Professor Jonathan Mason

PhD D.Clin.Psych MAPS FCCP

  • Course Coordinator
  • Unit Coordinator
  • Research Supervisor
  • Placement Supervisor
Professor Jonathan Mason

Research Expertise

  • Disability
  • Severely challenging behaviour
  • Burnout
  • Early Maladaptive Schemas

Research Supervision

  • Doctorate/PhD
  • Masters
  • Honours


Master of Clinical Psychology (post registration): Child and youth psychopathology; Research thesis

Master of Psychology (Clinical): Ethical practice of professional psychology; Clinical health psychology; introduction to clinical psychology practice 1 & 2; research thesis

Honours: Professional practice of psychology

Clinical Expertise

  • Intellectual Disability
  • Severe and enduring mental illness
  • Severely challenging behaviour
  • Risk of harm to others


Jon is the Course Coordinator for the Level 4 Master of Clinical Psychology (post-registration) and co-director of the Centre for Health, Wellbeing and Disability. His previous roles have included Clinic Director and Head of Psychology at a regional university. Jon’s primary area of research interest is in the field of Intellectual Disabilities. In the last five years, he has been awarded over $500,000 across several grants to investigate the development of an assessment methodology suitable for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, including a $120,000 PhD scholarship to investigate ways of increasing access to the internet for people with an Intellectual Disability and $150,000 in consultancy contracts to help the NDIA adopt a research-driven approach to their user acceptance testing for their online services for people with Intellectual Disabilities. His other research interests include the use of simulation technology in teaching (for which he was the co-holder of a $200,000 grant to develop a suicide education program, with A/Prof Patrea Andersen) and the experience of burnout in students training to become registered psychologists.

Prior to entering academia, Jon was the Director of Clinical Practice and Centre Director for the Queensland Forensic Disability Service, having previously worked as a Head of Psychology in forensic and forensic disability services in the UK. He sits on the Assessment and Accreditation Committee of APAC and has led many psychology accreditation assessments across Australian and overseas Higher Education Providers, including programs at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level. He has significant experience in the accreditation requirements of all levels of psychology program architecture, as well as having a deep understanding of service delivery, quality improvement and accreditation processes.

Key Publications

Maher, A., Cason, L., Huckstepp, T., Stallman, H., Kannis-Dymand, L., Millear, P., Mason, J., Wood, A., & Allen, A. (2022). Early maladaptive schemas in eating disorders: A systematic review. European Eating Disorders Review, 30(1), 3– 22. 

Jefferies, J., Davis, C. & Mason, J. (2021) Simulation and Skills Development: Preparing Australian Social Work Education for a Post-COVID Reality. Australian Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2021.1951312 

Glencross, S., Mason, J., Katsikitis, M., & Greenwood, K. M. (2021). Internet Use By People with Intellectual Disability: Exploring Digital Inequality-A Systematic Review. Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 24(8), 503–520. 

Jamieson, D. and Mason, J. (2019). Investigating the Existence of the Diagnostic Overshadowing Bias in Australia. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 12, 58-70.  

Mason, J. (2019). Behaviour that challenges: how big is the problem. In Understanding and responding to behaviour that challenges in intellectual disabilities (2nd Edition). P. Baker & T. Osgood (Eds). Pavilion, London.