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Personal profile

Biography

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

Keywords

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

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Projects 2012 2022

Research Output 2000 2019

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

Mega-Analysis of Gray Matter Volume in Substance Dependence: General and Substance-Specific Regional Effects

Mackey, S., Allgaier, N., Chaarani, B., Spechler, P., Orr, C., Bunn, J., Allen, N. B., Alia-Klein, N., Batalla, A., Blaine, S., Brooks, S., Caparelli, E., Chye, Y. Y., Cousijn, J., Dagher, A., Desrivieres, S., Feldstein-Ewing, S. W., Foxe, J. J., Goldstein, R. Z., Goudriaan, A. E. & 3 othersLorenzetti, V., Yücel, M. & ENIGMA Addiction Working Group, 1 Feb 2019, In : American Journal of Psychiatry. 176, 2, p. 119-128 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Age moderates the association between frequent cannabis use and negative schizotypy over time

Albertella, L., Le Pelley, M. E., Yücel, M. & Copeland, J., 1 Dec 2018, In : Addictive Behaviors. 87, p. 183-189 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Addiction Biology. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Amygdala volume mediates the relationship between externalizing symptoms and daily smoking in adolescence: A prospective study

Cheetham, A., Allen, N. B., Whittle, S., Simmons, J., Yücel, M. & Lubman, D. I., 30 Jun 2018, In : Psychiatry Research - Neuroimaging. 276, p. 46-52 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Achievement Award

Murat Yucel (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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)