Dr Paul Harnett

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Senior Lecturer

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
p.harnett@psy.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56723

Overview

Paul Harnett is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. He worked for six years at the Maudsley Hospital as a clinical psychologist in the fields of child protection and juvenile justice. After moving to Australia he continued to work for several years in these fields before moving into a research position studying early intervention programs for child and adolescent anxiety and depression. Over the past 12 years his work has focused on developing evidence-based assessment models and the Parents Under Pressure (PuP) program (www.pupprogram.net.au) in collaboration with Professor Sharon Dawe. The assessment model (Capacity to Change, C2C) is aimed at helping practitioners in child protection understand the psychological and organisational factors that influence decisions in child protection. The PuP program aims to reduce child maltreatment in high risk families, including those with problems with substance abuse and mental health issues. The PuP program has been trialed in Australia and is currently undergoing rigorous evaluation in the UK in collaboration with Warwick University funded by the National Society for the Prevention to Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). A major motivating force for his work are the memories of the young children he cared for while working as a care worker in a South London children's home in the late 1980s.

Research Interests

  • Parenting
    Implementation and evaluation of the Parents Under Pressure program, a specialist parenting program targeting high risk parents (e.g., parents involved with substance misuse or the child protection system). Theoretical interest in the role of parental emotion regulation in parenting.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Auckland
  • Master of Arts (Psychology(, The University of Auckland
  • Diploma in Clinical Psychology, The University of Auckland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2016) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2014) Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Harnett, Paul H. and Dawe, Sharon (2013). Parenting and drug use. In Nat Wright, Clare Gerada and Laura Sheard (Ed.), RCGP guide to the management of substance misuse in primary care 2nd ed. (pp. 383-400) London, United Kingdom: Royal College of General Practitioners.

  • Gerada, Clare, Dawe, Sharon, Vogel, A and Harnett, Paul H. (2013). Women and drug use. In Nat Wright, Clare Gerada and Laura Sheard (Ed.), RCGP guide to the management of substance misuse in primary care 2nd ed. (pp. 365-382) London, United Kingdom: Royal College of General Practitioners.

  • Dawe, Sharon and Harnett, Paul H. (2013). Working with parents with substance misuse problems: a parents under pressure perspective. In Fiona Arney and Dorothy Scott (Ed.), Working with vulnerable families: A partnership approach 2nd ed. (pp. 160-175) Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Cambridge University Press.

  • Harnett, P. H. and Dawe, S. (2003). An overview of research methodology in the development of family focused treatment programs. In R. Sullivan (Ed.), Focus on Fathering (pp. 191-210) Camberwell, Vic: ACER Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision