Assoc Prof Andrew Francis

Associate Head of School (Research)

BBSc(Hons) PhD DipHSc DipPMT APMA
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Associate Professor Andrew Francis has been conducting research in psychology for over 30 years. He holds an undergraduate degree and Ph.D in Psychology, as well as qualifications in evidence-based herbal medicine, nutrition and movement therapy. He previously ran a clinical practice. He currently has (approximately) 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters and books, and has attracted more than $0.5m in research grants. See database links below for current citation statistics. He has supervised 9 doctoral research students to completion as primary supervisor (and 3 current), as well as approximately 30 Masters students and over 90 Honours students to completion.

Primary research interests include early maladaptive schemas, personality disorders (especially the ‘Axis II’ cluster), the dark triad of personality and evaluation of clinical outcomes to therapy. Current ‘hot’ projects focus on the transgenerational transfer of schemas, the impact of schemas on parenting, and issues around the improvement in the diagnosis and classification of psychological disorders. Student research projects are available in these and related areas.

 

Research areas

  • Personality disorders and development
  • Mood disorders
  • Resilience, mental health and wellness across the lifespan
  • Drug use behaviour
  • Meaning-making
  • Behavioural and cognitive neuroscience

Research Links

Recent publications

Miles, G., Smyrnios, K., Jackson, M. and Francis, A.J.P. (2018, in press). Reward and Punishment Sensitivity Predict Narcissism Subtypes: Implications for the Etiology of Narcissistic Personalities. Personality and Individual Differences.

Gibson, M. & Francis, A.J.P. (2018, in press). Intergenerational transfer of Early Maladaptive Schemas in Mother-Daughter Dyads, and the Role of Parenting. Cognitive Therapy and Research

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 (1), S260-

Paterson, J. and Francis A.J.P. (2017). Influence of Religiosity on Self-Reported Response to Psychological Therapies. Mental Health, Religion and Culture.  20: 428-448.

Yap, K., Gibbs, A.L., Francis, A.J.P., Schuster, S. E/ (2016). Testing the bivalent fear of evaluation model of social anxiety: The relationship between fear of positive evaluation, social anxiety, and perfectionism Cognitive behaviour therapy 45 (2), 136-149.

Batty, R., Francis, A., 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.A., Francis, A.J.P., Thomas, N., Hopwood, M., Ponsford, J., Rossell, S.L  (2016). Predicting co-morbid traumatic brain injury and psychosis from neuropsychological profile. Schizophrenia research 172 (42430), 143-144

Leach MJ, Ziaian T, Francis A, Agnew T (2016) Recruiting Dementia Caregivers Into Clinical Trials: Lessons Learnt From the Australian TRANSCENDENT Trial. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2016 Oct-Dec;30(4):338-344.

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. and Rossell, S,  (2015). Executive dysfunction in psychosis following traumatic brain injury (PFTBI). Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 37(9): 917-30.

Bryden, C., Field, A.M. and Francis, A.J.P. (2015). Coping as a Mediator Between Negative Life Events and Eudaimonic Well-Being in Female Adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 24 (12): 3723-3733.

Hageman, T, Francis, A, Field, A and Carr, S (2015). Links between childhood experiences and avoidant personality disorder symptomatology, International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 15 (1): 101-116.

Batty, R., Francis, A.J.P., Thomas, N., Hopwood, M., Ponsford, J. and Rossell, S, (2016). Who jumps to conclusions? A comprehensive assessment of probabilistic reasoning in psychosis following traumatic brain injury (PFTBI). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry 21 (1), 32-44

Batty, R. Francis, A., Thomas, N., Hopwood, M., Ponsford, J., Johnston, L. and Rossel, S. (2015). Verbal fluency, clustering, and switching in patients with psychosis following traumatic brain injury (PFTBI).  Psychiatry Research, Psychiatry research, 227 (2), 152-159

Leach M.J, Francis A., Ziaian, T (2015) Transcendental Meditation for the improvement of health and wellbeing in community-dwelling dementia caregivers [TRANSCENDENT]: a randomised wait-list controlled trial. BMC Complement Altern Med. 8;15(1):145. doi: 10.1186/s12906-015-0666-8.

Batty, R. A., Thomas, N., Francis, A., Hopwood, M., Ponsford, J., & Rossell, S. L. (2015). Is the clinical profile of psychosis following traumatic brain injury (PFTBI) diagnostically distinct from schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder?. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 41, S39-S39.

Leach M.J, Francis A., Ziaian, T (2015) Transcendental Meditation for the improvement of health and wellbeing in community-dwelling dementia caregivers [TRANSCENDENT]: a randomised wait-list controlled trial. Integrative Medicine Research 4 (1), 33

Gavidia-Payne, S., Denny, B., Davis, K., Francis, A.J.P. &  Jackson, M. (2015). Parental resilience:  A neglected construct in resilience research. Clinical Psychologist, 19, 111-121.

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

Stitt, N., Francis, A.J.P., Field, A.M., Carr, S. (2015). Positive Association Between Reported Childhood Peer Teasing and Adult Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. 8:137-145.

Batty, R.A., Francis, A.J.P., Innes-Brown, H., Joshua, N.R., & Rossell, S.L. (2014). Neurophysiological correlates of configural face processing in schizotypy. Frontiers in Psychiatry: Schizophrenia, 5 (101), 1-11. doi: http://10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00101

Trigwell, J.L., Francis, A.J.P & Bagot, K.L. (2014). Nature Connectedness and Eudaimonic Wellbeing: Spirituality as a Potential Mediator. Ecopsychology. 6 (4), 241-251

Gavidia-Payne, S., Denny, B., Davis, K., Francis, A.J.P. and Jackson, M. (2014). Children’s self-concept: Parental school engagement and student-teacher relationships in rural and urban Australia. Social Psychology of Education 18 (1), 121-136. DOI 10.1007/s11218-014-9277-3

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. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.07.003

Potter, R.F., Yap, K., Francis, A.J.P, Schuster, S. (2014). Self-Compassion Mediates the Relationship between Parental Criticism and Social Anxiety. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 14(1): 33-43 ISSN: 1577-7057

Krastins, A., Francis, A.J.P, Carr, S. and Field, A. (2014). Childhood Predictors of Adulthood Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptomatology. Australian Psychologist. 49(3): 142-150. DOI: 10.1111/ap.12048

Denny, B., Gavidia-Payne, S., Francis, A.J.P. Davis, K. and Jackson, M. (2014). Strengthening Australian families: Socioeconomic status, social connectedness, and family functioning. Australian Social Work, 67(3): 438-450. ISSN: 0312-407X

Scott, J, H., Yap, K., Francis, A. J. P., & Schuster, S. (2014). Perfectionism and its relationship with anticipatory processing in social anxiety. Australian Journal of Psychology.66(3): 187-196 ISSN: 0004-9530

Leach, M., Francis, A.J.P., Ziaian, T. (2014). Improving the health and wellbeing of community-dwelling carers of dementia sufferers – study protocol of a randomised controlled trial of structured meditation training. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(2): 136-141. DOI:10.1089/acm.2013.0170

Kamtisis, I. and Francis, A.J.P. (2013). Spirituality mediates the relationship between engagement with nature and psychological wellbeing. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 36: 136-143. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.07.013