Associate Head of School (Research) and HDR Coordinator


Over the past decade, Professor Norton’s research has been focused on developing and evaluating transdiagnostic and diagnosis-specific factors across anxiety and other emotional disorders, and translating these factors into efficacious and efficient interventions. This work involves a combination of basic and experimental research to better understand common and unique aspects of affective psychopathology, and clinical outcomes research to develop and evaluate new or modified interventions to target these core features. As a result, Norton’s research and treatment are at the forefront of an international movement toward transdiagnostic models of psychopathology.

His work is wide-ranging and highly cited, and includes cross-sectional, longitudinal, and clinical trial methodologies investigating the impact of anxiety disorders, assessment and diagnosis, comorbidity, and treatment outcomes. Many of his papers on transdiagnostic CBT appear on the “most cited papers” listings of top journals in clinical psychology and psychiatry.

His intervention work has focused on adults with anxiety disorders, and includes psychological clinical trials. His work investigating the impact of transdiagnostic CBT has been of major interest among academic and applied circles, and the treatment protocols derived from this work have been adopted in many private clinics and hospitals.

He has over 150 Journal articles and chapters, and 4 published books (one of which has been translated to 5 different languages). He serves on the Editorial Board of Cognitive Therapy and Research and Journal of Anxiety Disorders, and has secured over $2,000,000 in funding since 2015.

Peter’s outstanding contributions to psychology have led to his election to Fellow Status in the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA) in 2018, receiving the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Outstanding Academic Mentor Award in 2019, and receiving the Distinguished Career Award by the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies (AACBT) in 2020. He is a PsyBA registered Clinical Psychologist.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Transdiagnostic Approaches; Depression; Anxiety Disorders; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Research Interests

Professor Norton’s research interests include developing transdiagnostic interventions for emotional disorders, clinical trials, treatment processes, and basic research into underlying factors associated with the development, maintenance, and successful treatment of emotional disorders.

Recent Publications

See Professor Norton’s Curriculum Vitae for more. 

(Italics: graduate student co-author, Underline: undergraduate student co-author).

  • Mangelsdorf, S. N., Conroy, R., Mehl, M. R., Norton, P. J., & Alisic, E. (in press). Listening to family life after serious pediatric injury: A study of four cases. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12490
  • Marker, I., Corbett, B. E., Drummond, S. P. A., & Norton, P. J. (in press) Intermittent motivational interviewing and transdiagnostic CBT: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.
  • Norton, P. J. & Antony, M. M. (in press). The anti-anxiety program (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.
  • Walters, E. M., Phillips, A. J. K., Boardman, J. M., Norton, P. J., & Drummond, S. P. A. (in press). Vulnerability and resistance to sleep disruption by a partner: A study of bed-sharing couples. Sleep Health.
  • Fisher, S., Norton, P. J., Spaulding, W., & Courtney, J. A. (2020). Assessing adults (pp. 91-114). In D. W. Nangle, C. A. Erdley, R. Schwartz-Mette (Eds.), Social Skills Across the Life Span: Theory, Assessment, and Intervention. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  • Gardner, A., Cotton, S. M., O’Donoghue, B., Killackey, E., Norton, P. J., & Filia, K. M. (2020). Preliminary psychometric properties of a measure of social inclusion for young adults aged 18 to 25 with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 43, 156-169. doi: 10.1037/prj0000382
  • Walters, E. M., Phillips, A. J. K., Hamill, K., Norton, P. J., & Drummond, S. P. A. (2020). Anxiety, depression and sleep in bed-sharing couples with and without insomnia: Actor-partner analyses. Journal of Affective Disorders, 273, 122-130. doi: 10.1016.j.jad.2020.04.031
  • Walters, E. M., Phillips, A. J. K., Mellor, A., Hammill, K., Jenkins, M. M., Norton, P. J., Baucom, D. H., & Drummond, S. P. A. (2020). Sleep and wake are shared and transmitted between individuals with insomnia and their bed-sharing partners. Sleep, 43, 1-12. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsz206
  • Chockalingam, M. & Norton, P. J. (2019). Facing fear-provoking stimuli: The role of courage and influence of task importance. Journal of Positive Psychology, 14, 603.613. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2018.1497685
  • Gardner, A., Cotton, S. M., O’Donoghue, B., Killackey, E., Norton, P. J., & Filia, K. M. (2019). Group differences in social inclusion between young adults aged 18 to 25 with serious mental illness and same-aged peers from the general community. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 65, 631-642. doi: 10707/20027067464001986688747949