Dr Brett Scholz

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

Consumer Leadership of Health Services | 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 is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Adelaide Medical School at The University of Adelaide and Adjunct Associate Professor 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 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 lead 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
  • Stephanie Stewart (Psychology, The University of Melbourne), Consumer leadership in mental health
  • Phoebe Drioli-Phillips (Psychology, The University of Adelaide), Men's experiences of anxiety
  • Joshua Bishop (Psychology, University of Canberra), Improving mental health services for LGB people
  • Karen Demmery (Health, University of Canberra), Importance of family connection in healing intergenerational trauma

Current Research Project Students, ANU Medical School

  • Callum Bowles, Mental health service use for rural LGBTQI+ communities
  • Torniké Janjgava, Attitudes towards mental ill health
  • Ross Minas, Clinicians' perceptions of COVID-19 media
  • Hannah Haranis, Domestic violence, isolation, and COVID-19
  • Luke Manasero, Medical students' coping mechanisms during COVID-19
  • Gemma Howdle, Coping mechanisms for young adults during COVID-19

Current Masters Supervision

  • Riya Jose (Psychology, University of Canberra), Bereaved family members reflections on palliative care provision

Current Honours Supervision

  • Kelli Jones (ANU Research School of Psychology), Perceptions of children's participation as patients in health interactions
  • Hayley Pang (ANU Research School of Psychology), Mental health attitudes and help-seeking behaviours of 1.5 and 2nd generation migrants

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

PhD Submitted

  • Phoebe Drioli-Phillips (Psychology, The University of Adelaide), Male discourses of anxiety and help-seeking in an online discussion forum

Masters Completions

7 completions in Psychology

Honours Completions

8 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:  25 January 2021 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers