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´┐Żs 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.´┐Ż

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´┐Żcomplete a Masters at the University of Sydney.´┐Ż

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.´┐Ż

Under his new project ´┐Ż The Unplugged Psychologist ´┐ŻBrad´┐Żs book Brad ´┐ŻThe Tech Diet for your Child and Teen;´┐Ż7-step Plan to Reclaim Your Kid's Childhood (and Your Family's Sanity´┐Ż has been published by HarperCollins, with the goal of helping parents cut through heavy research and statistics and apply practical strategies in their home. ´┐ŻThe Tech Diet for your Child and Teen´┐Ż´┐Żprovides real-life strategies that any parent can implement to create a healthy balance and put your kids' development first. Based on solid psychological research explaining why screen addiction is so powerful, Brad's jargon-free advice gives a clear plan for parents who have had enough and are serious about changing the way their kids use and interact with technology. Brad´┐Żs book has now been published internationally across the world.

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.´┐Ż

Brad´┐Żs work is well respected within his field´┐Ż´┐Ż

´┐ŻBrad Marshall is an Australian psychologist working at the front line of problematic gaming and technology usage. He shares a common-sense practical approach to helping parents to tame excessive and unhealthy digital habits . His book is easy to read ´┐Ż seriously easy ´┐Ż and his Tech Diet does not require the digital amputation of complete banning, which is good news for everyone. If you are worried with what is happening in your home ´┐Ż this is the book for you´┐Ż-Maggie Dent (Australian parenting author, educator and speaker)´┐Ż
´┐ŻBrad 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´┐Ż
and tips, and numerous vividly drawn case vignettes based´┐Ż
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.´┐Ż´┐Ż
-Dr Philip GE Tam (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist)´┐Ż

´┐ŻThis 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´┐Żt 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.´┐Ż´┐Ż
´┐Ż Dr Wayne Warburton (PhD Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, Macquarie University)´┐Ż