PROF John Gleeson

PROF John Gleeson


  • Cognitive biases in psychosis
  • Cognitive therapy for psychosis
  • Forensic issues in community mental health settings
  • Integrated psychotherapies for co-morbid borderline personality disorder and psychosis
  • Personality and psychosis
  • Psychological mechanisms and interventions in psychotic disorders
  • Psychological treatments in psychosis (Cognitive behaviour therapy and psychosis)
  • Relapse and relapse prevention in first-episode psychosis



  • John Gleeson is a clinical psychologist with more han 15 years experience in the psychological treatment of serious mental illness. He currently holds a joint Associate Professor appointment across the Department of Psychology at The University of Melbourne and the NorthWestern Mental Health Program – a program of Melbourne Health. His major research interests include psychological treatments for complex presentations of psychosis. John Gleeson’s PhD in Psychology at The Melbourne University included a prospective follow-up study of risk factors for relapse after first-episode psychosis. He subsequently obtained funding as the chief investigator for a randomized controlled trial of a cognitive behavioural therapy for the prevention of relapse following first-episode psychosis. This study is now completed. He has obtained funding as chief investigator to commence additional intervention studies in an adult mental health service with the aim of preventing re-offending in consumers with a forensic history. He has provided clinical supervision for two additional clinical trials conducted at ORYGEN Youth Health for emerging borderline personality disorder and acute psychosis in young people. He has a significant teaching, training, and consultation track record. He successfully developed a distance education Graduate Diploma in Young People’s Mental Health. He has supervised seven postgraduate psychology PhD/Doctorate/ Masters students and four honours students. He teaches psychological assessment and CBT coursework subjects in the postgraduate clinical psychology professional training program in the Department of Psychology at The University of Melbourne. In addition John  Gleeson has provided training workshops nationally and internationally on CBT for psychotic disorders. He has previously held senior clinical and management position at ORYGEN Youth Health, including Acting Deputy Clinical Director. He is a reviewer for Australian   


Member of

  • Victorian Psychologists Registration Board. Registered Psychologist 2009
  • Australian Psychological Society. Full Member 2008 - 2009
  • Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society. Member 2008 - 2009


Selected publications



Education and training

  • BA, Institution not known
  • MPsych, Institution not known
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2002



Available for supervision

  • Y