School of Psychology
The University of Queensland
PhD, The University of Queensland 1993
Master of Applied Psychology (clin), University of Qld 1986
Master of Arts (Hons), University of NSW 1979
Bachelor of Arts, University of Qld, 1978
I joined the School of Psychology in 1992 after working as a clinical psychologist in Qld Health for 12 years. During this time I worked with children and adults with a range of problems (including schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, depression and eating disorders). I have practiced clinical psychology in a range of settings including acute psychiatric admission units, general medical wards, long stay institutions, community mental health centres and in private practice. As well as teaching clinical psychology, I continue to practice clinical psychology and consult with community and government agencies.
Editorial Board member Psychology and Health
Editorial Board member Rehabilitation Psychology
Editorial Board member Health Psychology Review
Editorial Board member Stress and Health
Editorial Board member Research in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Principal Researcher, Social & Applied Research Centre for the MS Australia Research Institute
Member APS College of Clinical Psychologists
Member APS College of Health Psychologists
Registered Psychologist with clinical and health psychology endorsements
My research interests are in the areas of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), positive psychology and clinical health psychology. My specific research interests include: the application of ACT to specific populations, and investigation into adaptation to negative or stressful life events particularly using stress and coping frameworks. Particular negative or stressful life events of interest include chronic illness (e.g., Multiple Sclerosis, AIDS, cancer, heart disease), and caregiving. I am interested in both the physiological and psychological processes involved in the adaptation process for the person directly affected by the stressful event and significant others (carers). I have a 3 year ARC funded project that is examining the psychosocial impact of caring for a parent with an illness or disability and am involved in numerous other funded projects.
Pakenham, K. I. (In press). Multiple Sclerosis. In Kennedy, P. (Ed.)
The Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology. NY: Oxford University Press.
Pakenham, K. I. & Finlayson, M. (In press). Caregiving. In Finlayson, M. (Ed.) Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation: From Impairment to Participation. NY: Taylor & Francis Publishing.
Pakenham, K. I. (In press). Coping with MS. In Finlayson, M. (Ed.) Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation: From
Impairment to Participation. NY: Taylor & Francis Publishing.
Pakenham, K. I. (2011). Benefit finding and sense making in chronic illness. In Folkman, S. (Ed.). Oxford Handbook on Stress, Coping, and
Health, (pp. 242-268). NY: Oxford University Press.
Pakenham, K. I. (2009). Children who care for their parents: the impact of disability on young lives. In Marshall, C.A., Kendall, E., Banks, M., & Gover, R.M.S. (Eds.) Disability: Insights From Across Fields and Around the World, Vol II, (pp. 39-60). Westport, CT:
Refereed Journal Articles
Pakenham K I. & Cox S (In press, accepted 29/09/11). Test of a model of the effects of parental illness on youth and family functioning. Health Psychology.
Pakenham K I. & Cox S (In press, accepted 15/02/11). The nature of caregiving in
children of a parent with multiple sclerosis from multiple sources and the
associations between caregiving activities and youth adjustment overtime. Psychology and Health
Pakenham K. I. (In press, accepted 11/02/11). Caregiving tasks in caring for an adult with mental illness and associations with adjustment outcomes, International
Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Rinaldis, M., Pakenham, K.I. & Lynch, B. (In press; accepted 10/03/10). A structural model of the relationships among stress, coping, benefit finding and quality of life
in persons diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Psychology and Health.
Pakenham, K.I. & Fleming, M. (2011). Relations between acceptance of multiple sclerosis and positive and negative adjustment. Psychology and Health, 26 (10), 1292-1309.
Mackay, C. & Pakenham, K. I. (2011). Identification of stress and coping risk and protective factors associated with changes in adjustment to caring for an adult with mental illness. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67(10), 1064-1079.
Fitzell, A. & Pakenham, K. I. (2010). Application of a stress and coping model to positive and negative adjustment outcomes in colorectal cancer caregiving. Psycho-oncology,
Ireland, M., & Pakenham, K. I. (2010). The nature of young caregiving in families experiencing chronic illness/disability: Development of the Youth Activities of Caregiving Scale (YACS), Psychology and Health, 25, 713-731.
Hawkes, A.L., Pakenham, K.I., Courneya, K., Gollschewski, S., Baade, P., Gordon, L., Lynch, B.M., Aitken, J., & Chambers, S. (2009). A randomised controlled trial of a lifestyle intervention for colorectal cancer survivors (CanChange): study protocol. BMC Cancer, 9, 286 doi:10.1186/1471-2407-9-286.
Burton, N.W., Pakenham, K.I., & Brown, W.J. (2009). Evaluating the effectiveness of psychosocial resilience training for heart health, and the added value of promoting physical activity: a cluster randomized trial of the READY program. BMC Public Health 9:427 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-427.
Shelley, M. & Pakenham, K. I. (2009). Cortisol changes interact with the effects of a cognitive behavioural psychological preparation for surgery on 12-month outcomes for surgical heart patients. Psychology and Health, 24 (10), 1139-1152.
Pakenham, K. I. & Cox, S. (2009). The dimensional structure of benefit finding in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and relations with positive and negative adjustment: A longitudinal study. Psychology and Health, 24, 373-393
Pakenham, K.I. (2007). Making sense of Multiple Sclerosis. Rehabilitation Psychology, 52, 380-389.
Pakenham, K.I. (2007). The nature of caregiving in multiple sclerosis: Development of the Caregiving Tasks in Multiple Sclerosis Scale. Multiple Sclerosis. 13, 929-938.
Shelley, M. & Pakenham, K. I. (2007). The effects of pre-operative preparation on post-operative outcomes: The moderating role of control appraisals. Health Psychology, 26, 83-191.
Pakenham, K. I., Bursnall, S., Chiu, J., Cannon, T., & Okochi,M. (2006). The sychosocial impact of caregiving on young people who have a parent with an illness or disability: comparisons between young caregivers and non-caregivers. Rehabilitation Psychology, 51, 113-126.
Pakenham, K. I. (2005). Benefit finding in Multiple Sclerosis and associations with positive and negative outcomes. Health Psychology, 24, 123-132.
Pakenham, K. I., Sofronoff, K., & Samios, C. (2004). Finding meaning in parenting a child with Asperger Syndrome: Correlates of sense making and benefit finding. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 25, 245-264
Green, H., Pakenham, K. I, Headley, B., Yaxley, J., Nicol, D., Mactaggart, P., Swanson, C., Watson, R. & Gardiner, R. A., (2004). Quality of life compared during pharmacological treatments and clinical monitoring for non-localised prostate cancer: A randomised controlled trial British Journal of Urology International, 93, 975-979.
Pakenham, K. I. (2001).Coping with multiple sclerosis: Development of a measure. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 6, 411-428.
Clutton, S., Pakenham, K. I., & Buckley, B. (1999). Predictors of well-being following a “false positive” breast screening result. Psychology and Health, 14, 263-275.
Pakenham, K. I. (1999). Adjustment to multiple sclerosis: Application of a stress and coping model. Health Psychology, 18, 383-392.
Pakenham, K. I., Dadds, R. M. & Terry, D. J. (1994). The relationships between adjustment to HIV and both social support and coping strategies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 62, 1194-1203.
Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.
My research interests fall in the field of Clinical and Health Psychology. The frameworks that have guided my research include stress and coping theory, positive psychology, and more recently the "third wave" Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies. I have active research activity in the following areas:
1. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): I am interested in exploring the ACT framework, clinical applications of ACT, and ACT training, particularly with respect to personal applications of ACT for self-care.
2. Mindfulness: specific interests include understanding the mechanisms by which mindfulness has beneficial impacts and clinical applications of mindfulness.
3. Positive Psychology: I am particularly interested in exploring the theoretical understanding and clinical applications of resilience, compassion and self-compassion, hope and meaning making (benefit finding and sense making).
4. Living Fully with Chronic Illness: I have been researching the applications of the above frameworks to living with chronic illness for over 20 years. Illness contexts that my research has explored include both physical (e.g., multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes) and mental (e.g., Schizophrenia, Asperger's Syndrome) health problems. Importantly my research has included an interpersonal perspective that has included carers or family members.
5. Caregiving: consistent with a biopsychosocial perspective on illness, my research has applied the above frameworks to both the person with a health problem and their carer. I investigate caregiving across the life span including caregiving in children, young adults and older adults.
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