Associate Professor Andrew Lewis
BA(Hons), BSW, GradDipPsych, PGDipPsych, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology

About me

Andrew Lewis is a Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University. In 2001 he completed a Ph.D in the School of Psychology, Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry at Monash University. From 2007 to 2015 he was a Research Academic in Clinical Psychology based at Deakin University. Andrew has over two decades of clinical experience and has worked clinically at the Royal Childrens Hospital and the Centre for Young People’s Mental Health (now Orygen Youth Health) in perinatal, child and adolescent mental health.

Andrew has published over 80 refereed journal publications and contributed over 20 book chapters. He is an editor of two books: Integrative Assessment in Clinical Psychology (Australian Academic Press, 2011) and Psychopharmacology and Pregnancy:Treatment Efficacy, Risks, and Guidelines (Springer, 2014).

He has published on developmental aspects of depressive and psychotic disorders as well as perinatal and adolescent mental health. He has also undertaken clinical research developing and evaluating parenting and family based interventions by designing cohort studies and running clinical trials. Andrew has a strong interest in the interface between biological systems and the psycho-social environment as early determinants of mental disorders.

He was formerly the course chair of the award winning Master of Psychology(Clinical) at the Geelong Campus of Deakin University and from 2000-2007 established and then co-ordinated the Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling at the University of Ballarat. He has taught in areas such as clinical assessment, psychological therapy, research methodology and biological factors in human development.

Teaching area

 PSY664 Clinical Psychology: Working with Children and Families (Semester 1)


Research areas

Topics of research interest:

Perinatal Mental Health

Fetal development and pregnancy health

Parenting and Family development

Developmental psychopathology

Development and Evaluation of Child and Family mental health interventions


Current projects

 Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study (MPEWS): Andrew Lewis and Megan Galbally are the principle investigators on the Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study (MPEWS) which has been funded by Beyondblue (2012) and an NHMRC project grant in 2015. MPEWS was established to provide a comprehensive investigation of early developmental mechanisms and modifiers for maternal, fetal and child wellbeing. MPEWS is a prospective, longitudinal study from early pregnancy to 36 months postpartum that includes diagnostic measures of mental health, observational measures of the mother-infant relationship, child developmental measures and repeated biological samples. Over 300 pregnant women were recruited in early pregnancy from the Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne, Australia who have contributed to a biobank of over 10 000 biosamples.


 The Family Options Study: Since 2008 Andrew has led the development of a structured multi-family group approach to the treatment of adolescent depression called Behaviour Exchange Systems Training for adolescent mood disorders (BEST MOOD). This project has already undertaken two multicentre clinical trials, funded by beyondblue and the ARC. Currently a third trial is planned evaluating a version of the intervention modified for use for children 3-12 years of age who present with depressive symptoms or anxiety.




  • Lewis, A., Rowland, B., Tran, A., Solomon, R., Patton, G., Catalano, R., TOUMBOUROU, J., (2017), Adolescent Depressive Symptoms in India, Australia and USA: Exploratory Structural Equation Modelling of cross-national invariance and predictions by gender and age, Journal of Affective Disorders, 212, 2017, pages 150 - 159.
  • Galbally, M., Lewis, A., (2017), Depression and parenting: the need for improved intervention models, Current Opinion in Psychology, 15, , pages 61 - 65.
  • Galbally, M., Lewis, A., (2017), Depression and parenting: the need for improved intervention models, Current Opinion in Psychology, 15, , pages 61 - 65.
  • Hameed, M., Lewis, A., (2016), Offspring of parents with schizophrenia: A systematic review of developmental features across childhood, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 24, 2, pages 104 - 117.
  • Unterrainer, H., Ruttinger, J., Lewis, A., Anglim, J., FINK, A., Kapfammer, H., (2016), Vulnerable Dark Triad Personality Facets Are Associated with Religious Fundamentalist Tendencies, Psychopathology, 49, 1, pages 47 - 52.
  • Seth, S., Lewis, A., Galbally, M., (2016), Perinatal maternal depression and cortisol function in pregnancy and the postpartum period: A systematic literature review, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16, 1, pages -.
  • Lewis, A., Kremer, P., Douglas, K., Toumbouou, J., Hameed, M., Patton, G., Williams, J., (2015), Gender differences in adolescent depression: Differential female susceptibility to stressors affecting family functioning, Australian Journal of Psychology, 67, , pages 131 - 139.
  • Seth, S., Lewis, A., Saffery, R., Lappas, M., Galbally, M., (2015), Maternal Perinatal Mental Health and Placental 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase: pilot findings from the MPEWS study, International Journal of Molecular Sciences (Online), 16, , pages 27482 - 27496.

A full list of publications, some with attached full text of the paper, can be found here:

Selected Publications:

Hameed, M. Lewis, A.J., (in press) Offspring of Parents with Schizophrenia: A Systematic Review of Developmental Features Across Childhood. Harvard Review of Psychiatry

Galbally, M.  Buist,A.  Lewis. A.J.  (2015) Child developmental outcomes in preschool children following antidepressant exposure in pregnancy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry Jul;49(7):642-50 doi: 10.1177/0004867415569800

Lewis, A.J., Kremer, P., Toumbourou, J.W. Williams J.W. & Patton, G. C. Williams, J. (2015). Gender differences in adolescent depression: Differential female susceptibility to stressors affecting family functioning Australian Journal of Psychology.  67(3) 131–139.DOI: 10.1111/ajpy.12086.

Lewis, A. J., Galbally, M., Gannon T., Symeonides C., (2014) Early life programming as a target for prevention of child and adolescent mental disorders: intervention and research directions. BMC Medicine: Special issue on Prevention of Mental Disorders. 12:33  doi:10.1186/1741-7015-12-33

Lewis, A.J.,  Bertino M., SkewesJ., ShandL., BorojevicN., Lubman, D., Knight, T. ToumbourouJ.W. (2013)Adolescent depressive disorders and family based interventions in the Family Options multicenter evaluation: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 14: 384. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-14-384.

Hameed, M., Lewis, A.J., Sullivan, S. & Zammit, S. (2013). Child literacy and psychotic experiences in early adolescence: Findings from the ALSPAC study. Schizophrenia Research, 145, 88-94. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2012.12.025.

Lewis, A.J., Bertino, M.D., Robertson, N., Knight, T. & Toumbourou, J. W. (2012). Consumer feedback following participation in a family-based intervention for youth mental health. Depression Research and Treatment, 2012, doi: 10.1155/2012/235646.

Galbally, M., Lewis, A.J. & Gentile, S. (2012). Further findings linking SSRIs during pregnancy with persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPH) in newborns: Clinical implications. CNS Drugs, 26, 813-822. doi: 10.2165/11630310-000000000-00000.

Lewis, A.J. (2012). A call for an expanded synthesis of developmental and evolutionary paradigms. Behaviour and Brain Science, 35, 368-369. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X12001021.

 Galbally, M.,  Lewis, A.J. Buist,  A. (2011). Developmental outcomes of children exposed to antidepressants in pregnancy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45, 393-399. doi: 10.3109/00048674.2010.549995.

Galbally, M., Lewis A.J., van IJzendoorn M.J., Permezel, M. (2011). The role of oxytocin in mother infant relations: A systematic review of human studies. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 19, 1-14. doi:10.3109/10673229.2011.549771.

Lewis, A.J., Tooley, G. (2009). Disorganized attachment and reproductive strategies. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 32, 35-36. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X0900017X.

Lewis, A.J. & White, J. (2009) The defense mechanisms of homophobic adolescent males: A descriptive discriminant analysis. Journal of Adolescence,32, 435-441. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2008.04.006. 

Commons-Trelor, A.J. & Lewis, A.J. (2008). Targeted clinical education for staff attitudes towards deliberate self harm in Borderline Personality Disorder: A randomised controlled trial. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42, 981-988. doi: 10.1080/00048670802415392.