Fellows Detail

Professor David Kavanagh

BA (Hons), Dip Psychol (Sydney), MA, PhD (Stanford)

Elected: 2016

Discipline: Psychology

Specialisation: e-health; digital health; addictive disorders; motivation; dissemination


Professor DAVID KAVANAGH is a Research Professor in the Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation and the School of Psychology & Counselling at Queensland University of Technology, and holds adjunct posts at The University of Queensland and Griffith and Plymouth universities. He recently developed an imagery-based motivational intervention, which is currently being tested in a range of behavioural domains including alcohol misuse, has developed and tested a number of web programs and apps for addictive and other mental disorders, and is currently leading a nationwide project to disseminate digital interventions in primary care.

Appointments in the last 10 years have included membership of the NHMRC Assigners’ Academy, the Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council, the Digital Mental Health Advisory Committee of the Australian Department of Health, and the Australian Psychological Society’s Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training.  


Adjunct Professor in Psychology, University of Queensland (2008—), Griffith University (2008—), University of Plymouth UK (2014-2017)

Member, Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council (2016—)

Member, Digital Mental Health Advisory Committee, Australian Department of Health (2016-17)


Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science, Australian Psychological Society (2015)

Distinguished Career Award, Australian Association of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (2011)

Senior Scientist Award, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (2011)

Ian Mathew Campbell Prize in Clinical Psychology, Australian Psychological Society (1992)

Honorary Fellow, Australian Association of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (2016)

Honorary Fellow, Wesley Research Institute (2012)

Fellow, Australian Psychological Society (1993)

Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society (1993)


May, J., Kavanagh, D. J., & Andrade, J. (2015). The Elaborated Intrusion Theory of Desire: A 10-year retrospective and implications for addiction treatments. Addictive Behaviors, 44, 29-34. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.09.016

Kavanagh, D. J., Andrade, J., May, J., & Connor, J. P. (2014). Motivational interventions may have greater sustained impact if they trained imagery-based self-management.  Addiction, 109 (7), 1062-1063. doi: 10.1111/add.12507

Kavanagh, D. J., Statham, D. J., Feeney, G. F. X., Young, R. McD., May, J., Andrade, J., & Connor, J. (2013). Measurement of alcohol craving. Addictive Behaviors, 38 (2), 1572-1584. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.08.004

Kavanagh, D. J., & Connolly, J. M. (2009). Interventions for co-occurring addictive and other mental disorders (AMDs). Addictive Behaviors, 34, 838-845. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.03.005   

Kavanagh, D. J., Andrade, J., & May, J. (2005). Imaginary relish and exquisite torture: The Elaborated Intrusion theory of desire.  Psychological Review,112 (2),  446-467. doi: 10.1037/0033-295X.112.2.446   


Email: david.kavanagh [at] qut.edu.au
Mobile: 0419 479 227
Work Phone: 07 3069 7327

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