Dr Anthony Venning

Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Health

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a Psychologist in the Discipline of Behavioural Health, CMPH. My clinical expertise is in strength-based psychotherapy, and research interests include the design of digital mental health technologies, the lived experience of health service users, the acceptability and effectiveness of low intensity cognitive behaviour therapy, and strength-based mental health promotion. I have authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, produced 6 multimedia clips for pain and anxiety, written and produced nine clinical guided self-help materials, and developed two national group programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Bachelor of Social Science (2004)

Bachelor of Health Sciences (2005)

Master of Psychology (Clinical) (2009)

Doctor of Philosophy (2009)

Honours, awards and grants

2022 Flinders CMPH Student-led Teaching Award

Key responsibilities

Discipline Lead Behavioural Health

Course Coordinator Counselling suite of post-graduate courses (domestic and international)

Teaching interests

My research and teaching involves four integrated lines of interest (a) accurately measuring and describing the wellbeing of individuals (health promotion), (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 Strength-Based Approaches for Supporting Young People
MHSC8035 Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy
MHSC8042 Research Methods in Counselling
Topic lecturer
MHSC9031 Extended Applications of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (2)
MHSC8033 Clinical Practicum 1
MHSC8018 Low Intensity CBT for psychological disorders
Supervisory interests
Clinical psychology
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
Digital health
Mental health
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Behavioural Health (1)
Associate supervisor: Behavioural Health (1)
Principal supervisor: Digital Health (1)
Associate supervisor: Psychology (1), Psychiatry (2)