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Anxiety disorders represent one of the most prevalent and costly psychological disorders in the world, have an estimated economic impact of over $46 billion per annum, and are associated with sizeable disability and quality of life impairment. Additionally, anxiety disorders seldom present alone, with rates of comorbid anxiety and mood disorder diagnoses as high as 60%. Professor Peter Norton, a world-leading expert in anxiety disorders, is a pioneer in transdiagnostic models of anxiety disorders - models which reconceptualise the common and unique factors across anxiety diagnoses - in an effort to develop treatments targeting the core features of anxiety disorder.

Born in Canada, Professor Norton received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The initial conceptualisation for his research came from two influences: (1) the seemingly arbitrary nature of some lines of division among anxiety disorder diagnoses, and (2) the highly similar psychosocial and pharmacological treatments applied between diagnoses. Simply put, two fears might be extremely similar but be given different anxiety diagnoses (e.g., agoraphobia and social phobia) while two other fears may appear very different but be given the same diagnosis (e.g., obsessive-compulsive disorder), and yet the treatments for all of these are functionally identical.

Professor Norton's work also includes refining treatments for anxiety and emotional disorders to improve dissemination and accessibility, and modifying assessment and treatment procedures to increase cross-cultural appropriateness, using a variety of clinical, questionnaires, and experimental methodological approaches.

Editorial Board

Cognitive Therapy and Research (2005-Current)
Journal of Anxiety Disorders (2005-Current)

Special Series Editor

Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Special Section: Anxity, Substance Use, and their Co-occurrence: Advances in Clinical Science

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Research area keywords

  • Anxiety disorder
  • assessment
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • courage
  • motivational interviewing
  • transdiagnostic
  • treatment

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Research Output

Sleep and wake are shared and transmitted between individuals with insomnia and their bed-sharing partners

Walters, E. M., Phillips, A. J. K., Mellor, A., Hamill, K., Jenkins, M. M., Norton, P. J., Baucom, D. H. & Drummond, S. P. A., 13 Jan 2020, In : Sleep. 43, 1, 12 p., zsz206.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Vulnerability and resistance to sleep disruption by a partner: A study of bed-sharing couples

Walters, E. M., Phillips, A. J. K., Boardman, J. M., Norton, P. J. & Drummond, S. P. A., 21 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Sleep Health. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A qualitative study of the feasibility and acceptability of a smoking cessation program for people living with HIV and emotional dysregulation

Labbe, A. K., Wilner, J. G., Coleman, J. N., Marquez, S. M., Kosiba, J. D., Zvolensky, M. J., Smits, J. A. J., Norton, P. J., Rosenfield, D. & O'Cleirigh, C., 4 May 2019, In : AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV. 31, 5, p. 609-615 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Client Motivation and Engagement in Transdiagnostic Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: Predictors and Outcomes

Marker, I., Salvaris, C. A., Thompson, E. M., Tolliday, T. & Norton, P. J., Oct 2019, In : Cognitive Therapy and Research. 43, 5, p. 819-833 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Facing fear-provoking stimuli: The role of courage and influence of task-importance

Chockalingam, M. & Norton, P. J., 2019, In : The Journal of Positive Psychology. 14, 5, p. 603-613 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)



Norton, Peter (Recipient), 18 Aug 2018

Prize: Election to learned society

Outstanding Academic Mentor Award

Norton, Peter (Recipient), 29 Oct 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)