Dr Brett Scholz

PhD (Adelaide), BHlthSci (Hons in Psychology; Adelaide), BA (Adelaide)
Research Fellow (Senior Lecturer), ANU Medical School
Year 2 Student Year Coordinator in 2021 (MChD program)

Brett Scholz is a 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.

  • Scholz, B, Stewart, S, Bocking, J et al 2019, 'Rhetoric of representation: the disempowerment and empowerment of consumer leaders', Health Promotion International, vol. 34, pp. 166-174pp.
  • Happell, B, Curtis, J, Banfield, M et al 2018, 'Improving the cardiometabolic health of people with psychosis: A protocol for a randomised controlled trial of the Physical Health Nurse Consultant service', Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 73, pp. 75-80.
  • Scholz, B, Bocking, J, Platania-Phung, C et al 2018, '"Not an afterthought": Power imbalances in systemic partnerships between health service providers and consumers in a hospital setting', Health Policy, vol. 122, no. 2018, pp. 922-928pp.
  • Bocking, J, Ewart, S, Happell, B et al 2018, '"Here if you need me": exploring peer support to enhance access to physical health care', Journal of Mental Health, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 329-335.
  • Lu, V, Scholz, B & Nguyen, L 2018, 'Work integrated learning in international marketing: Student insights', Australasian Marketing Journal, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 132-139.
  • Happell, B, Gordon, S, Bocking, J et al 2018, 'Turning the Tables: Power Relations between Consumer Researchers and other Mental Health Researchers', Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vol. 39, no. 8, pp. 633-640.
  • Happell, B & Scholz, B 2018, 'Doing what we can, but knowing our place: Being an ally to promote consumer leadership in mental health', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 440-447pp.
  • Scholz, B, Bocking, J & Happell, B 2018, 'Improving exchange with consumers within mental health organizations: Recognizing mental ill health experience as a 'sneaky, special degree'', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 227-235pp.
  • George, A, Brown, P, Scholz, B et al 2018, "I need to skip a song because it sucks": Exploring mobile phone use while driving among young adults, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, vol. 58, pp. 382-391.
  • Happell, B, Gordon, S, Bocking, J et al 2018, '"Chipping away": non-consumer researcher perspectives on barriers to collaborating with consumers in mental health research [In Press]', Journal of Mental Health, pp. 1-7.
  • Happell, B, Gordon, S, Bocking, J et al 2018, "How did I not see that?" Perspectives of non-consumer mental health researchers on the benefits of collaborative research with consumers, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 1230-1239pp.
  • Larkings, J, Brown, P & Scholz, B 2018, '"It's often liberating": consumers discuss causal beliefs in the treatment process [In Press]', Journal of Mental Health, pp. 1-7.
  • Scholz, B, Bocking, J, Banfield, M et al 2018, '"Coming from a different place": Partnerships between consumers and health services for system change', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 27, no. 19-20, pp. 3622-3629.
  • Ewart, S, Happell, B, Bocking, J et al 2017, 'Social and material aspects of life and their impact on the physical health of people diagnosed with mental illness', Health Expectations, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 984-991pp.
  • Scholz, B, Bocking, J & Happell, B 2017, 'Breaking through the Glass Ceiling: Consumers in Mental Health Organisations' Hierarchies', Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 374-380pp.
  • Scholz, B, Bocking, J & Happell, B 2017, 'How do consumer leaders co-create value in mental health organisations?', Australian Health Review, vol. 41, no. 5, pp. 505-510pp.
  • Scholz, B, Gordon, S & Happell, B 2017, 'Consumers in mental health service leadership: A systematic review', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 20-31pp.
  • Larkings, J, Brown, P & Scholz, B 2017, '"Why am I like this?" Consumers discuss their causal beliefs and stigma', International Journal of Mental Health, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 206-226pp.
  • Scholz, B, Crabb, S & Wittert, G 2017, '"Males Don't Wanna Bring Anything Up To Their Doctor": Men's Discourses of Depression', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 727-737pp.
  • Lu, V & Scholz, B 2016, 'Knowing Me, Knowing You: Mentorship, Friendship, and Dancing Queens', in Carolin Plewa & Jodie Conduit (ed.), Making a Difference Through Marketing:A Quest for Diverse Perspectives, SpringerNature, Singapore, pp. 201-211pp.
  • Happell, B, Ewart, S, Platania-Phung, C et al 2016, 'What Physical Health Means to Me: Perspectives of People with Mental Illness', Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vol. 37, no. 12, pp. 934-941pp.
  • Happell, B, Ewart, S, Platania-Phung, C et al 2016, 'Embedding a physical health nurse consultant within mental health services: Consumers' perspectives', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 377-384.
  • Ford, S, Scholz, B & Lu, V 2015, 'Social shedding: Identification and health of men's sheds users', Health Psychology, vol. 34, no. 7, pp. 775-778pp.
  • Scholz, B, Crabb, S & Wittert, G 2014, '"We've Got to Break Down the Shame": Portrayals of Men’s Depression', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 24, no. 12, pp. 1648-1657pp.
  • Scholz, B & Riggs, D 2014, 'Sperm donors' accounts of lesbian recipients: heterosexualisation as a tool for warranting claims to children's 'best interests'', Psychology and Sexuality, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 247-257pp.
  • Scholz, B, Crabb, S & Wittert, G 2013, 'Development of Men's Depressive Symptoms: A Systematic Review of Prospective Cohort Studies', Journal of Men's Health, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 91-103.
  • Lu, V, Quester, P, Medlin, C et al 2012, 'Determinants of export success in professional business services: a qualitative study', The Service Industries Journal, vol. 32, no. 10, pp. 1637-1652.
  • Riggs, D & Scholz, B 2011, 'The value and meaning attached to genetic relatedness among Australian sperm donors', New Genetics and Society, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 41-58.

Current ANU PhD Supervision

  • Marguerite Kelly (ANU Medical School), Climate-related disasters and the end of life care experience

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.

Supervised students