Brett Deacon received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2002. He completed a predoctoral internship at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic. He worked at the University of Wyoming from 2004-2014 as an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. He relocated to Australia in 2014. Dr. Deacon sees clients in private practice, supervises therapists, trains clinicians in cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure therapy for anxiety, and conducts research on the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders and related topics. For more information, see here: http://www.illawarraanxietyclinic.com.au.
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Abramowitz, J. S., Deacon, B. J., & Whiteside, S. P. (2010). Exposure therapy for anxiety: Principles and practice. New York: Guilford Press.
Deacon, B. J., & McKay, D. (2015). The biomedical model of psychological problems: A call for critical dialogue. the Behavior Therapist, 38, 231-235. PDF
Deacon, B. J. (2013). The biomedical model of mental disorder: A critical analysis of its validity, utility, and effects on psychotherapy research. Clinical Psychology Review, 33, 846-861. PDF
Deacon, B. J., Kemp, J. J., Dixon, L. J., Sy. J. T., Farrell, N. R., & Zhang, A. (2013). Maximizing the efficacy of interoceptive exposure by optimizing inhibitory learning: A randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 588-596. PDF
Deacon, B. J., Farrell, N. R., Kemp, J. J., Dixon, L., Sy, J. T., Zhang, A. R., & McGrath, P. (2013). Assessing therapist reservations about exposure therapy for anxiety disorders: The Therapist Beliefs about Exposure Scale. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 772-780. PDF
Farrell, N. R., Deacon, B. J., Kemp, J. J., Dixon, L., & Sy, J. T. (2013). Do negative beliefs about exposure therapy cause its cautious delivery? An experimental investigation. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27,763-771. PDF
Deacon, B. J., & Maack, D. J. (2008). The effects of safety behaviors on the fear of contamination: An experimental investigation. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 537-547. PDF