Professor Richard Bryant, BA (Hons), MPsychol, PhD, FAPS, FASSA is Group Leader of the Westmead Institute's Traumatic Stress Group, which is part of its Brain Dynamics Centre.



Research Focus

His research has focused on identification of people at risk of mental health problems after trauma, early intervention strategies, treatment strategies for posttraumatic stress, and complicated grief. 

Professor Bryant also works on many major national and international projects, including developing the Australian NHMRC PTSD treatment guidelines, web treatments for US troops returning from Iraq, tsunami survivors in Thailand, developing counselling programs for disaster survivors in the USA after Hurricane Katrina, and web-based treatments for complicated grief patients in the USA.

Other Affiliations

Sydney Medical School > Westmead Clinical School > Westmead Clinical School

Awards and Recognition

  • 2007 Australian Society for Psychiatric Research Founders Medal
  • 2006 Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1996 Australian Psychological Society Early Career Award for research excellence
  • 2001 International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Robert F. Laufer Award
  • 2000 Emergency Management Australia Award
  • 2000 Australian Museum’s Eureka Prize for Science
  • 1999 Ian Campbell Award from the Australian Psychological Society for research excellence
  • 1999 Australian Society of Hypnosis Award for research excellence
  • 1999 Academy Medal of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • 1996 Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Service Gold Achievement Award for scientific excellence