About

Maria is an experienced clinical neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist with a background in  teaching, research and clinical practice.  She is currently an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at JCU Singapore.  She held one of the inaugural Queensland Health Research Fellowships, and was a Director of Psychology in Queensland Health.  Her research interests include the assessment of wellbeing, using complete state models of mental health in clinical practice, positive psychological interventions, and mental health outcomes after brain injury.  Maria is part of a global network investigating Mindfulness Based Strengths Practice (MBSP).  She enjoys working in collaborative research teams, mentoring staff, and working with research students to develop projects that have real world impact, and will be finished on time!

If you are interested in wellbeing science and neuropsychology, feel free to get in touch!

Teaching
  • PY4114: Assessment in Psychology (Level 4; SIN)
  • PY5304: Assessment in Psychology (Level 5; SIN)
Interests
Research
  • Assessment of wellbeing
  • Mental health outcomes
  • Positive health outcomes
  • Chronic subdural haematoma
  • Process-based therapy
  • Mild traumatic brain injury
  • Post-traumatic amnesia
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Systems thinking
Experience
  • 2022 to present - Associate Professor In Clinical Psychology, James Cook University Singapore (Singapore)
  • 2019 to 2020 - Principal Research Fellow, Jamieson Trauma Institute (Brisbane, QLD)
  • 2018 to 2020 - Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2012 to 2018 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, QLD)
  • 2013 to 2015 - Associate Professor, Research Leader, Community Rehabilitation North Queensland & MICCRH, JCU (Townsville, QLD)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Health Research Fellow, Queensland Health (Townsville, QLD)
  • 2006 to 2012 - Director of Psychology Services, Townsville Health Service District (Townsville, QLD)
  • 2004 to 2006 - Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Tasmania (Hobart, TAS)
  • 2003 to 2004 - Senior Research Fellow, Centre for the Mind, University of Sydney (Sydney, NSW)
  • 1997 to 2003 - Lecturer in Psychology, James Cook University (Townsville, QLD)
  • 1995 to 1997 - Casual Lecturer and Tutor, Griffith University (Brisbane, QLD)
  • 1993 to 1995 - Clinical Neuropsychologist, Princess Alexandra Hospital (Brisbane, QLD)
  • 1991 to 1992 - Research Assistant, Psychiatry, Royal Hobart Hospital (Hobart, TAS)
  • 1990 to 1991 - Research Assistant, Psychology, University of Tasmania (Hobart, TAS)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2018 - 3MT - Winner, Academic/Research Division
Fellowships
  • 2010 to 2012 - Queensland Health Research Fellowship
Memberships
  • 2023 - Member, European Network for Positive Psychology
  • 2021 - Fellow, APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • 2020 - Fellow, APS College of Clinical Psychologists
  • 2014 - Member, International Positive Psychology Association
  • 1993 - Member, Australian Psychological Society
Other
  • 1993 - Psychologist with specialist endorsement as a clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 21+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Maria Hennessy from 2013 onwards.

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • The Development, Validation and Clinical Application of an Integrated Psychobehavioural Model of Sleep (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Autism Disclosure and `Unmasking?: A Self-Determination Theory-informed exploration of the disclosurerelated experiences of autistic individuals in Asia, and their strategies for enhancing wellbeing in everyday life. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
Completed

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