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    Professor Andrew Lewis

    Director of Clinical Psychology

    About me

    Andrew Lewis is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Discipline of Psychology at Murdoch University. He is also the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program. 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 100 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 coordinated 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.




    • Galbally, M., Watson, S., Lewis, A., Teti, D., (2018), Perinatal maternal depression, antidepressant use and infant sleep outcomes: Exploring cross-lagged associations in a pregnancy cohort study, Journal of Affective Disorders, 238, , .
    • Watson, S., Lewis, A., Boyce, P., Galbally, M., (2018), Exercise frequency and maternal mental health: Parallel process modelling across the perinatal period in an Australian pregnancy cohort, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 111, , .
    • Galbally, M., Ryan, J., IJzendoorn, M., Watson, S., Spigset, O., Lappas, M., Saffery, R., de Kloet, R., Lewis, A., (2018), Maternal Depression, Antidepressant Use and Placental Oxytocin Receptor DNA Methylation: Findings from the MPEWS Study, Psychoneuroendocrinology, in press, , pages -.
    • Flowers, A., McGillvray, J., Galbally, M., Lewis, A., (2018), Perinatal Maternal Mental Health and Disorganised Attachment: A Critical Systematic Review, Clinical Psychologist, , , pages -.
    • Galbally, M., Watson, S., Ball, H., Lewis, A., (2018), Breastfeeding, Antidepressants and Depression in the Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study, Journal of Human Lactation, , , pages 1 - 10.
    • Hameed, M., Lingam, R., ZAMMIT, S., SULLIVAN, S., Salvi, G., Lewis, A., (2018), Trajectories of early childhood developmental skills and early adolescent psychotic experiences: Findings from the ALSPAC UK birth cohort, Frontiers in Psychology, Online first 9 Jan 2018, , pages -.
    • POOLE, L., KNIGHT, T., TOUMBOUROU, J., LUBMAN, D., BERTINO, M., Lewis, A., (2018), A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Impact of a Family-Based Adolescent Depression Intervention on both Youth and Parent Mental Health Outcomes, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 46, , pages 169 - 181.
    • Groves, K., Lewis, A., Galbally, M., (2018), Prenatal Antidepressant Exposure and Child Motor Development: A Meta-Analysis, Pediatrics, 142, 1, pages -.
    • Galbally, M., van IJzendoorn, M., Permezel, M., Saffery, R., Lappas, M., Ryan, J., van Rossum, E., Johnson, A., Teti, D., Lewis, A., (2017), Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study (MPEWS): understanding maternal mental health, fetal programming and child development. Study design and cohort profile, International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 26, 4, pages -.
    • Galbally, M., Spigset, O., Johnson, A., Kohan, R., Lappas, M., Lewis, A., (2017), --- INCOMPLETE --- Neonatal adaptation following intrauterine antidepressant exposure: assessment, drug assay levels, and infant development outcomes, Pediatric Research: international journal of human developmental biology, 82, 5, pages 806 - 813.
    • Shore, L., TOUMBOUROU, J., Lewis, A., Kremer, P., (2017), Longitudinal trajectories of child and adolescent depressive symptoms and their predictors��a systematic review and meta�analysis, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Online first April 2017, , pages -.
    • Galbally, M., Lewis, A., (2017), Depression and parenting: the need for improved intervention models, Current Opinion in Psychology, 15, , pages 61 - 65.
    • 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.
    • POOLE, L., Lewis, A., Toumbouou, J., Pryor, R., Knights, T., BERTINO, M., (2017), A Multi�Family Group Intervention for Adolescent Depression: The BEST MOOD Program, Family Process, 56, 2, pages 317 - 330.
    • Berk, L., Hallam, K., Venugopal, K., Lewis, A., Austin, D., Kulkarni, J., Dodd, S., De Castella, A., Fitzgerald, P., BERK, M., (2017), Impact of irritability: a 2-year observational study of outpatients with bipolar I or schizoaffective disorder, Bipolar Disorders: an international journal of psychiatry and neurosciences, 19, , pages 184 - 197.
    • Galbally, M., Lewis, A., (2017), Depression and parenting: the need for improved intervention models, Current Opinion in Psychology, 15, , pages 61 - 65.
    • Lewis, A., Galbally, M., Austin, E., (2016), Prenatal maternal mental health and fetal growth restriction: A systematic review, Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 7, 4, pages 416 - 428.
    • 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, 0, pages 0 - 0.
    • 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.
    • 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, 3, 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.