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Professor David Kavanagh

Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling


Professor David Kavanagh
Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling
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Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HDHS
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Doctor of Philosophy (Stanford University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Selected review and advisory committees (2000 onwards only)

NHMRC – National Health and Medical Research Council

  • 2010, 12: Assessors’ Academy
  • 2003-4, 2009, 2011: Member, Review Panels for project grants or scholarships (Chair, 2009)

Department of Health and Ageing

  • Advisory groups on online interventions (2009-11), trial of telephone CBT (2008), National Drug Strategy (2004), Comorbidity of substance abuse and mental disorder (1999-2000)

Queensland Health

  • Tertiary representative, Queensland Statewide Mental Health Network (2006-10)
  • Co-chair, Alcohol & Other Drugs Collaborative (2008-11)

Queensland Practitioners’ Review Board

  • Member (2005-8)

National Institute of Alcoholism & Alcohol Abuse/American Psychiatric Association

  • Member, invited workshop to develop a research agenda for revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (2005)

Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia

  • Research Committee (2000 – 2006)

Australian Psychological Society

  • Convenor, ePsychology Interest Group (2010-13)
  • Member, Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training (2013-14)/Science Academia and Research Advisory Group (2009-10)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, APS Training Institute (2013–)
  • Member, Medicare Appeals Committee (2007-11)
  • Member, Psychology Education & Training Reference Group (2008-9, 2011-12)

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

  • Member, expert advisory groups on National Drug Strategy (2004), Cannabis and Mental Health (2005), Alcohol Treatment Outcome Measure Development (2005), National Comorbidity Guidelines (2008)

Australian Divisions of General Practice

  • Member, expert Advisory Committee, “Can Do” comorbidity project (2006-8)

Lifeline Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • Member, advisory group (2011–)

Young and Well Co-operative Research Centre

  • Member, Scientific Leadership Council and Essential Participants Committee (2011-16)

Parkinson’s Qld

  • Member, Management Committee (2015)

Illawarra Health & Medical Research Institute

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee (2013–)

The Wesley Research Institute

  • Member, Board  (2002-7)

Injury Prevention and Control (Australia) Ltd

  • Member, Board  (2003)

National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology

  • Member, Board  (2003-4)

imagery-based motivational intervention, e-mental health, web-based interventions, mobile phone applications, alcohol use disorders, craving and desire, comorbidity, substance abuse and dependence, depression, psychosis

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008



  • 1983: Doctor of Philosophy Psychology Stanford University
  • 1983: Master of Arts Psychology Stanford University
  • 1977: Diploma of Psychology Clinical Psychology University of Sydney
  • 1973: Bachelor of Arts (Honours I) Psychology University of Sydney

Current positionsQueensland University of Technology, School of Psychology and Counselling, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

  • Research Capacity Building Professor
  • Director of Research, School of Psychology and Counselling

Adjunct Professor

  • University of Queensland
  • Griffith University
  • University of Plymouth

Previous positionsUniversity of Queensland

  • Professor in Clinical Psychology, School of Medicine (2004-8)
  • Director of Research, Faculty of Health Sciences (2001-4)
  • Member, Academic Board (1999-2008)
  • Member (2002-4) and Chair (2004-6), Research Only Academic Promotions Committee (Health/Sciences/Engineering/Agriculture-Veterinary Science)
  • Associate Professor, School of Medicine (1997-2003)

University of Sydney

  • Department of Psychology: Head (1995-7), Senior Lecturer (1990-7), Lecturer (1984-9), Associate Lecturer  (1983-4)

Stanford University

  • Teaching Fellow, Department of Psychology (1980-3)

Milperra College of Advanced Education (now University of Western Sydney)

  • Lecturer in Psychology, School of Social Work (1978-80)

N.S.W. Department of Health

  • Area Co-Ordinator/Clinical Psychologist, Bankstown Area Community Health Services (1977-8), Psychologist (1974-6)

Australian Public Service Board

  • Administrative Trainee (1973)


  • Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs, Senior Scientist Award (2011)
  • Australian Association of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Distinguished Career Award (2011)
  • Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Award, Communications in Health Promotion  for Mobile Application Rating Scale (joint, 2014)
  • International Education Association of Australia Award, Best Practice/Innovation, for thedesk (joint, 2013)
  • Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Services Achievement Awards, Special Judges Award, Research, for Family Connections Program (joint, 2011), Silver Award, e-health services, for OnTrack (joint, 2011)
  • Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards,  Government Service/Program, for OnTrack (joint, 2010)
  • Excellence in Research Annual National Drug and Alcohol Awards (joint, 2009)
  • Australian Psychological Society, Ian Mathew Campbell Prize in Clinical Psychology (1992), Fellow (1993)
  • British Psychological Society, Associate Fellow (1993)
  • 1999, 2002: Sunflower Award, Schizophrenia Fellowship (SE Qld, for research into schizophrenia; 2002 jointly awarded)

Research interests

  • The nature and modification of motivation and desire
  • Web and mobile phone treatments for psychological problems
  • Dissemination of evidence-based practice to routine care.

Recent project support (selected examples, new funding > $50k, 2005 onwards only)

This information has been contributed by Professor David Kavanagh.