Speakers Profile - Brad Marshall

The Unplugged Psychologist

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Brad Marshall is a Psychologist and Director of The Internet Addiction Clinic @ Kidspace, Sydney. Brad is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts in Gaming/Screen addiction. His clinic was established in 2010 and is widely regarding as one of the leading treatment clinics in the field. In his clinic, Brad specialises in the treatment of young people experiencing excessive internet use and related disorders such as Gaming Disorder, and he helps families find a balance between healthy screen time and problematic overuse.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Macquarie University, Brad
accepted a position in the U.S.A. treating children and adolescents
experiencing extreme behavioural difficulties. He then returned to Australia to
complete a Masters at the University of Sydney.

Brad previously held positions at the University of Notre Dame Australia and in various public hospitals, including Royal North Shore Hospital, Bankstown Hospital and Ryde Hospital, working with children and families as part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Under his new project – The Unplugged Psychologist – in collaboration with HarperCollins Brad has published a recent book titled “The Tech Diet for your Child and Teen” with the goal of helping parents cut through heavy research and statistics and apply practical strategies in their home.

Brad is a well-respected presenter and guest speaker, providing professional development to teachers and health professionals, and running seminars for parents, school students and teachers. He also runs seminars and workshops in the corporate space, speaking to staff about the benefits of healthy internet use at home and in the family, and how to be productive and balanced when at work.

Brad’s work is well respected within his field…

‘Brad Marshall may well have seen and treated more problematic internet use cases than anyone else in the country. His timely and accessible book is packed with useful ideas
and tips, and numerous vividly drawn case vignettes based
on clinical experience. It is informative, down-to-earth, often very funny and, most importantly, contains lots of practical suggestions for the time-poor, but device-rich, modern family struggling to achieve a healthy digital balance. Every concerned parent should get a copy. Then they should get their teenager to read it also.’

-Dr Philip GE Tam (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist)

‘This easy-to-read, step-by-step guide will be invaluable to parents trying to manage digital device use within their families because the methods Brad Marshall provides are based on thousands of hours of successful clinical treatment. Importantly, Brad doesn’t sidestep the thorny issues around children and teens with addictive levels of screen use. He gives concrete advice on how to manage kids who become difficult or even violent when asked to reduce screen use, how to respond to common screen-use justifications, and how to set up a workable plan for digital device use that takes into account key developmental needs.’
– Dr Wayne Warburton (PhD Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, Macquarie University)

‘The Tech Diet for Your Child & Teen is not simply a timely and practical book – it is a necessary book. Readers will be the beneficiaries of the author’s vast experience treating countless young people and families affected by technology. The numerous tips will not only help parents feel empowered but will also, in all likelihood, work!’
– Professor Garry Walter AM (Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist)