Professor Ken Greenwood - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Professor Ken Greenwood

DPsych Swinburne UT, PhD Latrobe, DipCompSci, BBSc (Hons)

  • Head of School, School of Social Sciences
+61 7 5456 5422
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Professor Ken Greenwood
Personal Assistant, Head of School of Social Sciences
Sue Chamberlin
+61 7 5459 4618

Ken has worked in universities all of his professional life and has deliberately undertaken a variety of roles both inside and outside of the institution to develop his experience and a broad knowledge of the higher education sector. Over his career, he has developed leadership and management skills in the roles of Executive Dean, Head of School and Head of Department, which include leading a number of distinct disciplines.

The focus of Ken's research has been applied in nature in three distinct areas. The first concerns applied research into the health consequences of, and individual differences in adaptation to shift work and more recently in therapy for sleep disorders. A second theme is concerned with the methodological issues in applied research, most notably the analysis of brief single case time-series and in measurement across a range of disciplines. A third strand of publications span the broad range of the health science disciplines with a focus on health psychology and psychometric development of clinical measures. This work has mainly involved collaborations with colleagues from other disciplines and interdisciplinary teams.

Ken has more than 140 publications in international refereed journals. Included in this list are eight book chapters and editorship of a successful undergraduate textbook. As well as these publications, he has more than 80 presentations at national and international conferences. He has edited journals and commonly acts as a referee for a number of journals. He has reviewed grant applications for a number of bodies including the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) and has served on an NH&MRC grant review panel. He has held an ARC Discovery Grant and was a Chief Investigator A (CIA) on an NH&MRC funded project. He has been successful in attracting substantial grant income for more than 20 projects.

Ken has taught extensively across the range of undergraduate and postgraduate subjects and across a range of content areas. He is actively sought after as a supervisor of graduate students and has been involved in the supervision of more than 40 completed postgraduate students (PhD, DPsych and Masters by Research).

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Professional membership

  • Registered Psychologist in Australia (PSY0001118555)
  • Endorsements in Counselling Psychology and Health Psychology
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Foundation Member and Fellow of the College of Health Psychologists, APS
  • Fellow of the College of Counselling Psychologists, APS


  • Visiting Professor, Capital Medical University, Beijing, PRC
  • Honorary Professor, Binhai College, Nankai University, Tianjin, PRC
  • Adjunct Professor, James Cook University

Research grants

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Enhancing Work-Integrated Learning outcomes among international students in Australia Jackson, D., & Greenwood, K. M. Australian Collaborative Education Network Grant (A$10,000) 2014-2015
A joint Australian and Chinese review of the benefits of student study exchanges Greenwood, K. M., Shen, D., Wang, B., Lewis, R., Yue, G., Liu, Y. The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education , Australia-China Science and Research Fund Group Missions (A$25,000) 2012-2013
Combined electroacupuncture and cognitive behavioural therapy for tension-type headache: a randomised controlled trial. Greenwood, K. M., Xue, C., Zheng, Z., Martin, P., Helme, R., Gibson, S. NH&MRC Project Grant (A$292,025) 2009-2011
Randomised controlled trial of yoga for improving sleep and quality of life in an elderly population. Cohen, M., Fiatorone-Singh, M., Kennedy, Greenwood, K. M. NH&MRC Project Grant (A$240,200) 2009-2011
Effect of an Exercise Leader Cognitive Behavioural Lifestyle Program on Biomedical, Psychological and Social Factors in Overweight and Obese Adolescents Walkley, J., Greenwood, K. M., Greenway, K., Bird, S., Fraser, S., Mann, N. Shepherd Foundation Research Grant (A$54,290) 2009-2010
Alignment of RMIT Bachelor of Nursing delivered offshore with the requirements of the Nurses Board Victoria and offshore Nursing Registration Board Greenwood, K. M., Holroyd, E., Eisenbise, J., Shahwan-Akl, L., & Welch, A. AVCC (A$50,000) 2006-2007
Relative efficacy of self-help treatment for insomnia Greenwood, K. M. Australian Research Council, Discovery Project (A$102,000) 2003-2005
An evaluation of measures of sleep-related attitudes, beliefs and thoughts and their relationship to sleep disturbance Greenwood, K. M. Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering, La Trobe University Research Grant (A$4,500) 2001

Research areas

  • Health psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Sleep disorders

Teaching areas

  • Psychology

Program coordinator

Professor Ken Greenwood's specialist areas of expertise include; Health psychology, Psychometrics, Sleep Disorders and Psychology

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