Brin F.S. Grenyer

Professor of Psychology, University of Wollongong

Professor Brin Felix Swain Grenyer ( is a practicing clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Wollongong. He is a senior clinical researcher and supervisor at Northfields Clinic and provides clinical, consulting and research services across NSW Health and to the non-government mental health and drug and alcohol sector. Professor Grenyer’s research program focuses on the treatment of chronic and complex psychological problems, including personality disorders, chronic depression, aggression and violence, early attachment relationships, chronic lifestyle diseases and substance dependence. Over the past fifteen years he has led psychotherapy clinics both for personality disorder and depression, with over 1000 patients enrolled in treatment and research. He has been awarded over 35 grants totaling more than $8.5 million, has published over 100 peer review journal articles book chapers and books, has supervised over 20 Doctoral graduates, and has been invited to present over 35 invited international and keynote presentations. He is coordinator of the Australia Area Group of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, including being local host of the 2013 International Congress in July in Brisbane, Australia. He was scientific committee member for the 6th World Congress of Psychotherapy, Sydney August 2011 and International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders 12th International Congress in Melbourne in March 2011. He was a member of the NHMRC Borderline Personality Disorder Guideline Development Committee, and an Advisory Editor for Psychotherapy Research. He was Chair of the 4th International Congress on Licensure, Certification and Credentialing in Psychology, Sydney 2010 and was on the organising committee of the 5th Congress in Stockholm, 2013. He has over a decade of Board member and Chairperson experience in both government statuatory bodies (with annual budgets of over 10 million) and managing non-government projects and consultancies, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is foundation Chair of the Psychology Board of Australia ( He is currently directing the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders ( and the Illawarra Born cross-generation health study (


  • –present
    Professor of Psychology, University of Wollongong


  • 1996 
    University of Wollongong, PhD (Clinical Psychology)
  • 1990 
    University of Sydney, MSc
  • 1987 
    University of Sydney, BA(Hons)