Dr Gareth Furber

e-mental Health Project Officer

Health Counselling & Disability Services

place Student Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Howdy! I received my PhD (Clinical Psychology) in 2007. I then went and worked in child and adolescent mental health, primarily as a researcher. My research topics have included evaluation of intensive long-term parent-child psychotherapy, service benchmarking, mental health workforce estimation, and the use of technology in service delivery. Google Scholar has a pretty up-to-date list of my publications.

I left that all behind when I came to work here at Flinders University where I put my psychologist hat back on and joined the excellent team here at Health, Counselling and Disability Services.

My first job was to set-up some digital channels through which the teams at Health, Counselling and Disability (HCD) and OASIS could communicate with the student population. That led to the revised HCD website, OASIS website, HCD newlsetter and HCD blog.

Now my time is focused on writing about and teaching on the topics of wellbeing and productivity. I make the assumption that we (students and staff) all want to be productive, happy (whatever that term means for you) and feel like we belong as part of the Flinders Community. As I learn how to achieve those things from the psychological literature, I share that via our different communication channels. 

I never thought that I wanted to teach, but it turns out it is what I like doing most :)


BPsych (Hons)

PhD (Clinical Psychology)

Honours, awards and grants

None in particular, but my mum thinks I am great.

Key responsibilities
  • Manage the Student Health and Wellbeing Blog
  • Develop wellbeing and productivity programs like Mental Fitness and Studyology
  • Write and maintain the self-help library for Health, Counselling and Disability Services
  • Manage the https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/ and contribute to the OASIS Facebook page
  • Do talks around the university to students on topics like self-care, mental health, mental fitness and self-improvement
  • Work with topic and course coordinators to embed wellbeing content into existing courses (we recently tried a cool little behaviour change/mental fitness exercise with physio students)
  • Collaborate with other wellbeing-focused staff around the university to raise the profile of mental health and wellbeing activities in the university
  • Keep the Media and Communications team on their toes by occasionally trying to sneak inappropriate words into my blog posts
Teaching interests

Mental Health

Mental Fitness



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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Health psychology
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