MELISSA NORBERG

CENTRE FOR EMOTIONAL HEALTH CLINIC

MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY

PRESIDENT

AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

I am the Deputy Director of the Centre for Emotional Health. Amongst other priorities, my specific objective within the CEH is to prepare world-ready HDR candidates and early career researchers. I help them to discover their long-term career plans and in developing and meeting goal posts that will help them achieve their aspirations.

In regard to research, my interests are within the field of clinical psychology. Broadly speaking, my aims are to discover what factors and processes contribute to the aetiology and maintenance of anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and substance use problems. I am interested in the role of both general (e.g., interpersonal difficulties and perceived distress intolerance) and disorder-specific factors (e.g., object attachment in hoarding disorder). Another aim of my research is to find solutions for improving treatment outcomes and decreasing relapse after treatment. Although behavioural and cognitive-behavioural treatments are effective at reducing a variety of unwanted behaviours, not all benefit and relapse is common.

I additionally hope to reduce overconsumption in Australia and throughout the world by using and adapating my research on hoarding disorder and addiction to fit the broader population.

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