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 tertiary and research sector leader and disseminator of evidence-based practice in clinical health psychology, behavioural medicine, and health service delivery. His work is outcomes focussed and is engaged with health users, providers and industry. He is known for his interdisciplinary research work on the psychological aspects of traumatic injury, which is situated at the intersection of psychology, mental health, and physical health including the development and application of preventative, integrative and novel intervention approaches. His published work demonstrates the interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approach collaborating with psychology, medical specialties, physiotherapy, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, and health economics. He has a practical, respectful and strategic leadership style. He works in a goal-driven but consultative way which brings others along on the journey. He is a mentor and consultant. He is a research, practice and teaching innovator, He provides service to the profession of psychology through his numerous roles in the Australian Psychological Society, to the field of research through his roles with Queensland Health, the NHMRC, and ISTSS, and to the community as a non-executive director for Synapse. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia, Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, and recipient of both the Australian Psychological Society's President's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and the Ian Campbell Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Psychology.

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 200 refereed journal articles in high-standing journals in health- and psychology-related areas. Citations total over 13000 (Google Scholar h-index of 63; Scopus 1983-2018 h-index of 46.) 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

2016: State Insurance Regulatory Agency (SIRA) NSW commissioned Justin 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: The Prince’s Trust invited Justin Kenardy to contribute to an international roundtable meeting in Dumfries Scotland to develop an early intervention for children exposed to psychological trauma. The outcome of the development process will be a low-cost sustainable intervention that can be delivered by lay counsellors in international settings.

2017-2018: NSW Government/SIRA asked Justin 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.

2018-2019: Emerging Minds asked Justin Kenardy to assist in the development of a comprehensive resource to train different types of personnel who deliver support and care for children and young people following disaster. This resource has been rolled out nationally.

2016-2019: Medical procedures can be distressing and painful for children and parents. The Burns Unit at the Queensland Children’s Hospital needed to address this issue to allow for better delivery of care. We set up a research project with Dr Erin Brown, to investigate the parent and child behaviours during a burn dressing change and from this work developed a simple information-based model of intervention “Take 5” that has been piloted in clinical settings with promising results for parents and children.

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Supervision

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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 and Kenardy, Justin (2011). Acknowledgments. In Whiplash: evidence base for clinical practice (pp. xi-xi) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • 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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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision