Dr Simon Knowles is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer based at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
Qualifications: BA(Hons), Dip (Clinical hypnosis), MPsyc(Clinical), PhD, MAPS, FCCLP.
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Dr Knowles’ clinical and research interests relate to the biological and psychological interactions of gastrointestinal conditions and the brain-gut axis, particularly how to ameliorate the significant impact of living with chronic gastrointestinal conditions through psychological interventions.
As a chief investigator, Dr Knowles’ has attained over AUD$3.2 million in funding from international, national and local competitive grants, published over 90 peer reviewed publications. Dr Knowles has also written multiple book chapters and edited two gastroenterology books, with a third entitled “Psychogastroenterology with Adults: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals” to be published by Routledge Press, in late 2019.
As part of his passion for improving the lives of individuals living with gastrointestinal conditions, Dr Knowles helped establish several psychology-focused gastroenterology clinics in Melbourne, including at St Vincent’s Hospital, The Alfred Hospital, and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Dr Knowles has conducted workshops and lectures throughout Australia in relation to the psychological impact of gastrointestinal conditions, the interplay between the brain gut-axis, and developing and implementing psychological-focused interventions for individuals living with gastrointestinal conditions.
Dr Knowles has multiple honorary clinical and research positions with St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne), Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Alfred Hospital, Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gastroenterology, Central Clinical School Monash University, and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Melbourne.
He is a member of numerous professional organisations including: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Australian Psychological Society (APS), APS Clinical College for psychologists, APS College for Health psychologists, Functional Brain-Gut Research Group, Gastroenterological Society of Australia, and a Life-member of the Australian Association for Clinical Hypnosis.
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