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Dr James Kirby
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Dr James Kirby
James is a Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist. He is the Co-Director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group. His focus of research is on compassion. He has a broad research interests in compassion, however, specific research areas include: a) examining compassion focused therapy b) measuring compassion c) examining compassion with children d) what fears, blocks, & resistances people have towards compassion e) developing and evaluating compassion interventions James also holds an Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. If you are interested in undertaking a PhD focused on compassion please contact me.
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School of Psychology
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072


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Dr James Kirby
Qualifications:

Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours I)
Clinical Psychologist (PSY0000900082)
STAP Accredited Supervisor

Co-Director: Compassionate Mind Research Group

Watch the UQ Compassion Symposium 2015 Video

Background:

James completed his PhD in the field of Clinical Psychology in 2013 at the University of Queensland. He now works as a Lecturer in The School of Psychology where he his focus of research is on compassion.

He is the Co-Director of The Compassionate Mind Research Group.

He has a broad research interests in compassion, however, specific research areas include:

  1. Measuring compassion
  2. Examining compassion with children
  3. What fears, blocks, & resistances people have towards compassion
  4. Developing and evaluating compassion interventions
  5. Examining the role of compassion, shame and self-criticism in therapy

James is also a Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Consultants, at the Morningside Clinic (James' profile at Psychology Consultants).

James has also created a series of psychotherapy video clips, which provide an example of some of the components of therapy. These videos are aimed to be educational, and also to break down some of the stigma related to accessing mental health services. The video examples are by no means perfect, but do provide a demonstration of some of the key therapy components. You can view these video clips from:

Professional Activities:

Co-Director: Compassionate Mind Research Group

Editor: Compassion Journal

Associate Editor: Journal of Family Studies

  • Honorary Research Fellow at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education
  • Honorary Research Fellow at the Parenting and Family Support Centre
  • Member of The Australian Psychological Society
  • STAP Accredited Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation
  • Member of the Charter for Compassion
  • Member of the Association for Conextual Behavioural Science
  • Member of the Society for Prevention Research
  • Member of the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: QLD Branch Committee Member
  • Accredited Provider of: Group Triple P; Standard Triple P; Enhanced Triple P; Primary Care Stepping Stones Triple P; Baby Triple P; Grandparent Triple P
  • Member of APS Interest Group for Acceptance & Commitment Therapy & Psychology
  • Member of APS Interest Group for Child, Adolescent & Family Psychology
  • Member of APS Interest Group for Supervision
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Dr James Kirby
Research Activities:

Research Program: 

I have a broad research interest in compassion, however, my specific research areas include:

  1. Measuring compassion
  2. Examining compassion with children
  3. What fears, blocks, & resistances people have towards compassion
  4. Developing and evaluating compassion interventions
  5. Examining the role of compassion, shame and self-criticism in therapy
Representative Publications:

 

Book Chapters:

Kirby, J.N. (2017). Compassionate parenting: The role of compassion in parenting. In J. Doty & E. Seppala (Eds.). The Handbook of Compassion Science (pp. 312-342). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Kirby, J.N., & Gilbert, P. (2017). The emergence of the compassion focused therapies. In P. Gilbert (Ed.), Compassion: Concepts, Research and Applications (pp. 258-285). Abingdon, UK: Routledge Ltd.

Sanders, M.R., & Kirby, J.N. (2009). Parental programs for preventing behavioural and emotional problems in children. In J. Bennett-Levy (Eds.) Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Interventions (pp. 399-406). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles:

In Preparation or Under Review

Kirby, J.N., & Baldwin, S. (2017). Self-compassion and parenting: The influence of a Loving-Kindnes Meditation on parenting practices. Manuscript under review.

Published

2017

Kirby, J.N., Tellegen, C.L., & Steindl, S.R. (2017). A systematic review and meta-analysis of compassion-based interventions: Current state of knowledge and future directions. Behavior Therapy.

Kirby, J.N., & Kirby, P.G. (2017). An Evolutionary Model to Conceptualise Masculinity and Compassion in Male Teenagers: A Unifying Framework. Clinical Psychologist. Accepted.

Kirby, J.N., & Laczko, D. (2017). A randomized micro-trial of a loving-kindness meditation for young adults living at home with their parents. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Accepted. Doi: 10.1007/s10826-017-0692-x

Kirby, J.N., Doty, J.R., Petrocchi, N., & Gilbert, P. (2017). The current and future role of heart rate variability for assessing and training compassion. Frontiersin Public Health, 5, 40. Doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00040

Pepping, C.A., Lyons, A., McNair, R., Kirby, J.N., Petrochhi, N., & Gilbert, P. (2017). A tailored compassion-focused therapy program for sexual minority young adults with depressive symptomatology: Study protocol for a randomized controlled study. BMC Psychology, 5, 5. doi: 10.1186/s40359-017-0175-2

Steindl, S., Garcia, A., & Kirby, J.N. (2017). A Pilot Study of Convergence: The Science, Art and Spirit of Compassion. Compassion Journal. Accepted

2016

Kirby, J.N. (2016). Compassion interventions: The programs, the evidence, and implications for research and practice. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1111/papt.

Kirby, J.N. (2015). The role of mindfulness and compassion in enhancing nurturing family environments. Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice. Accepted.

Kirby, J.N., Sanders, M.R., & Mazzuccheli, T.G. (2015). A clinician's quick guide to evidence based approaches: Childhood disruptive disorders. Clinical Psychologist. Accepted, in press.

2015

Sanders, M.R., Kirby, J.N., & Okochi, M. (2015). Triple P-Enhancing the impact of evidence-based parenting and family interventions. Japanese Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Accepted, in press.

Kirby, J.N. (2015). The potential benefits of parenting programs for grandparents: Recommendations and clinical implications. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Accepted. Doi: 10.1007/s10826-015-0123-9

2014

Sanders, M.R., Kirby, J.N., Tellegen, C.L., & Day, J.J. (2014). The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program: A systematic review and meta-analysis of a multi-level system of parenting support. Clinical Psychology Review, 34, 337-357. Doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2014.04.003

Sanders, M.R., & Kirby, J.N. (2014). A public health approach to improving parenting and promoting children’s well being. Child Development Perspective. Accepted. Doi: 10.1111/cdep.12086

Leung, C., Sanders, M.R., Fung, B., & Kirby, J.N. (2014). The effectiveness of the Grandparent Triple P program with Hong Kong Chinese families: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Family Studies, 20, 104-117.

Haslam, D., Patrick, P.M., & Kirby, J.N. (2014). Giving a voice to working parents: A consumer informed study to program design for working parents. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Accepted. Doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-0049-7

Sanders, M.R., & Kirby, J.N. (2014). Surviving or thriving: Quality assurance mechanisms to promote innovation in the development of evidence-based parenting interventions. Prevention Science. Advanced publication. Doi: 10.1007/s11121-014-0475-1

Kirby, JN., & Sanders, M.R. (2014). A randomized controlled trial evaluating a parenting program designed specifically for grandparents. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 52, 35-44. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2013.11.002

2013

Kirby, J.N., & Sanders, M.R. (2013). Using a behavioral family intervention to produce a three-generational benefit on family outcomes. Behaviour Change, 30, 249-261. doi:10.1017/bec.2013.24

Kirby, J.N., & Sanders, M.R. (2013). The acceptability of parenting strategies for grandparents providing care to their grandchildren. Prevention Science. doi: 10.1007/s11121-013-0428-0.

2012

Sanders, M.R., Pickering, J.A., Kirby, J.N., Turner, K.M.T., Morawska, A., Mazzucchelli, T., Ralph, A., & Sofronoff, K. (2012). A commentary on evidence-based parenting programs: Redressing misconceptions of the empirical support for Triple P. BMC Medicine, 10, 145. doi:10.1186/1741-7015-10-145.

Kirby, J.N. & Sanders, M.R. (2012). Using consumer input to tailor evidence-based parenting interventions to the needs of grandparents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21, 626-636. doi: 10.1007/s10826-011-9514-8.

Sanders, M.R., & Kirby, J.N. (2012). Consumer engagement and the development, evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based parenting programs. Behavior Therapy, 43, 236-250. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2011.01.005.

2010

Sanders, M.R., & Kirby, J.N. (2010). Consumer involvement and population based parenting interventions. Administration, 33, 33-50.

Media:

Kirby, J.N. (2009). What is modern grandparenting? 50 Something, April/May, 22-23.

Reports:

Sanders, M.R., Kirby, J.N., Tellegen, C.L., & Day, J.J. (2013). A systematic review and meta-analysis of The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program: A Brief Report. The Parenting and Family Support Centre, The University of Queensland.

Kirby, J.N., & Sanders, M.R. (2012). Ensuring high quality outcomes at the PFSC: A procedural guide. Parenting and Family Support Centre. http://www.pfsc.uq.edu.au/page/pdf/pfsc_ensuring_high_quality_research_outcomes.pdf

Sanders, M.R., & Kirby, J.N. (2009). Parenting and the prevention and reduction of moral harassment: A brief report. Prepared for the Council of Europe.

Conference Presentations:

Invited Addresses:

Kirby, J.N., & Tellegen, C.L. (2014). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the Triple P System: What does the evidence say and where are we headed. Invited address at the 16th Helping Families Change Scientific Retreat. Sydney: Australia.

Accepted Papers:

Kirby, J.N., & Tellegen, C.L. (2014). The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program: Findings From a Meta-Analysis. Paper presented at the Triple P Seminar Series. Brisbane: Australia.

Kirby, J.N. (2014). Why we needed an update to the evidence-base of Triple P. Paper presented at the 16th Helping Families Change Conference. Sydney: Australia.

Kirby, J.N. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of Grandparent Triple P. Paper presented at the 15th Helping Families Change Conference. Los Angeles: America.

Kirby, J.N. (2012). Grandparent Triple P. Paper presented as part of a Symposium at the 35th Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT). Gold Coast: Australia.

Kirby, J.N. (2012). Bake a cake and sit down with grandma: Working with grandparents in Grandparent Triple P. Paper presented at the 14th Helping Families Change Conference. Glasgow, Scotland.

Kirby, J.N. (2011). Parenting across the lifespan: Consumer involvement in the development of a grandparenting program. Paper presented at the 13th Helping Families Change Conference. Antwerp, Belgium.

Kirby, J.N., & Sanders, M.R. (2009). Grandparents: Supporting parents and grandchildren. Poster presented at the First Joint Conference of the APS Psychology & Ageing Interest Group (PAIG) and the Royal Australia/New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Aage (FPOA). Gold Coast, Australia.

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Dr James Kirby
Topics:
Compassion; self-compassion; clinical psychology; self-criticism; shame; parenting
Keywords:
Clinical Psychology, Compassion, Parenting, Self-Compassion, Mindfulness, Shame, Self-Criticism
Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 1, 2017
    COUN7005 - Counselling and Mental Health
  • Semester 2, 2017
    COUN7006 - Interpersonal Skills and Proc.
  • Semester 2, 2014
    PSYC3082 - Psychotherapies and Counselling
Course Tutor:
  • Semester 2, 2015
    PSYC7241 - Acceptance & Commit Therapy
  • Semester 2, 2015
    PSYC2311 - Developmental Disorders of Childhood
  • Semester 1, 2012
    PSYC2311 - Developmental Disorders of Childhood
  • Semester 2, 2012
    PSYC3082 - Psychotherapies and Counselling
  • Semester 2, 2011
    PSYC2311 - Developmental Disorders of Childhood
  • Semester 1, 2010
    PSYC3102 - Psychopathology

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

Research Area:
Applied/Professional Psychology
Synopsis:

I am able to supervise either 2 or 3 students for 2017.

My research topics will be:

  1. Meta-analysis on the fears of compassion scale examining the links to depression, anxiety, stress, shame and self-criticism
  2. Parental reflected shame and punitive parenting and fears of compassion
  3. Associations between submissive compassion and self-compassion
  4. Compassion experiments with children
  5. Evaluating a podcast series aimed to increase compassion
  6. Examining the links between compassion and secrets

I am happy to discuss options over email (j.kirby@psy.uq.edu.au).

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