Depression and anxiety (underlying mechanisms, interventions)
Immigrant mental health
Mental health and adjustment in chronic illness (Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, Heart Disease)
Personality and health outcomes
Psychological interventions in the medically ill (Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, Heart Disease)
Dr Litza Kiropoulos is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. She has 18 years of Clinical Psychology experience and works part time as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at Western Health. Dr Kiropoulos was the Clinical and Research Leader in Clinical Psychology in the Psychology Department at the Royal Melbourne Hospital from 2010-2016. Dr Kiropoulos holds an Honorary appointment with the Royal Melbourne Hospital and is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University.
Dr Kiropoulos's research program includes the development and evaluation of specialised and early tailored psychological interventions (including e-mental health methodologies) for depressive and anxiety disorders in clinical, immigrant and medically ill populations including those with Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer and Heart Disease, the development and evaluation of group interventions for mental health and adjustment in oncology populations, examination of predictors of mental health and adjustment in chronic illness focusing on Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer and Heart Disease, cognition in Multiple Sclerosis, mechanisms underlying depressive and anxiety disorders and the role of personality on health outcomes.
Previous grants received as Principal Investigator:
Multicultural Information on Depression online (MIDonline): Development of an IT resource to improve depression literacy and assist in pathways to mental health care for people of CALD background.
Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders (beyondblue: the national depression initiative) (2005-2008) ($220,000)
Healthy Mind, Healthy Heart: Assessment of depression and related psychoosocial factors in CALD people with CHD.
Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders (beyondblue: the national depression initiative) (2008-2011) ($91,075)
Effectiveness of a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) specific psycholgoical intervention for depression and anxiety in those newly diagnosed with MS.
Neurosciences and Behavioural Science Domain Research Grant (2011) ($20,000)
Selected previous grants as Co-Investigator:
The psychosocial support and information needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) men with localised prostate cancer and their partners.
Supportive Care in Cancer Research Capacity Building grant. Victorian Cancer Agency (2009-2011) ($74, 272)
Trauma Online: Development and evaluation of an internet-based intervention for the treatment of acute PTSD and the treatment and prevention of chronic PTSD
. Australian Rotary Health Research Fund (2006-2007) ($116,652)
Education and training
University of Melbourne 2004
Master of Clinical Psychology,
Deakin University 1998
Dr Kiropoulos is currently available to supervise Higher Degree by Research students in the following areas:
-mechanisms underlying depressive and anxiety disorders;
-cognitive improvements in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis;
-predictors of mental health and adjustment in chronic illness (Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, Heart Disease);
-development and evaluation of psychological group interventions targeting mental health and adjustment in oncology populations;
-development of e-mental health interventions.