Dr Nicholas Van DamClinical Psychologist, Neuroscientist & Senior Lecturer, The University of Melbourne
Dr. Nicholas Van Dam is a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist and a Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. He is the Deputy Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Translation Group. His research interests centre on the use of cognitive neuroscience methods, decision science, and computational psychology/psychiatry to better understand and delineate high-prevalence symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression, substance misuse) across the spectrum from normal to pathological with a focus on value-based decision-making processes, introspection, and assessment. His primary translational research objective is to advance the understanding of the clinical phenomenology and neurobiology of depression and anxiety disorder. He aims to better understand these conditions (and the range of normal to abnormal behaviours that underpin them). In addition to his goals to classify and predict these conditions, he is also interested in optimizing treatment and intervention approaches via identification of response likelihoods during the natural course of treatment. Dr. Van Dam has expertise in the areas of mindfulness and meditation and considers contemplative practices to be a potential treatment for high-prevalence disorders, a means to improve measurement and examination of subjective experience, and worthwhile set of practices towards personal growth. He is particularly interested in how these practices can be implemented in authentic ways that are consistent with their traditional context.
2020 SCAP Presentation: Mindfulness in Practice