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Emeritus Professor Tian Po Oei
Tian was with La Trobe and Otago Universities before he joined the University of Queensland in 1984 as a Senior Lecturer. He was awarded a personal chair of clinical psychology in 1997. He took early retirement and became an Emeritus Professor of UQ in 2009. His research focuses mainly on addictive behaviours and substance abuse as well as psychopathology, particularly the use of cognitive behaviour therapy in the treatment of addictive behaviours and anxiety and mood disorders. He is also interested in how the interface of social, psychological and biochemical variables impact on the processes of change in Asian cultures.
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The University of Queensland
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Emeritus Professor Tian Po Oei

BA Qu. MPsychol UNSW, PhD N'cle FAPS

Professional Activities:

Teaching and training of postgraduate clinical psychology students in Australia and Asia;

Fellow, Australia Psychological Society;

Director,  Cognitive Behavior Therapy Unit, Toowong Private Hospital;

 Visiting Professor, Beijing Normal University, Beijing & Nanjing University, Nanjing,  PR.China

 Editorial boards of many Asian & international journals;

Founding and First President, Asian Cognitive Behavior Therapy Association (ACBTA)

Founding member, Asian CBT Conference series

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Emeritus Professor Tian Po Oei
Research Activities:

1. addictive behaviors and substance abuse, and 2. psychopathology and clinical psychology.

1. Addictive behavior: Alcohol and gambling

The major aims are to identify factors involved in the acquisition and maintenance of drug seeking and taking behaviors, and to develop new theories and treatment methods that are effective in the prevention and treatment of these problem behaviors.

2. Psychopathology and clinical psychology.

My interests here are: 1. to investigate the mechanisms of change in psychotherapy, in particular Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the treatment of addictive behaviors andanxiety and mood disorders, and 2. to examine how the interface of social , psychological and biochemical variables impact on the processes of change in Asian cultures.

Representative Publications:



Raylu, N., & Oei, TPS, (2014) A Cognitive Behavior Therapy Manual for Problem Gamblers, (Japanese Edition), Kongo Shuppan, Toyko, 1-230

Raylu, N., & Oei, TPS, (2014) A Cognitive Behavior Therapy Manual for Problem Gamblers, (Korean Edition), , Seoul, 1.230

Rosenvald, T & Oei TPS (2013) Fight your dark shadow: Managing depression with Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Chinese language Edition, (Illustrated by Schmdit, M), China Light Industry Press, Beijing , 1-146.

Rosenvald, T., & Oei, TPS ( 2012) Perangi Bayangan Kelam Depresi: Upaya Mengelola Depresi dengan CBT , Ilustrasi Schmidt, M, LPSP3, UI,  Jakarta, 1-145.

Oei T.P.S., (2012) A Group Cognitive Behavior Therapy Manual for Depression, (Mandarin Edition) Peoples’ Medical Publishing House, Beijing, 1-200.


Cui L., Shi, G., He F., Zhang Q., Oei TPS., & Guo C. (2017) Electrophysiological Correlated of Emotional Source Memory in High Traits Anxiety Individuals, In Advances in Emotion Regulation: From Neuroscience and Psychotherapy, Grecucci, A., Job, R., Frederickson, J., (Eds), Frontiers Research Topics, Frontiers in Psychology, e-book, August, pp 55-60

Baranoff, J., & Oei TPS (2017) Cognitive Content Specificity Hypothesis (CCSH), In Weiss, A., (Ed) The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, Thousand Oaks, Sage Publication, pages 752-754,

Baranoff, J., & Oei, TPS (2014) Cognitive Content Specificity Hypothesis: Contribution to Diagnosis and Assessment, In Brown, G., & Clark, D., (Eds), Cognitive Therapy Assessment, Diagnosis and Case Formulation, Guilford Press, 176-196

Loo, J., Raylu, N., & Oei TPS (2013) The Validity of a Cognitive Behavioural Model of  Gambling Behaviour in a Chinese Sample ( Chapter 8), In Cavanna, AE (Ed), Psychology of Gambling: New Research, Nova Science publisher, NY, 119-137

Oei, TPS & Hasking, P (2013) Alcohol use Disorders (Chapter 66), In Principles of Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, Elsevier Inc., Academic Press, pp 647-655.

Campbell, J & Oei TPS (2013) Intergenerational transfer of Addiction: A cognitive Model (Chapter 32), In Principles of Addiction: Comprehensive of Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, Elsevier Inc., Academic Press, pp 312-322.


Oei, TPS., Raylu, N., & Lai, W., (2017) Effectiveness of a Self-Help Cognitive Behavioural Treatment Program for Problem Gamblers: A Randomised Controlled Trail, Journal of Gambling Studies, DOI:10.1007/s10899-017-9723-1, In press

Zeng, XL., Chan, V., Oei, TPS, Leung, F., & Liu, X., (2017) Appreciative Joy in Buddhism and Positive Empathy in Psychology: How do They Differ?, Mindfulness, 8, 1184-1194

Low, J., Mukhtar, F., Sidik, S., Ibrahim, N., Mahadevan, R., & Oei TPS (2017) A Randomized Controlled Trail to Examine the Effectiveness of GCBT for Treatment of Unipolar Depression in Malaysia, Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 25, 1271-1296

 Teo, A., Lim, K., & Oei TPS (2017) Problematic Internet Use (PIU): Variants of Cognitive Behavioural Model Under Path Analysis, International Journal of Psychology and Behavioural Analysis, in Press

Yang, Y., Cui, L., Li, F., Xiao, J., & Oei TPS (2017) Effects of Cognitive Bias Modification Training via Smart Phones, Frontiers in Psychology- Clinical and Health Psychology Section, 8:137. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01370

Sinniah, A., Oei, TPS., Maniam, T & Subramaniam, P (2017) Positive Effects of Individual CBT for Patients with Unipolar Mood Disorders with Suicidal Ideation in Malaysia: A Randomised Controlled Trial, Psychiatric Research, 254, 179-189

Gao, Q., Bian, R., Liu, R., He, Y., & Oei TPS., (2017) Conflict Resolution in Chinese Adolescents’ Friendships: Links with Regulatory Focus and Friendship Satisfaction, TheJournal of Psychology, 151, 268-281.

Zheng, X., Chan, V., Liu, X., Oei, TPS., & Leung, F., (2017) The Four Immeasurable Meditations: Differential Effects of Appreciative Joy and Compassion Meditation on Emotions, Mindfulness, 8, 949-959

Prete., F., Steward, T., Navas, J., Fernandez-Aranda, F., Jimenez-Murcia, S., Oei, TPS., & Perales, P., (2017) The Role of Affect-Driven Impulsivity in Gambling Cognition: A Convenient Sample Students with a Spanish Version of GRCS-S, Journal of Behavioral Addiction, 6, 51-63.

Zheng, X., Chio, F., Oei, TPS., Leung, F., & Liu X., (2017) A Systematic Review of Associations Between the Amount of Meditation Practice and Outcomes in Interventions Using the Four Immeasurable Meditations, Frontiers in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, 8, 141, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00141.

Casey, L., Oei, TPS., Raylu, N., Horrigan, K., Day, J., Ireland, M., & Clough, B., (2017) Interne-based Delivery of CBT compared to Monitoring, Feedback, and Support for Problem Gambling: A Randomised Controlled Trial, Journal of Gambling Studies, 33, 993-1010

Zheng, X., Liao, R., Zhang, R., Oei, TPS., Yao, Z., Leung, R., & Liu, X. (2017) Development of the Appreciative Joy Scale, Mindfulness, 8, 286-299


Andrews, T & Oei TPS (2016) Development of Asian CBT Research and Network, Japanese Journal of Behavior Therapy, 42, 21-33

Cui, L., Shi, G., He, F., Zhang, Q., Oei, TPS., & Guo, C. (2016) Electrophysiological correlates of emotional source memory in high-trait-anxiety individuals, Front. Psychol: Emotion Science, 7:1039. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01039

Cui, L., He, J., Han, L., Yang, Y., Xiao, J., & Oei, TPS (2016) A Brief Group Cognitive Behavioral Program for the prevention of Depressive symptoms in Chinese College Students, International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 66, 291-307

Khaiyom, JH., Mukhtar, F., Ibrahim, N., Sidik, S & Oei TPS, (2016) Psychometric properties of the CCQ-M in a Community sample in Malaysia, Stress and Health, 32, 543-550

Oei, TPS, Shaw, S & Healy, K (2016) Executive Function deficits in Psychiatric Out-patients in Australia, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 14, 337-349

Phang, CK., Chong, CK., Ng, LO., Keng, SL & Oei TPS (2016) Effects of Brief Group Mindfulness-based CT for Stress Reduction among Medical Students in a Malaysian University, Mindfulness, 7, 189-197

Raylu, N., Oei TPS., Loo, J., & Tsai, J. (2016) Testing the Validity of the Cognitive Behavior Model of Gambling Behavior, Journal of Gambling Studies, 32, 775-788

Raylu, N & Oei TPS (2016) Treatment Planning for Problem Gamblers, Australian Clinical Psychologists, 2, 3-14

Xu, W., Oei TPS, Liu, Z., Wang, Z., & Chen D (2016) The Mediating and Moderating roles of Self-Acceptance and Tolerance to Others in the relationship between Mindfulness and Subjective Well Being, Journal of Health Psychology, 21-1446-1456

Wu, J., Ko, H. Wong, T., Wu, L., & Oei TPS (2016) Positive Outcome Expectancy Mediates the relationship between Peer Influence and Internet Gambling Addiction Among Adolescents in Taiwan, Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 19, 49-55

Zeng, X, Wei, J., Oei, TPS & Liu, X (2016) The Self- Compassion Scale is Not Validated in a Buddhist Sample, Journal of Health and Religion, 55, 1996-2009


Iliceto, P., Fino, E., Giovani, E., Pretrucci, F., Decimoni, M., Sebatello, E., Candilera, G., & Oei TPS (2015) Factor Structure and Psychometric properties of the Italian Version of the GREC-I, Journal of Gambling Studies, 31, 225-.     

Keng, SL., Phang, CK., & Oei, TPS (2015) Effects of a Brief Mindfulness-based Intervention Program on Psychological Symptoms and Well-being among Medical Students in Malaysia: A Controlled Study, International Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 8, 335-350

Lai, WW., Goh, S., Oei, TPS & Sung, M. (2015) Coping and Well Being of Parents in Autism and Developmental Disorder (ASD), Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 2582-2593

Liu, Q., Zhou, R., Zhao, X., & Oei TPS (2015) Effects of Prolonged Head-down Bed Rest on Working Memory, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 11, 835-842.

Liu, X., Vitetta, L., Kostner, K., Crompton, D., Williams, G., Brown, W., Lopex, A., Xue, C., Oei, TPS., Byrne, G., Martin, J., & Whiteford, H. (2015) The Effects of Tai Chi in Centrally Obese Adults with Depression Symptoms, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015 879712.1-879712.8. doi:10.1155/2015/879712  

Oei, TPS & Raylu, N., (2015) Cognitive and Psychosocial Variables in Predicting Gambling Behavior in a Clinical Sample, InternationalJournal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13, 520-535

Oei, TPS & Goh, Z. (2015) Interactions between risks and protective factors on problem gambling in Asia, Journal of Gambling Studies, 31, 557-572.

Oei, TPS & Chaw, YF (2015) Validation of the Anxious Self Statements Questionnaire (ASSQ) in Asia, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13, 402-412

Shaw, S., Oei, TPS, & Sawang, S., (2015) Psychometric Validation of the Dysexecutive Questionnaire (DEX) in Psychiatric Outpatients, Psychological Assessment, 27, 138-147

Sinniah, A., Oei, TPS., Karuthan, C., Shamsul, S., Maniam, T., Subramaniam, P., (2015) Psychometric Properties and Validation of the Positive and Negative Suicidal Ideation (Pansi) Inventory in an Outpatients Clinical Populations in Malaysia, Front. Psychol- Quantitative Psychology and Measurement, 6:1934. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01934

Zeng, XL. Chiu, P., Wang, R., Oei TPS & Leung, F. (2015) The Effect of Loving-Kindness Meditation on Positive Emotions: a Meta Analytic Review, Front. Psychol-Clinical Settings, 6:1693. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01693        

Zeng, XL, Oei, TPS, Ye, Y., & Lui, XP (2015) A Critical Analysis of the Concepts and Measurement of Awareness and Equanimity in Goenka's Vipassana Meditation. Journal of Religion and Health, 54,339-421


Cruwys, T., Haslam, A., Dingle, G., Jetten, J. Hornsey, M., Chong, D., & Oei TPS (2014) Feeling Connected Again: Interventions that Increase Social Identification Reduce Depression Symptoms in Community and Clinical Settings, Journal of Affective Disorders, 159, 139-146.

Cruwys, T., Dingle, G., Hornsey, M., Jetten, J., Oei TPS, & Walter, Z. (2014) Social Isolation Schema Responds to Positive Social Experiences:  Longitudinal Evidence From Vulnerable Populations, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53, 265-280

Chaw, YF., Oei, TPS & Lai, W., (2014) Psychometric properties of Anxiety Attitude and Belief Questionnaire in an Asian Community Group, Austin Journal of Psychiatry and Behavior Science, 1, 7-14

Lai, WW & Oei TPS (2014) Coping in Parents with ASD: A Review, Review Journal of Autisms and Developmental Disorders, 1, 207-224

Loo, J., Tsai, J., Raylu, N., & Oei TPS., (2014) Gratitude, Hope, Personal-growth Initiative: Buffer or Risk Factor in Problem Gambling, PLoS One, vol 9. Issue 2, 1-11

Oei, TPS & McAlinden, N., (2014) Changes in Quality of Life and Life Satisfaction  Following Group CBT for Anxiety and Depression in a Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic, Psychiatry Research, 220, 1012-1018     

Oei, TPS., McAlinden, N., & Cruwys, T., (2014) Exploring Mechanisms of Change: The Relationship Cognitions, Symptoms and Quality of Live Over the Course of Group CBT, Journal of Affective Disorders, 168, 72-77         

Rosaliza-Murni, AR, Oei, TPS, & Fatimah, Y., (2014) Schizophrenia Relapse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Do Relatives’ Expressed Emotion and Personality Traits Matter?,      Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55, 188-198

Sinniah, A., Maniam, T., Oei, TPS (2014) Suicide Attempts in Malaysia from 1963 to 2012, The Scientific World Journal, ID 718367, 1-13.

Sinniah A., Maniam, T., Karuthan, C., Hatta, S Jaafar, N. & Oei, TPS (2014) Psychometric Properties and Validation of the Reasons for Living Inventory in an Outpatient Clinical Population in Malaysia, Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55, S107-S113

Sinniah, A., Maniam, T., Karuthan, C., Hatta, S Jaafar, N. & Oei, TPS (2014) Psychometric Properties and Validation of the Satisfaction with Life Scale in Psychiatric and Medical Outpatients Malaysia, Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55, S101-S106.

Sinniah, A., Maniam, T., Hatta, S & Oei, TPS (2014) Suicide Ideation and Intend in Malaysia: A Review of the Literature, Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55, S95-S100    

Zeng, XL., Oei, TPS & Liu, XP., (2014) Monitoring Emotion Through Bodily Sensation: The review of Awareness in Goenka’s Vipassana, Journal of Religion and Health, 53,1693-1705


Arrindell, W., Van Dell, S., Kolk, A., Barelds, D., Oei, TPS., Lau, P., & the Cultural Clinical Study Group (2013) Higher levels of Masculine Gender and role Stress in Masculine then in Feminine Nations: A thirteen Nations Study, Cross Cultural Research, 47, 51-67

Cui, L., Shi, S., Oei TPS, (2013) A study of Cognitive Vulnerability- Stress Model of Depressive Symptoms among Chinese Adolescents, Stress and Health, 29, 383-391.

Dwyer, L., Olsen, S., & Oei, TPS (2013) Cognitive Behavior Group Therapy for heterogeneous anxiety and depressive disorders in a psychiatric hospital outpatients clinic, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27, 138-154.

Liu, Q., Zhou, R., Oei TPS., Wang, Q., Zhao, Y., Liu Y (2013) Variation in the Stress Response Between Low and High Neuroticism Female Undergraduates Across the Menstrual Cycle, Stress, 16, 503-509.

Oei, TPS., Sawang, S., Goh, YW., & Mukhtar, F., (2013) Using the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS21)  Across Culture, International Journal of Psychology,48, 1018-1029.

Oei, TPS, Strodl, E., Pang, J., & Cui, L., (2013) Coping and Treatment outcome of a Group CBT for Mood and Anxiety Disordered Outpatients, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27, 370-383.

Pang, J., Strodl, E., & Oei, TPS (2013) The Factor Structure of COPE in a Sample of Clinically Depressed and Anxious Adults, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35, 264-272.

Raylu, N., Oei, TPS & Loo, J (2013) Treatment of Asian Problem Gambling: Comprehensive Review and Implication for Asia Problem Gamblers, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27, 297-322.

Santoso, G., Maulina, D., & Oei, TPS (2013) The Influence of Numbers of Passengers and Music Genre on Driving Speed of Young Angkot Drivers, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior, 18, 1-10.

Tucker, M., Jimmieson, N., & Oei, TPS (2013) The Relevant of Shares Experiences: A Multilevel Study of Collective Efficacy as a Moderator of Job Control in the Stressor-Strain Relationship, Work and Stress, 27, 1-21.

Sinniah, A., Maniam, T., Karuthan, C., Hatta, S Jaafar, N. & Oei,TPS (2013) Psychometric Properties and Validation of the Satisfaction With Life Scale in Psychiatric and Medical Outpatients Malaysia , Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55, S101-S106.

Sinniah, A., Maniam, T., Hatta, S & Oei,TPS (2013) Suicide Ideation and Intend in Malaysia: A Review of the Literature, Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55, S95-S100

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Anxiety disorders, drug and alcohol problems, mood disorders. Outcomes in cognitive behaviour therapy. Biological and psychological processes of change in therapy.
Alcohol addiction, Addiction, Anxiety disorders, Cognitive behaviour therapy - outcomes, Counselling - psychology, Mood disorders, Drug addiction, Biological processes of change in therapy, Psychological processes of change in therapy, Psychology

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