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.
MindOverGut Psychological Services website provides information and free online evidence-based psychological programs. These programs are developed by Dr Simon Knowles a leading expert in the area of Psychogastroenterology. Dr Knowles research and clinical interest relate to the biological and psychological interactions of gastrointestinal conditions and the Brain-Gut-Axis. 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 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’ work has been published in numerous international journals (e.g., Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, The Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, Biological Psychology, Clinical Biochemistry). Dr Knowles has also written multiple book chapters and edited two gastroenterology books, with a third edited book due in 2019.
Due to his extensive experience, Dr Knowles has been an invited speaker at numerous international gastrointestinal-based conferences including Gastro 2015 (Joint conference of the World Gastroenterology Organisation Gastroenterological Society of Australia) and the 15th Asian Pacific Federation of Coloproctology Congress 2015. Dr Knowles is associated research projects that have received over 1.8 million in funding from both international and national competitive funding.
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, Functional Brain-Gut Research Group, Gastroenterological Society of Australia, and a Life-member of the Australian Association for Clinical Hypnosis.
PLEASE NOTE: PRIVATE REFERRALS WILL NO LONGER BE TAKEN. PATIENTS FROM ROYAL MELBOURNE HOSPITAL CAN STILL MAKE APPOINTMENTS VIA SKNOWLES@SWIN.EDU.AU