Antonina Mikocka-Walus

Antonina Mikocka-Walus

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Antonina Mikocka-Walus is a psychologist with expertise in clinical health psychology, behavioural medicine and psychosomatic medicine. She graduated in psychology from the University of Warsaw, International Political and Economic Relations from Warsaw School of Economics and Sciences Politiques de Paris, and medicine from the University of Adelaide. After completing her doctorate, she held a postdoctoral position in epidemiology and neuropsychology at Monash University. She worked at the UniSA in 2010-2012 and currently holds an adjunct senior role. In 2013, she commenced her appointment as senior lecturer in Health Sciences, University of York. She is also visiting associate professor of psychology, University of Adelaide.

Antonina specialises in Psycho-gastroenterology, an exciting field of Behavioural Medicine, where she investigates the links between the brain and the gut. She is particularly interested in conducting trials of psychological and psychiatric interventions to modify disease activity in chronic gastrointestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. She also conducts observational studies and systematic reviews on the relationship between anxiety, depression and disease activity in the context of gastroenterology.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 - ongoing Associate Professor in Health Psychology Deakin University
    2016 - ongoing Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology Deakin University, Melbourne
    2016 - ongoing Visiting Senior Research Fellow University of York, York
    2014 - ongoing Visiting Associate Professor University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2013 - 2018 Adjunct Senior Research Fellow University of South Australia, Adelaide
    2013 - 2016 Senior Lecturer and Lead of Psychology in Relation to Health University of York, York
    2011 - 2012 Senior Research Fellow University of South Australia, Adelaide
    2010 - 2012 Registered Psychologist Dr Cate Howell and Associates Wellbeing Clinic
    2010 - 2011 Research Fellow University of South Australia, Adelaide
    2009 - 2013 Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    French Can read and write
    Polish Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2005 - 2008 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Medicine
    2001 - 2003 Warsaw School of Economics and Institute D’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Poland Master of International Political Relations
    1998 - 2002 University of Warsaw, Warsaw Poland Master of Psychology
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2013 - 2015 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice University of York, York United Kingdom
    2011 - 2012 Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis Australian Society of Hypnosis Australia
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2011 Certificate of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy Australia

Funding body

Grant holder

Project title

Amounts and duration


Crohn’s and Colitis UK Research Awards


Bottoms, L University of Hertfordshire, UK

EXACT – EXercise for Adults with Crohn’s disease Trial, Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

£100,000 (AUD$160,000), 2016-17

Steering Committee Member

For Crohn’s Innovation Grant

Turvill, J. at York Hospital, UK

Pilot study of patient directed monitoring of Crohn’s disease

£10,000 (AUD$18,500), 2016-17


Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (Wellcome Trust initiative) Outreach Funding

Mikocka-Walus, A. University of York

A power walk: How does Crohn’s and Colitis UK (CCUK) annual York walk contribute to the empowerment of its members?

£2,000 (AUD $4200), 2015


The Royal Adelaide Hospital Clinical Project Grants

Hughes, P. at the University of Adelaide

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy modulates the immune system in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients

AUD$32,000, 2015


Janssen Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centres of Excellence Awards

Andrews, J.M., Royal Adelaide Hospital

Does routine provision of psychological screening (by validated questionnaires) and provision of therapy if needed improve patient outcomes in the IBD Service?

AUD$125,000, 2015-17


The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America / Broad Foundation Grant

Mikocka-Walus, A. University of South Australia

Antidepressants to maintain remission and improve quality of life and mental health in Crohn’s disease: A pilot randomised controlled trial

US$257,538 (AUD$362,000), 2013-15


Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders Research Fund (Wellcome Trust initiative)

Mason-Jones, A. University of York

The sound of numbers: the global adolescent chronic health issues

£16,000 (AUD$33,660), 2013-15


Abbott Australia Educational Grant


Andrews, J. Royal Adelaide Hospital

Online CBT program for patients with inflammatory bowel disease

AUD$50,000, 2012-2013


Divisional Research Development Grant Scheme


Gordon, A. University of South Australia

A self- directed cognitive behavioural therapy booklet targeting anxiety throughout treatment of alcohol dependence

AUD$14,714, 2011-2012


Department of Health and Aging


Gordon, A. University of South Australia

The Development of National Evidence Based Antenatal Care Guidelines,

AUD$117,480, 2010-2011


School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Development Grant Scheme


Mikocka-Walus, A. University of South Australia

The role of antidepressants in management of inflammatory bowel disease: A proof of concept study

AUD$10,954, 2010-2011


Crohn’s & Colitis Australia, Angela McAvoy Fellowship


Mikocka-Walus, A. University of South Australia

Does cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) improve psychological and/or clinical outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? A pilot randomised controlled trial

AUD$150,000, 2010-12


Deakin University (2016-now)
Research Methods B, a 3rd year unit

Health Psychology, a 2nd year unit

Foundations of Psychological Science, a 1st year unit

University of York (2013-2016)
Health Psychology, a MAppClinPrac (module leader)
Research Methods, a MSc module (module leader)
Evidence-based practice, a blended-learning CPD module (module leader)
Health Research Methods (blended-Learning), a postgraduate module for medical doctors (module leader)
Short Research Methods, a postgraduate module for medical doctors (module leader)
Health and Illness in Society – Introduction to Psychogastroenterology, a MSc module
Public Health Foundations and Practice – Health Psychology theories and practice, a MPH module
8.Individual and Public Health seminars, an undergraduate module (2013-2015)
Health Behaviours and Approaches to Health Promotion – Health Psychology theories and practice, an undergraduate module



University of South Australia (2010-2013)
Introductory Epidemiology, an online Master’s level course (course coordinator)
Psychological perspectives of pregnancy and childbirth, undergraduate course


Monash University (2008-2009)
Injury epidemiology and prevention, an MPH course


University of Adelaide (2006-2012)
Psychology evidence based practice, a MPsych and PhD course
Public Health Psychology, a MPsych and PhD course
Introductory Psychology, an undergraduate course
Psychology, Physiology and Behaviour, an undergraduate course


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Co-Supervisor Preoperative factors impacting the psychological adjustment and mental health outcomes of young people undergoing stoma surgery resulting from inflammatory bowel disease. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matt Thomas Clark
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Issues in the Diagnosis and Management of Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: The Development of a Novel Clinical Pathway Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Ecushla Claire Linedale
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The progression and management of depression and anxiety in chronic hepatitis C patients Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin James Robert Stewart
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Three Studies Investigating Quality Indicators for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Comorbidity: Continuity of Care, Treatment Need and Patient Satisfaction Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Miss Stacey Lee McCallum
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2013 - ongoing Graduate Board, Health Sciences University of York
    2013 - ongoing Member Board of Studies, Health Sciences University of York
    2012 - ongoing Member Research Executive: Terms of Reference working group University of South Australia
    2010 - 2011 Spirituality & Health Conference Australia Board
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Periodic Review Peer Support for Teaching Working Group University of York
    2015 - ongoing Member Mitigating Circumstances Committee University of York
    2014 - ongoing Chair Department of Health Sciences Research Seminars Program
    2013 - ongoing Chair Psychology in Relation to Health Research Theme
    2013 - ongoing Co-Chair Mental Health and Addiction Research Group Senior Management
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Member The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
    2015 - ongoing Member Family Included: A Global Alliance promoting family inclusive healthcare
    2014 - 2015 Member International Association of Applied Psychology
    2013 - 2014 Member European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine
    2011 - 2013 Member South Australian Society of Hypnosis
    2010 - 2012 Member Australian Society for Medical Research
    2010 - ongoing Member European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation
    2010 - ongoing Member Sansom Institute for Health Research
    2006 - 2015 Member American Psychological Association
    2006 - 2012 Member Diamond Consortium
    2004 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society
    2004 - ongoing Member Crohn’s and Colitis Australia

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