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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Research Output

Structural and functional brain abnormalities in children with schizotypal disorder: a pilot study

Wang, Y., Harding, I. H., Testa, R., Tonge, B., Jones, H., Seal, M., Ross, N., Chan, R. C. K., van Beurden, F., Abu-Akel, A., Skafidas, E. & Pantelis, C., 18 Mar 2020, In : npj Schizophrenia. 6, 1, 4 p., 6.

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Does N-acetylcysteine improve behaviour in children with autism? A mixed-methods analysis of the effects of N-acetylcysteine

Dean, O. M., Gray, K., Dodd, S., Villagonzalo, K. A., Brown, E., Tonge, B., Berk, M. & Byrne, L. K., 2 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. 44, 4, p. 474-480 7 p.

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Evaluating the Feasibility and Effectiveness of an Australian Safety Planning Smartphone Application: A Pilot Study Within a Tertiary Mental Health Service

Melvin, G. A., Gresham, D., Beaton, S., Coles, J., Tonge, B. J., Gordon, M. S. & Stanley, B., Jun 2019, In : Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 49, 3, p. 846-858 13 p.

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Open Access
9 Citations (Scopus)

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.

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3 Citations (Scopus)

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

2 Citations (Scopus)

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

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