Dr Brett Scholz

PhD (Adelaide), BHlthSci (Hons in Psychology; Adelaide), BA (Psychology & Japanese; Adelaide)
Senior Research Fellow / Senior Lecturer, ANU Medical School
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Health Care Administration 111709
  • Health Promotion 111712
  • Mental Health 111714
  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology 170106

Research interests

Critical Health Psychology | Critical Approaches to Health and Health Care

Lived Experience Leadership in Health Policy, Health Services, Health Research, and Health Education

Allyship to Marginalised Groups in Health Care


Dr Brett Scholz is a Senior Research Fellow in the Medical School, ANU College of Health and Medicine. He has held adjunct roles in the Adelaide Medical School at The University of Adelaide and in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. Prior to his current position, he held a Research Fellowship in the SYNERGY Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre at the University of Canberra and ACT Health, was a Lecturer in the Centre for Applied Psychology at the University of Canberra, and completed his PhD in the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. Brett has served as a Board Member for the ACT Mental Health Consumer Network, and has been involved as Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer for Spur Projects. He is currently an Editorial Board Member of the International Mad Studies Journal, Psychology of Men & Masculinities, the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing and an Associate Editor of BMC Health Services Research.

As a critical health psychologist, Brett's research often focuses on ways in which health and health services can be more equitable, challenging power norms, and led by consumers. He has published refereed journal articles in Palliative Medicine, Health Psychology, Health Policy, Health Expectations, Health Promotion International, Qualitative Health Research, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Journal of Mental Health, among others.

Brett is an Executive Committee member of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, a Scientific Committee member of the European Conference on Mental Health, and an Organising Committee member of the Service Users in Academia Symposium. He is co-editor of The Operative Word, the podcast of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology.

Researcher's projects

1. Critical approaches to health care

2. Allyship to marginalised groups in health and health care

3. Consumer leadership of health care systems

Current student projects

I am willing to contribute to the supervision of postgraduate students in critical health psychology, critical approaches to health services, and allyship to marginalised groups in health service provision.

Current PhD Supervision

  • Marguerite Kelly (ANU Medical School), The impact of climate change on end-of-life care services
  • Karlee Johnston (ANU Medical School), Burnout amongst hospital pharmacists
  • Stephanie Stewart (Psychology, The University of Melbourne), Consumer leadership in mental health
  • Joshua Bishop (Psychology, University of Canberra), Improving mental health services for LGB people

Current Research Project Students, ANU Medical School

  • Nathan Peatling, Trends and patterns in consumer leadership
  • Thomas La, Clinician burnout in COVID
  • Camilo Campuzano, Experiences of health care among transgender and gender diverse people
  • Rohan Corrigan, The impact of COVID on mental health care
  • Renming Liu, The impact of COVID on health care for older adults

Current Honours Supervision

  • Amy McNeilage (ANU Research School of Psychology), Experiences of gabapentinoid use
  • Bella Vendrimini (ANU Research School of Psychology), Isolation and suicidality 

Past student projects

PhD Completions

  • Josie Larkings (2018; Psychology, University of Canberra), Mental health professionals' and consumers' causal beliefs about mental illness: Impact on perceptions of mental illness and the treatment process
  • Lucetta Thomas (2019; Faculty of Health, University of Canberra), An exploration into the psychotherapeutic needs of males who have been sexually abused by their biological mother in Australia: A qualitative description study
  • Kristi Urry (2020; Psychology, The University of Adelaide), Sexuality and sexual health in mental health care settings: Perceptions of psychologists, psychiatrists, and mental health nurses in Australia
  • Phoebe Drioli-Phillips (2020; Psychology, The University of Adelaide), Male discourses of anxiety and help seeking in an online discussion forum

Masters Completions

7 completions in Psychology, 8 completions in Medicine

Honours Completions

12 completions in Psychology

Research Mentorship Completions

2 completions from ANU internship programmes; 1 completion from the ACT Health vacation program


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  29 May 2023 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers