Dr Marie Yap
Psychopathology: Prevention and Intervention
Mental health problems are common and affect the lives of many Australians across the lifespan. These problems include psychological disorders related to mood, anxiety, psychosis, eating, substance use, and personality, as well as psychological problems arising from challenges associated with the family environment, trauma, medical illness, disability, or immigration, to name a few.
The focus of our research teams include:
- understanding the clinical characteristics of psychopathology and the pathways to developing these disorders;
- translating research evidence on risk and protective factors into resources and intervention programs for the community for prevention and early intervention for mental disorders, and evaluating the effects of these programs;
- evaluating the central processes involved in intervention (e.g., the practitioner-patient relationship, clinical trial fidelity assessments);
- identifying the biological and psychological predictors of client responses to treatment; and
- translating clinical research findings.
Dr Marie Yap awarded a Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2014 for ‘outstanding achievements in the area of scientific research and communication’.
Dr Marie Yap wins a Scopus Young Researcher Award 2014 (first runner-up) in the Humanities and Social Science category.
Dr Katherine Lawrence wins the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career) 2014.
Associate Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis appointed as Scientific Program Deputy Chair, World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies ; and Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Psychologist, the Australian Psychological Society’s flagship journal
Associate Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis awarded the prestigious Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Scholar Award in recognition of “scientific contributions to the field of cognitive therapy.”
Dr Marie Yap’s Parenting Strategies research translation program wins the Australian Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination Award 2013.
Associate Professor Nikki Rickard is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the SpringerOpen journal Psychology of Well-Being.
Reuters Health - Parent behaviors linked to kids' anxiety, depression
The Mental Elf - Systematic review identifies key parenting factors associated with adolescent depression and anxiety
Parenting Strategies research translation program launches the latest parenting guidelines, ‘How to reduce your child’s risk of depression and clinical anxiety: Strategies for parents of primary-school aged children’
Enhancing cognitive behaviour therapy for depression: Towards evidence-based practitioner-patient relationships. PhD scholarship pop-up opportunity led by Associate Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis
Growing evidence suggests that the effects of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, an effective treatment for depression, can be enhanced by specific elements of the professional relationship between practitioner and patient. While such elements have significant implications for clinical practice (e.g., expressed empathy, developing and maintaining a working alliance, and active collaboration in-session), the issue has not been comprehensively investigated. This project aims to: (a) systematically and quantitatively review the evidence for practitioner-patient relationship elements across a range of models including CBT; and (b) develop and test a new instrument of the practitioner-patient relationship in CBT for severe depression.
Evaluating a tailored web-based parenting intervention to prevent adolescent depression and anxiety problems: A pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT)
Research evidence clearly demonstrates that parents play a crucial role in protecting their adolescent from depression and anxiety disorders. Yet many parents still lack specific knowledge about how they can reduce this risk. We have developed evidence-based Parenting Guidelines to prevent adolescent depression and anxiety and an international-first, tailored web-based parenting intervention (www.parentingstrategies.net) that supports parents in implementing these Guidelines. This project is a pilot RCT of the short-term effects of the parenting intervention on key parental risk and protective factors and adolescent depression and anxiety.
Centres and Groups
- Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre
- Monash Clinical Network
- Monash Psychology Centre
- Yap Group
- Drummond Group
- Norton Group
- Ponsford Group
- Kazantzis Group
- Verdejo-Garcia Group
- Bei Group
- Fornito Group
The Psychology Teaching Innovation and Education Research (PsyTIER) group, Chaired by Dr Katherine Lawrence, comprises teaching staff interested in promoting teaching excellence, innovation and pedagogical research in clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology training programs. Work currently being undertaken by members of the group includes:
- The development of reliable and valid Objective Structure Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) for the Doctorate of Psychology (Clinical) and (Clinical Neuropsychology) programs
- The development and validation of the Clinical Psychology Competency Assessment tool for use within clinical placement settings
Research Led Clinical Activities
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit Depression Clinic – Monash Psychology Centre
Parenting Strategies research translation program
Monash University Healthy Sleep Unit