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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), The University of Melbourne


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

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Projects 2012 2023

Research Output 2000 2019

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

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

A transdiagnostic dimensional approach towards a neuropsychological assessment for addiction: an international Delphi consensus study

Yücel, M., Oldenhof, E., Ahmed, S. H., Belin, D., Billieux, J., Bowden-Jones, H., Carter, A., Chamberlain, S. R., Clark, L., Connor, J., Daglish, M., Dom, G., Dannon, P., Duka, T., Fernandez-Serrano, M. J., Field, M., Franken, I., Goldstein, R. Z., Gonzalez, R., Goudriaan, A. E. & 21 othersGrant, J. E., Gullo, M. J., Hester, R., Hodgins, D. C., Le Foll, B., Lee, R. S. C., Lingford-Hughes, A., Lorenzetti, V., Moeller, S. J., Munafò, M. R., Odlaug, B., Potenza, M. N., Segrave, R., Sjoerds, Z., Solowij, N., van den Brink, W., van Holst, R. J., Voon, V., Wiers, R., Fontenelle, L. F. & Verdejo-Garcia, A., Jun 2019, In : Addiction. 114, 6, p. 1095-1109 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Cortical surface morphology in long-term cannabis users: A multi-site MRI study

Chye, Y., Suo, C., Lorenzetti, V., Batalla, A., Cousijn, J., Goudriaan, A. E., Martin-Santos, R., Whittle, S., Solowij, N. & Yucel, M., 1 Dec 2019, In : European Neuropsychopharmacology. 29, 2, p. 257-265 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Error Processing and Inhibitory Control in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Meta-analysis Using Statistical Parametric Maps

Norman, L. J., Taylor, S. F., Liu, Y., Radua, J., Chye, Y., De Witt, S. J., Huyser, C., Karahanoglu, F. I., Luks, T., Manoach, D., Mathews, C., Rubia, K., Suo, C., van den Heuvel, O. A., Yucel, M. & Fitzgerald, K., 1 May 2019, In : Biological Psychiatry. 85, 9, p. 713-725 13 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

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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)