Dr Brad Ridout

Research Fellow

C43A - Jeffrey Miller Admin Building Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Dr Brad Ridout is a Research Fellow with the Faculty of Health Sciences and Deputy Chair and co-founder of the Cyberpsychology Research Group. Brad completed his PhD research at the University of Sydney, and was the first in the world to demonstrate that Facebook can be used to facilitate social norm interventions to reduce problem drinking in young people. Brad's main research focus is developing accessible evidence-based e-mental health treatments using social media, virtual reality and other digital health technologies.

Brad is a PBA Registered Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. In his clinical work, Brad specialises in the treatment of anxiety and depression, with a special interest in how technology can impact on the psychological well-being of children and adolescents.

Teaching and supervision

Brad teaches in the Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health, and supervises higher degree research students in the field of Cyberpsychology.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Augmented Experiences, Relaxation, and Inner Peace Matt NAYLOR
Digital health in melanoma posttreatment care in rural and remote Australia Audrey ROLLIN

Current projects

Brad is passionate about the potential for digital technologies such as smartphones, social media and virtual reality to deliver mental health support and help address barriers to qualified treatmentyoung people in particular face such as cost, stigma, accessibility and poor mental health literacy.

Brad is currently working with Kids Helpline to develop 'KHL Circles', the world's first secure and anonymous social media platform for supporting the mental health of young people through online group counselling. KHL Circles counsellors provide accessible mental health support for young people at risk of suicide, self-harm and other emotional well-being issues, by connecting them to supportive online communities of peers experiencing similar challenges, and leading them through a program of group counselling sessions and psychoeducation modules.

Recently, Brad completed a world-first scoping study into the impact and experiences of social media by young people in conflict-affected areas of Myanmar, in partnership with Save The Children International. Brad is currently working to address the widespread emotional and mental health issues among Myanmar youth uncovered in this study by capitalising on the ubiquitous use of social media in Myanmar to deliver cost-effective and timely e-mental health support to a generation of vulnerable youth, who currently have no access to psychological services.

The use of virtual reality for the delivery of immersive experiences to treat mental health issues is another area of interest to Brad, who is currently working towards establish an evidence-base for best-practice use of this technology in Australia.

In the media

The app gap: What cyber psychology tells us about kids and screens. Op-ed by Brad Ridout.
Sydney Morning Herald

Kids and screen time. TV interview by Peter Stefanovic.
The Today Show

Impact of online-only homework in primary school. TV story by Meredith Griffiths.
ABC News

Ode to envy. Feature by Alice Wilkinson
The Daily Telegraph / Herald-Sun / The Sunday Times

Social media's impact on mental health. Interview by Tina Matolov.
2SER Radio

Facebook and wellbeing. Interview with James Valentine.
ABC Radio Sydney

Why Our Generation Is Hooked on Failure TV. Feature by Hannah Hickok.
Teen Vogue

Screen time may not be so bad after all. By Brendan Pringle
Washington Examiner

Social media's future could be in treating mental health. By Ryan Joseph.
Inside Digital Health

The joy of missing out. Feature by Rebecca Douglas.
Mindfood Magazine

Themes

E-Health and Health Care Delivery; Disability and Mental Health

Selected grants

2017

  • KHL Circles: Efficacy Trial of Kids Helpline Circles-A Secure Online Social Network for Young People; Campbell A, Ridout B; Yourtown/Research Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Kelson, J., Rollin, A., Ridout, B., Campbell, A. (2019). Internet-Delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Treatment: Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(1). [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Goggin, G., Campbell, A., McKenzie, K., Ridout, B., Baylosis, C. (2019). Social Connection and Online Engagement: Insights From Interviews With Users of a Mental Health Online Forum. JMIR Mental Health, 6(3) (e11084). [More Information]
  • Campbell, A., Ridout, B., Linden, M., Collyer, B., Dalgleish, J. (2018). A Preliminary Understanding of Search Words used by Children, Teenagers and Young Adults in Seeking information about Depression and Anxiety Online. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 36(4), 208-221. [More Information]
  • Rollin, A., Ridout, B., Campbell, A. (2018). Digital Health in Melanoma Posttreatment Care in Rural and Remote Australia: Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(9), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Ridout, B., Campbell, A. (2018). The Use of Social Networking Sites in Mental Health Interventions for Young People: Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(12), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Ridout, B. (2016). Facebook, social media and its application to problem drinking among college students. Current Opinion in Psychology, 9, 83-87. [More Information]
  • Ridout, B., Campbell, A. (2014). Using Facebook to deliver a social norm intervention to reduce problem drinking at university. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33(6), 667-673. [More Information]
  • Ridout, B., Campbell, A., Ellis, L. (2012). 'Off your Face(book)': Alcohol in online social identity construction and its relation to problem drinking in university students. Drug and Alcohol Review, 31(1), 20-26. [More Information]

Report

  • Goggin, G., Smith-Merry, J., Campbell, A., McKenzie, K., Ridout, B., Baylosis, C. (2018). Evaluation of SANE Australia Thriving Communities project: The University of Sydney.

Research Reports

  • Fletcher, J., Ridout, B., Collyer, B., Dalgleish, J., Campbell, A. (2018). A National Online Survey about Children's Experiences of Parental Separation, (pp. 1 - 37). Australia: The University of Sydney.

2019

  • Kelson, J., Rollin, A., Ridout, B., Campbell, A. (2019). Internet-Delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Treatment: Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(1). [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Goggin, G., Campbell, A., McKenzie, K., Ridout, B., Baylosis, C. (2019). Social Connection and Online Engagement: Insights From Interviews With Users of a Mental Health Online Forum. JMIR Mental Health, 6(3) (e11084). [More Information]

2018

  • Fletcher, J., Ridout, B., Collyer, B., Dalgleish, J., Campbell, A. (2018). A National Online Survey about Children's Experiences of Parental Separation, (pp. 1 - 37). Australia: The University of Sydney.
  • Campbell, A., Ridout, B., Linden, M., Collyer, B., Dalgleish, J. (2018). A Preliminary Understanding of Search Words used by Children, Teenagers and Young Adults in Seeking information about Depression and Anxiety Online. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 36(4), 208-221. [More Information]
  • Rollin, A., Ridout, B., Campbell, A. (2018). Digital Health in Melanoma Posttreatment Care in Rural and Remote Australia: Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(9), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Goggin, G., Smith-Merry, J., Campbell, A., McKenzie, K., Ridout, B., Baylosis, C. (2018). Evaluation of SANE Australia Thriving Communities project: The University of Sydney.
  • Ridout, B., Campbell, A. (2018). The Use of Social Networking Sites in Mental Health Interventions for Young People: Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(12), 1-11. [More Information]

2016

  • Ridout, B. (2016). Facebook, social media and its application to problem drinking among college students. Current Opinion in Psychology, 9, 83-87. [More Information]

2014

  • Ridout, B., Campbell, A. (2014). Using Facebook to deliver a social norm intervention to reduce problem drinking at university. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33(6), 667-673. [More Information]

2012

  • Ridout, B., Campbell, A., Ellis, L. (2012). 'Off your Face(book)': Alcohol in online social identity construction and its relation to problem drinking in university students. Drug and Alcohol Review, 31(1), 20-26. [More Information]

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