National Squalor Conference Presenters

Professor Michael Kyrios

Professor Michael Kyrios holds the Chair in Psychology in the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology where he is Director of both the Brain Sciences Institute and the Swinburne Psychological, Clinical, Health and Evaluation (Swin-PsyCHE) Research Centre, and chairs the Executive Committee of the National e-Therapy Centre. He also holds an honorary position at the University of Melbourne where he worked for 15 years. Professor Kyrios is an academic clinical psychologist whose research interests include evidence-based conceptualisations of psychological dysfunction. He specializes in the study of depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder [OCD], compulsive buying and hoarding, problem gambling, Body Dysmorphic Disorder [BDD]), and chronic medical illnesses. He maintains particular interest in the development of evidence-based psychological treatments, including internet-based psychological interventions, and their dissemination throughout the community. Professor Kyrios has been involved as a chief investigator on numerous grants in the study of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, depression in primary care, and mood disorders in medical conditions funded either by NHMRC, ARC, the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders, the University of Melbourne Research Grant Scheme, and other schemes. He works with Professors Randy Frost and Gail Steketee on the study of compulsive hoarding, and is an invited consultant on a hoarding-related project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health in the USA.

Professor Kyrios has 80 publications in high impact peer reviewed journals and academic books, and is currently editing a special edition of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, co-authoring a book on BDD, co-editing a handbook of applied psychology for Wiley, and co-editing and authoring a book on self-related concepts in psychopathology for Cambridge University Press. He is a reviewer and associate Editor for various journals, and sits on the Editorial Boards of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, e-Journal of Applied Psychology, and The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. Professor Kyrios is a founding member of the Obsessive-Compulsive Cognitions Working Group (OCCWG) which comprises the world's foremost experts in cognitive aspects of OCD, and sits on their central advisory committee. He is involved in numerous collaborative research projects within the OCCWG and with individual researchers within that group.

Professor Kyrios is chair the Scientific Program Committee for the 2010 International Congress of Applied Psychology and was recently elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). He was also National Chair of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists when Medicare rebates for psychologists were introduced, and sits on the APS National Psychology Education and Training Reference Group and the APS Governance Review Committee. He is also a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for beyondblue, the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders, and is a frequent workshop presenter nationally and internationally in his areas of expertise.