About Dr Blake 

Dr Matthew Blake

Matt completed a Bachelor of Arts (with First Class Honours in Psychology), Master of Psychology (Clinical), and PhD (Clinical and Developmental Psychology) at the University of Melbourne, followed by an Australia Award-Endeavour Research Fellowship at the University of Oregon in the United States. 


Matt is registered to practice as a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and Medicare. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Australian Clinical Psychology Association, Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, and World Sleep Society. He is a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and currently serves as the Treasurer of the APS Outer Eastern Melbourne Branch. 


Matt has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a range of contexts, including private practice, large public hospitals, inpatient mental health units, outpatient mental health units, outreach/home settings, residential care units, community settings, and schools.


Matt has published research articles in leading international peer-reviewed academic journals, including Clinical Psychology Review, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Sleep, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, and Current Opinion in Psychology. His research focusses on identifying causes/treatments for mental health problems. With colleagues at the University of Melbourne, University of Berkely, California, Swinburne University, and University of Arizona, he developed, trialed and evaluated the Sleep SENSE program: a novel multi-component sleep intervention for at-risk young people:




Matt has presented his research at various local, national, and international conferences, and has received numerous prizes, awards, scholarships, and fellowships for his academic and clinical work, including the Behaviour Research and Therapy (a leading international psychology research journal) Early Career Investigator Award for 2017 and an Australian Psychological Society Prize.

Matt is regularly asked to provide expert critique on academic papers for academic journals (e.g., Clinical Psychological Science, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Behavioral Sleep Medicine). He is also regularly asked to provide professional development workshops on sleep and mental health for other psychologists (e.g., for members of the Australian Psychological Society). 


Matt's clinical and research interests include:

  • Understanding the biological, psychological, and interpersonal mechanisms underlying mental health problems and suicide

  • Developing novel psychotherapeutic interventions to improve mental health and prevent suicide

  • Conducting high quality, large-scale, randomised controlled trials to evaluate the effectiveness and mechanisms of improvement in psychotherapeutic interventions

  • Using innovative quantitative/analytic techniques, such as hierarchical linear modeling, parallel multiple mediation, additive moderation, conditional process analysis, network analysis, and meta-analysis to evaluate the aetiology of mental health problems and effectiveness of psychotherapeutic interventions