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


  • Autism
  • childhood anxiety and depression

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Projects 2000 2019

Research Output 1997 2018

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. 11 Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

A community-based parenting intervention for parents of children with a disability: Outcomes in the Australian Stepping Stones Triple P project

Gray, K. M., Tonge, B. J., Hu, N., Sanders, M., Sofronoff, K. & Einfeld, S. L. 2017 p. 140-141

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review

A randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled trial of a fixed dose of N -acetyl cysteine in children with autistic disorder

Dean, O. M., Gray, K. M., Villagonzalo, K-A., Dodd, S., Mohebbi, M., Vick, T., Tonge, B. J. & Berk, M. 1 Mar 2017 In : Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 51, 3, p. 241-249 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Attachment in children with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review

Teague, S. J., Gray, K. M., Tonge, B. J. & Newman, L. K. 2017 In : Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 35, p. 35-50 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review