Mark Brown, Ph.D.

Research, Analysis, & Evaluation
ABN 26 875 671 448

23rd September 2023 at 7:39pm

Hi! I'm Mark.

I'm a researcher, and citizen, playing my part(s) in the Australian disability sector.

I have a Ph.D. in Psychology, and lived experience of disability.

Professionally, I apply social science methods to elucidate how individuals think, feel, and behave. I help businesses, organisations, governments, and the broader community answer important questions with hard data. I enable compassionate policy through dispassionate analysis.

I’m a Senior Research Fellow with the Summer Foundation.

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15th June 2020 at 9:37am

In 2013, Mark was awarded his PhD in Psychology from Deakin University, after completing an empirical thesis on health-related cognition and risk judgement.

Around the same time, Mark was swept up in the excitement of the NDIS revolution. (Mark has a physical disability, and is a lifelong power wheelchair user.) Soon his interests turned towards opportunities to contribute in the disability sector.

Since 2013, he has worked as a researcher, analyst, and consultant, working with a variety of government, private, and not-for-profit organisations in the disability sector.

Mark lives in inner-city Melbourne with his partner and their dog.


23rd September 2023 at 7:38pm


  • Senior Research Fellow, Summer Foundation2023-present
  • Research Fellow, Summer Foundation 2018-2023
  • Data Manager, 2018-2019
  • Consultant, Dyson Consulting Group 2016-2017
  • Market Analyst / Research Fellow, Yooralla 2014–2015
  • Research Fellow, Yooralla / Deakin University 2013–2014
  • Contract Researcher, Dyson Consulting 2013
  • Contract Researcher, Youth Disability Advocacy Service 2013
  • Contract Statistician, Psych Press 2008–2013
  • Sessional Tutor, School of Psychology, Deakin University 2007–2010


  • PhD in Psychology, Deakin University 2013
  • BAppSc(Hons) in Psychology, Deakin University 2007
  • GradDip(Psychological Studies), Deakin University 2006
  • Bachelor of Contemporary Arts, Deakin University 2003


  • Duffy, S. & Brown, M. (2023). Redesigning the NDIS: An international perspective on an Australian disability support system. Citizen Network Research.

  • Winkler, D., Brown, M., D’Cruz, K., Oliver, S., Mulherin, P. (2022). Getting the NDIS back on track: A survey of people with disability. Summer Foundation.

  • Brown, M., Condi, A., Davis E., Goodwin, I., Winkler, D., Douglas, J. (2022). Young people in residential aged care: Is Australia on track to meet its targets? Australian Journal of Social Issues, 57 (2), 329-343

  • Brown, M.G., Bishop, G., Winkler, D., & Douglas, J.M. (2020). Young people in Australian residential aged care: evaluating trends 2008 to 2018. Australian Health Review.

  • Callaway, L., Brown, M.G., Fensham-Cobb, P., Worsnop, T., & Farrell, D. (2015). Considerations for National Disability Insurance Scheme design: The health and disability interface for people with complex needs living in shared supported accommodation. Melbourne, Australia: Monash University, Yooralla, Summer Foundation & Multiple Sclerosis Limited.

  • Brown, M. G., & Gold, R. S. (2014). Cognitive responses to positively and negatively framed health messages: a thought-listing study. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 19:6, 724-729.

  • Craig, D., Brown, M.G., McNamara, C., Forbes, S. (2013) Moving into My Own Home (Report). Melbourne: Youth Disability Advocacy Service.

  • Brown, M.G. (2012). Spontaneous Judgements of Health-Related Risk. (PhD Thesis). Deakin University, Melbourne.

  • Gold, R.S. & Brown, M.G. (2009). Explaining the effect of event valence on unrealistic optimism. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 14, 262–272.

  • Brown, M.G. (2007). Explaining effects of event valence on unrealistic optimism (Honours Thesis). Deakin University, Melbourne.

Research Areas

  • Disability
  • Health-disability interface
  • Client / support worker relationships
  • Cognition, judgement and decision


  • Methodologies & Analyses
    • Experimental design
    • Think-aloud methodologies
    • Cognitive interview
    • Questionnaire design
    • Systematic reviews & meta-analysis
    • Regression models
    • Structural equation modelling
    • Factor analysis
  • Statistical Software
    • R
    • SPSS
    • AMOS
    • ABS Table Builder
    • ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory
    • Microsoft Excel
  • Other Software & Technologies
    • HTML & CSS
    • Microsoft Office
    • LimeSurvey
    • SurveyMonkey
    • Swift
    • PHP
    • Wordpress


  • Vice Chancellor's Prize, Deakin University, 2007
  • Australian Psychological Society Prize, 2007


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21st November 2018 at 7:22pm

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11th November 2017 at 12:57pm

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