Dr James Kirby

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
j.kirby@psy.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56802

Overview

James is a Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist. He graduated with his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Queensland in 2013. His focus of research is on compassion. He has a broad research interests in compassion, however, specific research areas include: a) examining compassion focused therapy; b) measuring compassion; c) examining compassion with children; d) what fears, blocks, & resistances people have towards compassion; & e) developing and evaluating compassion interventions. James also holds an Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University and is an Honorary Member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation UK. If you are interested in undertaking a PhD focused on compassion please contact me.

Research Interests

  • Compassion in Children
    This project examines what inhibits compassionate responding in children
  • Effectiveness of Compassion Focused Therapy
    This project is examining the effectiveness of Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Fears of Compassion
    This project is examining in a meta-analysis fears of compassion for others, for self, and in receiving compassion
  • Compassion and self-criticism
    This project is examining the function of self-criticism and compassion

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This study is focused on examining what inhibits people from being compassionate.

  • This study aims on conducting a randomised controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of compassion focused therapy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Sanders, Matthew and Kirby, James (2010). Parental programs for preventing behavioural and emotional problems in children. In James Bennett-Levy, David Richards, Paul Farrand, Helen Christensen, Kathy Griffiths, David Kavanagh, Britt Klein, Mark A. Lau, Judy Proudfoot, Lee Ritterband, Chris Williams and Jim White (Ed.), Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Interventions (pp. 399-406) New York, United States: Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This study is focused on examining what inhibits people from being compassionate.

  • This study aims on conducting a randomised controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of compassion focused therapy