Dr Anthony Venning

Lecturer (Scholarly Fellow)

College of Medicine and Public Health

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

Dr Venning is a registered Clinical Psychologist, lecturer in the Discipline of Psychiatry at Flinders University, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, an Officer and Psychologist with the Australian Defence Force, Director of Venning Consulting, and internationally published author in the area of adolescent mental health.


2009   PhD (Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Psychology) at the University of Adelaide. Conferred 31.12.09. Thesis: Building mental health in young Australians: a positive psychological approach.

2009   Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Adelaide

2005   Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours, first class) at the University of Adelaide.

2004   Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Honours, awards and grants

2010   Dean of Graduate Studies letter of commendation for PhD thesis

2006   Australian Postgraduate Award

2004   Cancer Council Summer Scholarship

Key responsibilities

Research Coordinator Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programs

Lecturer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programs

Research expertise
Adolescent health
Cognitive psychology and educational practice
Health services research
Mental health
Mental health promotion in educational settings
Public health and health services
Quantitative methods
Research interests

Clinical psychology

Developmental psychology

Forensic psychology

Positive psychology

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
MHSC8018 Li CBT for Psychological Disorders
MHSC9033A Research Project A
MHSC9026 Research Methods in Health
MHSC9033B Research Project B
MHSC8032 Building resilience with Young People
Topic lecturer
MHSC8021 CBT for Psychological Disorders
MHSC9033B Research Project B
MHSC9033A Research Project A
MHSC9026 Research Methods in Health
MHSC8018 Li CBT for Psychological Disorders
MHSC8025 Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychological Disorders
MHSC9029 Clinical Practicum 2
MHSC8022 Clinical Practicum 1
MHSC9030 Clinical Practicum 3
MHSC8019 Fundamentals of Clinical Practice
Supervisory interests
Clinical psychology
Developmental psychology
Mental health
Positive psychology
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Psychology (Univ of Adelaide) (2), Psychology (3)
Associate supervisor: Mental Health (1)
Further information

Anthony is also the founder and director of Venning Consulting, providing strength-based measurement and therapeutic solutions to assess and build mental health.

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