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Associate Professor Maria Hennessy

Associate Professor Clinical Psychology


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Queensland, 2001-2004;
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), University of Tasmania, 1990 – 1992;
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Tasmania, 1989;
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Tasmania, Majors: Human Neuroscience and English, 1985-1988.

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Associate Professor Maria Hennessy is a clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist with a background in public mental health and clinical academic positions.   She is an active member of the Australian Psychological Society, the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists.

She is Co-Director of the Neurosurgery and Neuropsychology Research Group (NNRG).  The research group uses a positive health framework that considers health assets in the assessment and management of health-related outcomes. Current research focusses on understanding health outcomes following neurological disease and injury (eg. chronic subdural haematoma, traumatic brain injury).

Associate Professor Maria Hennessy is a positive psychologist, and also has a focus on well-being research, including the demographic factors that influence well-being, models of well-being, and the psychometric evaluation of well-being measures, and the clinical application of a complete states of mental health. She have a number of projects investigating positive psychology interventions (eg. Mindfulness Based Strengths Practice; Outcomes and Recovery After Brain Injury Trial) that support a strengths-based approach.

Research Interests

Mental Health Outcomes, Positive Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Positive Health, Well-being, Traumatic Brain Injury, Rehabilitation