Dianna Theadora Kenny

Professor of Psychology and Music, University of Sydney

Dianna T. Kenny, PhD, MA (Sch Couns) BA (Hons) ATCL DipEd MAPsS MAPA, is an academic, author, clinician, consultant psychologist and researcher. She is Professor of Psychology and Professor of Music at the University of Sydney, Australia. She was the founding director of the Australian Centre for Applied Research in Music Performance, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Dianna is the author of over 200 publications, and seven books, including:
-Young Offenders on Community Orders: Health, Welfare and Criminogenic Needs (Sydney University Press, 2008) (with Paul Nelson),
-The Psychology of Music Performance Anxiety (Oxford University Press, 2011),
-Bringing up Baby: The Psychoanalytic Infant Comes of Age (Karnac, 2013),
-From Id to Intersubjectivity:Talking about the Talking Cure with Master Clinicians (Karnac, 2014) and
-God, Freud and Religion: The Origin of Fear, Faith and Fundamentalism (Routledge, 2015).


  • –present
    Professor of Psychology and Professor of Music, The University of Sydney


    Macquarie University, PhD

Research Areas

  • Psychology (1701)
  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Music Performance (190407)