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

    6009 Perth


  • 2515 Citations
  • 28 h-Index
1992 …2020

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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 → …

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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Research Output

  • The conceptual and methodological mayhem of “screen time”

    Kaye, L. K., Orben, A., Ellis, D. A., Hunter, S. C. & Houghton, S., 2 May 2020, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17, 10, 3661.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Who benefits most? Predicting the effectiveness of a social and emotional learning intervention according to children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties

    Carroll, A., Houghton, S., Forrest, K., McCarthy, M. & Sanders-O’Connor, E., 1 Jun 2020, In : School Psychology International. 41, 3, p. 197-217 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    447 Downloads (Pure)

    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

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