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Professor Matt Bambling

Professor, Chair of Psychological Sciences


PhD, 2003
MSocSc, 1999
BSocSc, 1993


Matt Bambling is a Clinical Psychologist and the Chair of Discipline for Psychological Sciences and is based at the Brisbane campus. Matt joined ACAP in late August 2021, prior to this time worked at the University of Queensland where he was director of post graduate mental health programs and he was also director of postgraduate programs for the faculty of medicine. Prior to working at UQ, Matt has a history working in psychology departments at the course coordinator level.   Before entering academia, Matt worked in a variety of areas such as forensic, child and family and adult mental health. He has maintained a part time private practice throughout his academic career. Matt has served as Queensland Chair for the Clinical College and on the National Committee.

Research Interests

Matt completed his PhD at the School of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UQ, on the treatment of depression. After completing his PhD, he held post-doctoral positions on a large national mental health project, and the evaluation of a large national mental health provider. He has developed a research focus around the treatment of resistant depression as well as e-mental health. He is also a fellow of the Centre for Research Excellence in Telehealth.  Matt’s current research interests are the pathophysiological mechanisms involved in depression and anxiety.  He also has an active research interest in e-mental health, psychotherapy treatment outcome, human factors, and the practice of clinical supervision.  He has supervised many PhD students to completion as well as supervised masters and honors level theses. he

Matt has taught across all area of psychology at undergraduate and post graduate levels. He has also taught psychotherapy courses and provided many professional workshops.

Expert Comment Topics
Mental health disorders
Relationship and family issues
Impact of social events on mental health
Human factors and performance

Awards & Fellowships

2017 – Current: Fellow of the Collage of Clinical Psychology APS.
2018 – Current: Fellow of the UQ Online Centre for Digital Health PAH
2003: Fellow of the UQ Online Centre for Digital Health PAH
1999 – 2002:
  • APA scholarship holder for PhD studies.
  • Dean’s award for outstanding research.
  • Kenneth Howard Memorial award for best project: Society for Psychotherapy Research USA.


APS:106375 Fellow-Clinical College

AHPRA: PSY0000971289

Member of The Australian Aviation Psychology Association


Sisira Edirippulige; Buddhika Senanayake; Farhad Fatehi; Julie Hansen; Matthew Bambling; Anthony C Smith; Nigel Armfield. (2021). Telemedicine: niche or mainstream? – a bibliometric analysis and review of the output of highly ranked clinical journals. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. September. doi:10.1177/1357633X211043376


Zhou, X., Edirippuige, S., Snoswell, C. L., Bambling, M., Liu, D., Smith, A. C., & Bai, X. Lived Experience of Frontline Nurses Supporting Two Hospitals in Wuhan During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. (In press) [Journal: Clinical Nursing Research.


Peivand, B., Yaser, S., Sulmaz, G., Edirippulige, S., Fujisawa, Y., & Bambling, M. (in press). What do Iranian general practitioners value most when choosing a specialty? Evidence from a discrete choice experiment. Health Policy, Elsevier Journal.


McLean, L., Steindl, S., & Bambling, M. (in press). Compassion-focused therapy reduces shame and post-traumatic stress symptoms among adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Mindfulness, Springer Journals.


Zhou, X., Edirippuige, S., Bambling, M., & Bai, X. (2021).  A mix-method systematic review of text-based telehealth interventions in eating disorders management. Journal of Health Research. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JHR-03-2021-0179.



McLean, L., Bambling, M., & Steindl, S. R. (2021). Perspectives on self-compassion from adult female survivors of sexual abuse and the counselors who work with them. Journal of interpersonal violence, 36(9-10), NP4564-NP4587.


Himawan, K. K., Underwood, M., Bambling, M. & Edirippulige, S. (2021). Being single when marriage is the norm: Internet use and the well-being of never-married adults in Indonesia. Current Psychology, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-01367-6


Xiaoyun Zhou, Centaine L. Snoswell, Louise E. Harding, Matthew Bambling, Sisira Edirippulige, Xuejun Bai, and Anthony C. Smith, (2020). The Role of Telehealth in Reducing the Mental Health Burden from COVID-19. Telemedicine and e-Health. Ahead of print http://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2020.0068


Thake, C. L., Bambling, M., Edirippulige, S., & Marx, E. (2020). Using the Importance for Survival Scale to Identify Preferred Nature Scenes With Restorative Potential: A Qualitative Study. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/1937586720910082


Lyzwinski LN, Edirippulige S, Caffery L, Bambling, M., (2019). Mindful Eating Mobile Health Apps: Review and Appraisal JMIR Ment Health;6(8):e12820

URL: https://mental.jmir.org/2019/8/e12820

DOI: 10.2196/12820


Navarro, P., Bambling, M., Sheffield, J., & Edirippulige, S. (2019). Exploring Young People’s Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Text-Based Online Counseling: Mixed Methods Pilot Study. JMIR mental health, 6(7), e13152. https://doi.org/10.2196/13152


Lyzwinski LN, Caffery L, Bambling M, Edirippulige S., (2019).  The Mindfulness App Trial for Weight, Weight-Related Behaviors, and Stress in University Students: Randomized Controlled Trial

JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2019;7(4):e12210

URL: https://mhealth.jmir.org/2019/4/e12210


Lyzwinski ; Caffery, L; Bambling, M., Edirippulige, S. (2019) Perspectives on My Student Mindfulness App Trial: including Attitudes towards Lifestyle and Meditation . Under review for JMIR.


Lyzwinski LN, Caffery, L.C., Bambling, M., Edirippulige, S. (2019). A Critical Appraisal of Mindful Eating Apps JMIR Mental Health 6 (8) e12820. 


Lyzwinski, L. N., Caffery, L., Bambling, M., & Edirippulige, S. (2018). A systematic review of electronic mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions for weight, weight-related behaviors, and psychological stress. Telemedicine and e-Health, 24(3), 173-184.


Coldebella, B., Armfield, N. R., Bambling, M., Hansen, J., & Edirippulige, S. (2018). The use of telemedicine for delivering healthcare to bariatric surgery patients: A literature review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 24(10), 651–660. https://doi.org/10.1177/1357633X18795356


Himawan, K. K., Bambling, M., & Edirippulige, S. (2018). Singleness, Religiosity, and the Implications for Counselors: The Indonesian Case. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 14(2), 485-497. doi:10.5964/ejop.v14i2.1530


Win K. Thu, Nay Lwin, Jaime Yasky, Matthew Bambling, San K.K. Aye (2018) The Efficacy of Behavior Management for Depression in Dementia Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Aging Research and Healthcare – 2(3):17-31.



Lyzwinski, L. & Bambling, M. (2018) The Relationship Between Mindfulness, Weight, and Weight related Behaviours in College Students: A Systematic Review. Alternative and Complementary Therapies


Teoh, H., Bambling, M. et al. (2018) Brief Online Classroom Behavior Management Training for Teachers to Address Male Student Behavioural Issues in Chennai, India. Creative Education, 2018, 9, 26-42.


McLean, L.M, Steindl, S.R., & Bambling, M (2018). Compassion focused therapy as an intervention for survivors of sexual abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. doi:10.1080/10538712.2017.1390718


Karel Karsten Himawan, Matthew Bambling, Sisira Edirippulige (2017). Modernization and singlehood in Indonesia: Psychological and social impacts, Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences, Available online 23 October 2017, ISSN 2452-3151, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kjss.2017.09.008.


Lyzwinski, L. N., Caffery, L., Bambling, M., & Edirippulige, S. (2017). A Systematic Review of Electronic Mindfulness-Based Therapeutic Interventions for Weight, Weight-Related Behaviors, and Psychological Stress. Telemedicine and e-Health.


Bambling, M., Edwards, S.C., Hall, S. & Vitetta, L. (2017). A combination of probiotics and magnesium orotate attenuate depression in a small SSRI resistant cohort: an intestinal anti-inflammatory response is suggested. Inflammopharmacol. doi:10.1007/s10787-017-0311-x


Thake, C. L., Bambling, M., Edirippulige, S., & Marx, E. (2017). A Psychoevolutionary Approach to Identifying Preferred Nature Scenes With Potential to Provide Restoration From Stress. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 1937586717705085.


Lyzwinski, L. N., Caffery, L. J., Bambling, M., & Edirippulige, S. (2017). Consumer perspectives on mHealth for weight loss: a review of qualitative studies. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 1357633X17692722.


Lalande, Lloyd, King, Robert, Bambling, Matthew and Schweitzer, Robert D. (2017) An uncontrolled clinical trial of guided respiration mindfulness therapy (GRMT) in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, doi:10.1007/s10879-017-9360-0


Sisira Edirippulige, Matthew Bambling, Pablo Fernandez (2016). Telemental Health in Resource-Limited Global Settings. Drs. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul, Andres Barkil-Oteo, and Eugene Augusterfer. Oxford University Press.


Lalande, L., King, R., Bambling, M., & Schweitzer, R. D. (2016). Guided Respiration Mindfulness Therapy: Development and Evaluation of a Brief Therapist Training Program. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 46(2), 107-116.


Bambling M, Vitetta L, Edwards S, & Cousins S. (2015) S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) and Magnesium Orotate as adjunctives to SSRIs in sub-optimal treatment response of depression in adults; a pilot study. Adv Integr Med (2015), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aimed.2015.04.003


Bambling M, Vitetta L, (2015) The gastrointestinal tract, nutraceuticals and

attenuation of resistant major depressive

illness: A perspective. Counselling Australia


Teoh, H., Bambling, M., & Edirippulige, S. (2015). Classroom behavior management challenges in India. Indian International Journal of Education. Maris publishing, Chennai, India.


Vitetta L, Bambling M, Alford H. (2014) The gastrointestinal tract microbiome, probiotics, and mood. Inflammopharmacol:1-7. Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print]


Bambling, M. (2014) Creating positive outcomes in supervision. In (eds Watkins and Milne) The Wiley International Handbook of Clinical Supervision


Bambling, M., & King, R. (2013). Supervisor social skill and supervision outcome. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 1-7. doi: 10.1080/14733145.2013.835849


Bambling, M., & King, R. (2013). Extended problem solving treatment for depression, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, DOI:10.1080/14733145.2012.754918


Bambling, M. (2012). Keeping your brain active and stimulated. In (eds: Barletta and Bond) The home therapist: a practical, self-help guide for everyday psychological problems. Australian Academic Press, Australia.


Bambling, M. (2012). Brain health. In (eds: Barletta and Bond) The home therapist: a practical, self-help guide for everyday psychological problems. Australian Academic Press, Australia.


Bambling, M. (2012). Depression. In (eds: Barletta and Bond) The home therapist: a practical, self-help guide for everyday psychological problems. Australian Academic Press, Australia.


Bambling, M. (2012). Anxiety. In (eds: Barletta and Bond) The home therapist: a practical, self-help guide for everyday psychological problems. Australian Academic Press, Australia.


Zimmerman, J., & Bambling, M. (2012). The influence of therapist variables on working alliance and outcome. Psychotherapy in Australia, 18, 2; 76-82.


Rice, S., Fallon, B., & Bambling, M. (2011) Men and Depression: The Impact of

Masculine Role Norms Throughout the Lifespan. The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 28 (2)133-144.


Lalande, L., Bambling, M., King, R., & Lowe, R. (2011). Breathwork: An Additional Treatment Option for Depression and Anxiety? The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. DOI 10.1007/s10879-011-9180-6 pp 1-7


Aggs, C. & Bambling, M. (2010). Teaching mindfulness to psychotherapists in clinical practice: The Mindful Therapy Programme. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research (1), 1-9. doi:10.1080/14733145.2010.485690


Richardson, J., Sheen, L., & Bambling, M. (2009) Becoming a psychotherapist: a survey of counselling and psychotherapy trainers. Psychotherapy in Australia, 16 (1) 70-80.


Bambling, M. Working alliance Supervision to enhance client outcomes (2009) The practice of clinical supervision. 121-137.(Eds) Pellling, Barletta and Armstrong.  Australian  Academic Press.



Biggs, H., Bambling, M., Pearce, Z. Approaches to supervision (2009). The practice of clinical supervision. (Eds) Pellling, Barletta and Armstrong.  Australian Academic Press, Bris.



Williams, R., Bambling, M., King, R., & Abbot, Q. (2009). In-session processes in online

counselling with young people: an exploratory approach. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research 9(2): 93-100



Bambling, M. (2008) Common factors and therapist variability in couples and family therapy treatment outcome. Psychotherapy in Australia. 14 (4), 48-54.


Bambling, M., King., R., Reid, W., & Wegner, W. (2008) Online counselling: The experience of counsellors providing synchronous single session counselling to young people. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research 8(2): 110-116



Bambling, M. (2007) Does it work? research on the effectiveness of couples therapy.

(eds Shaw & Crawley) Couple therapy in Australia: issues emerging from practice. PsychOZ publications Australia. Pp 49-76.


Bambling, M., Kavanagh, D., King, R., King, D., Lewis, G., Sturk, H., Bartlett, H., Gallois, C., Turpin, M. (2007) Challenges faced by general practitioners and allied mental health services in providing mental health services in rural Queensland. AJRH 15 126-130


King., R, Bambling., M, Wegner., K, & Reid., W. (2007). Online counselling its benefits and limitations for young people. Counselling & Psychotherapy Quarterly (4), 20-23.


Bambling, M., King, R., Raue, P., Schweitzer, R., & Lambert, W. (2006) Clinical supervision: its impact on working alliance and outcome in the treatment of major depression.  Psychotherapy Research 16, (03) 317 – 331. 


Bambling, M. (2006) Mind, body and heart: psychotherapy and the relationship between physical and mental health. Psychotherapy in Australia Vol 12 Num 2 pp52 – 59


King, R., Bambling, M., Reid, W., & Thomas, I. (2006) Telephone and Online Counselling for Young People: a comparison of session outcome, session impact and therapeutic alliance. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research 6 (3) 109-115


King, R., Bambling, M., Reid, W., Wegner, K., Lloyd, C., Gomurra, R., & Smith, S. (2006) Online counselling:  The motives and experiences of young people who choose the Internet instead of face to face or telephone counselling. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research 6 (3) 103-108


Bambling, M. (2004) The developmental model of supervision and contemporary   practice. Psychotherapy in Australia Vol 11 Num 1 pp30 – 35


Bambling, M., & King, R. (2001) Therapeutic alliance and clinical practice. Psychotherapy in Australia Vol 8 Num 1 38-43


Bambling, M., & King, R. (2000) The effect of clinical supervision on the development

of counsellor competency. Psychotherapy in Australia Vol 6 Num 4



Published literature reviews on selected topics  


Bambling, M. (2014). Mental health: prevalence, neurobiology, biomarkers and treatment. Psychotherapy in Australia, 21, 1, November, 4-8.


Bambling, M. (2014). Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and functional disability in survivors of critical illness.  Psychotherapy in Australia, 20, 3 August, 4-8.


Bambling, M. (2014). Maternal mental health and effective treatments.  Psychotherapy in Australia, 20, 2 February 4-8.


Bambling, M. (2013). Therapist behaviour, adolescent treatments and risk assessment.  Psychotherapy in Australia, 20, 1 November 4-9


Bambling, M. (2013). Therapist behaviour, adolescent treatments and risk assessment.  Psychotherapy in Australia, 19, 3 May 4-8


Bambling, M. (2013) Addiction, treatments and medications. Psychotherapy in Australia, 19, 2 February 4-8


Bambling, M. (2012). Positive psychology, motivation, recovery and health. Psychotherapy in Australia, 18, 2 November 6-9


Bambling, M. (2012).  CBT, mental health and genetic predisposition, neuroplasticity, nutrients, and therapy. Psychotherapy in Australia 18, 4 August 4-7.


Bambling, M. (2012). Intelligence, anxiety and language acquisition and over diagnosis of mental health problems. Psychotherapy in Australia 18, 3 May 4-7.


Bambling, M. (2012) Issues in outcome. Psychotherapy in Australia, Vol. 18, No. 2, Feb 2012: 6-9.


Bambling, M. (2011) DSM-5 and personality disorder, forensics, Psychotherapy vs. medication, and the use of antipsychotics for sleep and anxiety problems. Psychotherapy in Australia, 18, 1 November 4-8


Bambling, M. (2011) Anxiety, meditation, cell phones and cancer. Psychotherapy in Australia, 17, 4 August 4-7


Bambling, M. (2011) Abuse, personality and bipolar disorder. Psychotherapy in Australia,

17, 2 February 6-9


Bambling, M. (2010) Psychotherapy, neurology and neurotransmitters. Psychotherapy in Australia, 17, 1 November 4-7


Bambling, M. (2010) Happiness, mental health and the new DSM. Psychotherapy in Australia, 16, 4 August 4-8


Bambling, M. (2010) The role of nutrition in keeping your brain healthy. Psychotherapy in Australia, 16, 3 May 4-8



Bambling, M. (2010) Behavioral methods to enhance and preserve cognitive function. Psychotherapy in Australia, 16, 2 February 4-7


Bambling, M. (2009) If you could read my mind. Psychotherapy in Australia, 16, 1 November 8 -11


Bambling, M. (2009) Loneliness, mood and health. Psychotherapy in Australia, 15, 4 August 8-11


Bambling, M. (2008) Family secrets, innate mathematic ability, cognition and neurohealth. Psychotherapy in Australia, 15, 1 November



Bambling, M. (2008) Emotions, desire and relationship satisfaction and neurohealth.

Psychotherapy in Australia, 14, 4 August 6-10


Bambling, M. (2008) Australian Psychological research. Psychotherapy in Australia, 14, 3 May 6-9


Bambling, M. (2008) Perspective, spirituality and the PSI factor, depression and supplementation. Psychotherapy in Australia, 14, 2 February 6-9


Bambling, M. (2007) Evidence based and real world practice, grief and PTSD. Psychotherapy in Australia, 14, 1 November 6-9


Bambling, M. (2007) Depression, risk, and psychotherapy outcome. Psychotherapy in Australia, 13, 2 February 7-9


Bambling, M. (2006) Anger, motivation and online therapy. Psychotherapy in Australia, 13, 1 November 4-7


Bambling, M. (2006) Gender and psychotherapy outcome, training, supervision and process variables in practice. Psychotherapy in Australia, 12, 4 August 6-7


Bambling, M. (2006) Suicide, social connection and wellbeing. Psychotherapy in Australia, 12, 3 May 4-5





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