Dr Jonathan Mason

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Dr Jonathan Mason


Teaching areas

  • Clinical Psychology

Research areas

  • intellectual disabilities (mental health, positive behaviour support and offending)
  • sexual offending and fire-setting
  • developing sensitive psychological change


Dr Jonathan Mason completed a PhD in Applied Psychology of Intellectual Disability before undertaking a professional doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College, London. He has worked in a range of community and inpatient services for people with intellectual disabilities, severe and enduring mental problems, personality disorders and offenders. He was previously the Head of Psychology in a secure service for offenders with disabilities in the UK before moving to Queensland to take up the role of Director of Clinical Practice for the Department of Communities (North Coast Region) in 2009. Jonathan also acted as the inaugural Centre Director for the Queensland State-wide Forensic Disability Service between 2010 and 2012, a flagship government project to provide a secure therapeutic service to offenders with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. His research interests include offenders with intellectual disabilities, evidence-based approaches to managing challenging behaviour and developing psychological therapy services for people with disabilities.

Professional memberships

  • Member Australian Psychological Society
  • Member College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Practitioner Psychologist, Health Care Professions Council (UK)

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • The effectiveness of group-based CBT interventions for people with an intellectual disability
  • Measuring subtle psychological changes during therapy
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