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Department of Psychology

Assoc Professor Jac Brown

Name: Assoc Professor Jac Brown

Phone: 02-9850-8094

Room: C3A423


Position: Senior Lecturer

Web Site:

Research Interests:

  • Couple and Family Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Attachment Theory
  • Dynamics in Couple
  • Relationships ( gay and straight relationships, love, intimacy, rejection)
  • Men and Emotion
  • Domestic violence
  • Affect Theory
  • Shame


Brown, J. & Bardoukas, N (In press). Predictors of Body Dissatisfaction in Asian and Australian Caucasian males International Journal of Men’s Health

Roizblatt, A., Biederman, N., & Brown, J. (In Press). Extreme traumatization in Chile: The experience and treatment of families. Journal of Family Therapy

Brown, J., Modesto Ramirez, O., & Schniering, C. (2013). Finding love: Passion, intimacy and commitment in the relationships of gay men. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 34, 32-53.

Hui, M., & Brown, J. (2013). Factors that influence body dissatisfaction: Comparisons across culture and gender. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 23 312-329.

Brown, J. (2013) Counselling and psychotherapy in Australia. In R. Moodley, U. P. Gielen, & R. Wu (eds.) (pp 171-181) Handbook of counselling and psychotherapy in an international context. New York, Routledge.

Wellisch, M., Brown, J., & Knight, R. (2012). Gifted and misunderstood: Mothers’ narratives of their gifted children’s socio-emotional adjustment and educational challenge. The Australiasian Journal of Gifted Education, 2, 5-17.

Wellisch, M., & Brown, J. (2012). An integrated identification and intervention model for intellectual gifted children. Journal of Advanced Academics, 23, 145-167.

Wellisch, M., Brown, J., Taylor, A., Knight, R., Beresford, L., Campbell, L., & Cohen, A. (2012). Secure attachment and high IQ: Are gifted children better adjusted? The Australian Journal of Gifted Education, 20, 23-33.

Brown, J. (2012). Male perpetrators, the gender symmetry debate, and the rejection-abuse cycle: Implications for treatment. American Journal of Men’s Health, 6,331-343.

Wellisch, M. & Brown, J. (2012). An Integrated Identification and Intervention Model for Intellectually Gifted Children. Journal of Advanced Academics, 23(2), 144 167.

Brown, J (In press). Counseling psychology in Australia: A specialization or a generic psychological skill? In Research and Practice: Counseling and Social Work in the New Frontier of Helping

Brown, J. (In press). Counseling and psychotherapy in Australia: Championing the egalitarian society?. In Wu, R. (Eds.), Counseling and Psychotherapy Around the World

Brown, J., Ssekamanya, S. A., & Ng, R. (2011). Decision making styles East and West: Is it time to move beyond cross-cultural research?. Internatonal Journal of Sociology & Anthropology, 3, 452-459.

Welllisch, M, & Brown, J. (2011). Where are the underachievers in DMTG's academic talent development?s . Talent Development & Excellence, 3, 115-117.

Psaila, A. & Brown, J. (2011). Counseling men: The role of self-concealment, alexithymia and affect regulation in psychological we. Journal of Counselling, 2, 34-55.

Roizblatt, A., Biederman, N., & Brown, J. (2011). Therapeutic dilemmas and human rights violations: The experience of therapists working under extrem. Journal of Aggression Conflict and Peace Research, 3, 155-161.

Wellisch, M., Brown, J., Taylor, A., Knight, R., & Berresford, L. (2011). Grappling with the effects of attachment: A gifted model for dual exceptionality. In C. Wormald & W. Vialle (Eds.), Dual Exceptionality (pp. 71-86). Wollongong:University of Wollongong.

Marsh, T. & Brown, J. (2011). Homonegativity and its relationship to religiosity, nationalism and attachment style . Journal of Religion and Health, 50, 575-591.

Polito, V., Langdon, R., & Brown, J. (2010). The experience of altered states of consciousness in shamanic ritual: The role of pre-existing beli. Consciousness and Cognition, 19, 918-925.

Brown, J. & Trevethan, R (2010). Shame, internalized homophobia, identity formation, attachment style and the connection to relations. American Journal of Men’s Health , 4, 267-276.

Brown, J (2010). Psychotherapy integration: Systems theory and self psychology. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 36, 472-285.

Brown, J., James, K., & Taylor, A (2010). Caught in the rejection-abuse cycle: Are we really treating perpetrators of domestic abuse effectively?. Journal of Family Therapy, 32, 280-307.

Modesto Ramirez, O. & Brown, J. (2010). Attachment style, rules regarding sex, and couple satisfaction: A study of gay male couples. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 31, 202-213.

Collins, E., Brown, J., & Lennings, C. (2010). Qualitative review of community treatment with sex offenders: Perspective of the offender and the e. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 17, 290-303.

Brown, J., Ssekamanya, S. A., & Ng, R. (2010). Decision making styles in Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore . In N. Mastorakis, V. Mladenov, A. Zaharim, & C. Bulucea (Eds.), Recent advances in sociology, psychology, philosophy. Proceedings of the WSEAS International Conference on Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy (pp. 45-50). Malaysia:WSEAS Press.

Wellisch, M. & Brown, J. (2009). The adjustment of gifted children: Is asynchrony the only reason for their problems?. In D. Wood (Eds.), The Gifted Challenge: Challenging the Gifted (pp. 24-31). Sydney:Assn for Gifted & Talented Children Inc.

Brown, J. (2009). Husbands who have sex with men: Research findings on sexual identity, internalized homonegativity, . In J. Stanovic & M. Lalic (Eds.), Sexuality education and Attitudes New York:Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

Rhodes, P., Brown, J., & Madden, S. (2009). The Maudsley model of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa: A qualitative evaluation of pare. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 35, 181-192.

Mitrovic, D. V. & Brown, J (2009). Poker mania and problem gambling: A study of distorted cognitions, motivation and alexithymia. Journal of Gambling Studies , 25, 489-502.

Brown, J. & Graham, D. (2008). Body satisfaction in gym-active males: An exploration of sexuality, gender, and narcissism. Sex Roles, 59, 94-106.

Rhodes, P., Baillie, A., Brown, J. & Madden , S (2008). Can parent-to-parent consultation improve the effectiveness of the Maudsley model of family-based tr. Journal of Family Therapy, 30(1), 96 - 108.

Spencer, B. & Brown, J. (2007). Fusion or internalized homophobia? A pilot study of Bowen’s differentiation of self hypothesis with. Family Process, 46, 257-286.

Brown, J. & Sutton, J. (2007). Protection or attack? Young people carrying knives and dangerous weapons. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 17, 49-59.

Brown, J. (2007). Therapy with same sex couples: Guidelines for embracing the subjugated discourse. In J. Crawley & E. Shaw (Eds.), Couple Therapy in Australia (pp. 77-87). Melbourne:Psych Oz.

Brown, J. (2007). Challenging the stereotypes of gay male and lesbian couples: A research perspective. In J. Crawley & E. Shaw (Eds.), Couple Therapy in Australia (pp. 287-311). Melbourne:Psych Oz.

Rhodes, P., Baillie, A., Brown, J., & Madden, S. (2005). Parental efficacy in the family-based treatment of Anorexia Preliminary development of the Parents Versus Anorexia Scale. European Eating Disorders Review, 13, 399-405.

Brown, J. E. & Corne, L. (2004). Counselling psychology in Australia. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 17, 287-299.

Brown, J. E. (2004). Shame and domestic violence: Treatment perspectives for perpetrators from self psychology and affect theory. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 19(1), 39-56.

Brown, J. E., James, K. & Seddon, E. (2002). The complexity of male violence: Some psychological factors and their treatment implications. Family Violence and Sexual Assault Bulletin, 18(4), 7-18.

James, K., Seddon, B. & Brown, J. (2002). 'Using it' or 'losing it': Men's constructions of their violence towards female partners: Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearing House Research Paper.

Brown, J. E. (2001). Gender, intimacy and self psychology: Some implications for therapy with couples. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 22(3), 137-146.

Brown, J. E. (1997). The question cube: A model for developing question repertoire in training couple and family therapists. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 23, 27-40.

Brown, J. E. (1997). Circular questioning: An introductory guide. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 18, 109-114.

Brown, J. E. (1995). Teaching hypothesising skills from a post-Milan perspective. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 16, 133-142.

Brown, J. E. (1995). Men, friendship and intimacy: The risks of real connection. XY: Men, sex, politics, 5, 22-25.

Brown, J. E. (1994). Chapter 11: Gender. In J. McKnight and J. Sutton Social Psychology. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Brown, J. E. (1994). A week with Bly. XY: Men Sex Politics, 4, 5-7.

Brown, J. E. (1991). Family involvement in the residential treatment of children: A systemic perspective. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 12, 17-22.

Brown, J. E. & Mann, L. (1991). Decision making competence and self-esteem: A comparison of parents and adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 14, 363-371.

Brown, J. E. & Mann, L. (1990). The relationship between family structure and process variables and adolescent decision making. Journal of Adolescence, 13, 25-38.

Brown, J. E. (1989). The reframe: Bridging models of psychotherapy. The Alberta Counselor, 17, 6-11.

Brown, J. E. & Mann, L. (1989). Parents' and adolescents' perceptions of participation in family decisions. Australian Journal of Sex Marriage and Family, 10, 65-73.

Brown, J. E. & Mann, L. (1988). Effects of family structure and parental involvement on adolescent participation in family decisions. Australian Journal of Sex Marriage and Family, 9, 74-85.

Brown, J. E. (1987). A systemic view of psychological consultation in schools. Canadian Journal of Counseling, 21, 114-124.

Brown, J. E. (1986). The use of paradoxical intention with oppositional behaviour in the classroom. Psychology in the Schools, 23, 77-82.

Brown, J. E. & Slee, P. T. (1986). Paradoxical strategies: The ethics of intervention. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 17, 487-491.

Brown, J. E. (1986). The pretend technique: The use of systems theory in the classroom. Family Therapy Case Studies, 1, 13-15.

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