Please note: Dr. Deacon is relocating to Melbourne and is not accepting new clients.
I conduct research on a variety of topics related to the nature and treatment of anxiety, the dissemination of evidence-based therapies, and critical analysis of pseudoscientific mental health practices. I have authored more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and books (see here for a current curriculum vitae). My publications have over 10,000 citations and my h-index is 51 (see Google Scholar and ResearchGate for more information), making me one of the most highly cited clinical psychologists in Australia.
In addition to my research on anxiety, I have published scientific articles on the limited effectiveness and fraudulent promotion of drugs marketed as "antidepressants," the negative psychological effects of believing one's psychological struggles are medical illnesses caused by a "chemical imbalance" in the brain, and the questionable scientific legitimacy and negative societal consequences of the biomedical paradigm, promoted by psychiatry and its pharmaceutical industry partners, that dominates the mental health system. This work earned me recognition in Men's Health magazine in the US and an opportunity to debate the president of the European Psychiatric Association (pictured here) on the effectiveness of "antidepressants" in 2008. I am proud of the special issue of the Behavior Therapist I commissioned on this topic, which is summarised in this concluding essay.