Dr Geoff Lyons

School:

School of Psychological Sciences

Position:

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications:

BSc (Hon) (UOW); PhD (Clin Psych) (UOW)

Contact details:

Geoff Lyons is a clinical psychologist and relationship psychotherapist. He joined ACAP in 2016 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences and is predominantly involved in their professional programs. He completed his PhD on spirituality and recovery from substance use disorders with the Illawarra Institute for Mental Health at the University of Wollongong.

Geoff has held several academic roles across a number of institutions. He has taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate subjects including learning and behaviour, cognitive behavioural therapy, clinical health psychology, psychological assessment, abnormal psychology and neuropsychology.

Geoff has worked as a clinical psychologist in a range of public and private services, including oncology and palliative care units, residential and outpatient eating disorder units, and residential aged care units. He currently works in private practice where he focuses on couples’ therapy.

Journal Articles

  • Davis EL, Deane FP, Lyons GCB. (2015). Prediction of individual differences in adjustment to loss: Acceptance and valued-living as critical appraisal and coping strengths. Death Studies.
  • Kelly, P. J., Leung, J., Deane, F. P. & Lyons, G. C. B. (2015). Predicting Client Attendance at Further Treatment Following Drug and Alcohol Detoxification: Theory of Planned Behaviour and Implementation Intentions. Drug and Alcohol Review.
  • Cale, E., Deane, F. P., Kelly, P. J. & Lyons, G. C. B. (2015). Psychometric properties of the Recovery Assessment Scale. Addiction, Research & Theory 23, 71-80.
  • Davis, L., Deane, F. P. & Lyons, G. C. B. (2014). Acceptance and valued-living as critical appraisal and coping strengths for caregivers dealing with terminal illness and bereavement. Palliative & Supportive Care, 30, 1-10.
  • Koka, B. E., Deane, F. P., Lyons, G. C. B. & Lambert, G. (2013). General health workers description of mental health problems and treatment approaches used in Papua New Guinea. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1177/0020764013513441
  • Lyons, G. C. B. (2014). A commentary on Nemati (2013): "The effect of pranayama on test anxiety and test performance”. International Journal of Yoga, 7, 81-82.
  • Deane, F. P., Kelly, P. J., Crowe, T. P., Coulson, J. C. & Lyons, G. C. B. (2013). Clinical and reliable change in an Australian residential substance use program using the Addiction Severity Index. Journal of Addictive Diseases, DOI:10.1080/10550887.2013.795470
  • Deane, F. P., Kelly, P. J., Crowe, T. P., Lyons, G. C. B. & Cridland, E. K. (2013). Feasibility of telephone follow-up interviews for monitoring treatment outcomes of Australian residential drug and alcohol treatment programs. Substance Abuse. DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2013.789815
  • McGaffin, B., Lyons, G. C. B. & Deane, F. P. (2013).Self-forgiveness, shame and guilt in recovery from drug and alcohol problems. Substance Abuse. DOI:10.1080/08897077.2013.781564
  • Mo, C., Deane, F. P., Lyons, G. C. B. & Kelly, P. J.  (2013). Factor analysis and validity of a short 6-item version of the Desires for Alcohol Questionnaire. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44, 557-564.
  • Maffina, M., Deane, F. P., Lyons, G. C. B., Crowe, T. P. & Kelly, P. J. (2013). Relative importance of abstinence in clients’ and clinicians’ perspectives of recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Substance Use Misuse, 48, 683-690.
  • Lyons, G. C. B., Deane, F. P., & Kelly, P. J. (2011). Faith-based substance abuse treatment: Is it just about God? Exploring treatment providers’ attitudes toward spirituality, forgiveness and secular components of treatment. Counselling & Spirituality, 30, 135-159.
  • Stoyles, G., Caputi, P., Lyons, G., & Jones, B. (2011). What influences the formation of a child’s spirituality? An initial study of the preparation of children for admission into the Catholic sacraments of initiation. Journal of Religious Education, 59, 30-39.
  • Lyons, G. C. B., Deane, F. P., Caputi, P., & Kelly, P. (2011). Spirituality and the treatment of substance use disorders: An exploration of forgiveness, resentment and purpose in life. Addiction, Research & Theory, 19, 459-469.
  • Stoyles, G., Caputi, P., & Lyons, G. (2010). New wine, new wine-skins: Revisiting catholic sacramentality through the eyes of a child’s spiritual being. Journal of Religious Education, 58, 36-44.
  • Lyons, G. C. B., Deane, F. P., & Kelly, P. (2010).Forgiveness and purpose in life as spiritual mechanisms of recovery from substance abuse problems.

Book Chapters

  • Davis, E., Deane, F., Lyons, G. (2014). Being there. A guide to help families and friends in palliative care. Illawarra Instititute for Mental Health and School of Psychology, University of Wollongong. Wollongong, Australia.
  • Lyons, G. C. B., Deane, F. P. & Kelly, P. J. (2013). Faith-based substance abuse programs. In P. M. Miller (Eds.), Interventions for Addiction (pp. 147-153). San Diego, United States: Academic Press.

Conferences

  • Meers, R. & Lyons, G. (Aug 2014). An exploration of relaxation and meditation practices in the management of eating disorders. 12th Annual Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, Freemantle, Aus.
  • Davis, E., Deane, F., Lyons, G. & Barclay, G. (March 2014). Facilitating the acceptance of death. Australian Grief & Bereavement Conference, Melbourne, Aus.
  • Davis, E., Deane, F., Lyons, G. & Barclay, G. (March 2014). Development of a randomised controlled trial of an “ACT” self-help program for caregivers of palliative care patients. Australian Grief & Bereavement Conference, Melbourne, Aus.
  • Lyons, G. C. B., Deane, F. P. & Byrne, G., (Sept, 2013). Does clients’ spirituality influence their engagement with the therapeutic community at admission to a residential faith-based drug and alcohol program?European Federation of Therapeutic Communities Conference, Oxford, UK.
  • Lyons G. C. B. (Oct, 2012). Developing and maintaining physical wellbeing and mental health. HammondCare Mental Health Week, Greenwhich, Aus.
  • Lyons G. C. B. (2011). A longitudinal investigation of spirituality and substance abuse among clients of The Salvation Army Bridge Program. Research presentation. The Salvation Army: Australian Eastern Territory Recovery Services Network Conference – November 2011
  • Deane, F. P., Lyons G. C. B. & Kelly, P. J. (2011). Bridge Program Evaluation. Annual Progress Report. Research presentation. The Salvation Army: Australian Eastern Territory Recovery Services Network Conference – November 2011
  • Pullen, D.,  Byrne, G., Deane, F. P., Crowe, T. P., Kelly, P., &  Lyons, G. (Sept, 2011). The evidence of change within therapeutic communities. European Federation of Therapeutic Communities Conference, Oxford, UK.
  • Byrne, G., Pullen, D., Deane, F. P., Crowe, T. P., Kelly, P., &  Lyons, G. (Sept, 2011). The relationship between retention and outcome following residential drug and alcohol treatment. European Federation of Therapeutic Communities Conference, Oxford, UK.
  • Lyons G. C. B. (2010). Spirituality in the treatment of substance abuse. Research presentation – Australian Eastern Territory Salvation Army, Managers Conference – November 2010
  • Lyons .G. C. B. (2010). Spirituality and forgiveness in the treatment of substance use disorders. Research presentation – School of Psychology, University of Wollongong – August 2010
  • Lyons, G. C. B. (2009). Exploring the role of forgiveness, purpose in life and spirituality in the treatment of substance abuse. . Research presentation – Creating Synergy VI – July 2009
  • Lyons, G. C. B. (2008). Exploring spiritual growth and forgiveness in drug and alcohol recovery. Research Presentation – Creating Synergy V – June 2008
  • Lyons, G. C. B., & Crittenden, N. (2007). Exercise Deprivation: Examining its depressive symptoms, motivational changes and the role of mindfulness in habitual exercisers. Poster Presentation – Australian Regional Group Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) – December 2007

Grants

  • 2014: Illawarra Cancer Carers. “Being There: A guide to help family and friends in palliative care”, Davis, E. L., Deane, F. P., & Lyons, G. C. B. ($4,360)
  • 2013: Inspirit Psychology. “Yoga in Wellbeing Survey”. Lyons, G. C. B. ($2,000)

Research Supervision

  • E. Davies, PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Wollongong (in progress): Acceptance and anticipatory grief in palliative care patients and carers
  • A. Djember, Masters of Clinical Psychology, Australian Catholic University (in progress): Evaluating
  • the PEERS social skills program as an intervention for Australian adolescents
  • J. Thorburn, Masters of Clinical Psychology, Australian Catholic University (in progress): Christians’ attitudes toward contemplative prayer: An exploration of central themes on the internet
  • C. Louie, Masters of Clinical Psychology, Australian Catholic University (in progress): Common presenting problems and therapeutic barriers during the provision of home-based psychotherapy to palliative care patients
  • R. Ridani, Masters of Clinical Psychology, University of Wollongong 2015: A confirmatory factor analysis of the Daily Spiritual Experience Scale (DSES) in a sample of Australian substance abusers
  • M. O’brien, Masters of Clinical Psychology, University of Wollongong 2015: A cross-sectional study of mindfulness in Australian yoga practitioners
  • C. Laundy, Masters of Clinical Psychology, University of Wollongong 2015: A randomised control trial of Christian and mindfulness meditation for mindfulness and anxiety
  • W. Kurta, Bachelor of Psych Science (Honours), Australian Catholic University 2015: Predictors of daily spiritual experiences in clients of faith-based substance abuse treatment programs         
  • E Mooney, Bachelor of Psych Science (Honours), Australian Catholic University 2015: An Exploratory Factor Analysis of the Faith-Based Community Engagement Questionnaire
  • E. Anonio, Bachelor of Psych Science (Honours), Australian Catholic University 2014: Age-related differences in implicit learning, working memory, and social-emotion recognition
  • C. Louie, Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, Australian Catholic University 2014: The role of implicit learning in the case of schizotypal personality
  • R. Meers, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Wollongong 2014: Eating disorder patients’ attitudes towards the use of meditation and yoga in treatment
  • K. Suatoni, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Wollongong 2014: An exploration of mindfulness and emotional regulation in eating disorder patients
  • L. Booy, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Wollongong 2014: Does engagement in a faith-based drug and alcohol therapeutic community predict religious maturity and prayer practices?
  • G. Holden, Graduate Diploma of Psychology, University of Wollongong, 2013: Mindfulness and stress in yoga practitioners
  • K. Conlin, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Wollongong, 2013: Spirituality in yoga practitioners
  • B. McGaffin, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Wollongong, 2011: Self-Forgiveness, Shame and Guilt amongst Individuals Recovering From Drug and Alcohol Problems

Research and Scholarships

Research Interests

Geoff has research interests in four broad areas:

Geoff has research interests in four broad areas:

  • Substance use disorders
  • Written documentation in professional practice
  • Complementary and alternative therapies in mental health care
  • Spirituality and religiousness in mental health care
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Expert Comment Topics

  • Substance use disorders
  • Spirituality/religion and mental health
  • Yoga and mental health 

Professional Accreditation

  • Board Endorsed Clinical Psychologist – Psychology Board of Australia, AHPRA         
  • Board Approved Supervisor – Psychology Board of Australia, AHPRA
  • Honorary Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong