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Professor Justin Kenardy
  – Professor,  Director of Research West Moreton Hospital and Health Service

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Professor Justin Kenardy
Justin is a Professor in clinical psychology. During the last 30 years he has focused on the interface between psychological and physical health, preventative and novel intervention technologies, and affect regulation. He has particular interests in anxiety and stress in relation to physical illness and injury, and disaster related traumatic stress and disorder, and the promotion of recovery with a focus on children. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers books, book chapters and abstracts, his h-index is 53 with over 10000 citations (google scholar 2017). He was awarded the Ian Campbell Memorial Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Psychology in Australia and the APS President's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia. He has been awarding more than $50 million is research funding.
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Professor Justin Kenardy

BSc.Hons, PhD Qld., FAPS


Professor Justin Kenardy is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Centre for National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, and Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Psychology at the University of Queensland. Over 25 years of his academic career he has focused on the interface between psychological and physical health, preventative and novel intervention technologies, and affect regulation. This has led to research in diverse problem areas including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, pain and musculoskeletal injury, burns, traumatic brain injury, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, posttraumatic stress across a broad age range from child to older adults. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, books, book chapters and abstracts, has over 8500 citations to his work and has obtained national and international competitive research grants and contracts totaling over $50 million. He currently holds three NHMRC project grants, on Centre of Research Excellence grants and one NHMRC Partnership grant, an NIH R21 grant, a PCORI grant, a QCMRI Program grant, and several other grants and contracts including funding from the Motor Accident Insurance Commission for $9 million.

He serves or has served as consulting editor on a number of prestigious international journals including Health Psychology,  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Journal of Traumatic Stress and  Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy, and is past Editor of Clinical Psychologist. He has published one book Whiplash: Evidence Base for Clinical Practice, 16 book chapters, and seven research-based health websites such as . He is a co-author for both the current NHMRC approved National Stroke Guidelines and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Guidelines and is currently on the NHMRC Guidelines for Primary Care Management of Mental Illness following the Work-related Injury, and the NHMRC Guidelines for the Pharmacological Management of Brain Injury.

He has completed three Cochrane Reviews, one on psychological management of overweight and obesity, and two on early intervention following psychological trauma.


Professional Activities:

Justin Kenardy was on the Psychologists Board of Australia-Queensland. He was also on the National Examination Committee for the Psychologists Board of Australia.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and is Past President of the Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has held a number of senior positions in the Australian Psychological Society and is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.

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Research Activities:


We have been working on identifying, and preventing disaster related traumatic stress and disorder, and promoting recovery in children and families.

Below are some vodcasts on our work:

Kenardy, J. (Writer/Presenter). (2011). Disaster Recovery: Children and Families [Motion picture]. Vodcast retrieved from the Australian Psychological Society:

Kenardy, J. (Writer/Presenter). (2011). Trauma Recovery in infants and young children : Answers for Educators [Motion picture]. Vodcast retrieved from the Queensland Department of Education and Training:

Kenardy, J. (Writer/Presenter). (2011). Trauma Recovery in infants and young children : Answers for Parents [Motion picture]. Vodcast retrieved from the Queensland Department of Education and Training:

 De Young, A. (2013) BabyTalk ABC Online

JoJo's Place

With University of Auckland we developed a child and family focussed resource to promote recovery and resilience following disaster.

Here is the link:


Helping teachers to help children recovery and bounce back from disasters

We have developed a suite of training resources including videos to help teachers help their students recover and adjust after disasters.

They can be found here:


Traumatic injury and psychological impact.

I am currently working on studies of the psychological impact of whiplash in adults, and traumatic physical injury in children including traumatic brain injury, burns, and intensive care admission.

Child Trauma Screening Questionnaire (CTSQ)

This instrument is used to identify at risk children following traumatic injury or hospital admission

Reference: Kenardy, J., Spence, S., & Macleod, A. (2006). Screening for risk of Persistent Posttraumatic Morbidity in children following traumatic injury. Pediatrics. 118, 1002-1009.

This instrument available to download below. As it is copyright, I ask that you advise me of your intended use and I will be happy to send it with my permission to reproduce it.

If you wish to use the instrument for research I would really appreciate that you forward a copy of your results to me, as this will allow me to build a database on the performance of the Child Trauma Screening Questionnaire.

Here is the link for the Child Trauma Screening Questionnaire

ctsq10 (PDF)

Here is the link to the permission to use document to complete and return:

Child Trauma Instrument (PDF)

Preventing Posttraumatic Stress in Children.

I am developing and evaluating early interventions for posttraumatic stress.

Here is a link to some resources


Here is the link to alternative early intervention resources for children (younger and adolescents) and parents following traumatic injury:


booklet_adult3 (PDF)

booklet_adoles3 (PDF)

booklet_child3 (PDF)

Here's the reference:

Kenardy, J., Thompson, K., Le Brocque, R. &  Olsson, K. (2008) Information provision intervention for children and their parents following paediatric accidental injury. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 17, 316-325.

We have also developed a website to deliver an information-based prevention program for children and families following hospitalisation for injury.

Here's the link to the website:

Here is the publication describing the outcomes of an RCT evaluating this prevention program:

Cox, C., Kenardy, J. & Hendrikz, J.K. (2009) A randomised controlled trial of a web-based early intervention for children and their parents following accidental injury. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 35, 581-592.


Adult Injury and PTSD


Here are two  consumer-focussed websites on PTSD and whiplash:

Kenardy, J. (2010) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Evidence-based TreatmentResource [Online]/ Available:

Kenardy, J., & Sterling, M. (2008) Whiplash Evidence-based Treatment Resource [Online]. Available:

I am also developing new models for the assessment of pain.

We have developed a novel tool for pain assessment:

Chadwick, B. & Kenardy, J. (2006) PAMS: Pain Ambulatory Monitoring Survey. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland

Technology and psychological interventions. I am using internet-based intervention to deliver prevention programs for anxiety and stress-related disorders in adults.

Here is the link to the website:

Online Anxiety Prevention Program.

Below is a DOS-based program used to help treat panic disorder. The outcome study is cited below *

Palm top computer anxiety treatment program and resources
. Please use the following citation when reporting the use of these files:Kenardy, J. (1996) Serena Anxiety Management Software for Palmtop PC. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland.

Representative Publications:

Since 2013

Heron-Delaney M, Pritchard M, Kenardy J, Jardine C, Bogossian F, Brown E, Newman L, De Dassel T. (accepted). Early maternal reflective functioning and infant emotional regulation in a preterm infant sample at 6 months corrected age. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
Brown, E, Kenardy J, Chandler B, Anderson V, McKinlay L, & Le Brocque R. (accepted) Parent-reported health-related quality of life in children with traumatic brain injury: A prospective study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
Dunne-Proctor RL, Kenardy J, Sterling M. (accepted) The impact of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on physiological arousal, disability and sensory pain thresholds in patients with chronic whiplash. Clinical Journal of Pain.
Bennell KL, Ahamed Y, Jull G, Bryant C, Hunt MA, Forbes AB, Kasza J, Akram M, Metcalf B, Harris A, Egerton T, Kenardy JA, Nicholas NK, Keefe FJ. (accepted) Physical therapist-delivered pain coping skills training and exercise for knee osteoarthritis: randomized controlled trial. Arthritis Care & Research.
Le Brocque R, De Young A, Montague G, Pocock S, March S, & Kenardy J. (accepted) Schools and Natural Disaster Recovery: The Unique and Vital Role that Teachers and Education Professionals Play in Ensuring the Mental Health of Students Following Natural Disasters. Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools.
Campbell L, Kenardy J, Andersen T, McGregor L, Maujean A, & Sterling M. (2015) Trauma-focused CBT and exercise for chronic whiplash: protocol of a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Physiotherapy,  1-1. doi:10.1016/j.jphys.2015.07.003
Kenardy J, Cox CM, & Brown FL (2015). A web-based early intervention can prevent long-term post-traumatic stress reactions in children with high initial distress following accidental injury: A treatment moderator analysis. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28, 366-369.
Richie, C. Kenardy J, Smeets R, & Sterling M, (2015) StressModEx - Physiotherapist led stress inoculation training integrated with exercise for acute whiplash injury: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Physiotherapy 61, 157. doi:10.1016/j.jphys.2015.04.003
Kassam-Adams N, Marsac ML, Winston F, Kohser KL, March S, Kenardy J. (2015) Pilot randomized controlled trial of a novel web-based intervention to prevent posttraumatic stress in children following medical events, Journal of Pediatric Psychology 1-9.  doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsv057
Beadle EJ, Wegener SV, Swain MA, Hilton N, Kenardy J, McKinlay L, Lloyd O. (2015) A Pilot Study of a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Anger Management Intervention for Children with Acquired Brain Injuries: A Pilot Study of a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Anger Management Intervention for Children with Acquired Brain Injuries. Neuro-Disability and Psychotherapy.3, 42-64.
Ullman AJ, Aitken LM, Rattray J, Kenardy J, Le Brocque R, MacGillivray S, & Hull AM (2015.) ICU diaries to promote recovery for patients and families after critical illness: a Cochrane Systematic Review. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 52, 1243-1253.
Kassam-Adams 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. J Med Internet Res. 17,
March S, Kenardy J, Cobham VE, Nixon, RDV, McDermott B & De Young A (2015.) Feasibility of a screening program for at-risk children following accidental injury. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 28, 34-40. DOI: 10.1002/jts.21981
Kenardy J, Heron-Delaney M, Warren J, & Brown E. (2015).  The effect of mental health on long-term disability following a road traffic crash: Results from the UQ SuPPORT study. Archives of Physical Medical and Rehabilitation. 96. 410-417.
Marsac, M. L., Winston, F. K., Hildenbrand, A. K., Kohser, K. L., March, S., Kenardy, J., & Kassam-Adams, N. (2015). Systematic, theoretically grounded development and feasibility testing of an innovative, preventive web-based game for children exposed to acute trauma. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 3(1), 12-24.
Kenardy J, Heron-Delaney M, Warren J, Brown E. (2015).  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, 46, 883-890.
Olsson K, Kenardy J, Brown EA, Charlton E, Brown FL, Lloyd O, & McKinlay L. (2014) Evaluation of parent and child psychoeducation resources for the prevention of paediatric post-concussion symptoms. Brain Impairment.15, 177-189.
Ullman AJ, Aitken LM, Rattray J, Kenardy J, Le Brocque R, MacGillivray S, & Hull AM. (2014) Diaries for recovery from critical illness. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD010468. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010468.pub2.
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. doi: 10.1016/j.invent.2014.08.002.
Christensen H, Batterham P, Mackinnon A, Griffiths K, Kanupriya KH, Kenardy J, Gosling J, Bennett K. (2014). The prevention of generalised anxiety disorder in those at risk using a web intervention: I-Chill, a randomised controlled trial. Journal of  Medical Internet Research 16(9):e199. doi: 10.2196/jmir.3507.
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.5. doi:10.3402/ejpt.v5.22612
Paratz JD, Kenardy J, Mitchell G, Comans T, Coyer F, Thomas P, Singh S, Luparia L, Boots RJ. (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):e004966. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-004966.
Bryant, C, Lewis, P, Bennell, KL, Ahamed, Y, Jull, G, Kenardy, J, Bacon, D, & Keefe, FJ. (2014). Can physical therapists deliver a pain coping skills program? An examination of training process and outcomes. Physical Therapy. doi: 10.2522/​ptj.20130444
Brown, E, Kenardy, J, & Dow, B. (2014) PTSD perpetuates pain in children with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu014
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 C, 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(1) 199. Doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-199
De Young, AC, Hendrikz, J, Kenardy JA, Cobham, VE, & Kimble, RM. (2014) Prospective Evaluation of Parent Distress following Paediatric Burns and Identification of Risk Factors for Young Child and Parent PTSD.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.   24, 9-17.

Dow, B, Kenardy, J, Le Brocque, R, & Long, D (2013). The diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in school-aged children and adolescents following Pediatric Intensive Care Unit admission.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 23, 614-619.
Aitken, LM, Rattray,J,  Hull, A, Kenardy,J, Le Brocque R,  & Ullman AJ (2013).The use of diaries in psychological recovery from intensive care. Critical Care.17, 253.
De Young, AC, Hendrikz, J, Kenardy JA, Cobham, VE, & Kimble, RM. (2014) Prospective Evaluation of Parent Distress following Paediatric Burns and Identification of Risk Factors for Young Child and Parent PTSD.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.   24, 9-17.
Heron-Delaney, M., Kenardy, J., Charlton, E., & Matsuoka, Y. (2013).  A systematic review of predictors of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for adult road traffic crash survivors. Injury.44, 1413-1422.

Marsac, ML, Kohser, KL, Winston, FK, Kenardy, JA., March, S & Kassam-Adams N. (2013) Using a web-based game to prevent posttraumatic stress in children following medical events: Design of a randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Psychotraumatology. 4, 10.3402/ejpt.v4i0.21311.
Gross AR, Huang S, Khan M, Kaplan F, Santaguida PL, Carlesso LC, MacDermid JC, Walton DM, Kenardy J,  Söderlund A, Verhagen A, Hartvigsen J. (2013) Psychological Care, Patient Education, Orthotics, Ergonomics and Prevention for Neck Pain: A Systematic Overview Update as part of the ICON* Project. The Open Orthopaedics Journal.7, 530-561.
Ritchie, C., Hendrikz, J., Kenardy, J. & Sterling, M. (2013) Derivation of a clinical prediction rule to identify both chronic moderate/severe disability and full recovery following whiplash injury. Pain.,

Jull, G. Kenardy, J. Hendrikz, J., Cohen, M., Sterling, M. (2013)  Management of acute whiplash: A randomized controlled trial of multidisciplinary stratified treatments, Pain, doi:
Ullman AJ, Aitken LM, Rattray J, Kenardy J, Le Brocque R, MacGillivray S, & Hull AM (2013) Diaries for recovery from critical illness (Protocol). Cochrane Library, Issue 4.
Olsson, K., Lloyd, O., Le Brocque, R., McKinlay, L., Anderson, V., & Kenardy, J. (2013). Predictors of child post-concussion symptoms at six and 18 months following mild traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury . 27, 145-157.
Strodl, E., & Kenardy, J. (2013). A history of heart interventions moderates the relationship between psychological variables and the presence of chest pain in older women with self-reported coronary heart disease. British Journal of Health Psychology. 18, 687-706.

Kenardy, J. & Bennell, K. (In press) Cognitive aspects of  management of chronic pain. In:  G.Jull, A. Moore, D. Falla, J. Lewis, C. McCarthy, & M. Sterling eds.  Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. (4th Edition) Elsevier Press.
Landolt M. & Kenardy J. (In press) Children. In: U. Schnyder & M. Cloitre (eds) Evidence Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders. Springer.
De Young, A. & Kenardy, J. (2013)  Treatment of PTSD in Preschoolers, Children and Adolescents In L. Grossman & S. Walfish (Eds) Translating Research into Practice: A Desk Reference for Practicing Mental Health Professionals. Springer Press.
De Young A. & Kenardy J. Posttraumatic stress disorder in young children. Rapee RM, topic ed. In: Tremblay R.E., Boivin M., Peters R. DeV., eds. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development and Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development; 2013: 1-7. Available at:

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Professor Justin Kenardy
Traumatic injury, disasters, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical health psychology - chronic pain, obesity, diabetes. Research in disability and rehabilitation.
Anxiety disorders, Bulimia, Medicine - behavioural, Traumatic injury and psychology, Psychology - anxiety, Psychology - pain and injury, Body image, Grief - psychology, Breakdown - emotional, Stress - and psychology, Behavioural medicine, Chronic pain and psychology, Diabetes and psychology, Eating disorders, Disability and rehabilitation - psychology, Obesity and psychology, Post-traumatic stress disorder, e-mental health
Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 2, 2016
    PSYC4121 - Scientist-Practitioner Model
  • Semester 2, 2015
    PSYC3132 - Health Psychology

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

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