Dr Matthew Gullo

Research Fellow

Centre for Youth Substance Abuse
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 344 32537


I am Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research. I am a passionate advocate for the scientist-practitioner model and maintain my clinical practice as a Visiting Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital's Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit.

In 2013, I was the recipient of both the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Early Career Research Award and the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Early Career Award for Excellence in Research. In 2012, I was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (Tier II, Clinical). I currently serve on the QLD state committee of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and the editorial board of the journal PloS One.

My research focuses on risk factors for substance use disorders and how they can best be targeted in treatment and prevention. I am particularly interested in the neuropsychological and cognitive mechanisms through which impulsivity increases risk for substance abuse. My program of research covers the entire translational spectrum:

Research Interests

  • Reward
  • Personality
  • Addiction
  • Disorders of Impulse Control
  • Translational Research
  • Neuropsychology
  • Adolescence
  • Impulsivity
  • Substance Abuse
  • Psychotherapy


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griff


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Available Projects

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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Gullo, Matthew J., Coates, Jason M, Patton, Kiri and Connor, Jason P. (2016). Beyond CBT: What is the future of alcohol use disorder treatment and prevention?. In Ross G. Menzies, Michael Kyrios and Nikolaos Kazantzis (Ed.), Innovations and future directions in the behavioural and cognitive therapies (pp. 157-162) Samford Valley, Australia: Australian Academic Press.

  • Gullo, Matthew J. (2012) Impulsivity and reversal learning in Norbert M. Seel (eds.) Encyclopedia of the sciences of learning. New York, NY, United States: Springer

  • Gullo, Matthew J., Dawe, Sharon and McHugh, Meredith J. (2011). Impulsivity and adolescent substance use: From self-report measures to neuroimaging and beyond. In Michael T. Bardo, Diana H. Fishbein and Richard Milich (Ed.), Inhibitory control and drug abuse prevention: From research to translation (pp. 161-175) New York, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-1268-8

  • Dawe, Sharon, Loxton, Natalie J., Gullo, Matthew J., Staiger, Petra K., Kamouropoulos, Nicolas, Perdon, Laura and Wood, Andrew (2007). The role of impulsive personality traits in the initiation, development and treatment of substance misuse problems. In Peter M. Miller and David J. Kavanagh (Ed.), Translation of addictions science into practice (pp. 321-339) Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Pergamon. doi:10.1016/B978-008044927-2/50064-X

Journal Article

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.