Dr Brett Scholz

PhD (Adelaide), BHlthSci (Hons in Psychology; Adelaide), BA (Psychology & Japanese; Adelaide)
Tuckwell Fellow, Senior Research Fellow / Senior Lecturer
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 School of Medicine and Psychology, 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 Editor of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, and an Editorial Board Member of the International Mad Studies Journal, Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 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 currently Secretary of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, 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 HDR Supervision

  • Zijian Wang, consumer leadership in palliative and end-of-life care
  • Rachel Flottman, co-designing education with children
  • Aron Harold Pamoso, HIV and mental health syndemics
  • Liz Waldron, psychosocial supports in the context of the NDIS
  • Shanshan Liu, social anxiety amongst East Asian migrants
  • Terri Warner, the framing of mental health and disability in the NDIS
  • Jacki Ball, trauma informed care in mental health settings
  • Toni Ashmore, improving palliative care pathways

Current Honours Supervision

  • Sona Jerry, migrants and lived experience leadership

Past student projects

PhD Completions

  • Dr 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
  • Dr 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
  • Dr 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
  • Dr Phoebe Drioli-Phillips (2020; Psychology, The University of Adelaide), Male discourses of anxiety and help seeking in an online discussion forum
  • Dr Karlee Johnston (2023; College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University), Understanding burnout in Australian pharmacists during COVID-19
  • Dr Marguerite Kelly (2023; College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University), Understanding the impacts of natural disasters (including COVID-19) on end-of-life care through the experiences of healthcare professionals, dying patients and relatives

Masters Completions

7 completions in Psychology, 8 completions in Medicine

Honours Completions

16 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:  18 July 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers