Dr Anthony Venning

Lecturer (Scholarly Fellow)

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Margaret Tobin Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

My training is in the area of clinical psychology and along with Flinders I am an officer and psychologist with the Australian Defence Force. My interests lie in the area of mental health (treatment and promotion) and getting the right support to the right people at the right time. 


Master of Psychology (Clinical), PhD

Honours, awards and grants

Dean Comendation for PhD thesis (invited macebearer at graduation ceremony)

Key responsibilities

HSR for Administration and Non-Laboratories Workgroup

Topic Coordinator in Behavioural Health

Research Committee, Flinders Foundation, Breakthrough Mental Health

Course Development Advisory Group, TAFE South Australia

SA Branch member AACBT

Research expertise
Cognitive psychology and educational practice
Digital health
Health services research
Mental health
Public health and health services
Research interests

I am interested in the treatment of high prevalence psychological disorders, the promotion of resilience, and how knowledge can be translated to practice. For example, despite a high number of people needing access to mental health support, the reality that not all can access support has driven my interest in the area of Low Intensity (LI) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) the measurement of wellbeing, and the appropriateness / effectiveness of interventions. To that end, I have led the development of numerous LICBT resources that currently underpin the delivery of LICBT in Australia and created several novel multimedia resources and group programs for use with a national veteran population. I am involved in projects that investigate the effectiveness of these materials, as well as the availability of mental health support and wellbeing measurement. 

Teaching interests

My research and teaching involves four integrated lines of interest (a) accurately measuring and describing the wellbeing of young people, (b) how character strengths can be developed in populations deemed to be ‘at-risk’ of future psychological distress to build a sustainable state of wellbeing, (c) the benefits of a strength-based compared to a deficit approach to treating mental illness, and (d) the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Topic coordinator
MHSC8032 Building resilience with Young People
MHSC9025 Understanding and Implementing Evidence-based Change
MHSC8034 Motivational Interviewing
Topic lecturer
MHSC8021 CBT for Psychological Disorders
MHSC9031 Extended Applications of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (2)
MHSC9032 Extended Applications of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (3)
MHSC8033 Clinical Practicum 1
Supervisory interests
Clinical psychology
Mental health
Positive psychology
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Psychiatry (2)
Associate supervisor: Psychiatry (1), Psychology (1)

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