Personal profile


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

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

Effects of video modeling with video feedback on vocational skills of adults with autism spectrum disorder

English, D. L., Gounden, S., Dagher, R. E., Chan, S. F., Furlonger, B. E., Anderson, A. & Moore, D. W. 2017 In : Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 20, 8, p. 511-524 14 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Improving amateur indoor rock climbing performance using a changing criterion design within a self management program

Furlonger, B. E., Oey, A., Moore, D. W., Busacca, M. & Scott, D. F. C. 2017 In : The Sport Journal. 19, p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Teaching Reading Comprehension Skills to a Child with Autism Using Behaviour Skills Training

Singh, B. D., Moore, D. W., Furlonger, B. E., Anderson, A., Busacca, M. & English, D. L. 2017 In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 47, 10, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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