Dr Anthony Kidman
Antony Kidman AM PhD is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Health Psychology Unit. He has been carrying out scientific research and lecturing for more than 30 years and conducting a clinical practice for 25 years. As a biologist and clinical psychologist his initial research was in the field of the brain and nervous system. In 1985 he commenced research into some of the biological and psychological aspects of cancer. A close link was established with the Oncology Department of the Royal North Shore Hospital which subsequently resulted in further collaborative projects in the area of psycho-oncology with breast cancer patients.
In 1997 the Unit moved onto the hospital grounds and in 2009 into nearby premises on the Pacific Highway refurbished by the University. Since 2000 the Unit has conducted group psychotherapeutic programs for adolescents suffering from stress and anxiety, outreach programs for schools and on ongoing Managing HSC Stress program. Private patient numbers increased with the introduction of the Medicare rebate for mental health services.
A trial project with young people recently diagnosed with psychosis and schizophrenia commenced in 2008 with funding from the NSW Health Department. Patients are treated using some of the latest developments in cognitive behaviour therapy in conjunction with medication. A manual based on research and trial results is in preparation for use by mental health workers.
The Unit collaborates with the Cummins Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital, North Shore Private Hospital, Chatswood and Cremorne Community Health Centres and health care professionals including nurses.
Dr Kidman runs community service seminars on aspects of mental health, is a regular speaker on radio and television and writes for academic journals and the general public. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2005 for his contributions to clinical psychology.
Member, Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society
Associate Fellow, the Albert Ellis Institute of Rational Emotive Therapy (NY)
Fellow, International Academy of Cognitive Therapy
Member, American Psychological Association
His current research examines important mental health issues affecting young Australians and includes key topics such as psychosis, stress and bullying. In addition, he and his fellow researchers continue to provide services for young people and deliver a range of treatment programs and clinical services.
CBT for Early Psychosis
The CBT for Early Psychosis program provides Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to young people who have experienced their first episode of psychosis in the last three years. The research component of this program evaluates the effectiveness of this intervention; aimed at preventing psychosis from developing into schizophrenia.
The treatment uses some of the latest developments in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in conjunction with medication.
Bullying victims by their peers, either traditionally or electronically experience significant psychosocial difficulties including emotional distress and school conduct problems. Based on the research findings that many of cyber-bullying victims do not take action to seek help, the Dr Kidman and fellow researchers continue a follow up study for a further examination of effective intervention strategies of help-seeking actions for this under-researched but vitally important issue affecting young people today.
Dr Antony Kidman and Dr Rachael Murrihy, in collaboration with Professor Thomas Ollendick, a world leader in the field, will publish an international text on the assessment and treatment of conduct problems in children and adolescents in 2010.
Publications: over 153 publications in international, peer reviewed journals.
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