Dr Ben Richardson



Honorary Associate Professor


Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Off-Campus (Home)


Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), Deakin University, 2004
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2008
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009


+61 3 924 46024

Research interests

Ben's research interests cover two main areas: (i) motivations underlying drug and alcohol use and (ii) statistical methodology.



Teaching interests

Research methods

Personality and individual differences




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A person-by-situation account of why some people more frequently engage in upward appearance comparison behaviors in everyday life

A Rogers, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, V Lewis, I Krug, B Richardson

(2017), Vol. 48, pp. 19-28, Behavior therapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Factors associated with the use of mechanical restraint in disability services

L Webber, B Richardson, K White, P Fitzpatrick, K McVilly, S Forster

(2017), pp. 1-5, Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Dissociation between wanting and liking for alcohol and caffeine: a test of the Incentive Sensitisation Theory

L Arulkadacham, B Richardson, P Staiger, N Kambouropoulos, R O'Donnell, M Ling

(2017), Vol. 31, pp. 927-933, Journal of Psychopharmacology, London, Eng., C1


Regression tree analysis of ecological momentary assessment data

B Richardson, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, R O'Donnell, M Ling, P Staiger

(2017), Vol. 11, pp. 235-241, Health Psychology Review, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Determinants of depressive mood states in everyday life: an experience sampling study

M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, T Karvounis, R Pemberton, L Hartley-Clark, B Richardson

(2017), Vol. 41, pp. 510-521, Motivation and Emotion, New York, N.Y., C1


The pleasure of making a difference: perceived social contribution explains the relation between extraverted behavior and positive affect

J Sun, K Stevenson, R Kabbani, B Richardson, L Smillie

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 794-810, Emotion, Washington, D.C., C1


Substance use, offending, and participation in alcohol and drug treatment programmes: a comparison of prisoners with and without Intellectual disabilities

J McGillivray, C Gaskin, D Newton, B Richardson

(2016), Vol. 29, pp. 289-294, Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, London, Eng., C1


Relationships between problematic alcohol consumption and delinquent behaviour from adolescence to young adulthood

P Miller, E Butler, B Richardson, P Staiger, G YOUSSEF, J MACDONALD, A Sanson, B Edwards, C Olsson

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 317-325, Drug and alcohol review, London, Eng., C1


A comprehensive evaluation of a universal school-based depression prevention program for adolescents.

J Tomyn, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, B Richardson, L Colla

(2016), pp. 1-13, Journal of abnormal child psychology, Berlin, Germany, C1


Is alcohol and community sport a good mix? Alcohol management, consumption and social capital in community sports clubs

B Rowland, L Wolfenden, K Gillham, M Kingsland, B Richardson, J Wiggers

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 210-215, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, London, Eng., C1


Do we know how to design effective health coaching interventions: a systematic review of the state of the literature

B Hill, B Richardson, H Skouteris

(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 158-168, American journal of health promotion, Troy, Mich., C1


The Psychometric Equivalence of the Personal Wellbeing Index for Normally Functioning and Homeostatically Defeated Australian Adults

B Richardson, M Fuller Tyszkiewicz, A Tomyn, R Cummins

(2015), Journal of Happiness Studies, C1


The inter-relationship between depressive, anxiety and stress symptoms in fathers during the antenatal period

K Wee, H Skouteris, B Richardson, S McPhie, B Hill

(2015), Vol. 33, pp. 359-373, Journal of reproductive and infant psychology, Oxford, Eng., C1


Factorial invariance of the DASS-21 among adolescents in four countries

D Mellor, E Vinet, X Xu, N Hidayah Bt Mamat, B Richardson, F Román

(2015), Vol. 31, pp. 138-142, European journal of psychological assessment, Boston, Mass., C1


Does body satisfaction influence self-esteem in adolescents' daily lives? An experience sampling study

M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M McCabe, H Skouteris, B Richardson, K Nihill, B Watson, D Solomon

(2015), Vol. 45, pp. 11-19, Journal of adolescence, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Use of weekly assessment data to enhance evaluation of a subjective wellbeing intervention

L Colla, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, A Tomyn, B Richardson, J Tomyn

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 517-524, Qua;ity of life research, Berlin, Germany, C1


Towards a conceptual framework on the categorization of stereotypical perceptions in accounting

P Richardson, S Dellaportas, L Perera, B Richardson

(2015), Vol. 35, pp. 28-46, Journal of Accounting Literature, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The factor structure of the Chinese family assessment instrument adapted for parent report

D Mellor, X Xu, J Wong, B Richardson

(2014), Vol. 21, pp. 60-66, Assessment, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1-1


The hedonic and eudaimonic validity of the orientations to happiness scale

L Henderson, T Knight, B Richardson

(2014), Vol. 115, pp. 1087-1099, Social indicators research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1


Associations between child temperament, maternal feeding practices and child body mass index during the preschool years: a systematic review of the literature

H Bergmeier, H Skouteris, S Horwood, M Hooley, B Richardson

(2014), Vol. 15, pp. 9-18, Obesity reviews, Chichester, England, C1


Child temperament and maternal predictors of preschool children's eating and body mass index : a prospective study

H Bergmeier, H Skouteris, S Horwood, M Hooley, B Richardson

(2014), Vol. 74, pp. 125-132, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Optimizing prediction of binge eating episodes : a comparison approach to test alternative conceptualizations of the affect regulation model

M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, B Richardson, H Skouteris, D Austin, D Castle, L Busija, B Klein, M Holmes, J Broadbent

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 1-14, Journal of eating disorders, United Kingdom, C1


Individual and organisational factors associated with the use of seclusion in disability services

L Webber, B Richardson, F Lambrick

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 315-322, Journal of intellectual and developmental disability, Abingdon, Eng., C1


When social anxiety co-occurs with substance use: does an impulsive social anxiety subtype explain this unexpected relationship?

J Nicholls, P Staiger, J Williams, B Richardson, N Kambouropoulos

(2014), Vol. 220, pp. 909-914, Psychiatry research, Shannon, Ireland, C1


Creating high challenge/high support academic environments through constructive alignment : student outcomes

H Larkin, B Richardson

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 192-204, Teaching in higher education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Confirmatory factor analyses of the children's attitudes and behaviors towards animals scale in two eastern cultural contexts

J Wong, D Mellor, X Xu, B Richardson

(2013), Vol. 47, pp. 2569-2575, Quality and quantity, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1


Age discrimination in the evaluation of job applicants

B Richardson, J Webb, L Webber, K Smith

(2013), Vol. 43, pp. 35-44, Journal of applied social psychology, Hoboken N.J., C1


Overlooked and underestimated? Problematic alcohol use in clients recovering from drug dependence

P Staiger, B Richardson, C Long, V Carr, G Marlatt

(2013), Vol. 108, pp. 1188-1193, Addiction, Chichester, England, C1


Childhood cruelty to animals in China: the relationship with psychological adjustment and family functioning

J Wong, D Mellor, B Richardson, X Xu

(2013), Vol. 39, pp. 668-675, Child : care, health and development, Chichester, England, C1


Students' perceptions on using iPods in accounting education : a mobile-learning experience

P Richardson, S Dellaportas, L Perera, B Richardson

(2013), Vol. 21, pp. 4-26, Asian review of accounting, Bingley, England, C1


Fathers' mental health during the ante and postnatal periods : knowledge, recommendations and interventions

K Wee, C Pier, J Milgrom, B Richardson, J Fisher, H Skouteris

(2013), Vol. 21, pp. 236-247, British journal of midwifery, London, England, C1


Does the burden of the experience sampling method undermine data quality in state based body image research?

M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, H Skouteris, B Richardson, J Blore, M Holmes, J Mills

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 607-613, Body Image, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


An exploration of the well-being benefits of hedonic and eudaimonic behaviour

L Henderson, T Knight, B Richardson

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 322-336, Journal of positive psychology, Chichester, England, C1


Fathers' mental health during the anteand postnatal periods: knowledge, recommendations and interventions

K Wee, C Pier, J Milgrom, B Richardson, J Fisher, H Skouteris

(2013), Vol. 21, pp. 342-353, British journal of midwifery, London, Eng., C1-1


Aspects of parenting and family functioning associated with obesity in adolescent refugees and migrants from African backgrounds living in Australia

D Mellor, A Renzaho, B Swinburn, J Green, B Richardson

(2012), Vol. 36, pp. 317-324, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Richmond, Vic., C1


Resident well?being, community connections, and neighbourhood perceptions, pride, and opportunities among disadvantage metropolitan and regional communities : evidence from the neighbourhood renewal project.

A Renzaho, B Richardson, C Strugnell

(2012), Vol. 40, pp. 871-885, Journal of community psychology, London, England, C1


The impact of the quality of behaviour support plans on the use of restraint and seclusion in disability services

L Webber, B Richardson, F Lambrick, T Fester

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 3-11, International journal of positive behavioural support, Kidderminster, England, C1


Correlates of ante- and postnatal depression in fathers : a systematic review

K Wee, H Skouteris, C Pier, B Richardson, J Milgrom

(2011), Vol. 130, pp. 358-377, Journal of affective disorders, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1


The relationship between environmental activism, pro-environmental behaviour and social identity

J Dono, J Webb, B Richardson

(2010), Vol. 30, pp. 178-186, Journal of environmental psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


m-learning in an off-campus environment : using iPods in accounting education

P Richardson, S Dellaportas, L Perera, B Richardson

(2010), pp. 1-33, AFAANZ 2010 : Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, E1


Learning from a distance : the experience of remote students

J Owens, L Hardcastle, B Richardson

(2009), Vol. 23, pp. 53-74, Journal of distance education, Ottawa, Ont., C1


Age matters : the effect of job applicant age on hiring decisions

B Richardson, L Webber, K Smith, J Webb

(2006), pp. 345-349, Proceedings of the 2006 joint conference of the APS and NZPsS : psychology bridging the Tasman : science culture and practice, Auckland New Zealand, E1



Australian Competitive Grants

Timely intervention: Efficacy of a depression symptom monitoring smartphone app to deliver psychological intervention at time of greatest need

A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Dr Ben Richardson, Prof Britt Klein, A/Prof David Austin, Prof Helen Austin, Prof David Castle, Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Lucy Busija

Aust Rotary Health - Mental Health of Young Australians Research Grant

  • 2017: $43,415
  • 2016: $57,887
  • 2015: $46,096

Other Public Sector Funding

Factors predicting the use of mechanical restraint: What needs to be done to reduce and prevent its use?

A/Prof Keith Mcvilly, Dr Ben Richardson

  • 2015: $20,250
  • 2014: $82,750
  • 2013: $32,000

Supporting respite services to develop high quality support: Scoping the development of a prototype of a behaviour support plan App.

Dr Ben Richardson, A/Prof Keith Mcvilly

  • 2014: $50,152

Reducing harm, in the acute hospital setting, to people displaying symptoms associated with a neurocognitive disorder

Prof Alison Hutchinson, A/Prof Bernice Redley, Prof Tracey Bucknall, Dr Helen Rawson, Dr Ben Richardson, Adj/Prof Cheyne Chalmers, Prof Donald Campbell, Mrs Emily Tomlinson, Prof Beverly O'Connell

  • 2017: $20,025
  • 2016: $177,000

Industry and Other Funding

Evaluation of a health coaching program

Dr Ben Richardson, Ms Susie Macfarlane, A/Prof Petra Staiger

  • 2011: $3,000
  • 2009: $7,448

Workplace drug and alcohol interventions: a research collaboration between the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) and Deakin University

A/Prof Kathryn Von Treuer, Prof John Toumbourou, Dr Arlene Walker, Dr Ben Richardson, Dr Lucy Zinkiewicz

  • 2012: $43,900

Evaluation of research project titled Newly Arrived AOD Services (NAAODS)

Dr Ben Richardson, Prof Helen Skouteris, A/Prof Petra Staiger

  • 2014: $14,200
  • 2013: $38,000

Australian Unity Wellbeing Index (AUWI): Adult Survey 32.0 and Teen Pulse Pilot Study

Dr Delyse Hutchinson, Prof Craig Olsson, Prof Gregory Tooley, Prof Robert Cummins, Dr Ben Richardson, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Dr Linda Hartley-Clark, Ms Tanja Capic, Prof Brendan Crotty

  • 2015: $186,800

Australian Unity Wellbeing Index and Young Carer Wellbeing Project

Dr Delyse Hutchinson, Prof Craig Olsson, Dr Ben Richardson, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Dr Linda Hartley-Clark, Ms Tanja Capic, Prof Nicole Rinehart, Ms Nicole Papadopoulos, Prof Robert Cummins

  • 2017: $99,963
  • 2016: $291,031


Principal Supervisor

Paul Matthew Beaton

Thesis entitled: Exploring the Role of Context in Young Adults¿ Drinking Motives

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology

Associate Supervisor

Adrian Schulz

Thesis entitled: Fatherhood and Psychological Distress: Paternal Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in the Perinatal Period

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology


Linda Hartley-Clark

Thesis entitled: Investigating the Affective Core of SWB: the Circular Way

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Lauren Hamilton

Thesis entitled: Overall Life Quality in Vasovagal Syncope

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology


Catherine Kelly

Thesis entitled: Drinking Motives Mediating Alcohol Outcomes of Social Anxiety and Depression

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology