BSc (Hons), PhD (UQ)


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 focused and is engaged with health users, providers and industry. He is known for his interdisciplinary research work on the psychological aspects of traumatic injuries including spinal, brain and burn injuries. This places his work at the intersection of psychology, mental health, and physical health and encompasses 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 specialities, physiotherapy, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, and health economics.

He is a practical, respectful and strategic leader. He works in a goal-driven but consultative way which brings others along on the journey. He is a mentor and consultant. He has provided service to the profession of psychology through his numerous roles in the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, and Psychologist's Board of Australia. He has provided service to the field of research through his roles with Queensland Health, the NHMRC, ISTSS, SIRA and Rotary Health Australia. He provides service to the community as a non-executive director for Synapse, a National Brain Injury Advocacy Organisation.

Emeritus Professor, School of Psychology, University of Queensland.

Chair of Rehabilitation Services, Queensland University of Technology.

Affiliate Professor, Centre for Children’s Health Research, University of Queensland.

Honorary Professor, Institute of Resilient Regions, University of Southern Queensland.

Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.

Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ian Campbell Memorial Prize from the Australian Psychological Society for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Psychology in Australia.

Australian Psychological Society President's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia.

1.Haag, A-C., Landolt, M., Kenardy, J.A, Schiestl, C.M., Kimble, R.M., & De Young A.C. (2020). Preventive intervention for trauma reactions in young injured children: Results of a multi-site randomised controlled trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

2. Brown, E. A., De Young, A., Kimble, R., & Kenardy, J. (2019). The role of parental acute psychological distress in pediatric burn re-epithelialisation. British Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12384.

3. Roberts NP, Kitchiner NJ, Kenardy J, Robertson L, Lewis C, Bisson JI. Multiple session early psychological interventions for the prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder (revision). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD006869. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006869.pub3.

4. Aether. A,. Kenardy, J, Healy, K, Haynes, M, & Sterling, M. (2019). How are pain and traumatic stress symptoms related in acute whiplash associated disorders? An investigation of the role of pain-related fear in a daily diary study. Pain, doi:10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001581

5. Sterling M, Smeets R, Keijzers G, Lang, J, & Kenardy J. (2019) Physiotherapist-delivered stress inoculation training integrated with exercise versus physiotherapy exercise alone for acute whiplash-associated disorder (StressModex): a randomised controlled trial of a combined psychological/physical intervention British Journal of Sports Medicine doi:10.1136/bjsports-2018-100139