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Professor and Chair in Health Psychology, Deakin University

Dr John Winston Toumbourou BA (Hons), MA, PhD, is the Professor and Chair in Health Psychology and a Co-Director of the Strategic Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research at Deakin University. He is an Honourary Senior Research Fellow within the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute at the Centre for Adolescent Health (Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne). John is a founding signatory and has served as Chair of the College of Health Psychologists within the Australian Psychological Society. John's interests include evaluation, drug abuse prevention and treatment, and the role of community, family and peer groups in adolescent health promotion. He has published over 260 articles and 130 referred journal papers. He is nationally and internationally recognised for his contribution to the prevention of harmful adolescent substance use.


  • 2007–present
    Professor and Chair in Health Psychology , Deakin University


  • 1995 
    University of Melbourne, PhD/ Psychology


  • 2009
    Alcohol use and related-harms in school students in the United States and Australia. , Health Promotion International. 24(4), 373-82.
  • 2007
    Interventions to reduce harm associated with adolescent substance use. , The Lancet, 369(9570), 1391 -1401.

Research Areas

  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology (170106)


- Award of Distinction, Australian Psychological Society, College of Health Psychologists (2009).- International Collaborative Prevention Research Award, Society for Prevention Research (2006).