Tony Nguyen

Psychologist. Scholar. Entrepreneur.

A little about me.

I’m a Vietnamese-Australian Perth expat living in Melbourne, Victoria. Other titles that can be ascribed to me (in no particular order) include night owl, starcraft master, Poker semi-pro, cat dad (currently estranged), coffee addict, and Tolkien nerd. I also dabble in art and have a soft spot for philosophy.

Professionally speaking, I’m a psychologist, PhD scholar, and entrepeneur. Torn between the difficult decision of deciding between a career in psychology or technology, I decided to do the only rational thing and pursued both. The result has been a challenging fulfilling and  interdisciplinary career trajectory. On any given day, I am helping clients with mental health issues, conducting research, writing code, or supporting businesses – no two days are alike and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  Check out my practice areas and projects below.

Creating better organisations

Sometimes called industrial-organisational (IO) psychology or business psychology, organisational psychology is the scientific study and application of psychological principles to organisations and the workplace. IO psychologists typically embedd themselves into organisation at different levels including people & culture, strategy, and analytics

In the Organisational space, my industry experience spans across applied cognitive research into simulated human-robot teams with the Australian Department of Defence, environmental psychology and data analytic advisory to Ratemyspace – an award-winning Perth tech start-up, and partnership with multiple consultancies delivering mental health, talent management, and organisational development solutions.

Confronting the shadow

We all fall on hard times. Darkness and malevolence are part of the human condition, and tragedy often strikes when we least expect it. The counterbalance is a deep human connection – a helping hand or guiding light. The first step to getting that help is often the hardest, and finding the right person is important. That help can be the difference, and it’s one of the key reasons why I became a psychologist.

I am trained in several evidenced-based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), psychoeducation and skills training, and existential therapy. I also have advanced training in a wide range of psychometric assessments (e.g., personality, intelligence, vocational interest). I can assist with the following presentations:

Bridging the divide between humanity and technology

My work in this space falls under two categories. The first is an extension of my psychology practice.  As a specialist area of practice, human factors applies psychological/cognitive science to enhance enhance systems. This work can involve improving UI and UX interfaces, measuring and enhancing cognitive constructs such as attention and decision-making, or influencing the organisational system (e.g., via change management) in which these systems are embedded.

The second category lies within my own development as a technologist. Broadly speaking, I have some knowledge and experience in working with Python, R, HTML, CSS, and Unity. I’m currently teaching myself the skills and knowledge required to answer pervasive psychological questions via the application of immerging technologies such as VR, AR, and AI. These questions include the nature of personality, embodied cognition, and free will.

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I build people, systems, organisations, and worlds.