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 14000 (Google Scholar h-index of 65; Scopus 1983-2020 h-index of 48.) 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

  • Delaney, Michelle and Kenardy, Justin (2019). Post traumatic Stress Disorder in Motor Vehicle Crash Survivors: Predictors, Consequences and Intervention. Adversity after the crash: the physical, psychological and social burden of motor vehicle crashes. (pp. 1-1) edited by Ashley Craig and Rebecca Guest. New York, NY United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Craig, Ashley, Guest, Rebecca, Tran, Yvonne, Gopinath, Bamini and Kenardy, Justin (2019). Psychological distress associated with motor vehicle crashes: evidence from three meta-analyses. Adversity after the crash: the physical, psychological and social burden of motor vehicle crashes. (pp. 211-224) edited by Ashley Craig and Rebecca Guest. New York, NY United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • De Young, Alexandra C. and Kenardy, Justin A. (2017). Preventative early intervention for children and adolescents exposed to trauma. 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. Expert evidence: 75 expert areas. (pp. 61.00-61.10) edited by I. Freckleton and H. Selby. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Thomson Reuters.

  • Landolt, Markus A. and Kenardy, Justin A. (2015). Evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents. Evidence Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders: A Practical Guide for Clinicians. (pp. 363-380) edited by Ulrich Schnyder and Marylene Cloitre. 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. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development. (pp. 1-6) edited by Richard E. Tremblay, Michel Boivin and Ray DeV. Peters. 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. Encycllopedie sur le developpement des jeunes enfants. (pp. 1-7) edited by Richard E. Tremblay, Michel Boivin and Ray DeV. Peters. 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. The Oxford handbook of traumatic stress disorders. (pp. 262-281) edited by J. Gayle Beck and Denise M. Sloan. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399066.013.0018

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

  • Sterling, Michele, Rebbeck, Trudy and Kenardy, Justin (2011). Case descriptions. Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice. (pp. 180-186) edited by Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy. Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-7295-3946-3.10017-x

  • Sterling, Michele and Kenardy, Justin (2011). Future directions. Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice. (pp. 187-191) edited by Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy. Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-7295-3946-3.10018-1

  • Sterling, Michele and Kenardy, Justin (2011). Primary care management of acute whiplash injury. Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice. (pp. 108-119) edited by Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy. Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-7295-3946-3.10011-9

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

  • Marian, Tahlee and Kenardy, Justin A. (2010). Internet-delivered prevention for anxiety and depression disorders in adults. Oxford guide to low intensity CBT interventions. (pp. 379-384) edited by 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. 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?. Women's Health Australia Progress on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health 1995-2000. (pp. 114-119) edited by C. Lee. Brisbane, Australia: Australian Academic Press.

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

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision