Assoc Prof Andrew Francis

Associate Head of School (Research)

BBSc(Hons) PhD DipHSc DipPMT APMA
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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

Recent publications

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