• The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2323 Citations
  • 27 h-Index
1992 …2021
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Personal profile


Professor Stephen Houghton is a registered psychologist and Director of the Centre for Child & Adolescent Related Disorders at the University of Western Australia. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, School of Psychological and Health Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland. Professor Houghton’s expertise is in child and adolescent developmental psychopathology, loneliness and the associated behavioural, social, educational, and health outcomes. He has an h-Index of 40, i10-index of 105, and a Research Gate score of 37.17. In total, Professor Houghton’s work has been cited over 6,000 times. His recent research examining the longitudinal causal associations between electronic screen use and mental health in young people was publicized in 60 countries, including via CNN news.  He currently leads a 4 year ARC longitudinal study of loneliness in adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, and a 3 year Healthway project developing a 3-D animated gamified cognitive bias modification treatment program for adolescent mental health. Professor Houghton has received 7 ARC Discovery grants, 13 Healthway (the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation) grants, one Australian Rotary Health Research grant and one National Health & Medical Research Council grant. In total, this has attracted $6 million. (For more information see https://www.uwa.edu.au/able/schools/graduate-school-of-education)

Teaching overview

Educational psychology, developmental psychopathology, special education, quantitative research methods. Director, Centre for Child and Adolescent Related Disorders.


Child and adolescent developmental psychopathology, mental health promotion, loneliness, innovative treatments.

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde

2014 → …


  • Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology
  • ADHD/Conduct Disorders
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Delinquency
  • Antisocial behaviour
  • Disability
  • Executive function
  • Psychopathy
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

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Research Output 1992 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
179 Downloads (Pure)

Impact of mental disorders on attendance at school

Lawrence, D., Dawson, V., Houghton, S., Goodsell, B. & Sawyer, M. G., Apr 2019, In : Australian Journal of Education. 63, 1, p. 5-21

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
mental disorder
school attendance

The Adapted Self-Report Delinquency Scale for Adolescents: Validity and Reliability Among Portuguese Youths

Pechorro, P., Houghton, S., Simões, M. R. & Carroll, A., May 2019, In : International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 837-853, 17, p. 837-853

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reproducibility of Results
Self Report
Juvenile Delinquency
3 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Social Networking
Data Accuracy
203 Downloads (Pure)
English language
secondary school
3 Citations (Scopus)
79 Downloads (Pure)

Reactive and proactive aggression as meaningful distinctions at the variable and person level in primary school-aged children

Carroll, A., McCarthy, M., Houghton, S., Sanders O'Connor, E. & Zadow, C., 1 Sep 2018, In : Aggressive Behavior. 44, 5, p. 431-441 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Impulsive Behavior
Primary School
School children

Projects 1996 2021