The Cairnmillar – Monash Health Clinical Collaboration Research Group aims to conduct research that investigates theoretical and applied aspects of clinical psychology practice. This includes, but is not limited to, causes and treatment of mental disorders, such as psychosis, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders; chronic pain; effectiveness of psychotherapy; therapist attributes that improve treatment effectiveness; suicidality and functioning in public mental health clients. An overarching aim is to provide clinically relevant, applicable research findings in the area of mental health and service provision.

The research group is undertaking research projects that are suitable for Honours, Masters and Doctoral research project, and can be developed in collaboration with several staff members and students in these areas to improve research possibilities. The group meets several times per year, as well as with Monash Health several times per year, to co-ordinate research activities, particularly planning and undertaking student research and preparing research for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The research is partnered with Monash Health, as well as other organisations as appropriate.

Group Members

Cairnmillar Staff


    Current Projects Upcoming Student Projects
    • Cognitive schemas and personality disorders
    • Mindfulness and eating disorders
    • Predictors of severity of eating disorder symptomatology
    • Clinicians’ and clients’ evaluation of the recovery framework in psychosis treatment services in Monash Health
    • The effects of attachment style and countertransference on the therapeutic relationship
    • Assessing and identifying risk in Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Questionnaire psychometrics and eating disorders
    • Evaluation of eating disorder treatment services
    • Personality disorders and diagnostics
    • Prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in chronic pain
    • Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain
    • Evaluation of parenting programs for children with behavioural problems
    • Effective therapist attributes in psychotherapy
    • Relation of deliberate practice in psychotherapy to improved outcomes
    • Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of psychological treatment provided frequent users of mental health services



    • Batty, R., Francis, A.J.P., Thomas, N., Hopwood, M., Ponsford, J. and Rossell, S,  (2015). Executive dysfunction in psychosis following traumatic brain injury (PFTBI) Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology,  37(9), 917-930.
    • Batty, R., Francis, A.J.P., Thomas, N., Hopwood, M., Ponsford, J. Rossell, S. (2016). A brief neurocognitive assessment of patients with psychosis following traumatic brain injury (PFTBI): Use of the Repeatable battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS). Psychiatry Research 237, 27-36.
    • Batty, R. Thomas, N., Francis, A., Hopwood, M., Ponsford, J., Rossell, S. (2018) A Standardised Empirical Investigation Of The Clinical Profile Of Psychosis Following Traumatic Brain Injury (pftbi) Schizophrenia Bulletin 44 (Suppl 1), S260
    • Field, A.M., Francis, A.J.P. & Carr, S.N. (2016). Borderline personality and depressive symptomatology: common psychosocial predictors and comorbidity. Australian Journal of Psychology. 67 (4), 197-206
    •  Francis, A. & Farrell, C. (2018). The Mediating Role of Reward Sensitivity in the Comorbidity of Cluster B Personality Disorder Symptoms and Substance Use. Association for Psychological Science. San Francisco, May 2018.
    • Kettle, J. W. L., & Allen, N. B. (under review). Attentional processing of facial expressions and gaze direction in depression and first-episode psychosis as reflected by LPP modulation.
    • Kettle, J. W. L., & Allen, N. B. (2018). Facial reactivity and attentional processing of facial expressions and gaze direction. Journal of Psychophysiology: Advanced Articles, 1 – 13.
    • Latham, M. D., Cook, N., Simmons, J. G., Byrne, M. L., Kettle, J. W. L., Schwartz, O., Vijayakumara, N., Whittle, S., & Allen, N. B. (2017). Physiological correlates of emotional reactivity and regulation in early adolescents. Biological Psychology, 127, 229 – 238.
    • Lubman, D. I., Yücel, M., Kettle, J. W. L., Scaffidi, A., MacKenzie, T., Simmons, J. G., & Allen, N. B. (2009). Responsiveness to drug cues and natural rewards in opiate addiction: associations with later heroin use. Archives of General Psychiatry, 66(2), 205-213.
    • Miles, G. & Francis, A.J.P. (2014). Narcissism: Is parenting style to blame, or is there X-chromosome involvement? Psychiatry Research. 219(3):712-3.
    • Pascoe E., Kettle, J., & Anderson, A. (under review). Coping strategies mediate the effects of personality on psychological distress in adults who report having children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    • Teape, S., & Kettle, J. W. L., & Yamin, S. (in preparation). Effects of duration of schizophrenia on cognition: a cross sectional analysis.