Brett Furlonger


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Brett Furlonger is a psychologist and teacher with special interests in counselling, applied behaviour analysis and reading development. Much of his research is intimately linked to the branch of academic psychological study concerned with learning and development. Although his current reseach focus is on the effects of vicarious trauma experienced by counsellors he retains an active interest in the education of learners with special needs. He has been awarded three educational scholarships ($15,000, $7,000 and $35,000), a psychological study award ($112,000) and the Oticon Research Award ($3,000) for Deafness Research. He has served as a reviewer for The Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, The Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, Educational Psychology, Journal of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, The Teacher Educator, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Deafness and Education International and the

Having first received specialist training in Egan's model of counselling at Auckland University with Hans Everts Dr Furlonger has gone on to undertake further counsellor training in Narrative therapy with David Epston (Auckland), Reality Therapy wth Dinah Gill (Auckland), Behaviour therapy with Jospeh Cautelli (San Antonio), Cognitive Therapy with Judith and Aaron Beck (Philadelphia) and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York.

Another one of Dr Furlonger's specialities is deaf education, a topic he became immersed in when he worked as a psychologist for the deaf following graduation. Since then he has trained teachers of the deaf in Auckland (New Zealand), Melbourne (Australia), and Perth (Western Australia). In 2004 he won a Telstra community grant ($33,000) to develop home training videos for parents of deaf children who wished to assist in the language development of their children.

Dr Furlonger previously worked for the University of Melbourne, firstly as a Research Fellow and then as a Post-Graduate Coordinator in Perth. Dr Furlonger received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees and Diploma of Educational Psychology from the University of Auckland and his Ph.D from the University of Melbourne.


Research interests

Counselling and counsellors

Applied behaviour analysis

Reading skills of profoundly deaf adults


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

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Projects 2015 2015

Research Output 2003 2018

  • 28 Article
  • 2 Commissioned Report
  • 1 Audio / Visual Recording

A comparison of video modelling techniques to enhance social-communication skills of elementary school children

Anderson, A., Furlonger, B., Moore, D. W., Sullivan, V. & White, M. P. 2018 In : International Journal of Educational Research. 87, p. 100-109 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A preliminary investigation of vicarious traumatisation among forensic medical examiners of sexual assault

Rostron, S. & Furlonger, B. 2018 In : The Journal of Counselling Profession. 1, 1, p. 37-48 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

A review of the processes by which school psychologists and counsellors can use taxonomies to evaluate health-related apps

Ostojic, M., Chung, J., DiMattia, M., Furlonger, B., Busacca, M. & Chittleborough, P. 15 Apr 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Comparing the effectiveness of virtual reality and video modelling as an intervention strategy for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Brief report

Fitzgerald, E., Yap, H. K., Ashton, C., Moore, D. W., Furlonger, B., Anderson, A., Kickbush, R., Donald, J., Busacca, M. & English, D. L. 3 Apr 2018 In : Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 21, 3, p. 197-201 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Exploring the why of psychologist misconduct and malpractice: a thematic analysis of court decision documents

Kremer, P., Symmons, M. & Furlonger, B. 1 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Australian Psychologist. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

American Psychological Association (External organisation)

Furlonger, B. E. (Member)
3 Dec 20143 Dec 2015

Activity: Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board