Jocelyn Brewer

Psychologist and Founder, Digital Nutrition

Jocelyn is a Sydney-based registered psychologist with a special interest in the psychology of technology and staying human in a digital age. 

Jocelyn has 16 years’ experience in public education both as a teacher of high school social sciences and as a School Counsellor/psychologist. Her 2009 psychology thesis explored the impacts of increasing access to Internet enabled laptops on a cohort of grade 10 boys and the emerging area of Problematic Internet Use (PIU), colloquially known as ‘Internet Addiction’. 

Jocelyn created Digital NutritionTM – a framework to guide parents and technology users understand the virtual nutritional values of the online media content we consume via apps and games on tablets and screen technology. Digital NutritionTM was awarded the NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship for Health Education in 2014, and Jocelyn travelled to the USA in mid-2015 to further explore the issues relating to healthy technology habits and digital citizenship. 

Alongside being part of the Cyberpsychology Research Group at Sydney University, Jocelyn is completing her Masters of Applied Science (Cyberpsychology) exploring the role of self-control and mindfulness in the prevention of Problematic Smartphone Use. This exploratory research surveyed over 500 Year 7 students in metropolitan Sydney and will be completed in 2019. 

Jocelyn has a small private practice in Sydney’s inner-west and is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She uses a range of creative, practical and dynamic techniques to inspire positive change with clients across all ages and life stages. 

Jocelyn has a warm, humorous and engaging presentation style, and the ability to put scientific research into practical perspectives. She regularly called upon to comment in the media on a range of issues and present to various groups about the impacts of technology and improving digital wellbeing. 

In 2019, she has appeared on ABC’s QandA panel, given a keynote to 2500 educators at EduTechAU and spoken at the renowned Happiness And It’s Causes conference.

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