University of Queensland (ACT; MPsychClin, PhD; Australia) - Kenneth Pakenham

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Dr. Pakenham's research interests are in the areas of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), positive psychology and clinical health psychology. His specific research interests include: the application of ACT to specific populations, and investigation into adaptation to negative or stressful life events particularly using stress and coping frameworks. Particular negative or stressful life events of interest include chronic illness (e.g., Multiple Sclerosis, AIDS, cancer, heart disease), and caregiving. He is interested in both the physiological and psychological processes involved in the adaptation process for the person directly affected by the stressful event and significant others (carers). He is also interested in training clinical psychology trainees in ACT competencies as well as self-care skills. Dr. Pakenham has a 3 year ARC funded project that is examining the psychosocial impact of caring for a parent with an illness or disability and IS involved in numerous other funded projects.

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(This webpage was updated on May 14, 2018)