Professor Justin Kenardy

Associate Director Recover Injury Research Centre, Director Social & Behavioural Science Program
BScHons, PhD Qld, FAPS

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, Herston QLD 4006
Phone: +61 7 3346 4859
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Professor Justin Kenardy is a leader in the field of paediatric psychology. In addition to theoretical innovation, he has derived new measures and interventions thereby establishing a system for understanding, detecting and treating psychological distress in children in the health care system. He is also a leader in the psychology of traumatic injury in adults. His work integrates the physical and psychological effects and treatment of injury as seen in Dunne et al, (2012). The clinical focus of his multidisciplinary work seeks solutions to practical issues. At the same time his approach is driven by theory and empirical grounding, especially through the use of clinical trials which established benchmarks in e-mental health treatment outcome research, international multisite trials, and panic disorder treatment; and through longitudinal methodology such as Le Brocque et al., (2010) which, through a novel approach to analysis, established a new model of traumatic stress reactions in injured children, and his analysis of the longitudinal impact of psychological debriefing post-disaster became a keystone for research in post-trauma prevention. His work is highly cited in traumatic stress, pain and injury, eating and weight disorders, and e-mental health. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a recipient of the Ian Campbell Memorial Prize.

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Current Positions:

Professor, Schools of Psychology and School of Medicine, University of Queensland
Director CONROD Social & Behavioural Science Program
Co-Director, Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Health
Chair, Disability Subcommittee, Senate Standing Committee for Equity, Diversity and the Status of Women. University of Queensland
Member of the Academic Board, University of Queensland
Member, Central Continuing Appointments and Promotions Committee, University of Queensland

Academic & Research Interests:
Justin Kenardy works in the broad area of behavioural medicine. He has particular interests in psychological distress and co-morbidity in relation to physical illness or injury, and e-health. His work covers both adult and child populations. He is currently working on projects in:

  • Paediatric Intensive Care Admission
  • Child Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Prevention of Paediatric Medical Traumatic Stress
  • Early Intervention for Posttraumatic Stress in Adults and Children
  • Prevention of Post-Concussion Syndrome in Children
  • Psychological co-morbidity following Road Traffic Crash in Adults
  • Pain and Posttraumatic Stress in Injured Adults
  • Consumer-oriented Health Literacy in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Teaching areas:

Clinical Ethics, Clinical Health Psychology.


Best Paper, Australian Spine Society National Conference, 2009.
Ian M. Campbell Memorial Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Psychology in Australia
Elected Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society
Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching Citations For Outstanding Contributions To Student Learning
University of QueenslandFaculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
Scottish Executive Chief Scientist's Office Visiting Fellowship, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Selected Publications:

KassamAdams N, Marsac ML, Kohser KL, Kenardy JA, March S, Winston FK. (2015) A New Method for Assessing Content Validity in Model-Based Creation and Iteration of eHealth Interventions. Journal of Medical Internet Research; 17 (4): e 95.

Landolt MA, Kenardy JA. (2015) Evidence-Based Treatments for Children and Adolescents: Evidence Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders, 363-380

March S, Kenardy JA, Cobham VE, Nixon RDV, McDermott B, Young A. (2015) Feasibility of a Screening Program for At‐Risk Children Following Accidental Injury. J Trauma Stress; 28(1):34-40.

Kenardy J, Heron-Delaney M, Bellamy N, Sterling M, Connelly L. (2014) The University of Queensland study of physical and psychological outcomes for claimants with minor and moderate injuries following a road traffic crash (UQ SuPPORT): design and methods. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, v5 22612.1-22612.11

Marsac ML, Winston FK, Hildenbrand AK, Kohser KL, March S, Kenardy J, Kassam-Adams N. (2014) Systematic, Theoretically Grounded Development and Feasibility Testing of an Innovative, Preventive Web-Based Game for Children Exposed to Acute Trauma. Educational Publishing Foundation 3 (1) 12-24

Kenardy J, Heron-Delaney M, Warren J, Brown E. (2014) The effect of mental health on long-term health-related quality of life following a road traffic crash: results from the UQ SuPPORT study. Injury

Brown EA, Kenardy JA, Dow BL. (2014) PTSD perpetuates pain in children with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39 (5): 512-520

Christensen H, Batterham P, Mackinnon A, Griffiths KM, Hehir KK, Kenardy J, Gosling J, Bennett K. (2014) Prevention of Generalized Anxiety Disorder Using a Web Intervention, iChill: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16 (9): 1-14

Jagnoor J, Blyth F, Gabbe B, Derrett S, Boufous S, Dinh M, Day R, Button G, Gillett M, Joseph T, Nicholas M, Ivers R, Maher CG, Willcock S, Kenardy J, Collie A, Cameron ID. (2014) Factors influencing social and health outcomes after motor vehicle crash injury: an inception cohort study protocol. BMC Public Health, 14: 199

De Young AC, Hendrikz J, Kenardy JA, Cobham VE, Kimble RM. (2014) Prospective evaluation of parent distress following pediatric burns and identification of risk factors for young child and parent posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 24 (1): 9-17

Paratz JD, Kenardy J, Mitchell G, Comans, T, Coyer F, Thomas P, Singh S, Luparia L, Boots R J. (2014) IMPOSE (IMProving Outcomes after Sepsis)-the effect of a multidisciplinary follow-up service on health-related quality of life in patients postsepsis syndromes-a double-blinded randomised controlled trial: protocol. BMJ Open, 4 (5)

Bryant C, Lewis P, Bennell KL, Ahamed Y, Crough D, Jull GA, Kenardy J, Nicholas MK, Keefe FJ (2014)  Can physical therapists deliver a pain coping skills program? An examination of training processes and outcomes. Physical Therapy, 94 (10): 1443-1454

Le Brocque R, Long D, Hendrikz J, Kenardy J, Dow B, Keogh S. (2014) Abstract 169: The course of postraumatic stress in children: Examination of symptom trajectories following PICU admission. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine; 15 (4):42

Ullman AJ, Aitken LM, Rattray J, Kenardy J, Le Brocque R, MacGillivray S, Hull AM (2014) Diaries for recovery from critical illness. The Cochrane Library.

Christensen H, Mackinnon AJ, Batterham PJ, O'Dea B, Guastella AJ, Griffiths KM, Eagleson C, Hehir KK, Kenardy J, Bennett K, Hickie I. (2014) The effectiveness of an online e-health application compared to attention placebo or sertraline in the treatment of generalised anxiety disorder. Internet Interventions, 1 (4):169–174

Le Brocque R, Hendrikz J. Kenardy J. The Course of Post Traumatic Stress in Children: xamination of Recovery Trajectories Following Traumatic Injury. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 

Robert NP, Kitchiner N, Kenardy J, Bisson J. Systematic review and meta-analysis of multiple session early interventions following traumatic events. American Journal of Psychiatry. 

Robert NP, Kitchiner N, Kenardy J, Bisson J. (2009). Multiple session early psychological interventions for the prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder. Cochrane Library, Issue 3. 

Powell, R., Allan, J., Johnston, D., Gao, C., Johnston, M., Kenardy, J., Pollard, B., & Rowley, D. (2009) Activity and affect: Repeated within-participant assessment in people after joint replacement surgery.Rehabilitation Psychology.54, 83-90.

Kenardy, J., Sterling, M., & Ben-Or, Y. (2008) Whiplash [Online] available at

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