School of Health and Life Sciences

Professor Britt Klein

Phone: (03) 53276717
Email: b.klein@federation.edu.au
Room: H219
Position: Robert HTS Professor: Digital Health & Psychology
Discipline: Psychology

Qualifications

  • PsyD (Clinical)
  • BA (Hons)

Teaching areas

  • Behaviour Change Strategies
  • Research Supervision

Psychology Board of Australia

  • General registration
  • Clinical endorsement
  • Approved supervisor: Higher Degree Pathway (Clinical); Registrar Program (Clinical) 4+2 Internship; Work in Addition to Higher Degree; 5+1 Internship

Professional associations (last 5 years)

  • Expert Advisory Committee - Lifeline Suicide Prevention Foundation, (2011- )
  • Expert Advisory Committee –  Australian Psychological Society – Technology (2017- )
  • Expert Advisory Committee – TextChat Pilot – Lifeline (2017- )
  • Editorial Board: Internet Interventions (2016- )
  • Scientific Advisory and Leadership Team, Western Alliance. (2015 - 2016)
  • Expert Advisory Group – Beyond Now, BeyondBlue, (2015 - 2016)
  • Expert Advisory Group – BRAVE Online, Griffiths and BeyondBlue, (2015 - 2016)
  • Expert Advisory Group – University of Sydney Testicular Cancer Online, (2013 - 2015)
  • Expert Advisor / Consultant – National e-Mental Health Portal, NHCCN & Federal Government Department of Health (2012-13)
  • Editorial Review Board – Health Psychology, (2011-2014)
  • Editorial Review Board - Journal of Anxiety Disorders, (2010-2015)
  • Committee Member: NIH Data Management and Security Board member: Shut-i Project (2012- 2015).
  • Treasurer – APS ePsychology Group, (2012 - 2015)
  • Committee Member – Reconnexion Consumers Conference Steering Committee, (2015)

Research interests

Britt’s main research interests are within the broad field of adult mental health. Prof Britt Klein holds a Professorial Chair (Digital Health & Psychology) at Federation University Australia and established the Centre for Biopsychosocial and eHealth Research & Innovation. Over the past five years Britt has developed three digital health platforms including the recently released  ‘My Digital Health’ (an integrated ‘all in one’ digital health platform built for consumers and healthcare practitioners alike), ten digital health treatment and wellbeing programs, as well digital health virtual reality, decision support, and assessment tools.

Britt’s other area of work involves investigating the biopsychosocial determinants and mechanisms of mental ill health and wellbeing. Prior to this, Britt worked at Swinburne University and was the co-founding Director of the National eTherapy Centre and Mental Health Online, as well as at Macquarie University (at the MindSpot Clinic) to assist in its start-up, whilst seconded from the Australian National University (Centre of Mental Health Research). Britt has a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, is an APHRA registered psychologist with clinical endorsement, sits on a number of digital health expert advisory committees and has worked in community health anxiety, mood, suicide, and alcohol and other drug, settings.

Publications (last 5 years)

Book chapter

Klein, B., Clinnick, L., Chesler, J., Stranieri, A., Bignold, A., Dazeley, R., McLaren, S., Lauder, S., & Balasubramanian, V. (2018). Supporting regional aged care nursing staff to manage residents' behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in real time, using the Nurses' Behavioural Assistant (NBA): A pilot site end-user attitudes trial. In M.E.L. van den Berg and A. J. Maeder (Eds.), Telehealth for our ageing Society (pp. 24-28). IOS Press.

van Ballegooijen, W., Klein, B., & Lindefors, N. ICBT for Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia: From the Computer at Home to Real-Life ‘In Vivo’ Exposure. (2016). In N. Lindefors, G. Andersson (Eds.), Guided Internet-Based Treatments in Psychiatry (pp. 33-52). New York: Springer.

Refereed articles

Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., Richardson, B., Klein, B., Skouteris, H., Christensen, H., Austin, D., Castle, D., Mihalopoulos, C., O’Donnell, Arulkadacham, L., Shatte, A., & Ware, A.  (2018). A mobile app-based intervention for depression: End-user and expert usability testing study. Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental Health, 5 (3):e54

Klein, B., Clinnick, L., Chesler, J., Straneri, A., Bigold, A., et al. (2018). Supporting regional aged care nursing staff to manage residents’ behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, in real time, using the Nurses’ Behavioural Assistant (NBA): A pilot site ‘end-user attitudes’ trial.  Studies in Health Technology & Informatics, 246, 24-28.

Sadler, P., McLaren, S., Klein, B., Harvey, J., & Jenkins, M. (2018). Cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia and depression among older adults: A randomized controlled trial in community mental health services. Sleep, 41(8).

Santhanagopalan, M., Chetty, M., Foale, C., Aryal, S., & Klein, B. (2018). Modeling neurocognitive reaction time with gamma distribution. ACM Press Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science.

Meaklim, H., Abbott, J., Kennedy, G., Murray, G., Klein., B, & Rehm, I. (accepted). Online intervention for insomnia in a public hospital setting: Recruitment, attrition and adherence findings and patient experiences. Australian Psychologist.

Santhanagopalan, M., Chetty, M., Foale, C., Aryal, S., & Klein, B. (accepted). Relevance of frequency of heart rate peaks as indicator of stress. Press Proceedings of the International Conference on Neural Information Processing.

Heiniger, l., Allan, B., Olver, I., Grimison, P., Klein, B., Wootten, A., et al. (2017). e-TC: Development and pilot testing of a web-based intervention to reduce anxiety and depression in survivors of testicular cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26, 6, 1-10

Sadler, P., McLaren, S., Klein, B., & Jenkins, M. (2017). Advancing cognitive behaviour therapy for older adults with comorbid insomnia and depression. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 1-16.

Wootton, A., Meyer, D., Abbott, J., Chisholm, K., Austin, D., Klein, B., McCabe, M., Costello, T., & Murphy, D. (2017). An online psychological intervention can improve the sexual satisfaction of men following treatment for localised prostate cancer: Outcomes of an RCT evaluating My Road Ahead. Psycho-Oncology, 26 (7), 975-981

Meyer, D., Abbott, J., Rehm, I., Barak, A., Deng, G., & Wallace, & K. & Klein, B., (2017). Development of a Suicide Ideation Risk Assessment Tool for Primary Healthcare Settings - Using Online Psychological Screening Data. Telemedicine & eHealth, 23, 1-9

Butow, P., Heiniger, L., Smith, B., Olver, I., Grimison, P., Klein, B., Wootten, A., Abbott, A., Price, M., Mclannett, M., Tran, B., Stockler, M., & Gurney H. (2016). An e-intervention for men after testicular cancer feasibility and acceptability testing. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23, 123.

Titov, N., Dear, B., Staples, L., Bennett-Levy, J., Klein, B., Rapee, R., Andersson, G., Purtell, C, Bezuidenhout, G., & Nielssen, O. (2016). The first 30 months of the MindSpot Clinic: Evaluation of a notional e-mental health service against project objectives. ANZJP, 1-13

Nguyen, D., Klein, Austin, D., Meyer, D., & Abbott J. (2015). The diagnostic validity and reliability of an internet-based clinical assessment program for mental disorders. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17 (9): e218

Sadler, P., McLaren, S., Klein, B., & Jenkins, M. (2015). Cognitive behaviour therapy for older adults experiencing insomnia and depression in a community mental health setting: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 16, 1-12.

Chessler, J., McLaren, S., Klein, B., & Watson, S. (2015). The effects of playing Nintendo WIII on depression, sense of belonging and social support in Australian aged care residents: a protocol study of a mixed methods intervention. BMC Geriatrics, 15, 106, 1-8.

Titov, N., Dear, B., Staples, L., Bennett-Levy, J., Klein, B., Rapee, R., et al., (2015). MindSpot clinic: an accessible, efficient, and effective online treatment service for anxiety and depression. Psychiatric Services, 66 (10), 1043-1050

Al-Asadi, A., Klein, B., & Meyer, D. (2015). Multiple Comorbidities of 21 Psychological Disorders and Relationships with psychosocial variables: A Study of the Online Assessment and Diagnostic System within a Web-based Population. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(3): e55

Dear, B.F., Zou, J.B., Lorian, C.N., Shehzad, A., Johnston, L., Terides, M., Staples, L.G., Gandy, M., Fogliati, V., Klein, B., & Titov, N. (2015). Examining Self-Guided Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for older adults with anxiety and depression: Two Feasibility Open Trials. Internet Interventions, 2, 17-23

Lauder, S., Chester, A., Dodd, S., Glilddon, E., Berk, L., Chamberlin, J., Klein, B., Gilbert, M., Austin, D., & Berk, M.  (2015). A randomised head to head trial of MoodSwings.net.au:  An internet-based self-help program for bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 171, 13-21

Dear, B.F., Zou, J.B., Lorian, C.N., Shehzad, A., Johnston, L., Sheehan, J., Staples, L.G., Gandy, M., Fogliati, V., Klein, B., & Titov, N. (2015). Clinical and cost-effectiveness of therapist-guided internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy for older adults with symptoms of anxiety: A randomized controlled trial. Behavior Therapy, 46, 206-17

Wootten, A., Abbott, J., Meyer, D., Chisholm, K., Austin, D., Klein, B., McCabe, M., Murphy, D., & Costello, T. (2015). Preliminary results of a randomised controlled trial of an online psychological intervention to reduce distress in men treated for localised prostate cancer. European Urology, 68, 471-79

Titov, N., Dear, B.F., Zou, J.B., Shehzad, A., Lorian, C.N., Johnston, L., Terides, M.D., Kayrouz, R., Klein, B., Gandy, M., & Fogliati, V. (2015). Clinical and cost-effectiveness of therapist-guided internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy for older adults with symptoms of depression: A randomized controlled trial. Behavior Therapy, 46, 193-205

Abbott, J., Klein, B., McLaren, S., Austin, D., Meyer, D., & McLeod, B. (2014). Out & Online: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of a tailored online multi-symptom mental health and wellbeing program for same-sex attracted young adults. Trials, 15, 504.

Wootten, A., Abbott, J., Chisholm, K., Austin, D., Klein, B., McCabe, M., Costello, A., & Murphy, D. (2014). Development, feasibility and usability of an online psychological intervention for men with prostate cancer: My Road Ahead. Internet Interventions, 1 (4), 188-195

Hadjistavropoulos, H.D., Hesser, H., Andersson, G., Ivanov, M., Butz, C., Marchildon, G., Shoyama, H., Asmundson, G., Klein, B., Austin, D. (2014). Effectiveness of therapist-assisted internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy for depression and anxiety: A Canadian multi-site trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 884-93

Al-Asadi, A., Klein, B., & Meyer, D. (2014). Comorbidity of psychological disorders in the e-PASS data as predictors of psycho-social adjustment measures: Psychological distress, adequate social support, self-confidence, quality of life, and suicidal ideation. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16, (10):e248

Al-Asadi, A., Klein, B., & Meyer, D. (2014). Post-treatment attrition and predictors, attrition bias, and efficacy of the Anxiety Online program. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16 (10):e232

Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., Richardson, B., Skouteris, H., Austin, D., Castle, D., Busija, L., Klein, B., Holmes, M., & Broadbent, J. (2014). Optimizing prediction of binge eating episodes: A comparison approach to test alternative conceptualizations of the affect regulation model. Journal of Eating Disorders. 2 (1), 1-8

Kyrios, M., Nedeljkovic, M., Moulding, R., Klein, B., Austin, D., Ahern., C., & Meyer, D. (2014). Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of internet-based cognitive-behavioural therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder. BMC Psychiatry. 14:209

Wootten, A. C., Abbot, J. M., Osborne, D., Austin, D. W., Klein, B., Costello, A. J., & Murphy, D. (2014). The impact of prostate cancer on partners: A qualitative exploration. Psycho-Oncology, 23, 105-116

Wootten, A., Abbott, J., Farrell, A., Austin, D., & Klein, B. (2014). Psycho-social interventions to support partners of men with prostate cancer: A systematic and critical review of the literature. Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice, 8 (3), 472-84.

Al-Asadi, A., Klein, B., & Meyer, D. (2014). Pre-treatment and during treatment attrition and their predictor variables in the Anxiety Online data. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16, e512

Wootten, A. C. Abbot, J. M., Chisholm, K., Austin, D. W., Klein, B., Meyer, D. , McCabe, M. , Costello, A. J., Murphy, D. (2014). My Road Ahead study protocol: A randomised controlled trial of an online psychological intervention for men following treatment for localised prostate cancer. BMC Cancer, 14:83

Pugh, N.E., Hadjistavropoulos, H.D., Klein, B., & Austin, D.W. (2014). A case study illustrating therapist-assisted internet cognitive behavior therapy for depression, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21, 64-77

Hackworth, N., Mathews, J., Burke, K., Petrovic, Z., Klein, B., Northam, E., Kyrios, M., Ciechomski, L., & Cameron, F. (2013). Improving mental health of adolescents with Type 1 diabetes: protocol for a randomized controlled trial of the Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained online adolescent and parenting support intervention. BMC Public Health, 13, 1185

van Ballegooijen, W., Riper, H., Klein, B., Ebert, D., Kramer, J., Meulenbeek, P., & Cuijpers, P. (2013).Low-intensity treatment for panic symptoms - A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of an internet-based guided self-help intervention. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15, e154

Lauder, S., Chester, A., Castle, D., Dodd, S., Berk, L., Klein, B., et al. (2013). Development of an online intervention for bipolar disorder.Psychology, Health & Medicine, 18, 155-65.

Grants (last 5 years)

NHMRC & Lifeline Partnership Grant: (2018 – 2022). Building a Lifeline for the future: Expectations, innovations, outcomes. (Rickwood, Perkis, Klein, Batterham, Titov, Epps, Goecke, Kolves, Gould, Bradford). Awarded: $2,576,112.

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). (2018 - 2019). Development of an Evaluation Model. (Porter, JE, Edmondson, E, Morgan, D. Reimers, V. Missen, K. Whyte, S. Klein, B. Prokopiv, V). Awarded: $389,957

Tour de Cure Support Grant (2018). iConquer Fear: Adaptation of an evidence-based face-to-face treatment for fear of cancer recurrence to a web-based self-management (eHealth) intervention and evaluation of its usability. Smith AB, Girgis A, Butow P, Thewes B, Sharpe L, Turner J, Klein B, Beatty L, Pearce A, Costa D. Awarded: $85,625

Wimmera Uniting Care: (2017-18), Development of a Digital Intake Assessment System. (Klein, McLaren). Awarded: $35,750.

Ballarat Health Services: Cognitive Decline Education Platform (2017). (Thompson, Klein, et al). Awarded: $33,000.

Wimmera Uniting Care. (2016-2017). Review and Evaluation of Intake Assessment Procedures. (Klein, McLaren). Awarded: $17,240.

Wimmera Uniting Care. (2016-2018). Collaborative research pilot trial of the MY DIGITAL HEALH platform. (Klein, McLaren). Awarded: $27,420.

Collaborative Research Network. (2015-16). Telehealth Extension. Federation eHealth platform. (Klein, et al). Awarded: $13,000.

Digital Health License Agreement. (Klein, B). (2016). Awarded: $120,000.

Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. (2015). “E-Mental Health Virtual Clinic”. (Titov, N., Klein, B., Rapee, R., Bennett Levy, J., & Dear, B). Awarded: $2,736,325.

Faculty of Health: Seeding Grant. (2015). A randomised controlled trial of iSeeBehaviour: Harnessing technology to reduce psychotropic medication and physical restraint in dementia-care within aged care residential facilities. (Klein, B., McLaren, S., Clinnick, L., Meyer, D., Lakerink, L., Leslie, A, Andrews B., & Lauder, S). Awarded: $8350.

Faculty of Health: Seeding Grant. (2015). Improving Wellness: A randomised controlled trial comparing the Mindfulness eHealth and Physical Activity eHealth programs. (Klein., B., Foale C., Lauder, S., McLaren, S, Charchar, F., Meyer, D., Porter J., Clinnick, L., Denham J., Mitchell, J., Gill, P., Eimes, R., Mesagno C., & Temple E). Awarded: $5000.

IBM. (2015). Project Swift: IT-Enabled Healthcare Ecosystem. Consultant. (Klein, B). Awarded: $9600.

Below the Belt Research Fund. (2015-2016). E-TC 2.0: Further development of an online psychological intervention for testicular cancer survivors. (Allan, B., Butow, P., Olver, I., Klein, B., Wootten, A).   Awarded:$50000.

Australian Rotary Health (2015-2018). Timely intervention: Efficacy of a depression symptom monitoring smartphone app to deliver psychological intervention at time of greatest need. (Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Richardson, Klein, Skouteris, Christensen, Austin, Castle, Mihalopoulos, Busija).  Awarded:$163,870

Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. (2014). “E-Mental Health Virtual Clinic”. (Titov, N., Klein, B., Rapee, R., Bennett Levy, J., & Dear, B).  Awarded: $5,472,650.

Collaborative Research Network. (2014-2015). Stage 1 development of the Federation eHealth platform. (Klein, B.). Awarded: $50,000.

Telematics Trust Fund. (2014-2015). “Supporting aged care nursing staff to electronically manage resident’s behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in real time”. (Klein, Stranieri, Dazeley, Clinnick, McLaren, & Balasubramanian). Awarded: $29,855.

Research Development Grant Scheme, Swinburne University. (2014). Design for an Automated and Integrated Suicide Risk Assessment and Management System. (Deng, Klein, Meyer, Abbott, & Wallace). Awarded: $3000.

University of Ballarat SITE Seeding Grant. (2013). “Expert Driven Reinforcement Learning for Real Time Biophysical and Social Assessment of Wellbeing”. (Stranieri, Klein, Vamplew). Awarded: $4,350.

Deakin University Grant Development funding for Senior Researchers, (2013). “A pilot trial of WhizKid Games: An online intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. (Austin, Shandley, Gray, Klein, Sofronoff, Busijia). Awarded: $9,593.

Sydney Catalyst Pilot and Seed Funding. (2013-14). “Test-E; Development and phase 1 testing of a web-based intervention to reduce anxiety and depression in survivors of testicular cancer”. (Butow, P., Olver, I., Grimison, P., Smith, A., Klein, B., & Wotton, A).  Awarded: $50,000.

Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation Grants. (2013-14). “Evaluation of Sleep-e: an online treatment program for insomnia”. Awarded: $10,000.

Collaborative Research Network. (2014). Progressing the BlueWatch concept. An Emotion & Mood Monitoring app and Cloud Computing Architecture biosensor Field Trials. (Klein, B., Stranieri, A., Balasubramanian, V & Pradhan, S.). Awarded: $10,000.

Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. (2013). “E-Mental Health Virtual Clinic”. (Titov, N., Klein, B., Rapee, R., Bennett Levy, J., & Dear, B). Awarded: $5,472,650.

Collaborative Research Network. (2013). Development of an emotions and mood monitoring mobile app and cloud computing design for BlueWatch. (Klein, B., Stranieri, A., Balasubramanian, V & Pradhan, S.). Awarded: $5000.

Beyondblue, (2012-14). “Evaluating the efficacy of an online psychological intervention for partners of men with prostate cancer: A randomised controlled trial”. (Wooten, A., Abbott, J., Klein, B., Austin, D., & Murphy, D). Awarded: $150,000.

beyondblue Centre of Excellence, (2011-13). ‘An online psychological support intervention for men with prostate cancer’. (Wootten, Abbott, Austin, Klein, Costello & Murphy). ($97,465).

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, (2011-13). ‘An online psychological support intervention for men with prostate cancer’. (Wootten, Abbott, Austin, Klein, Costello & Murphy).  Awarded: $97,000.

Canadian Institute of Health Research & Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. (2010-13). “Improving Access to Mental Health Services: Establishing and Evaluating a Strategic Unit for Internet Therapy Education and Development (SUITED)”. (Hadjistavropoulos, H., Butz, C, Marchildon, G, White, G., Asmundson, G., Klein, B., Austin, A., Andersson, G). Awarded: $500,000.

Research higher degree completions (last 5 years)

Gina England. Masters of Applied Science, 2018: Protein Biomarkers and Epigenetic changes following two wellness digital interventions.

Jessica Chesler, Master of Applied Science, 2015: The Effects of Playing Nintendo Wii on Depression, Sense of Belonging, Social Support, and Mood among Australian Aged Care Residents: A Pilot Study.

Ali Al-Asadi. PhD, 2015: Anxiety Online: Data Mining, Attrition and Market Basket Modelling procedures.

David Nyguyen. PhD, 2013: Online clinical assessment interview schedules: Self report. Psychometrics and acceptability

Jacq Baulch. Doctor of Psychology, 2013: A RCT of a bulimia nervosa online treatment program.