Professor Justin Kenardy

Professor

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
j.kenardy@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69508

Overview

Professor Justin Kenardy is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. 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 and has obtained competitive research grants and contracts totaling over $50 million.

He serves or has served on the editorial on a number of prestigious international journals and is past editor of Clinical Psychologist. He has published books, book chapters, computer programs and apps, training Programs such as the Teacher Training to Promote Recovery and Resilience in Schools, and eleven research-based health websites. He is a co-author for both the current NHMRC approved National Stroke Guidelines and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Guidelines and has been active in the dissemination of guidelines into non-psychology discipline areas. He has provided numerous consultancies to the Commonwealth and State Governments and Agencies, and has made Parlimentary Submissions on the impact of child trauma. He has also conducted numerous School and Centre reviews and served on many expert panels including NHMRC-Endorsed Treatment Guidelines.

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.

Research Interests

  • Prevention of posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Psychological Injury
  • Child psychological wellbeing in Healthcare

Research Impacts

Justin Kenardy has obtained funding from National Competitive Funding (NHMRC, ARC), International Funding (NIH, PCORI, MRC and Scottish Executive), Government grants and contracts and other funding bodies totaling in excess of $50 million. He has published over 250 research publications including 18 edited books and book chapters, 14 electronic and visual media, 30 technical and government reports, and over 150 refereed journal articles in high-standing journals in health- and psychology-related areas. Citations total over 11500 (Google Scholar h-index of 59; Scopus 1983-2018 h-index of 42.) Based on his publication record alone he is currently ranked in the top 10 researchers in neck-related traumatic injury and in the top 50 researchers in child traumatic stress worldwide.

Some Recent Translational Activities

2013: the Japanese Society for the Advancement of Science funded a series of training workshops across Japan to disseminate a program for teachers to acquire knowledge and skill in the management of trauma in schools. The program was developed and translated by CI Kenardy based on research supported by the NHMRC and the Motor Accident Insurance Commission-Qld. In total, the program was delivered to over 700 teachers and school counselors across 8 regions in Japan’s main island and an evaluation indicated that the program was taken up into standard practice.

2013-current: Following a variety of critical incidents in schools a program for teachers to acquire knowledge and skill in the management of trauma in schools developed by CI Kenardy based on research supported by the NHMRC and the Motor Accident Insurance Commission-Qld (MAIC), was delivered into multiple communities and schools under the auspices of Red Cross Australia.

2013-current: The Child Trauma Screening Questionnaire, developed from an NHMRC grant, has been taken up into clinical practice and as part of many routine intake protocols globally. The instrument is freely available.

2014: State Insurance Regulatory Agency NSW has published the Whiplash Treatment Guidelines which is informed by research from research undertaken by CI Kenardy on the management of whiplash. These guidelines provide the recommended treatment approach following compensable whiplash injuries.

2014; Brave Online is a web-based intervention for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. It was developed based on NHMRC funded research to a team including CI Kenardy. BeyondBlue funded at translation and dissemination program and by the time of the final evaluation in 2016 14,600 registered users had taken up the program across all Australian states, with 40% from rural and remote areas. 75% of all registered users completed at least part of the intervention. Around 50% of all registered users had high anxiety and these students benefited most from the intervention with clinically meaningful changes in anxiety symptoms. Engagement and uptake were achieved by a range of strategies including targeted conferences, social media programs, training events for professionals, support and ongoing communication to health and education professionals. There was a strong focus on non-metropolitan areas. The program is now an established and integral program as part of BeyondBlue.

2016: State Insurance Regulatory Agency (SIRA) NSW commission CI Kenardy to develop a professional practice guide and consumer resources for children involved in motor vehicle crashes. The resulting resource was based on research funded by NHMRC and the Motor Accident Insurance Commission-Qld. It is now is a key resource as part of the SIRA website.

2017: NSW Government/SIRA asked CI Kenardy to assist in the development of the new legislation on management of minor psychological injuries following motor vehicle crashes. Based on research funded by MAIC-Qld, new guidelines were developed and are now part of legislation in NSW.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • De Young, Alexandra C. and Kenardy, Justin A. (2017). Preventative early intervention for children and adolescents exposed to trauma. In Evidence-Based Treatments for Trauma Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents (pp. 121-143) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-46138-0_6

  • Morriss, E., Oram, J., O'Dowd, B., Dow, B., Kenardy, J. and Ewing, J. (2016). The mental health expert in personal injury and workers compensation litigation. In I. Freckleton and H. Selby (Ed.), Expert evidence: 75 expert areas (pp. 61.00-61.10) Sydney, NSW, Australia: Thomson Reuters.

  • Landolt, Markus A. and Kenardy, Justin A. (2015). Evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents. In Ulrich Schnyder and Marylene Cloitre (Ed.), Evidence Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (pp. 363-380) Basel, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-07109-1_19

  • De Young, Alexandra and Kenardy, Justin A. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder in young children. In Richard E. Tremblay, Michel Boivin and Ray DeV. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development (pp. 1-6) Montreal, Canada: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development.

  • Alexandra De Young and Kenardy, Justin A. (2013). Trouble de stress post-traumatique chez les jeunes enfants. In Richard E. Tremblay, Michel Boivin and Ray DeV. Peters (Ed.), Encycllopedie sur le developpement des jeunes enfants (pp. 1-7) Montreal, Canada: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development.

  • March, Sonja, De Young, Alexandra, Dow, Belinda and Kenardy, Justin (2012). Assessing trauma-related symptoms in children and adolescents. In J. Gayle Beck and Denise M. Sloan (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of traumatic stress disorders (pp. 262-281) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399066.013.0018

  • Sterling, Michele, Rebbeck, Trudy and Kenardy, Justin (2011). Case descriptions. In Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy (Ed.), Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice (pp. 180-186) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Sterling, Michele and Kenardy, Justin (2011). Future directions. In Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy (Ed.), Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice (pp. 187-191) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Sterling, Michele and Kenardy, Justin (2011). Primary care management of acute whiplash injury. In Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy (Ed.), Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice (pp. 108-119) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Buitenhaus, Jan, de Jong, Peter, Jaspers, Jan and Kenardy, Justin (2011). Psychological aspects of whiplash associated disorders. In Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy (Ed.), Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice (pp. 85-92) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Marian, Tahlee and Kenardy, Justin A. (2010). Internet-delivered prevention for anxiety and depression disorders in adults. In J. Bennett-Levy, D. Richards, P. Farrnd, H. Christensen, K. Griffiths, D. Kavanagh, B. Klien, M.A. Lau, J. Proudfoot, L. Ritterband, C. Williams and J. Whire (Ed.), Oxford guide to low intensity CBT interventions (pp. 379-384) Oxford, U.K. ; New York, U.S.A.: Oxford University Press.

  • Brown, W. J., Mishra, G., Kenardy, J. A. and Dobson, A. J. (2001). Too fat, too thin, just right: What is a healthy weight for young women?. In C. Lee (Ed.), Women's Health Australia Progress on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health 1995-2000 (pp. 114-119) Brisbane, Australia: Australian Academic Press.

  • Kenardy, J. A. and Carr, V. J. (2000). Debriefing post disaster: Follow-up after a major earthquake. In Beverley Raphael and John P. Wilson (Ed.), Psychological debriefing: Theory, practice and evidence (pp. 174-181) U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision