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Mike Jones
  • Phone: +61 2 9850 8601
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Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Human Sciences

Professor Mike Jones is Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Human Sciences and Deputy Head of the Psychology Department at Macquarie University. His primary research interests are in brain -gut interactions. Together with Australian and international collaborators he seeks to understand the mechanisms by which functional gastrointestinal disorders are so strongly associated with a number of psychological disorders and negative personality traits. In addition to his substantive position at Macquarie University, Mike holds honorary professorships at two other Australian universities and on two occasions has held the honorary position of Visiting Research Scientist at the Mayo Clinic (USA).

Research interests

Psychometrics; health psychology; epidemiology; statistics


Dinning PG, Hunt L, Patton V, Teng Z, Szczesniak M, Gebski V, Jones MP, Stewart P, Lubowski DZ, Cook IJ. Treatment efficacy of sacral nerve stimulation in slow transit constipation: A two phase, double blind randomized controlled crossover study. Accept by American Journal of Gastroenterology March 2015.

Park R, Mikami S, LeClair J, Bollom A, Lembo C, Sethi S, Lembo A, Jones MP, Cheng V, Friedlander E, Nurko S. Inpatient burden of childhood functional GI disorders in the USA: an analysis of national trends in the USA from 1997 to 2009. Neurogastroenterology & Motility. 2015;27(5):684-92

Koloski NA, Jones MP, Young M, Talley NJ. Differentiation of functional constipation and constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome based on Rome III criteria: a population-based study. Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics. 2015;41(9):856-66

E Sommers T, Corban C, Sengupta N, Jones MP, Cheng V, Bollom A, et al. Emergency department burden of constipation in the United States from 2006 to 2011. The American journal of gastroenterology. 2015;110(4):572-9

Lau AF, Kabir M, Chen A C-A, Playford G, Marriott DJ, Jones MP, Lipman J, McBryde E, Gottlieb T, Cheung W, Seppelt I, Iredell J, Sorrell TC. Candida Colonization as a Risk Marker for Invasive Candidiasis in Mixed Medical-Surgical ICUs: Development and Evaluation of a Simple, Standard Protocol. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Accepted February 2015

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Grodzinsky E, Walter S, Viktorsson L, Carlsson AK, Jones MP, Faresjo A. More negative self-esteem and inferior coping strategies among patients diagnosed with IBS compared with patients without IBS - a case-control study in primary care. BMC family practice. 2015;16(1):6

Phillips-Moore J, Talley NJ, Jones MP. The mind-body connection in irritable bowel syndrome: A randomised controlled trial of hypnotherapy as a treatment. Health Psychology Open. 2015; DOI: 10.1177/2055102914564583

Byrne S.P., Rapee, R.M., Richardson R., Malhi G.S., Jones M.P., Hudson J. D-Cycloserine Enhances Generalization of Fear Extinction in Children. Depression & Anxiety, Accepted December 2014.

Beath A., Jones M.P., Fitness J. Predicting distress via emotion regulation and coping: Measurement variance in trait EI scales. Personality and Individual Differences, Accepted December 2014

Walker MM, Talley NJ, Inganas L, Engstrand L, Jones MP, Nyhlin H, et al. Colonic spirochetosis is associated with colonic eosinophilia and irritable bowel syndrome in a general population in Sweden. Hum Pathol. 2015;46(2):277-83

Jones MP, Walker MM, Ford AC, Talley NJ. The overlap of atopy and functional gastrointestinal disorders among 23 471 patients in primary care. Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics. 2014;40(4):382-91.

Alba, B., McIlwain, D., Wheeler, L., Jones, M.P. Status consciousness: A preliminary construction of a scale measuring individual differences in status-relevant attitudes, beliefs, and desires. Journal of individual differences, 2014; 35(3), 166-176

Knight A, McLellan L, Jones M and Hudson J. Pre-treatment Predictors of Outcome in Childhood Anxiety Disorders: A Systematic Review. Psychopathology Review 2014; 1(1): 77-129

Jones MP, Chey WD, Singh S, Gong H, Shringapure R, Hoe N, Chuang E, Talley NJ. A biomarker panel and psychological morbidity differentiate the irritable bowel syndrome from health and provides novel pathophysiological leads Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2014; 39(4): 426-37

Griffin B, Sherman KA, Jones M, Bayl-Smith P. The clustering of health behaviours in older Australians and its association with physical and psychological status, and sociodemographic indicators. Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. 2014;48(2):205-14

Sethi S, Mikami S, LeClair J, ParkR, Jones M, Wadhwa V, Sethi N, Cheng V, Friedlander E, Bollom A, Lembo A, Inpatient Burden of Constipation in the United States: An Analysis of National Trends in the U.S. from 1997 to 2010. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2014; 109(2): 250-6.

Jones MP, Humphreys JS and Bushnell J. Are rural placements positively associated with rural intentions in medical graduates? Medical Education 2014; 48(4): 405-16

Walker MM, AggarwalKR, Shim L, BassanMS, Kalantar JS, Weltman MD, Jones MP, Powell N, Talley NJ. Duodenal eosinophilia and Early Satiety in Functional Dyspepsia: Confirmation of a Positive Association in an Australian Cohort. Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology 2014;29(3): 474-9

Sethi S, Wadhwa V, LeClair J, Mikami S, Park R, Sethi N, Jones MP, Brown A, Lembo A.Inpatient discharge rates for the irritable bowel syndrome - an analysis of national trends in the United States from 1997 to 2010. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics 2013; 38(11-12): 1338-46

Koloski NA, Jones MP, Eslick G, Talley NJ. Predictors of response rates to a long term follow-up mail out survey. PLOS ONE 2013: 8(11); e79179

McKinnon A, Van Oudenhove L, Tack J, Jones MP. The association of personality, appraisal, catastrophizing and vigilance with gastrointestinal symptom-specific anxiety." J Health Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/1359105313503027

Jones MP, Van Oudenhove L, Koloski NA, Tack J, Talley NJ. Early life factors initiative a 'vicious circle' of affective and gastrointestinal symptoms: a longitudinal study. United European Gastroenterology Journal. 10/2013; 1(5):394-402

Halland M, Koloski NA, Jones M, Byles J, Chiarelli P,  Forder P, Talley NJ. Prevalence, correlates and impact of Fecal Incontinence among Older Women. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 2013; 56(9): 1080-1086

Koloski NA, Jones MP, Wai R, Gill RS, Byles J, Talley NJ. Impact of persistent constipation on health related quality of life and mortality in older community dwelling women. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2013; 108(7): 1152-1158

Walter SA, Jones MP, Talley NJ, Kjellstram L, Nyhlin N, Andreasson AN and Agreus L. Abdominal pain is associated with elevated anxiety and depression scores in a sample of the general adult population with no signs of organic gastrointestinal disease. Neurogastroenterology and Motility 2013; 25(9): 741-e5676

Jones MP, Eley D, Lampe L, Coulston CM, Malhli GS, Wilson I, Kelly B, Talley NJ, Owen C, Corrigan C, Griffin B, Humphreys JS, Alba B and Stagg P. The role of personality in medical students' initial intention to become rural doctors. Australian Journal of Rural Health 2013; 21(2): 80-89

Shim L, Talley NJ, Boyce P, Tennant C , Jones MP, Kellow JE. Stool characteristics and colonic transit in irritable bowel syndrome: evaluation at two time points. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. 2013; 48(3): 295-301

Jones MP, Coppens E, Vos R, Holvoet L, Luyen P, Tack J and Van Oudenhove L.A multidimensional model of psychobiological interactions in functional dyspepsia: a structural equation modelling approach. Gut 2012; doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2012-302634.

Clauwaert N, Jones MP, Holvoet L, Vandenberghe J, Vos R, Demyttenaere K, Tack J and Van Oudenhove L.Associations between gastric sensorimotor function, depression, somatization and symptom-based subgroups in functional gastroduodenal disorders: are all symptoms equal? Neurogastroenterology & Motility 2012; 24(12): 1088-e565

Koloski NA, Jones MP, Kalantar J, Weltman M, Zaguirre J and Talley NJ. Psychological impact and risk factors associated with new onset fecal incontinence. J Psychosom Res. 2012; 73(6): 464-468

Jones MP, Humphreys J and Nicholson T. Is personality the missing link in understanding recruitment and retention of rural general practitioners? Australian journal of rural health. 2012;20(2):74-9

Jones MP, Humphreys J and McGrail M. Why does a rural background make medical students more likely to intend to work in rural areas and how consistent is the effect? A study of the rural background effect. Australian Journal of Rural Health; 20; 1440-1584; 29-34; 2012.

Shim SLE, Jones M, Prott JM, Morris LI, Kellow JE, Malcolm A. Predictors of outcome of anorectal biofeedback therapy in patients with constipation. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics; 33(11); 1365-2036; 1245-1251; 2011.

Koloski NA, Jones MP, Kalantar JS, Weltmann M, Zaguirre J, Talley NJ. The brain-gut pathway in functional gastrointestinal disorders is bidirectional: A 12 year prospective population-based study. Gut; 1468-3288; 10.1136/gutjnl-2011-300474; 2011.

Dinning P, Hunt L, Lubowski DZ, Kalantar JS, Cook IJ, Jones MP. The impact of laxative use upon symptoms in patients with proven slow transit constipation. BMC Gastroenterology; 11; 1471-230X; 121; 2011.

Jones MP, Bartrop R, Dickson H and Forcier L. Concordance between sources of morbidity reports: Self-Reports and Medical Records.Frontiers in Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes; ISSN n/a; doi: 10.3389/fphar.2011.00016; 2011.

Dinning PG, Jones MP, Hunt L, Fuentealba S, Kalantar J, King D, Lubowski D, Talley N and Cook I. Factor analysis identifies subgroups of constipation. World Journal of Gastroenterology; 17(11); 1007-9327; 1468-1474; 2011.

Jones MP, Koloski N, Boyce P and Talley NJ. Pathways connecting cognitive behavioral therapy and change in bowel symptoms of IBS.Journal of Psychosomatic Research; 70(3); 0022-3999; 278-285; 2011.

Liu AJW, Jones MP, Murray H, Cook CM and Nanan R. Perinatal risk factors for the neonatal abstinence syndrome in infants born to women on methadone maintenance therapy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; 50(3); 1479-828X; 253-258; 2010.

Liu AJW, Sithamparanathan S, Jones MP, Cook CM and Nanan R. Growth restriction in pregnancies of opioid-dependent mothers. Archives of Diseases in Childhood; 95(4); 0003-9888; F258-F262; 2010.

Jones MP, Bartrop R, Forcier L and Penny R. The long-term impact of bereavement upon spouse health: a ten-year follow-up. Acta Neuropsychiatrica. 22(5); 0924-2708; 212-217; 2010.

Jones MP, Nicholls D and Trakas K. Efficacy and tolerability of paliperidone ER and other oral atypical antipsychotics for schizophrenia. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics; 48(6); 0946-1965; 383-399; 2010.

Stanford S and Jones M. How much detail needs to be elucidated in self-harm research? Journal of Youth and Adolescence; 39; 1573-6601; 504-513; 2010.

Gunn D, Batchelor J and Jones M. Detection of simulated memory impairment in 6 to 11 year old children.Child Neuropsychology; 16; 0929-7049; 105-118; 2010.

J Tack, MP Jones, G. Karamanolis, B Coulie, D Dubois. Symptom pattern and pathophysiological correlates of weight loss in tertiary referred functional dyspepsia. Neurogastroenterology and Motility; 22; 1350-1925; 29-e5; 2010.

Craig J, Williams G, Jones M, Codarini M, Macaskill P, Hayden A, Irwig L, Fitgerald D, Isaacs D and Macaskill M. The accuracy of clinical symptoms and signs for the diagnosis of serious bacterial infection in young febrile children: a prospective cohort study of 15,781 febrile illnesses. British Medical Journal; 340; 0959-8138; c1594; 2010.



Funding Body




2016MQ RIBGStatistical Infrastructure and Capability developmentGriffn, B.; Jones,M.;Hudson,J.; Wiggins,M.; Rapee,R.; McMahon,C.; Bussey,K. ;Sherman,K.;Sweller,N.; Peters,L.;Crane,M.; Barbour,J.; Dear,B.;$61,226
2016MQ RIBGPsychophysiological studies of brain-gut interactionsJones,M.; Dear, B.; Baillie,A.;Sherman,K.;Beath,A. et al$42,975


Australian Rotary Health

The CoolKids Health Program: An investigation of a psychotherapy program for distressed youth with functional (medically benign) somatic syndromes

Kangas, M., Rapee, R.M.,& Jones, M.




The impact and cost of short-term staffing in remote communities - is 'FIFO' the cure or the curse?

Wakerman, J.; Humphreys, J. S.; Bourke, L.; Dunbar, T. E.; Lyle, D.; CareyT.A.; Jones, M.P.; Guthridge, S. L.; Zhao, Y.




Pathophysiology of functional dyspepsia: Integration of upper gut function, inflammation and a systems biology approach

Holtmann, G.; Talley,N.; Morrison,M.;Jones,M.; Walker,M.




Functional dyspepsia: Characterisation of the immunopathology and testing a novel therapeutic strategy

Talley,N.; Walker,M,; Holtmann, G.; Jones,M.; Powell, N.; Koloski,N.



MU Research Develop-ment Grant

The Cool-Health Youth Program: An investigation of a psychological treatment program for distressed youth with functional (medically benign) somatic syndromes.

Kangas, M., Rapee, R.M.,& Jones, M.




Augmentation of fear extinction in anxious children through the use of D-Cycloserine

Rapee, RM, Hudson, JL, Mahli, G, Jones, M.




Maternal Anxiety in Pregnancy and Infant Bio-behavioural Regulation: Testing the Fetal Programming Hypothesis

C. McMahon, M-P. Austin, M. Jones, R. Rapee, J. Donald, & K-A. Grant




Development of diagnostic tools to treat patients with severe constipation

Dinning, P.; Cook, I.; Arkwright, J.; Scott, M.; Lubowski, D.; Jones, M.




Predicting the risk of invasive candidiasis in critically ill patients

Sorrell,T; Lipman,J., Playford, E.G., Jones,M., Iredell,J., Paterson,D., Marriot,D.




Improving population health by a multidisciplinary, multi-method focus kidney disease of the young, the old, and of Indigenous Australians;

Craig J, Cass A, Irwig L, Chadban S, McDonald S, Devitt J, Macaskill P, Jones M, Howard K, Salkeld G


Higher Degree Research completions






Dr Alissa Pauline Beath

Investigations Into Emotional Intelligence

Doctor of Philosophy


Dr Lisa Hodges

The influence of traumatic or stressful event characteristics on the development of dimensions of post-traumatic growth

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

2013Dr Pauline SampsonPredicted pathways to resilience and successful living: hope, compassion and self-regulationDoctor of Psychology
(Clinical Psychology)