Dan Bressington

PhD, PGCAP, BSc (Hons.), DipHE, RN (MH), RNT, FRSPH., Professor in Mental Health , Undergraduate and Postgraduate Mental Health Academic Lead

Registered to supervise postgraduate research


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Research interests

  • Psychosocial interventions for people with mental illness.
  • Physical health interventions and multimorbidity in people with severe mental illness.
  • Mental health literacy and stigma.
  • Treatment satisfaction and adherence.
  • Complkex PTSD
  • Methodological expertise: Clinical Trials, Systematic Reviews, Observational and Mixed-Methods Studies.

Dan would be willing to consider PhD and Master by Research students in mental health related subject areas.


Selected recent Research Awards (as Lead Chief Investigator or Co-Investigator):

2021-2023. Behavioural Activation (BA) for Depressive Symptoms in young people with emerging or early psychosis: a pilot study. CDU Competitive COVID-19 Supplementary Funding Pool Scheme distributed by the Australian Federal Government. AUD $171,000

2021-2022. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD in Australian Defence Force Veterans: A cross-sectional survey. CDU internal Rainmaker Start-up grant. AUD $20,000.

2021-2024. Effects of Physical-Psychological-Integrative (PPI) intervention on Physical Inactivity, Depression and Chronic Pain for Community-Dwelling Spinal Cord Injury Survivors – A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial. Health and Medical Research Fund Research Fellowship Scheme, Food and Health Bureau, Hong Kong Government. HKD$ 1,000,855.  

2020-2023. Evaluating the effectiveness of a peer-led management program for people with recent-onset psychosis: A randomized controlled trial.  Health and Medical Research Fund,  Hong Kong Government, HKD $ 861,880.

2020-2022. Learning to learn reflectively: Using individual serial concept maps to enhance reflective thinking, reduce the theory-practice gap and improve learning self-efficacy, academic-related stress and academic achievement in mental health nursing students. Teaching Development Grant, PolyU/University Grants Committee, Hong Kong, HK$198,500.

2019-2022. “Mind Space”- The Castle Peak Hospital Mental Health Experience Museum: A Service Evaluation. PolyU Departmental General Research Funds, HKD $149,764. 

2019-2021. The impact of video gaming on cognitive function in Schizophrenia (GAME-S).General Research Fund, Hong Kong Government, HKD $1,151,999,

2018-2020. An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Professional-supported Problem-solving-based Self- learning Program for Family Carers of People with Recent-onset Psychosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Health and Medical Research Fund, Hong Kong Government, HKD $697,060.

2017-2020. Thai Health Improvement Profile intervention to prevent weight gain in people with early psychosis (HIP-T First).  International Research Network, Thailand Research Fund, Royal Thai Government, THB 280,000.

2017-2019. Laughter Yoga for improving depression, anxiety and stress in people diagnosed with major depressive disorder: A feasibility study. PolyU, Departmental General Research Funds, HKD $149,969.

2017-2019. Relationship between physical fitness, cardiovascular risk, recovery of mental illness and quality of life among people with severe mental illness in Hong Kong. PolyU Departmental General Research Funds, HKD $150,000.

2016-2017. Mental health literacy and health-seeking behaviour in the Western Pacific. World Health Organization competitive funding grant. USD $19,142.00





External positions

Academic Editor, PLoS ONE

Aug 2021 → …

Editorial Board Member, BMC Psychiatry. ISSN: 1471-244X. IF= 2.74

2021 → …

Visiting Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne

2021 → …

Adjunct Professor of Mental Health Nursing, School of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

2021 → …

Associate Editor, Public Mental Health (specialty section of Frontiers in Psychiatry). ISSN:1664-0640 IF=2.85.

2020 → …

Associate Editor, Nursing Open (Wiley). ISSN:2054-1058. IF=1.36.

2018Sep 2021

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (Wiley). ISSN:1365-2850. IF=1.90.

2014 → …


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