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

  • Athanasou, J., Hosking, K. (2015). Career interest card sort for vocational assessment and counselling. In M. McMahon and W. Patton (Eds.), Ideas for career practitioners: Celebrating excellence in career practice, (pp. 1-10). Samford Valley: Australian Academic Press.
  • Athanasou, J. (2014). Mechanical Technician C (Forms CR-XC and MTC-YC). In Janet F Carlson, Kurt F Geisinger, Jessica L Jonson (Eds.), The Nineteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook, (pp. 425-427). Lincoln, Nebraska: Buros Center for Testing.
  • Athanasou, J. (2014). Stress Assessment Questionnaire. In Janet F Carlson, Kurt F Geisinger, Jessica L Jonson (Eds.), The Nineteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook. Lincoln, Nebraska: Buros Center for Testing.
  • 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

  • Mpofu, E., Athanasou, J., Rafe, C., Belshaw, S. (2016). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Efficacy for Reducing Recidivism Rates of Moderate- and High-Risk Sexual Offenders: A Scoping Systematic Literature Review. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, , 1-17. [More Information]
  • Resiak, D., Mpofu, E., Athanasou, J. (2016). Drug Treatment Policy in the Criminal Justice System: A Scoping Literature Review. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 41(1), 3-13. [More Information]
  • Resiak, D., Mpofu, E., Athanasou, J. (2016). P0804 Scoping Drug Treatment Policy in the Criminal Justice System: A Review of the Evidence. International Journal of Psychology, 51(S1), 303-303. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2016). The Ecology of Work-Related Injury and Illness in Australia. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 22(1), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2015). Compensable Injury and Quality of Life. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 21(1), 18-28. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2015). Living, working and earning for people with disabilities in Australia. Australian Journal of Career Development, 24(3), 178-183. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J., Kaufmann, E. (2015). Probability of Responding: A Return to the Original Brunswik. Psychological Thought, 8(1), 7-16. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2015). The Effects of Substance Abuse Following Personal Injury: Five Case Studies from a Medico-Legal Context. Journal of Addiction Medicine and Therapeutic Science, 1(2), 037-040. [More Information]
  • Galassi, A., Mpofu, E., Athanasou, J. (2015). Therapeutic community treatment of an inmate population with substance use disorders: Post-release trends in re-arrest, re-incarceration, and drug misuse relapse. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(6), 7059-7072. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2014). An analysis of responses on the earning capacity assessment form-2. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 20(1), 15-27. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2014). An analysis of responses on the Earning Capacity Form-2. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 20(1), 15-27. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2014). Analysis of the Earning Capacity Assessment Form-2: Some Australian data. Australian Journal of Career Development, 23(3), 140-146. [More Information]
  • 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]
  • Athanasou, J. (2014). The impact of disability status on education and work in Australia. Australian Journal of Career Development, 23(2), 100-104.

2016

  • Mpofu, E., Athanasou, J., Rafe, C., Belshaw, S. (2016). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Efficacy for Reducing Recidivism Rates of Moderate- and High-Risk Sexual Offenders: A Scoping Systematic Literature Review. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, , 1-17. [More Information]
  • Resiak, D., Mpofu, E., Athanasou, J. (2016). Drug Treatment Policy in the Criminal Justice System: A Scoping Literature Review. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 41(1), 3-13. [More Information]
  • Resiak, D., Mpofu, E., Athanasou, J. (2016). P0804 Scoping Drug Treatment Policy in the Criminal Justice System: A Review of the Evidence. International Journal of Psychology, 51(S1), 303-303. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2016). The Ecology of Work-Related Injury and Illness in Australia. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 22(1), 1-12. [More Information]

2015

  • Athanasou, J., Hosking, K. (2015). Career interest card sort for vocational assessment and counselling. In M. McMahon and W. Patton (Eds.), Ideas for career practitioners: Celebrating excellence in career practice, (pp. 1-10). Samford Valley: Australian Academic Press.
  • Athanasou, J. (2015). Compensable Injury and Quality of Life. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 21(1), 18-28. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2015). Living, working and earning for people with disabilities in Australia. Australian Journal of Career Development, 24(3), 178-183. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J., Kaufmann, E. (2015). Probability of Responding: A Return to the Original Brunswik. Psychological Thought, 8(1), 7-16. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2015). The Effects of Substance Abuse Following Personal Injury: Five Case Studies from a Medico-Legal Context. Journal of Addiction Medicine and Therapeutic Science, 1(2), 037-040. [More Information]
  • Galassi, A., Mpofu, E., Athanasou, J. (2015). Therapeutic community treatment of an inmate population with substance use disorders: Post-release trends in re-arrest, re-incarceration, and drug misuse relapse. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(6), 7059-7072. [More Information]

2014

  • Athanasou, J. (2014). An analysis of responses on the earning capacity assessment form-2. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 20(1), 15-27. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2014). An analysis of responses on the Earning Capacity Form-2. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 20(1), 15-27. [More Information]
  • Athanasou, J. (2014). Analysis of the Earning Capacity Assessment Form-2: Some Australian data. Australian Journal of Career Development, 23(3), 140-146. [More Information]
  • 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]
  • Athanasou, J. (2014). Mechanical Technician C (Forms CR-XC and MTC-YC). In Janet F Carlson, Kurt F Geisinger, Jessica L Jonson (Eds.), The Nineteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook, (pp. 425-427). Lincoln, Nebraska: Buros Center for Testing.
  • Athanasou, J. (2014). Stress Assessment Questionnaire. In Janet F Carlson, Kurt F Geisinger, Jessica L Jonson (Eds.), The Nineteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook. Lincoln, Nebraska: Buros Center for Testing.
  • Athanasou, J. (2014). The impact of disability status on education and work in Australia. Australian Journal of Career Development, 23(2), 100-104.

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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