Dr Rachel Brand - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Rachel Brand

BSc (hons) Manchester, DClinPsy London, PhD Swinburne

  • Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
+61 7 5456 3145
Office location
USC Thompson Institute
Dr Rachel Brand

Dr Rachel Brand completed a professional doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2009. Since that time she has worked in specialist mental health services for people experiencing psychosis and for people with post traumatic stress disorder. In 2020 Rachel completed a PhD in Health Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology examining the application of trauma-focused psychological interventions to treat trauma-related psychotic symptoms.

Rachel’s research focuses on understanding psychological factors involved in psychotic symptoms and developing and testing empirically derived, targeted psychological interventions for people experiencing psychosis. Rachel is an associate editor for the journal Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.

Professional Memberships 

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Registered Psychologist with Clinical Endorsement - Psychology Board of Australia


  • Dean’s award for best HDR thesis, School of Health Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, 2020
  • Best short oral presentation, Early Career Hallucination Research Group ANZ, 2020
  • Young scientist research awards- runner-up, Royal Society of Victoria, 2019

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Research Grants

Grant/Project name


Funding body & A$ value


Focus (of research grant)

Early Career Hallucination Research Group ANZ Conference, 2020

Dr Rachel Brand

Dr Imogen Bell

Swinburne University Centre for Mental Health, Seed Funding. $1100



Investigating trauma-focused therapies for trauma-related hallucinations.

Dr Rachel Brand

Associate Professor Neil Thomas

Professor Susan Rossell

Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation. $4600.



Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award

Dr Rachel Brand

Swinburne University of Technology, $82,788.



Potential Research Projects for HDR & Honours Students

  • Severity and phenomenology of psychotic symptoms across the menstrual cycle
  • The prevalence of multimodal hallucinations in PTSD populations
  • Trauma-focused interventions and changes in auditory hallucination content

Research areas

  • psychological therapies for psychosis
  • post traumatic mental health
  • psychological mechanisms in psychotic symptoms
  • trauma and psychosis

Teaching areas

  • Clinical Psychology