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Professor Ian Shochet
Faculty of Health,
School of Psychology & Counselling
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HDHS
Discipline *
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • 1993 – present: Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the APS
  • 1992 – present: Registered as a Psychologist in Queensland/Australia
  • 1989 – present: Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

adolescent mental health, belongingness, depression, early intervention, prevention, resilience, school connectedness, wellbeing

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Shochet has an international reputation in resilience research, developing nationally and internationally recognised interventions that promote resilience.  His research on school-based approaches to promoting resilience and preventing depression in young people represented the world’s first successful trial in this area, cementing his position as a pioneer in this field.  His work has attracted over $4 million of external funding and hundreds of citations. He has held leadership and academic positions at prestigious organisations both overseas and in Australia, and has continued his practice as a clinical psychologist. Shochet commenced work at the Queensland University of Technology in 2004 and brought with him a highly successful research endeavour; the Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) – his multifaceted resilience program for adolescents. Shochet founded RAP in 1996 and remains the Director of RAP, providing ongoing consultancy on national and international dissemination.  RAP is endorsed by the Commonwealth Government as an evidence-based intervention for adolescent depression, and is listed in numerous Commonwealth and State Government publications.  RAP has been translated into four languages and has been disseminated into 17 countries. Approximately 100,000 adolescents have received the program and over 7000 professionals have been trained in the use of the RAP resilience building interventions. Shochet has also worked to implement RAP with population groups at greater risk for depression e.g. partnering with Aboriginal communities, contributing to the implementation of RAP in low socio-economic urban schools, and partnering with community organisations to develop flexible delivery of the RAP in remote areas and adolescents with Diabetes.  Shochet has extended the resilience work to adult populations, including the development and randomised controlled trial of the Promoting Resilient Officers (PRO) programs for police recruits, the Promoting Adult Resilience (PAR) Program and the development of a resilience intervention for Indigenous Australian job seekers (Horizon; Moving forward with resilience). A current research focus is on promoting resilience and wellbeing for adolescents diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Shochet has also done pioneering work on interpersonal predictors of depression.  In particular his research on the link between school connectedness and adolescent depression has been extensively cited. Shochet is also regarded as a leader in the field of depression and promoting positive mental health, evidenced by numerous invitations to participate in projects targeting depression.  He was invited to be a member of the National Think Tank on Depression, and to attend the National Depression Workshop, a gathering of leading figures in the field.  Shochet was a consultant on the MindMatters Plus project, the Beyond Blue National School-Based Initiative, and has consulted to assist impoverished communities in South Africa.  Shochet has also been a member of an expert working group to develop a framework for promoting Social and Emotional Wellbeing for Indigenous communities in Queensland.  In 2011 he was invited by the Australian Defense Force Director General for Mental Health to provide the opening address to a National Operational Mental Health Training Forum. From 2006 to 2011 Professor Shochet was the Head of School of Psychology and Counselling at QUT. In this role he provided academic and professional leadership to the School while continuing to conduct research and manage large external grants. Shochet successfully fostered a steady increase in the research efforts of the School and presided over the doubling of student numbers. Shochet’s current and recent research grants and research focus include:

  • Autism Cooperative Research Centre Grant to promote wellbeing and school connectedness for adolescents with ASD.
  • ARC Linkage to build capacity for online interventions for adolescents
  • ARC Discovery to promote resilience in people with intellectual disability
This information has been contributed by Professor Ian Shochet.


Shochet has had extensive experience (over 25 years) in curriculum development and teaching.  He has taught at five universities in three countries, at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.


In subject curriculum planning Shochet’s courses have been distinctive in his integration of theory and research.   He has also developed innovative programs, for example, the Postgraduate Clinical programs at Griffith University.  Innovations in this program included:

•           Exposure to and integration of a diverse range of clinical orientations

•           Closer integration of course work and practicum work

•           Early introduction of practicum work, facilitated by an intensive pre-practicum block

•           Innovative clinical supervision processes

•           External benchmarking and review of the program.


Current Teaching

Professor Shochet currently teaches counselling psychology and family therapy to postgraduate students and regularly provides guest lectures to undergraduate students.

This information has been contributed by Professor Ian Shochet.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Building Capacity For Online Counselling In School Contexts: Developing an Online School Counselling Program
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Online Counselling;Help Seeking;Educational Counselling;Career Guidance;Adolescents
Promoting Resilience In Employees Working In High-Stress Occupations.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Occupational Stress;Mental Health Promotion;Resilience
Investigating and Promoting Resilience in Children with Intellectual Disabilities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Resilience;Intervention;Children;Disabilities;Intellectual Impairment