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 a professor in the Department of Psychology. He relocated to Australia in 2014 and is an associate professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong. Dr. Deacon teaches courses in abnormal and clinical psychology, supervises doctoral student therapists, mentors student research, sees clients in private practice, conducts research on the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders, and trains clinicians in the use of exposure-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders. A copy of his CV may be obtained here.
Address: University of Wollongong, School of Psychology, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
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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. (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
Dixon, L. J., Sy, J. T., Kemp, J. J., & Deacon, B. J. (2013). Does anxiety sensitivity cause panic symptoms? An experimental investigation. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 4, 208-223. 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