Dr David Skvarc



Lecturer, Psychology


Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Geelong Waterfront Campus


+61 3 924 68383, 95107


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The Impact of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on Pharmacologic Intervention Outcomes for Adults With Bipolar Disorder: A Systematic Review

S Russell, A Wrobel, D Skvarc, B Kavanagh, M Ashton, O Dean, M Berk, A Turner

(2023), Vol. 26, pp. 61-69, The international journal of neuropsychopharmacology, C1

journal article

Low Subjective Wellbeing Is Associated with Psychological Distress in People Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

C Emerson, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, R Orr, K Lyall, L Beswick, L Olive, D Skvarc, R Cummins, A Mikocka-Walus

(2022), Vol. 67, pp. 2059-2066, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, United States, C1

journal article

Pain catastrophizing, but not mental health or social support, is associated with menstrual pain severity in women with dysmenorrhea: A cross-sectional survey

S Evans, C Dowding, L Olive, L Payne, M Druitt, L Seidman, D Skvarc, A Mikocka-Walus

(2022), Vol. 27, pp. 1410-1420, Psychology, Health and Medicine, England, C1

journal article

COVID-19-related personal product shortages are associated with psychological distress in people living with gastrointestinal disorders: A cross-sectional survey

A Mikocka-Walus, D Skvarc, M van Tilburg, M Barreiro-de Acosta, F Bennebroek Evertsz, C Bernstein, J Burisch, N Ferreira, R Gearry, L Graff, S Jedel, A Mokrowiecka, A Stengel, S Knowles

(2022), Vol. 34, Neurogastroenterology and Motility, England, C1

journal article

A pilot randomized controlled trial of online acceptance and commitment therapy versus compassion-focused therapy for chronic illness

S Carvalho, D Skvarc, R Barbosa, T Tavares, D Santos, I Trindade

(2022), Vol. 29, pp. 524-541, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, England, C1

journal article

Exploring the Relationship Between Self-Isolation and Distress Among People with Gastrointestinal Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Mikocka-Walus, D Skvarc, M de Acosta, F Evertsz, C Bernstein, J Burisch, N Ferreira, R Gearry, L Graff, S Jedel, A Mokrowiecka, A Stengel, I Trindade, M van Tilburg, S Knowles

(2022), Vol. 29, pp. 654-665, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, United States, C1

journal article

Effect of Glucocorticoid and 11 beta-Hydroxysteroid-Dehydrogenase Type 1 (11 beta-HSD1) in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Seetal Dodd, David Skvarc, Olivia Dean, Anna Anderson, Mark Kotowicz, Michael Berk

(2022), Vol. 25, pp. 387-398, International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Does the Method of Content Delivery Matter? Randomized Controlled Comparison of an Internet-Based Intervention for Eating Disorder Symptoms With and Without Interactive Functionality

J Linardon, M Messer, A Shatte, C Greenwood, J Rosato, A Rathgen, D Skvarc, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz

(2022), Vol. 53, pp. 508-520, Behavior Therapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

A pragmatic preference trial of therapeutic yoga as an adjunct to group cognitive behaviour therapy versus group CBT alone for depression and anxiety

Melissa O'Shea, Hannah Capon, David Skvarc, Subhadra Evans, Shane McIver, Jill Harris, Emma Houston, Michael Berk

(2022), Vol. 307, pp. 1-10, Journal of Affective Disorders, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Self-Worth Beliefs Predict Willingness to Engage in Psychotherapy for Fatigue in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

C Emerson, D Skvarc, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, L Olive, P Gibson, A Mikocka-Walus

(2022), pp. 1-11, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Can an online expressive writing program support people with inflammatory bowel disease? A feasibility randomised controlled trial

D Skvarc, S Evans, S Cheah, M Cranney, B German, R Orr, C Emerson, L Olive, L Beswick, W Massuger, L Raven, A Mikocka-Walus

(2022), Vol. 48, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, C1

journal article

The Child-to-Parent Violence Functions Scale (CPV-F): Development and Validation

T Harries, A Curtis, D Skvarc, A Walker, R Mayshak

(2022), Journal of Family Violence, C1

journal article

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease at risk of sub-optimal outcomes report poorer biopsychosocial functioning than controls: data from two cross-sectional surveys

R Orr, D Skvarc, C Emerson, L Beswick, L Olive, A Mikocka-Walus

(2022), Psychology, Health and Medicine, C1

journal article

The temporal effect of emotional distress on psychological and physical functioning in endometriosis: A 12-month prospective study

C Dowding, A Mikocka-Walus, D Skvarc, L Van Niekerk, M O'Shea, L Olive, M Druitt, S Evans

(2022), Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, C1

journal article

Type of screen time and academic achievement in children from Australia and New Zealand: interactions with socioeconomic status

D Skvarc, A Penny, T Harries, C Wilson, N Joshua, L Byrne

(2021), Vol. 15, pp. 509-525, Journal of Children and Media, C1

journal article

Deep Brain Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus in Parkinson's Disease: A Meta-Analysis of Mood Effects

T Cartmill, D Skvarc, R Bittar, J McGillivray, M Berk, L Byrne

(2021), Vol. 31, pp. 385-401, Neuropsychology Review, United States, C1

journal article

A systematic review of psychological treatments to manage fatigue in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

C Emerson, P Barhoun, L Olive, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, P Gibson, D Skvarc, A Mikocka-Walus

(2021), Vol. 147, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, England, C1

journal article

The Effect of Adjunctive Mangosteen Pericarp on Cognition in People With Schizophrenia: Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial

W Marx, D Skvarc, M Mohebbi, A Walker, A Meehan, A Turner, A Baker, S Dodd, S Cotton, J Scott, B Kavanagh, M Ashton, E Brown, J McGrath, M Berk, O Dean

(2021), Vol. 12, Frontiers in Psychiatry, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Targeting dietary restraint to reduce binge eating: A randomised controlled trial of a blended internet- And smartphone app-based intervention

J Linardon, M Messer, A Shatte, D Skvarc, J Rosato, A Rathgen, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz

(2021), Psychological Medicine, England, C1

journal article

Home Information and Communication Technology Use and Student Academic Performance: Encouraging Results for Uncertain Times

D Skvarc, M Talbot, T Harries, C Wilson, N Joshua, L Byrne

(2021), Vol. 12, Frontiers in Psychology, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Yoga, cognitive-behavioural therapy versus education to improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs in people with endometriosis: A randomised controlled trial

A Mikocka-Walus, M Druitt, M O'Shea, D Skvarc, J Watts, A Esterman, J Tsaltas, S Knowles, J Harris, C Dowding, E Parigi, S Evans

(2021), Vol. 11, BMJ Open, England, C1

journal article

The LIFEwithIBD Intervention: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Face-to-Face Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion-Based Intervention Tailored to People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

I Trindade, J Pereira, A Galhardo, N Ferreira, P Lucena-Santos, S Carvalho, S Oliveira, D Skvarc, B Rocha, F Portela, C Ferreira

(2021), Vol. 12, Frontiers in Psychiatry, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Don't set me off-grandiose and vulnerable dimensions of narcissism are associated with different forms of aggression: A multivariate regression analysis

C Bryce, D Skvarc, R King, S Hyder

(2021), Current Psychology, C1

journal article

Evaluating a Sport-Based Mental Health Literacy Intervention in Australian Amateur Sporting Adolescents

B Patafio, D Skvarc, P Miller, S Hyder

(2021), Vol. 50, pp. 2501-2518, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, United States, C1

journal article

The Relationship Between Psychological Stress and Anxiety with Gastrointestinal Symptoms Before and During a 56 km Ultramarathon Running Race

C Urwin, L Main, A Mikocka-Walus, D Skvarc, S Roberts, D Condo, A Carr, L Convit, W Jardine, S Rahman, R Snipe

(2021), Vol. 7, Sports Medicine - Open, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Expressive writing to combat distress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in people with inflammatory bowel disease (WriteForIBD): A trial protocol

A Mikocka-Walus, L Olive, D Skvarc, L Beswick, W Massuger, L Raven, C Emerson, S Evans

(2020), Vol. 139, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, England, C1

journal article

Impact of a Secondary School Depression Prevention Curriculum on Adolescent Social-Emotional Skills: Evaluation of the Resilient Families Program

N Singh, M Minaie, D Skvarc, J Toumbourou

(2019), Vol. 48, pp. 1100-1115, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, United States, C1

journal article

Family, cultural diversity, and the development of Australian adolescent substance use

M Ghayour-Minaie, R King, D Skvarc, L Satyen, J Toumbourou

(2019), Vol. 54, pp. 382-390, Australian psychologist, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Family partnerships to support children and young people's mental health: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute (www.saxinstitute.org.au) for Be You

Elizabeth Clancy, Michelle Benstead, Keri Little, David Skvarc, Elizabeth Westrupp, Marie Yap, Sophie Havighurst, John Toumbourou

(2019), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Post-operative cognitive dysfunction: an exploration of the inflammatory hypothesis and novel therapies

D Skvarc, M Berk, L Byrne, O Dean, S Dodd, M Lewis, A Marriott, E Moore, G Morris, R Page, L Gray

(2018), Vol. 84, pp. 116-133, Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Cognitive effects of adjunctive N-acetyl cysteine in psychosis

M Rapado-Castro, S Dodd, A Bush, G Malhi, D Skvarc, Z On, M Berk, O Dean

(2017), Vol. 47, pp. 866-876, Psychological Medicine, England, C1

journal article

the effect of n-acetylcysteine (nac) on human cognition - a systematic review

D Skvarc, O Dean, L Byrne, L Gray, S Lane, M Lewis, B Fernandes, M Berk, A Marriott

(2017), Vol. 78, pp. 44-56, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The Post-Anaesthesia N-acetylcysteine Cognitive Evaluation (PANACEA) trial: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

D Skvarc, O Dean, L Byrne, L Gray, K Ives, S Lane, M Lewis, C Osborne, R Page, D Stupart, A Turner, M Berk, A Marriott

(2016), Vol. 17, Trials, England, C1

journal article

Evaluation of the "no brainer" youth alcohol and drug prevention program

M Ghayour Minaie, J Toumbourou, D Skvarc

(2016), [Melbourne, Vic.], A6

research report/technical paper

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Yoga, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Education to Improve Quality of Life and Reduce Healthcare Costs in Endometriosis

A/Prof Subhadra Evans, Prof Antonina Mikocka-Walus, Prof Jennifer Watts, Prof Adrian Esterman, Dr David Skvarc

MRFF EPCDRI Endometriosis Research Grant

  • 2022: $111,242
  • 2021: $128,688
  • 2020: $148,985

Industry and Other Funding

Prevention and early intervention for children and young people with, or at risk of, mild depression and anxiety.

Prof John Toumbourou, Dr David Skvarc, Dr Bosco Rowland

The Sax Institute

  • 2018: $25,000

Sax Institute Review of Family School Partnerships.

Prof John Toumbourou, Dr Elizabeth Clancy, Dr David Skvarc, A/Prof Elizabeth Westrupp, Ms Keri Little, Dr Michelle Benstead

The Sax Institute

  • 2019: $25,000

Combating Distress In People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Feasibility Trial

Prof Antonina Mikocka-Walus, A/Prof Subhadra Evans, Dr Lisa Olive, Dr David Skvarc, A/Prof Lauren Beswick, A/Prof Leanne Raven, Mr Wayne Massuger


  • 2021: $500
  • 2020: $4,500

Other Funding Sources

The Post-Anaesthesia N-Acetyl-Cysteine Cognitive Evaluation trial (PANACEA) - David Skvarc scholarship

A/Prof Linda Byrne, Mr David Robert Skvarc

Mental Health CRC

  • 2016: $19,106


Associate Supervisor

Catherine Antonietta Emerson

Thesis entitled: Exploring the development of a psychological intervention to manage fatigue in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology