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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. 


Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2015 2015

Research Output 2003 2019

  • 32 Article
  • 2 Commissioned Report
  • 2 Review Article
  • 1 Audio / Visual Recording

A framework to assist school psychologists and counsellors in recommending quality apps for supporting diabetes self-management: an illustrative assessment using content analysis

Furlonger, B., Ostojic, M., Chung, J., Philips, K., Busacca, M., Moore, D. & Anderson, A., Jun 2019, In : Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools. 29, 1, p. 82-97 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Development of the psychologist and counsellor self-efficacy scale

Watt, H. M. G., Ehrich, J., Stewart, S. E., Snell, T., Bucich, M., Jacobs, N., Furlonger, B. & English, D., 2019, In : Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. 9, 3, p. 485-509 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Improving Compliance in Primary School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Imasaka, T., Lee, P. L., Anderson, A., Wong, C. W. R., Moore, D. W., Furlonger, B. & Busacca, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Behavioral Education. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The impact of funding models on the education of students with autism spectrum disorder

Sharma, U., Furlonger, B. & Forlin, C., Jul 2019, In : Australasian Journal of Special and Inclusive Education. 43, 1, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Activities 2014 2014

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

American Psychological Association (External organisation)

Brett Furlonger (Member)
3 Dec 20143 Dec 2015

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board