PROF Murat Yucel

PROF Murat Yucel


  • Cognitive and affective neuroscience (Clinical and experimental neuropsychology, neuroimaging, neurodevelopment)
  • Inhibitory control
  • Neural and psychological bases of impulsive, compulsive and addictive behaviour
  • Neural basis of emotion and motivation
  • Neurobiology and neuropsychology of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and substance abuse
  • The acute and chronic effects of stress on decision making and the brain
  • Youth Mental Health



  • Professor Murat Yücel is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working in the field of neuropsychiatry. His research tries to understand the neural, psychological and pharmacological bases of impulsive and compulsive behaviours seen across substance related and psychiatric disorders. He is also interested in the links between heavy cannabis use, the brain and psychosis. He has over 160 peer-reviewed publications on these (and related) topics.   


Member of

  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). Associate Member 2005 -
  • International Society for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry (ISNIP). Member 2005 -
  • Mental Health Research and Ethics Committee (MHREC). Member 2005 -
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ISMRM). Member 2004 -
  • Addiction Neuroscience Network, Australian (ANNA). Member 2003 -
  • New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). Member 2003 -
  • Australasian Society for Biological Psychiatry (ASBP). Member 2002 -
  • Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR). Member 2002 -
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS). Registered Member 2001 -
  • The Psychologist Registration Board of Victoria. Registered Member 2001 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • Ph.D., La Trobe University 2001
  • M.A.(Clinical Neuropsychology), La Trobe University 1999
  • B.A.(HONS), Swinburne University of Technology 1996
  • B.A., Swinburne University of Technology 1995

Awards and honors

  • Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, 2008
  • Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Policy and Science, 2007
  • Early Career Investigator Award, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Puerto Rico, USA., 2004
  • Organon Research Award, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR). Fremantle, AUST., 2004
  • Young Investigator Award, International Congress On Schizophrenia Research (ICOSR), Colorado, USA., 2003
  • Young Scientist Award, Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia, Davos, Switzerland., 1999



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