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Brian Dixon

Brian Dixon

Email brian@psy.otago.ac.nz
Phone 64 3 479 7625

Brian Dixon is a Registered Clinical Psychologist who obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in clinical psychology and MSc from Otago University.  In addition to his role as a Professional Practice Fellow, Brian works in private practice in Dunedin and has research interests in computer-assisted treatment.

Brian previously worked as a psychologist in the Department of Justice (later Corrections) Psychological Service - 8 years of that as Regional Senior Psychologist/Principal Psychologist (Manager) of the Otago/Southland  regional office of the Corrections which provided a variety of treatment and advisory services throughout Otago and Southland.

Brian has experience in providing consultancy services to government and community agencies and advises Courts on psychological factors in offending and on offender treatment. In his work in the Justice sector, he was the lead developer of community-based programmes for the treatment of violent offenders and, in 1994, was the recipient of an ANZAC Fellowship and conducted research on correctional programmes throughout Australia, reporting to both governments on the outcomes of that work.

Brian is a Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society (and Chairperson of the Otago-Southland branch) and is a member of the Institute of Clinical Psychology, the NZ Pain Society and the American Psychological Association (foreign affiliate).

Teaching

• Clinical supervision of first professional year clinical psychology trainees 
• Ethical practice for psychologists

Research Interests

• Use of virtual and augmented reality technology in clinical psychology 
• Ethics in psychology

Publications

• Use of virtual and augmented reality technology in clinical psychology 
• Ethics in psychology

Papers, articles, chapters

Dixon, B.G. (1998). The Canadian code: A model for ethical code development.  In J. L. Pettifor (Ed.), Voices from beyond: Comment from other countries.  Canadian Psychology, 39 (3), 239-243.

Dixon, B.G. (1997). Confidentiality, information privacy and records.  In H. Love & W. Whittaker (Eds.), Practice issues for clinical and applied psychologists in New Zealand.  Wellington, N.Z.: New Zealand Psychological Society.

Dixon, B.G. (1997). Guidelines for ethical practice.  Psychological Service, Department of Corrections, Dunedin, N.Z.

Dixon, B.G. (1996). Sex offender treatment services in Australia and New Zealand: Programme features and issues for community-based treatment. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 3 (2), 179 - 188.

Dixon, B.G. (1993), Ethics systems in the New Zealand Psychological Society. New Zealand Psychological Society Bulletin, October, 1993.

Dixon, B.G. (1993). New Zealand Psychological Society Complaints Investigation Procedures.  Dunedin, N.Z.: New Zealand Psychological Society Ethical Issues Committee.

Polaschek, D.L.L., & Dixon, B.G. (2001), The Violence Prevention Project: The development and evaluation of a treatment programme for violent offenders.  Psychology, Crime and Law, 7, 1-23.

Reports

Dixon, B.G. (2005). Ethical Issues in Clinical Applications of Virtual Reality and Computer-based Technologies. Report on ethical issues in research on assessment and treatment using virtual reality and computer-based technologies, for Lower South Regional Ethics Committee.

Dixon, B.G. (1995). Australian programmes - observations and potential applications: Sex offender treatment.  In B.G. Dixon, Report on ANZAC Fellowship research project: Study of programmes for “special needs” offenders in Australia.  Dunedin, N.Z.: Dept of Justice.

Dixon, B.G. (1995). Australian programmes - observations and potential applications: Offenders with an intellectual disability.  In B.G. Dixon, Report on ANZAC Fellowship research project: Study of programmes for “special needs” offenders in Australia.  Dunedin, N.Z.: Department of Justice.

Dixon, B.G. (1995). Delivery of psychological services and programmes in Australian and New Zealand criminal justice settings.  In B.G. Dixon, Report on ANZAC Fellowship research project: Study of programmes for “special needs” offenders in Australia.  Dunedin, N.Z.: Department of Justice.

Conference Proceedings

Dixon, B., & Regenbrecht, H. (2008).  Virtual Reality Supported Therapy: Technologies and Ethics.  New Zealand Bioethics Conference 'Wellbeing and Technology', Dunedin, New Zealand 1-3 February 2008.

Regenbrecht, H., Wickeroth, D., Dixon, B., & Mueller, S. (2006). Collaborative Mixed Reality Exposure Therapy. Cyberworlds 2006, International Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, November 28-30, 2006. ISBN: 0-7695-2671-3, pp. 25-32.

Dixon, B.G. & Regenbrecht, H. Cybertherapy at Otago: Virtual Possibilities and Current Realities. Presentation at NZ PsS Conference, University of Otago, September 2005.

Dixon, B.G., Larsen, J. & Robertson, P. (1996).  Moving towards comprehensive treatment services? - a discussion of developments in New Zealand.  Paper presented at the conference: Management of Sex Offenders: an International Perspective, Perth, April1996.