Researcher biography

Professor Justin Kenardy is a clinical psychologist and Deputy Director of the Recover Injury Research Centre, and Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. Over 25 years of his academic career he has focused on the translation of applied psychology, more specifically clinical psychology, into novel cross- and interdisciplinary areas. This has been through work at the interface between psychological and physical health, preventative, integrative and novel intervention technologies. This has led to research in diverse areas including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, pain and musculoskeletal disease and injury, burn injury, traumatic brain injury, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress across a broad age range from infants to older adults. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, chapters and abstracts, has over 9000 citations to his work, and has obtained competitive research grants and contracts totaling over $50 million.

He serves or has served as consulting editor on a number of prestigious international journals including Journal of Traumatic Stress, Health Psychology, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, and Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy, and is past Editor of Clinical Psychologist. He has published one book Whiplash: Evidence Base for Clinical Practice, 16 book chapters, computer programs and apps such as StressMod, Training Programs such as the Teacher Training to Promote Recovery and Resilience in Schools, and eleven research-based health websites such as www.som.uq.edu.au/ptsd. He is a co-author for both the current NHMRC approved National Stroke Guidelines and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Guidelines and has been very active in the dissemination of these guidelines with non-psychology discipline areas.

He serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and is the Past President of the Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In 2008 he received the Ian Campbell Memorial Prize from the Australian Psychological Society for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Psychology in Australia and in 2015 was awarded the Australian Psychological Society President's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology In Australia.