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A/Prof Austin is recognised nationally and internationally for his work on the development, delivery, and evaluation of internet-based treatments for psychological disorders. He established (with Prof Britt Klein) Australia’s first federally funded evidence-based online psychological assessment and treatment service: www.anxietyonline.org.au. He has been a Chief Investigator on multiple NHMRC, ARC, Rotary Mental Health Research Fund, beyond blue and Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing projects.
He is a registered psychologist with extensive clinical experience in the areas of anxiety and mood disorders as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders. He supervises a number of fourth-year, master, and doctoral students.
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Treatment of mood and anxiety disorders
Autism spectrum disorders
The use of information and communication technologies in psychological service delivery
- ‘eTherapy’: The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to advance and support psychological service delivery is a massive growth area. As the ICT becomes more prevalent, accessible and capable, there emerge wonderful opportunities to improve patient care and outcomes. Best practice psychological service delivery of the very near future will integrate internet-based models of delivering psychoeducation, assessment and referral, treatment, management, monitoring, relapse prevention, and health maintenance/promotion/prevention.
- The biology of Autism: Our understanding of Autism from cognitive and behavioural perspectives has advanced significantly in recent decades, however, the understanding of what the biological mechanisms are that characterise and, indeed, cause the condition (and consequently what biological treatments might prove to be effective) are very poorly understood.
Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Community Engagement (2010): Whiz Kid Games (www.whizkidgames.com)
Premier’s Design Award (2010): WhizKid Games
Premier’s Recognition Mark (2010): WhizKid Games
2010 Melbourne Advertising & Design Club, Best Online Game: WhizKid Games
2010 Web Marketing Association Award, Education Standard of Excellence: WhizKid Games
2010 Web Marketing Association Award, Health Care Standard of Excellence: WhizKid Games
Registered Psychologist, Psychologists Registration Board of Australia
Member, National Anxiety Disorders Organisations Network (NADON) 2012
Member, International Society for Research into Internet Interventions
Member, International Society of Mental Health Online
Member, OPeN Network: National Dissemination of Remote Psychological Therapies
A/Prof Austin has served on numerous committees, projects and boards throughout various universities and is a past board member of the not-for-profit clinical psychology service, Reconnexion. A/Prof Austin currently sits on the advisory panel on eMental Health for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and is a member of the Beyond Blue National Anxiety Strategy Reference Group. He reviews for several journals and research funding programs and is a past editor of the Electronic Journal of Applied Psychology.
Nguyen D., Klein, B., Meyer, D., & Austin, D. (2012). The Validity and User Experience of an Online Clinical Diagnostic Assessment System. Medicine 2.0, Boston, USA.
Lauder, L Berk, M., Castle, D., Dodd, S., Chester, A, Gilbert, M., Piterman, L., Klein, B., Austin, D, Murray G., White, C., Chamberlain, L., & Berk, L (2011). www.moodswings : Results and reflections of an online intervention for bipolar disorder. ISRII International Conference, Sydney
Austin, D. W. (2010). Cyberethics for cyberpsychology: Emerging issues from anxietyonline.org.au. International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.
Austin, D. W., & Abbbott, J. (2010). How frequency and form of therapist support impacts on the effectiveness, user experience and accessibility of online mental health interventions. International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.
Austin, D. W. (2009). The Biology of Autism: Redefining the Condition, its Assessment and Treatment, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research. Canberra, Australia.