I'm a Senior Lecturer (Assistant/Associate Professor equivalent) at the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. I am the Deputy Director of the Brain and Mental Health Hub within the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. I also hold an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York. 

 

My research focuses on those things that make us most like robots (i.e., algorithmic approaches to learning and decision-making) and least like robots (i.e., developing capacities for introspection and insight of self-concept via meditation research) -- hence DALEC Lab. My goals in this research are to understand the human condition and to use the understanding to mitigate maladaptive functioning and increase adaptive functioning.  

(1) Neurobehavioral basis and assessment of high-prevalence psychiatric disorders (i.e., anxiety, depression, substance use). 

 

(2) Conceptualizations and implementations of mindfulness (especially in relation to high-prevalence psychiatric disorders). 

3) Understanding decision-making processes among individuals with high-prevalence psychiatric disorders. 

Dr. NICHOLAS T VAN DAM

Dr. NICHOLAS T VAN DAM

WHAT'S GOT MY ATTENTION

RECENT ARTICLES

Mind the hype: A critical evaluation and prescriptive agenda for research on mindfulness and meditation.

Perspectives on Psychological Science,

13, 36-61. (2018)

Effects of chronic physical disease and systemic inflammation on suicide risk in patients with depression: a hospital-based case–control study

Psychological Medicine, 50, 29-37. (2020)

54 Publications

4,401 Citations

Mostly harmless

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WHERE I WORK

CONTACT ME

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

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