  To maximise the health benefit of these multiple layers of service, and to minimise the cost to the public purse, we need to better understand how these services interact.   Social network theory and modelling approaches provide a way forward.

What is the role of activity in bipolar disorder?: The mental health system in Australia is a labyrinth of federal, state, local and private services.  To maximise the health benefit of these multiple layers of service, and to minimise the cost to the public purse, we need to better understand how these services interact.   Social network theory and modelling approaches provide a way forward.

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Biological Psychology (neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) - 170101
  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology - 170106

Awards

  • 2016, Swinburne, Outstanding Researcher, School of Health Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2014, Swinburne, Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Health Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2014, Swinburne, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design Research Excellence Award , Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2012, National, Australian Academy of Science, High Fliers Think Tank, Australian Academy of Science
  • 2005, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award (Early Career), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2004, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award, Higher Education Teacher of the Year, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 1999, International, U.S. National Science Foundation Student Award, International Congress on Chronobiology, Washington, D. C.
  • 1994, National, Australian postgraduate scholarship, The University of Melbourne
  • 1988, National, Commonwealth Postgraduate Course Award, La Trobe University
  • 1980, National, Australian Psychological Society undergraduate student prize, The University of Melbourne
  • 1978, National, First year student prize, Philosophy 1, The University of Melbourne

Publications

Also published as: Murray, Greg; Murray, G.; Murray, Gregory; Murray, Greg W.; Murray, Gregory W.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: 2017 Visiting Fellowship Scheme - Professor Jan Scott *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2017: Investigating therapeutic mechanisms of a new treatment for bipolar disorder *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2017: The Tipping Point project: Activity monitoring as an early warning technology in bipolar disorder *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2016: Improving quality of life in late stage bipolar disorder: RCT of a novel psychological treatment *; NHMRC Project Grants
  • 2016: Online, mindfulness-based intervention for bipolar disorder: Does anyone not benefit *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2015: Achieving sustainable collaboration in the mental health sector *; Relationships Australia (Victoria)
  • 2015: Nature's clocks and human mood: The neural basis of the 24-hour rhythm in reward motivation *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2014: Measuring Sleep, Mood and Circadian Rhythm Function: The SCRAM Questionnaire *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2013: A double-blind placebo-controlled trial of Lactium and Zizyphus complex for sleep *; Sanofi Aventis
  • 2013: Evaluation of Sleep-e: An online treatment program for insomnia *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2013: Monitoring anxiety & depression in the Australian population over time: The development of an annual national Anxiety & Depression Monitor. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2013: Use of online technology to promote self-management and recovery in people with psychosis (MIRF) *; Victorian Mental Illness Research Fund
  • 2011: Development of an online treatment program for insomnia *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2011: Understanding Emotion Abnormalities in Bipolar Disorder *; Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Grants
  • 2011: Understanding Emotion Abnormalities in Bipolar Disorder *; Australian Rotary Health/Bipolar Expedition Research Project Grant

* Chief Investigator


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