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Grenyer, Brin F. S. Professor

Professor

  • Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Psychology
  • Director - Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders 2009 - 2022

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Brin Grenyer (www.researchgate.net/profile/Brin_Grenyer) is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong and Director of the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders, in partnership with NSW Health (www.projectairstrategy.org). He is also Foundation Chair of the Psychology Board of Australia overseeing the registration and conduct of all psychologists in Australia (www.psychologyboard.gov.au). He was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Borderline Personality Disorder Guideline Development Committee, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Advisory Group for a Consumer Guide on Borderline Personality Disorder. He has been awarded over 40 grants totaling more than 12 million in funding, published over 150 journal articles, chapters, books and monographs, supervised over 25 PhD candidates to graduation, and his team have received numerous international and national awards for their work in personality disorders and psychotherapy research. He is on the Editorial Boards of Psychotherapy Research and Personality and Mental Health, and is active in clinical practice and research through Northfields Psychology Clinic.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


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Impact Story


  • The importance of intervening early for young people with complex mental health difficulties has been recommended by research and clinical guidelines.  The school environment offers an ideal opportunity for early identification and intervention. Project Air Strategy for Schools is a collaborative partnership between NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Department of Education and Project Air Strategy at the University of Wollongong. Together we developed a whole of school framework and provided guidelines, accredited training, resources and opportunities to  collaborate together as educational professionals, targeted at enhancing their identification, understanding and capacity to respond to complex mental health issues, such as personality disorder and associated behaviours such as self-harm. Research undertaken pre and post program implementation demonstrated improvements in education professionals confidence, knowledge and skills in working with young people with complex mental health issues. The intervention also improved the capacity of schools to plan and implement strategies to reduce the impact of mental health problems on the young person and their peers. A stay-at-school psychological care approach was fostered by enhancing partnerships between class teachers and school counsellors.

Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Testing Interpersonal Model of Narcissism, a Study of Patients and their Family Day, Nicholas
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Measuring the Shadows: Chronic Feelings of Emptiness in Borderline Personality Disorder Miller, Caitlin
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Who are we leaving behind? An investigation of non-response among consumers of Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment. Woodbridge, Jane
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Stemming the Tide of Personality Disorders AcrossFamilies: Evaluation of a Parenting Intervention to Modify the Risk for the Transgenerational Transmission of Attachment Trauma Steele, Kayla
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Evaluation of a peer-led group treatment of borderline personality disorder: Increasing trust and engagement through peer support Barr, Karlen
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Personality Disorders, Likelihood of Sexual Offending, and Diagnostic Manifestations: A Three-Part Dissertation Study Hashmani, Talia
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Who am I? Understanding the self and self-structure in psychodynamic psychotherapy Horton, Phillip
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Autobiographical memory as a window into the internal world of individuals with borderline personality disorder: Understanding the role of personal agency Matthews, Emily
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) The Role of Personality Pathology in Sexual Victimisation: The Aftermath of Childhood Trauma Bussoletti, Natasha
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Gender differences in the manifestation of symptoms and treatment goals in Borderline Personality Disorder Qian, Xinyu
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Understanding Complex & Chronic Self Critical Depression. Sandquist, Karin

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Brin Grenyer (www.researchgate.net/profile/Brin_Grenyer) is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong and Director of the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders, in partnership with NSW Health (www.projectairstrategy.org). He is also Foundation Chair of the Psychology Board of Australia overseeing the registration and conduct of all psychologists in Australia (www.psychologyboard.gov.au). He was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Borderline Personality Disorder Guideline Development Committee, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Advisory Group for a Consumer Guide on Borderline Personality Disorder. He has been awarded over 40 grants totaling more than 12 million in funding, published over 150 journal articles, chapters, books and monographs, supervised over 25 PhD candidates to graduation, and his team have received numerous international and national awards for their work in personality disorders and psychotherapy research. He is on the Editorial Boards of Psychotherapy Research and Personality and Mental Health, and is active in clinical practice and research through Northfields Psychology Clinic.

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Other Research Activities


Impact Story


  • The importance of intervening early for young people with complex mental health difficulties has been recommended by research and clinical guidelines.  The school environment offers an ideal opportunity for early identification and intervention. Project Air Strategy for Schools is a collaborative partnership between NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Department of Education and Project Air Strategy at the University of Wollongong. Together we developed a whole of school framework and provided guidelines, accredited training, resources and opportunities to  collaborate together as educational professionals, targeted at enhancing their identification, understanding and capacity to respond to complex mental health issues, such as personality disorder and associated behaviours such as self-harm. Research undertaken pre and post program implementation demonstrated improvements in education professionals confidence, knowledge and skills in working with young people with complex mental health issues. The intervention also improved the capacity of schools to plan and implement strategies to reduce the impact of mental health problems on the young person and their peers. A stay-at-school psychological care approach was fostered by enhancing partnerships between class teachers and school counsellors.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Testing Interpersonal Model of Narcissism, a Study of Patients and their Family Day, Nicholas
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Measuring the Shadows: Chronic Feelings of Emptiness in Borderline Personality Disorder Miller, Caitlin
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Who are we leaving behind? An investigation of non-response among consumers of Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment. Woodbridge, Jane
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Stemming the Tide of Personality Disorders AcrossFamilies: Evaluation of a Parenting Intervention to Modify the Risk for the Transgenerational Transmission of Attachment Trauma Steele, Kayla
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Evaluation of a peer-led group treatment of borderline personality disorder: Increasing trust and engagement through peer support Barr, Karlen
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Personality Disorders, Likelihood of Sexual Offending, and Diagnostic Manifestations: A Three-Part Dissertation Study Hashmani, Talia
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Who am I? Understanding the self and self-structure in psychodynamic psychotherapy Horton, Phillip
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Autobiographical memory as a window into the internal world of individuals with borderline personality disorder: Understanding the role of personal agency Matthews, Emily
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) The Role of Personality Pathology in Sexual Victimisation: The Aftermath of Childhood Trauma Bussoletti, Natasha
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Gender differences in the manifestation of symptoms and treatment goals in Borderline Personality Disorder Qian, Xinyu
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Understanding Complex & Chronic Self Critical Depression. Sandquist, Karin
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