Associate Professor Neil Thomas

Associate Professor Neil Thomas
Clinical Director, Voices Clinic
BSc (Hons), DClinPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS, MAPS, MCCLP

A/Prof Neil Thomas is a researcher from Swinburne University of Technology, and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Alfred Health. Neil has run the Voices Clinic at MAPrc since 2008, which provides assessment, self-management programs and psychological therapy for people with persisting hallucinatory experiences such as hearing voices.

The main focus of Neil's research is in developing new therapeutic approaches to empower people who live with mental health problems to self-manage symptoms and have the best recovery possible. This includes traditional psychotherapeutic methods, such as cognitive behavioural therapy; mindfulness-based interventions; peer support; online programs; and mobile apps.
Neil’s lab, PERISCOPE, works across the Swinburne and MAPrc campuses. Through the Voices Clinic, Neil runs the Targeted Research and Intervention for Understanding and Managing Persisting Hallucinations (TRIUMPH) research program. This is aiming to better understand methods for helping people with persisting hallucinations manage this experience. He also works with the Cognitive Neuropsychiatry team at MAPrc to understand the phenomenology of hallucinations and mechanisms involved.
Neil also runs the Self-Management and Recovery Technology (SMART) research program with the Alfred and other services, which is examining the role of digital tools in promoting recovery as part of mental health delivery. At Swinburne, Neil is also Director of the National eTherapy Centre and eTherapy Research Unit, which provides and researches digital self-management interventions for a range of mental health problems.
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