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Dr Brett Furlonger is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and a registered psychologist. He has research interests in the areas of Applied Behaviour Analysis, Inclusive Education and Counselling. He gained his BA, MA in Education (Hons.) and Diploma in Educational Psychology from the University of Auckland and his Ph.D from the University of Melbourne.

He has been awarded 2 Educational Scholarships ($15,000 & $35,000), a Psychological Study Award ($115,000) and the prestigious Oticon Award for Deafness Research ($3,000).

His current research interests are four-fold: 1. The use of mobile phone apps to support behaviour change for those wiith chronic-health issues, 2. Reading development in individuals with ASD 3. The development of a self-efficacy scale for counsellors and psychologists, 4. Differentiating auditory processing disorder from attention deficit disorder.

He has had extensive experience using applied behaviour analysis to assist children with challenging behaviour to adapt to regular classrooms.  More recently, he has used ABA to help non-elite athletes to improve their sporting performance.

He also has over 25 years counselling experience and has also been involved teaching and researching in the area of counselling for over 10 years. He was initially trained in the Egan Counselling Model and has since completed training in Cognitive Therapy (Beck Institute-Philidelphia), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (Albert Ellis Institute-New York), Reality Therapy (Auckland), Behaviour Therapy (San Antonio) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (Melbourne). As a counsellor and registered psychologist he has worked in private practice and for government organisations during which time he spent four years specialising in working with people who had severe and profound hearing losses. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Research area keywords

  • Counselling
  • Counsellors
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Reading Skills of profoundly deaf adults


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