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Grenyer, Brin Professor

Senior 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 - 2029

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Brin Grenyer is Senior Professor of 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 was Foundation Chair of the Psychology Board of Australia overseeing the registration and conduct of all psychologists in Australia (2009-2018). He was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Borderline Personality Disorder Guideline Development Committee. In 2019 he was visiting scholar, McLean Hospital, Harvard University Medical School; and gave the invited "master clinician" keynote at the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. In 2020 he was listed in the world top 1% of experts in the field of Borderline Personality Disorder (https://expertscape.com). He is on the Editorial Boards of Psychotherapy Research, Personality and Mental Health, Personality Disorders: Theory Research and Treatment, and Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process, and Outcome. He and his team have been awarded over 50 grants totalling more than 18 million in funding, he has published over 175 journal articles, chapters, books and monographs. In 2020 Professor Grenyer was awarded the College of Clinical Psychologists Ian M Campbell Memorial Prize, presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the scientific or professional status of clinical psychology in Australia. He is active in clinical practice through Northfields Psychology Clinic, and consults widely on patient care issues across NSW and Australia.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


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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.

Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) The Impact of Narcissistic Personality Disorder on Others: A Study of Romantic Partners and Family Members Day, Nicholas
    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 Hashworth, 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) Borderline Personality Disorder in Males: A study of Gender Differences and Implications for Improving Treatment Outcomes Qian, Xinyu
    Doctor of Philosophy Evaluation of an inpatient clinic for borderline personality disorder. Chapman, Katrina

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Brin Grenyer is Senior Professor of 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 was Foundation Chair of the Psychology Board of Australia overseeing the registration and conduct of all psychologists in Australia (2009-2018). He was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Borderline Personality Disorder Guideline Development Committee. In 2019 he was visiting scholar, McLean Hospital, Harvard University Medical School; and gave the invited "master clinician" keynote at the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. In 2020 he was listed in the world top 1% of experts in the field of Borderline Personality Disorder (https://expertscape.com). He is on the Editorial Boards of Psychotherapy Research, Personality and Mental Health, Personality Disorders: Theory Research and Treatment, and Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process, and Outcome. He and his team have been awarded over 50 grants totalling more than 18 million in funding, he has published over 175 journal articles, chapters, books and monographs. In 2020 Professor Grenyer was awarded the College of Clinical Psychologists Ian M Campbell Memorial Prize, presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the scientific or professional status of clinical psychology in Australia. He is active in clinical practice through Northfields Psychology Clinic, and consults widely on patient care issues across NSW and Australia.

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) The Impact of Narcissistic Personality Disorder on Others: A Study of Romantic Partners and Family Members Day, Nicholas
    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 Hashworth, 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) Borderline Personality Disorder in Males: A study of Gender Differences and Implications for Improving Treatment Outcomes Qian, Xinyu
    Doctor of Philosophy Evaluation of an inpatient clinic for borderline personality disorder. Chapman, Katrina
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