Dr. Tania McMahon




Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)



Doctorate in Clinical Psychology



Expertise in Behavioural Addictions



Pioneering work in Internet Addictions



Biography – Dr. Tania McMahon


Tania holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with her research focusing on behavioural addictions, specifically internet and online gaming. She has a special interest in treating a range of behavioural (and substance) addictions, including internet/technology, sex and pornography, gambling, shopping, food and exercise.


Tania also has clinical experience working with a range of anxiety disorders (including Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Generalized Anxiety) as well as eating issues. In Tania’s extensive work with both adolescents and adults, she has recognised the importance of working through the issues that often trigger or accompany mental health concerns, including life transitions, stress, social difficulties and relationship problems and patterns.


When working with clients, Tania draws on a range of evidence-based treatments, carefully selected to suit individual needs. These include Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Interpersonal approaches.


Outside of Benchmark, Tania works in a Clinical Psychology Research team, helping develop and test a range of innovative therapies and technologies to help improve mental health and wellbeing. These include a number of ‘e-Psychology’ applications (e.g. online programs, resources and apps) that complement clients’ face-to-face treatment and help support them between sessions.


Tania is a strong advocate of the use of technology and research to improve outcomes, and integrates the use of e-Psychology where relevant.

Recent Publications


McMahon, T., Kavanagh, D., White, A., Rogers, C., Sturk, H., et al. (2015). e-Mental health in practice: Enhancing uptake of e-Mental health in the Australian health care sector. The 16th International Mental Health Conference. Gold Coast, Australia.


McMahon, T., & Kavanagh, D. (2015). Internet Use Disorder: A better category for diagnosis than Internet Gaming Disorder? Australia and New Zealand Addiction Conference. Gold Coast, Australia.


McMahon, T. (2015). Mental health in rehab: Symptoms, screening and e-mental health. Mobile Rehab – Monthly In-service Seminar. Brisbane, Australia.


McMahon, T., & Kavanagh, D. (2013). Refining the criteria for Internet Use Disorder: A mixed methods study. 1st International Conference on Behavioural Addictions. Budapest, Hungary.


McMahon, T., & Kavanagh, D. (2012). Does Internet Addiction exist, and if so, what is it? IHBI Inspires Conference. Gold Coast, Australia.