Stephen Houghton

Professor, BEd Keele, MEd PhD Birm.

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

    6009 Perth


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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

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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde

2014 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • 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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