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I gained a PhD combined with specialist clinical training in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2001 at La Trobe University. I then worked across as a number of mental health research centers at the University of Melbourne and was promoted to Professor in 2012. Currently, I work at Monash University - within the School of Psychological Sciences, where I Head the Addiction research program. I also the Direct BrainPark, as well as the Brain and Mental Health (BMH) Research Hub. I am an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and hold the David Winston Turner Chair in Addiction and Mental Health Research.

Over two decades, I have work worked at the interface between clinical neuropsychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and technology. My group adopt a 'trans-diagnostic' approach to investigate whether the initiation and maintenance of substance and behavioural addictions, as well as, obsessive-compulsive disorder are underpinned by overlapping cognitive and motivational tendencies, and brain substrates (e.g., those related to impulsivity and compulsivity). My group are also combining lifestyle, psychological and technology-based interventions (such as physical exercise, mindfulness mediation, yoga, virtual reality, cognitive training, and gentle brain stimulation) to enhance therapeutic outcomes and create accessible treatments that can be self-administered.

In 2015, 2017 and 2018, I was named in the Thompson Reuters “Most Highly Cited” authors reflecting that my groups work is in the top 1% of the world’s most influential scientific work over a 10-year period. This illustrates my groups exceptional and enduring impact on a world stage.

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Research interests

neuroscience | decision-making | habit | motivation | reward | impulsivity | compulsivity | addiction | exercise | virtual-reality | brain health

External positions

Honorary Professorial Fellow (Department of Psychiatry), University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • MRI
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • brain development
  • brain imaging
  • impulsivity
  • problem gambling
  • risk taking
  • substance abuse

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Projects 2012 2023

Research Output 1999 2019

A Clinical Staging Model for Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder: Is It Ready for Prime Time?

Fontenelle, L. F. & Yücel, M., 1 Jan 2019, In : EClinicalMedicine. 7, p. 65-72 8 p.

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Open Access
8 Citations (Scopus)

Alteration to hippocampal volume and shape confined to cannabis dependence: A multi-site study

Chye, Y., Lorenzetti, V., Suo, C., Batalla, A., Cousijn, J., Goudriaan, A. E., Jenkinson, M., Martin-Santos, R., Whittle, S., Yücel, M. & Solowij, N., Jul 2019, In : Addiction Biology. 24, 4, p. 822-834 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

An MRI study of the metabolic and structural abnormalities in obsessive-compulsive disorder

de Salles Andrade, J. B., Ferreira, F. M., Suo, C., Yücel, M., Frydman, I., Monteiro, M., Vigne, P., Fontenelle, L. F. & Tovar-Moll, F., 26 Jun 2019, In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 13, 10 p., 186.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

A psychophysiological and behavioural study of slot machine near-misses using immersive virtual reality

Detez, L., Greenwood, L. M., Segrave, R., Wilson, E., Chandler, T., Ries, T., Stevenson, M., Lee, R. S. C. & Yücel, M., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Gambling Studies. 35, 3, p. 929-944 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A study on the correlates of habit-, reward-, and fear-related motivations in alcohol use disorder

Piquet-Pessôa, M., Chamberlain, S. R., Lee, R. S. C., Ferreira, G. M., Cruz, M. S., Ribeiro, A. P., De Menezes, G. B., Albertella, L., Yücel, M. & Fontenelle, L. F., 27 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : CNS Spectrums. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Achievement Award

Murat Yucel (Recipient), 2011

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Clinical Career Development Award

Murat Yucel (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Early Career Award

Murat Yucel (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Early Career Investigator Award

Murat Yucel (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

High Citation List 2015

Murat Yucel (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)