Bruce Tonge

Emeritus Prof

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Emeritus Professor Tonge has a distinguished record of teaching and research in child psychiatry. He established and directed the internationally recognised Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology. He has research and teaching interests in the area of developmental psychiatry with a particular focus in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioural and emotional disturbance in children and adolescents with intellectual disability and treatment outcome studies in childhood anxiety and depressive disorders.

Relevant publications over the past 10 years include: 29 books/book chapters; 147 papers; 5 videos; 6 manuals, and many invited addresses. Professor Tonge received the Australian Society for Study of Intellectual Disability, Monash University School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine award for career research excellence (2001) and has been awarded competitive grants (1990 - current) totalling $11,597,015.

Professor Tonge is the co-author of the Developmental Behaviour Checklist, an instrument which assesses behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents with intellectual disability. This instrument is widely used in clinical and research settings in both Australia and internationally.

Some of Professor Tonge's many and varied career highlights include the andlsquo;draw a dream' technique, now used by child psychiatrists and psychologists around the world.

Research interests

Developmental psychiatry

Research area keywords

  • Autism
  • childhood anxiety and depression

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Projects 2000 2019

Research Output 1997 2019

Moderating Effect of Motor Proficiency on the Relationship Between ADHD Symptoms and Sleep Problems in Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder–Combined Type

Papadopoulos, N., Stavropoulos, V., McGinley, J., Bellgrove, M., Tonge, B., Murphy, A., Cornish, K. & Rinehart, N., 2019, In : Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 17, 5, p. 646-656 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Attentional Mechanisms in Autism, ADHD, and Autism-ADHD Using a Local–Global Paradigm

Gargaro, B. A., May, T., Tonge, B. J., Sheppard, D. M., Bradshaw, J. L. & Rinehart, N. J., 1 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Attention Disorders. 22, 14, p. 1320-1332 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Attentional set-shifting and social abilities in children with schizotypal and comorbid autism spectrum disorders

Abu-Akel, A., Testa, R. R., Jones, H. P., Ross, N., Skafidas, E., Tonge, B. & Pantelis, C., 1 Jan 2018, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 52, 1, p. 68-77 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Is statewide delivery of Stepping Stones Triple P effective?

Einfeld, S. L., Sanders, M., Tonge, B. J., Gray, K. M. & Sofronoff, K., Sep 2018. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther

Open Access

Trends in the Overlap of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Prevalence, Clinical Management, Language and Genetics

May, T., Brignell, A., Hawi, Z., Brereton, A., Tonge, B., Bellgrove, M. A. & Rinehart, N., 17 Jan 2018, In : Current Developmental Disorders Reports. 5, 1, p. 49-57 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalScientific ReviewOtherpeer-review

Press / Media

What about the mental health of children with intellectual disability?

Kylie Gray, Glenn Melvin, Bruce Tonge, Vaso Totsika & Richard Hastings


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment