Dr Anthony Dillon

Dr Anthony Dillon

Postdoctoral Fellow
Indigenous Thriving Program

Areas of expertise: applied psychology; Indigenous wellbeing; Indigenous education; survey design

HDR Supervisor accreditation status: Full

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0688-1710

Phone: +61 2 9701 4670

Email: anthony.dillon@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU North Sydney Campus

Anthony is a researcher at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University in Sydney. His research interests are positive psychology, conceptualization of mental health, wellbeing, and Aboriginal education. He is active as a social commentator on Aboriginal issues and is regularly asked for interviews and his opinion in the popular media. As a researcher, commentator, and practicing psychologist, he regularly provides guest lectures to psychology students at universities and other professional bodies on Aboriginal psychology.

Select publications

  • Dillon, A., Craven, R. G., Kaur, G., & Yeung, A. S. (2020). Support for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian students’ wellbeing at school. International Journal of Educational Research, 99. doi:10.1016/j.ijer.2019.101520
  • Hanly, M., Falster, K., Banks, E., Lynch, J., Chambers, G. M., Brownell, M., Dillon, A., Eades, S., Jorm, L. (2019). Role of maternal age at birth in child development among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children in their first school year: a population-based cohort study The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, 4(1), 46-47. DOI: 10.1016/S2352-4642(19)30334-7


Selected studies with ARC funding

  • ARC Discovery IN160100033, Characteristics of successful schools for Indigenous students' achievements.

    Dillon, A., Riley, P., Vallerand, R. $572,000. 2016 – 2019

  • ARC Linkage LP150100679, Transforming Lives and Communities: Impact of Quality Indigenous Education.

    Craven, R; Dillon, A; Mooney, J; Yeung, A; Kickett-Tucker, C; Morin, A; Samengo, J. $307,000. 2016 - 2018 (Partner funding: The Scots College)

  • ARC Discovery IN150100060, Triumphing in the new Indigenous Australia: Explicating key psychosocial determinants of successful Indigenous professionals’ socio-economic wellbeing.

    Mooney, J., Dillon, A., Seaton, M., Magson, N., Blacklock, F. $655,148.00. 2015 – 2017.

  • ARC Linkage Project (with DEC) LP140100481, Cultivating Capability: Explicating Critical Psychosocial Drivers of Educational Outcomes and Wellbeing for High-Ability Aboriginal Students.

    Craven, Prof Rhonda G; Yeung, A/Prof Alexander S; Marsh, Prof Herbert W; Huppert, Prof Felicia A; Mooney, A/Prof Janet; Sherwood, Ms Juanita M; Seaton, Dr Marjorie; Dillon, Mr Anthony W; McCloughan, Mr Gerard E. $462,000. 2015 – 2017.

Appointments and affiliations

  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, November 2018 - December 2020
  • Consultant with the Indigenous Evaluation Committee, November 2018 - December 2020

  • Consultant with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group (ATSIMHSPAG), July 2018 - February 2019

  • Consultant for The Hon Mr Tony Abbott in his role of Special Envoy (improving school engagement in remote Aboriginal communities)


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