e-Mental Health Unit

At the e-Mental Health Unit (e-MHU) our primary aim is to advance mental health via the smart use of technology.

We also train staff and postgraduate psychology students in the development and evaluation of technology-based mental health supports. This includes smartphone applications, web-based treatments and management resources.


eTherapy – the future of mental health care

If someone can access mental health treatment from a computer or phone, it can significantly improve that person's engagement with the treatment. 

Using technology in this way also allows for successful self-management of mental illness regardless of geographic, social or economic factors.

By developing and trialling such online tools, the e-MHU is helping to provide accessible, evidence-based mental health care for everyone.

Technology-based research methods

One of our key aims is to develop and advance the use of technology-based psychological research methodology. One example is using smartphone and smartwatch technology to track daily (or even hourly) mood variation. 

This is achieved through a combination of user-inputted data and automatic recording of relevant physiological information, such as heart rate and GPS-based location. It also includes training postgraduate psychology students and clinical supervisors in the science and practice of eTherapy.

Recent projects

  • A mobile app to improve iron intake, iron status, cognition and mood.
  • Oral contraceptive pill use: effect on cognition, mood and fatigue.
  • Evaluation of an online intervention for sufferers of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
  • Evaluation of a tailored online same-sex attracted youth (SSAY) focused trans-diagnostic mental health and wellbeing program.
  • An online psychological support program for men with prostate cancer.
  • An evaluation of an online game-based intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Use of online technology to promote self-management and recovery in people with psychosis.
  • A treatment program for female sexual dysfunction: mindfulness therapy and chat rooms.

Recent publications

e-MHU publications

Abbott, J. M., Klein, B., McLaren, S., Austin, D. W., Molloy, M., Meyer, M,. & McLeod, B. (2014). Out & Online; effectiveness of a tailored online multi-symptom mental health and wellbeing program for same-sex attracted young adults: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial online multi-symptom mental health and wellbeing program.
Trials, 15 (1), 1-10.

Berk, L., Gliddon, E., Suppes, T., Cosgrove, V., Deckersbach, T., Austin, D.W., Lewis, A., Lauder, S., Grimm, D., & Berk, M. (2015). Development of an online interactive self-help program for significant others: www. iCARE4bipolar.com, Bipolar Disorders, 17, 94-95.

Clark, M., Austin, D. W., & Craike, M. (2015). Professional and Parental attitudes toward iPad application use in autism Spectrum Disorder, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disorders. 30 (3), 174-181.

Hadjistavropoulos, H., Thompson, M., Ivanov, M., Drost, C., Butz, C., Klein, B & Austin, D. W. (2011). Considerations in the Development of a Therapist-Assisted Internet Cognitive Behavior Therapy Service. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Vol 42(6), Dec 2011, 463-471.

Hadjistavropoulos, H., Thompson, M., Klein, B & Austin, D. W. (2012). Dissemination of Therapist-Assisted Internet Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Development and Open Pilot Study of a Workshop. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 42(6), 463-471.

Hadjistavropoulos, H., Thompson, M., Ivanov, M., Drost, C., Butz, C., Klein, B & Austin, D. W (2013) A Case Study Illustrating Therapist-Assisted Internet Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression”, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 21 (1) 64-77.

Hadjistavropoulos, H., Pugh, N.E., Nugent. M.N., Hesser, H., Andersson, G., Ivanov, Butz, C. J., Marchildon, G., Asmundson, G.J.G., Klein, B., & Austin, D.W. (2014)
Therapist-assisted Internet-delivered cognitive ehaviour therapy for depression and anxiety: Translating evidence into clinical practice. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 28 (2014), pp. 884-893

Kyrios M., Nedeljkovic, M., Moulding, R., Klein, B., Austin, D. W., Meyer, D., & Ahern, C. (2014). Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of internet-based cognitive-behavioural therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder. BMC Psychiatry,14:209.

Lauder, S., Chester, A., Castle, D., Dodd, S., Gliddon, E., Berk, L., Chamberlain, J., Klein, B., Gilbert, M., Austin, D.W., & Berk, M. (2015). A randomised head to head trial of MoodSwings. net. au: An internet based self-help program for bipolar disorder. Journal of affective disorders, 171, 13-21.

Nguyen, D.P., Klein, B., Meyer, D., Austin, D.W., Abbott, J.M. (2015). The diagnostic validity and reliability of an internet-based clinical assessment program for mental disorders. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17 (9), e218.

Pugh , N. E.. Hadjistavropoulos, H., Klein, B & Austin, D.W. ( 2014). A Case Study Illustrating Therapist-Assisted Internet Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 21 (1), 64- 77.

Wootten, A. C., Abbot, J. M., Chisholm, K., Austin, D. W., Klein, B., Meyer, D., McCabe, M., Costello, A. J., Murphy, D. (2015). Preliminary results of a randomised controlled trial of an online psychological intervention to reduce distress in men treated for localised prostate cancer. European Urology.68 (3), 471–479

Wootten, A. C., Abbott, J., Chisholm, K., Austin, D. W., Klein, B., McCabe, M., Costello, T., Murphy, D. (2014). Development, feasibility and usability of an online psychological intervention for men with prostate cancer: My Road Ahead. Internet Interventions. 1, 188–195.

Wootten, A. C., Abbott, J. M., Osborne, D., Austin, D. W., Klein, B., Costello, A. J., & Murphy, D. G. (2014). Developing an online psychological support intervention for partners of men with prostate cancer. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, (9), 45-46. NJ USA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Wootten, A. C., Abbot, J. M., Chisholm, K., Austin, D. W., Klein, B., Meyer, D., McCabe, M., Costello, A. J., Murphy, D. (2014). My Road Ahead study protocol: A randomised controlled trial of an online psychological intervention for men following treatment for localised prostate cancer. BMC Cancer, (14), 83.

Wootten, A. C., Abbott, J. M., Osborne, D., Austin, D. W., Klein, B., Costello, A. J., Murphy, D. M. (2014) The impact of prostate cancer on partners: a qualitative exploration. Psych-oncology, 23, 1252–1258.

Contact us

School of Psychology
Associate Professor David Austin
+61 3 9251 7227
Email A/Prof. Austin

Senior Technical Officer
Luke Barisic
+61 3 9244 6152
Email Luke Barisic