Dr Joanne Brooker

PhD BSc(Hons) GradDipPsych GradDipComp

  • Course Coordinator for Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Unit Coordinator
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Research Supervisor

Research Expertise

  • Inclusivity and Diversity
  • Health Psychology
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Intervention Studies
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Research Supervision

  • Doctorate/PhD
  • Masters
  • Honours


  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours): Course Coordinator (2021-current); Thesis Units Coordinator (2020-2022)
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science: Guest Lecturer, Psychology Research Capstone (2021-current)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology: Guest Lecturer, Health Psychology (2020-2022)
  • Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling: Unit Coordinator, Research Methodology and Statistics 2 (2023-current)

Clinical Expertise


Before joining Cairnmillar in 2020, Jo worked as a researcher in the Australian public and private healthcare sectors, including roles with Monash University (Department of Psychiatry; Cochrane Australia; ANZ Intensive Care Research Centre) and the Psycho-Oncology Unit, Cabrini Institute. Jo’s research interests include health psychology, with a focus on biopsychosocial factors that influence the wellbeing of people living with chronic physical conditions.  Jo is also passionate about inclusivity and diversity research and is currently involved in qualitative studies on the psychosocial wellbeing of refugees and gender diverse people.

Key Publications

 Brooker, J., Julian, J., Millar, J., Prince, H. M., Kenealy, M., Herbert, K., Graham, A., Smith, R., Kissane, D., Taylor, K., Frydenberg, M., Porter, I., Fletcher, J., Haines, I., & Burney, S. (2020). A feasibility and acceptability study of an adaptation of the Mindful Self-Compassion program for adult cancer patients. Palliative & Supportive Care, 18(2), 130–140. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951519000737  

O’Callaghan, C., Brooker, J., deSilva, W., Glenister, D., Melia, A., Symons, X., Kissane, D., & Michael, N. (2019). Patients’ and caregivers’ contested perspectives on spiritual care for those affected by advanced illnesses: A qualitative descriptive study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 58(6), 977-988.
doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.08.004 

Kissane, D., Lethborg, C., Brooker, J., Hempton, B., Burney, S., Michael, N., Staples, M., Osicka, T., Sulistio, M., & Hiscock, H. (2019). Meaning and Purpose (MaP) Therapy II: Feasibility and acceptability from a pilot study in advanced cancer.  Palliative & Supportive Care, 17(1), 21-28. doi: 10.1017/S1478951518000883 

Robinson, S., Kissane, D., Brooker, J., Michael, N., Fischer, J., Franco, M., Hempton, C., Sulistio, M., Pallant, J., Clarke, D., & Burney, S. (2016). Refinement and revalidation of the Demoralization Scale: The DS-II–Internal Validity. Cancer, 122(14):2251-9. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30015. 

Shand, L. K., Cowlishaw, S., Brooker, J. E., Ricciardelli, L. A. & Burney, S. (2015).  Correlates of post-traumatic stress symptoms and growth in cancer patients:  A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Psycho-Oncology, 24(6), 624-634. doi: 10.1002/pon.3719