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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 and Mental Health research program. I also Direct BrainPark - a world-first neuroscience research clinic designed to bring the latest neuroscience with diagnostic or therapeutic benefit to the community in an accessible and inspiring way, using neuroscience, lifestyle medicine and technology. 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 engaging, effective and self-administered.


In 2015, 2017-2019, I was named in the world's “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 2020

Neuroanatomical alterations in people with high and low cannabis dependence

Lorenzetti, V., Chye, Y., Suo, C., Walterfang, M., Lubman, D. I., Takagi, M., Whittle, S., Verdejo-Garcia, A., Cousijn, J., Pantelis, C., Seal, M., Fornito, A., Yücel, M. & Solowij, N., 1 Jan 2020, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 54, 1, p. 68-75 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Self-reported and neurocognitive impulsivity in obsessive-compulsive disorder

Frydman, I., Mattos, P., de Oliveira-Souza, R., Yücel, M., Chamberlain, S. R., Moll, J. & Fontenelle, L. F., Feb 2020, In : Comprehensive Psychiatry. 97, 7 p., 152155.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access
9 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

1 Citation (Scopus)

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


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)