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Dr Deborah Koder

Lecturer, Psychological Sciences


Dr Deborah Koder is a lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences and a clinical psychologist who has been working with older adults for the past 30 years. She has taught clinically in geropsychology for many years and has supervised clinical psychology trainees across a variety of clinical settings. A member of the Australian Psychological Society's College of Clinical Psychologists since 1991, Deborah has significantly contributed to the Psychology and Ageing interest group throughout her career, including as NSW state convenor and serving on the National Committee. 

She has made significant contributions to the research literature on applying cognitive behavior therapy to older adults with depression and anxiety. Deborah also holds a position as clinical supervision co-ordinator for the National Telehealth Service for Residential Aged Care at Swinburne University of Technology’s Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults. She is involved in randomized controlled trials at Swinburne evaluating cognitive behavioral treatment programs in residential care settings. She is passionate about promoting working with older adults amongst clinical psychologists and is currently conducting a second survey to examine the status of geropsychology in Australia.  

Her contribution to the field was recognized by being awarded the APS Clinical College Alistair Heron Prize for excellence in ageing research and practice in 2020. 

Research interests

Aged care; Clinical Psychology; Mood Disorders

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

The validity of the DASS in older adults: The Depression Anxiety Stress Scale is often used with people over the age of 60 but little normative data is available. Comprehensive examination of this tool is needed in terms of normative data and psychometric properties in older adults. 

Fields of Research

  • Geriatrics And Gerontology - 320210
  • Psychology Of Ageing - 520106
  • Rehabilitation - 420109

Teaching areas

Clinical Psychology;Developmental Psychology;Mood Disorders


  • 2020, National, Alistair Heron Prize for Excellence in Ageing Research and Practice, Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists
  • 2000, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor Community Engagement award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2000, National, Hesta award Team Excellence in Aged Care, Hesta


Also published as: Koder, Deborah; Koder, D.; Koder, Deborah-Anne; Koder, D. A.; Koder, Deborah A.; Koder, Deborah Anne
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: The National Telehealth Counselling and Support Service: Making mental health services available, accessible and acceptable for the Australian residential aged care sector. *; The Arcare Family Foundation

* Chief Investigator

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