Dr James Athanasou

BA (NSW) MA(Syd) LittB (UNE) DipEd (UNE) PhD (UNE)
Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Counselling

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

Telephone + 61 2 9351 9329

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Biographical details

​James Athanasou has been involved in educational, vocational and rehabilitation psychology since 1973.

He worked both in private industry and the public sector. He was Deputy Director of the Vocational Services Branch and had responsibility for the Government Recruitment Agency. He was responsible for a branch that provided vocational guidance services through a Statewide network of 24 offices.

He has served as a lay member on the Law Society's Accident Compensation Committee (now Common Law Rights Committee) and the Specialist Accreditation Board of the Law Society; he was a member of the Standing Committee on Educational Research for the Australian Council for Educational Research; and the Vice-Chancellor’s Committee representative on the TAFE Accreditation Council..

He was Associate Professor from 1991-2008 in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney and has continued as an Adjunct Professor. He conitnues to supervise doctoral research in the field of emotional intelligence.

He has been editor of the Australian Journal of Career Development (1999-2008) and Phronema - The Annual Review of St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College (1995-2012). He is the co-editor of the International Handbook of Career Guidance.

He has been in private practice as a psychologist since 1981

He is also engaged in community services with Sydney Legacy, servin on the Director-General's Consultative Committee for Special Religious Education, Visiting Lecturer (Honorary) University of the congo Athanase.

National Rugby League – player career development

Research interests

  • Return to work following accident or injury
  • Vocational assessment; career guidance
  • Educational and psychological testing - Rasch measurement
  • Judgment and decision making - Brunswikian approaches

Teaching and supervision

  • Research methods
  • Vocational development and counselling
  • Psychological measurement - Rasch methods
  • Judgement and decision making - Brunswikian approaches

Current projects

  • Disability and employment in Australia
  • Employment Capacity Assessment Form -2
  • The role of probability in conceptual frameworks

Associations

  • Member- Australian Psychological Society
  • Fellow - Career Development Association of Australia

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Mpofu, E., Madden, R., Gitchel, W., Peterson, D., Chou, C., Athanasou, J., Manga, R. (2012). Person-centered assessment in rehabilitation and health care. In Paul J. Toriello, Malachy L. Bishop, and Phillip D. Rumrill (Eds.), New Directions in Rehabilitation Counselling: Creative Responses to Professional, Clinical, and Educational Challenges, (pp. 209-235). Linn Creek, Missouri: Aspen Professional Services.

Journals

  • Minjoo, K., Mpofu, E., Brock, K., Millington, M., Athanasou, J. (2014). Cognitive-behavioural therapy effects on employment-related outcomes for individuals with mental illness: A systematic review. South African Journal of Industrial Psychology, 40(2), 1-5. [More Information]

2014

  • Minjoo, K., Mpofu, E., Brock, K., Millington, M., Athanasou, J. (2014). Cognitive-behavioural therapy effects on employment-related outcomes for individuals with mental illness: A systematic review. South African Journal of Industrial Psychology, 40(2), 1-5. [More Information]

2012

  • Mpofu, E., Madden, R., Gitchel, W., Peterson, D., Chou, C., Athanasou, J., Manga, R. (2012). Person-centered assessment in rehabilitation and health care. In Paul J. Toriello, Malachy L. Bishop, and Phillip D. Rumrill (Eds.), New Directions in Rehabilitation Counselling: Creative Responses to Professional, Clinical, and Educational Challenges, (pp. 209-235). Linn Creek, Missouri: Aspen Professional Services.

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