Professor Mike Kyrios

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Mike Kyrios is an internationally recognised clinical psychologist who holds the position of Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work.

Throughout his career, Professor Kyrios has undertaken a range of academic, practice, professional & administrative roles, and currently also holds adjunct positions at the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University.

Encompassing the biopsychosocial spectrum (inclusive of behavioural, cognitive, neuropsychological, developmental and self-based conceptual frameworks and methodologies), his wide-ranging research focuses on:

  •   obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (OCD, hoarding disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, trichotillomania)
  •   behavioural addictions (compulsive buying, problem gambling)
  •   depression
  •   anxiety disorders
  •   chronic medical illness
  •   the self in psychological disorders
  •   development, evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based psychological treatments, including e-therapies.

Professor Kyrios has published extensively, sits on a range of national and international editorial and review committees and is a prolific presenter to conferences in Australia and internationally in his areas of expertise.He was Scientific Chair for both the 2010 International Congress of Applied Psychology and 2016 World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Awarded the 2013 Ian M Campbell Memorial Prize in Clinical Psychology and 2011 Citation for Excellence, Society for General Psychology, Professor Kyrios has received $21.6 million in grant funding during his career.

Professor Kyrios has contributed significantly to professional bodies, inclusive of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (AACBT). He was APS President (2014-2016) and National Chair of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists (2004 -2006). He has also contributed to a variety of community and consumer groups throughout his career, and has been a consultant to various government bodies on matters relating to his areas of expertise.


Doctor of Philosophy, LaTrobe University (completed 1988)

Master of Psychology, LaTrobe University (completed 1983)

Diploma in Educational Psychology, Monash University (completed 1981)

Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne (completed 1980)

Honours, awards and grants


  •    2013 Ian M Campbell Memorial Prize, Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Psychologists
  •    2011 Citation for Excellence, Society for General Psychology
  •    Adjunct Professor, Australian National University
  •    Honorary (Principal Fellow), University of Melbourne
  •    Adjunct Professor, Swinburne University of Technology


Professor Kyrios has received total grant income as Principal or Chief Investigator (to 2018) of $21.6 million from the National Health & Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, and other sources.

Abridged highlights:

Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research (2016 & 2017)

a short online treatment Eating Disorders; $20,000

a short online treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; $15,000

Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme (DAAD) (2017-2019)

pathological buying; $25,000

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (2009-2011)

Improving the retention rate for residential treatment of substance abuse by sequential intervention for social anxiety; 2009: $34,369; 2010:$69,274; 2011: $34,905.

Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing (2017-2019; 2012-2015)

“National e-Therapy Centre: Anxiety Online” $1,284,915

“National e-Therapy Centre: Anxiety Online” $2,520,000

Education Infrastructure Fund (2011)

Magnetoencephalogram (MEG) for Swinburne University; $1,550,000

Mental Illness Research Fund, Department of Human Services, Victorian Government (2013-2016)

online technology to promote self-management and recovery in people with psychosis; $1,966,610

Movember Australian Mental Health Initiative (2014-2017)

Improving men’s access to care: a national ambulance approach to reduce suicide and improve the mental health of men and boys; $2,757,000.

National Health & Medical Research Council Grant

Improving quality of life in late stage bipolar disorder: RCT of a novel psychological treatment (2016 – 2019) $1,083,620

The diamond cohort study - better management of those at risk of persistent and disabling depression ( 2011 – 2015) $1,478,404.80

Evaluation of an internet-based cognitive-behavioural treatment program for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (2010 – 2012) $319,250

Science Agenda Program, Government of Victoria (2011 - 2012)

Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability consortium; $940,000.

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Body Dysmorphc Disorder
  • Chronic Medical Illness
  • Depression
  • Hoarding
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Psychology
  • addiction
  • trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder)
Further information

Peer reviewed journal articles 

  • Müller, A, Brand, M., Claes, L., Demetrovics, Z., de Zwaan, M., Fernández-Aranda, F., Frost, R.O., Jimenez-Murcia, S., Lejoyeux, M, Loeber, S, Mitchell, J, Moulding, R, Nedeljkovic, M, Trotzke, P, Weinstein, A, & Kyrios, M (in press). Buying Disorder – Is there enough evidence to support its inclusion in ICD-11? CNS Spectrums.
  • Kyrios, M, Mogan, C, Moulding, R, Frost, R.O, Yap, K & Fassnacht, D (2018). The cognitive-behavioural model of hoarding disorder: Evidence from clinical and non-clinical cohorts. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 25, 311-32.
  • Seah, R, Fassnacht, D & Kyrios, M (2018). Attachment anxiety and self-ambivalence as vulnerabilities toward Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 18, 40-46
  • Fletcher, K., Foley, F., Thomas, N., Berk, L., Berk, M., Bowe, S., Cotton, S., Engel, L., Johnson, S.L., Jones, S., Kyrios, M., Lapsley, S., Michalak, E., Mihalopoulos, C., Perich, T. & Murray, G. (in press). Web-based Intervention with Email Support to Improve Quality of Life in Late Stage Bipolar Disorder (ORBIT): Randomised Controlled Trial Protocol. BMC Psychiatry.
  • Kyrios, M, Ahern, C, Fassnacht, D, Nedeljkovic, M., Moulding, R, Meyer, D (2018). Therapist- assisted Internet-based Cognitive-behavioral Therapy versus Progressive Relaxation in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20 (8), e242
  • Fitzpatrick, M, Nedeljkovic, M, Abbott, J.-A., Kyrios, M, Moulding, R (2018). “Blended” therapy: The development and pilot evaluation of an internet-facilitated cognitive behavioral intervention to supplement face-to-face therapy for hoarding disorder. Internet Interventions, 12, 16-25.