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Associate Professor Janet Bryan 

Position: Volunteer Associate Professor Janet Bryan
Division/Portfolio: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
School/Unit: School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
Campus: Magill Campus
Email: janet_dot_bryan_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/janet.bryan

Janet Bryan is the Associate Head of School: Teaching and Learning for the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy. She is also a member of the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre. Her research interests include the cognitive assessment of adults, in particular the development of the executive functions across the life-span, and the impact of nutrition on cognitive functioning and mental health.

Teaching interests

  • Research methods
  • Psychological assessment
  • Research supervision

I teach the following courses

BEHL 4053Psychology Under the Microscope
BEHL 4063Conducting and Communicating Research

Professional associations

Member of Australian Psychological Society

Fellow of Australian Association of Gerontology

Member of the Nutrition Society of Australia


BA(Hons First Class), Flinders University

PhD, Flinders University

Research interests

  • Cognitive change across the life-span
  • The development of the executive functions during emerging adulthood and older adulthood
  • Nutrition, life-style, cognition and psychological well-being

Research publications


Best, T., Kemps, E., & Bryan, J. (2010). Saccharide effects on cognition and well-being in middle-aged adults A randomised controlled trial. Developmental Neuropsychology, 35, 66-80. [ERA ranking A]

Crichton, G.E., Murphy, K.J., & Bryan, J. (2010). Dairy intake and cognitive health in middle-aged South Australians. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 19, 161-171. [ERA ranking C]

Crichton, G.E., Bryan, J., Murphy, K.J., & Buckley, J. (2010). Review of Dairy Consumption and Cognitive Performance in Adults: Findings and Methodological Issues. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 30, 352-361. [ERA ranking B]

Berry, N.M., Robinson, M.J., Bryan, J., Buckley, J.D., Murphy, K.J., & Howe, P.R.C. (2011). Acute effects of an Avena sativa herb extract on responses to the Stroop colour word test, Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine,17, 635-637. [ERA ranking A*]

Crichton, G.E., Bryan, J., Buckley, J., & Murphy, K. (2011). Dairy consumption and metabolic syndrome: A systematic review of findings and methodological issues. Obesity Reviews. 12, e190–e201 [ERA ranking A*].

McDonnell, M., Bryan, J., Smith, A., & Esterman, A. (2011) Assessing cognitive impairment following stroke. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 33, 945-953 [ERA ranking B]

Crichton, G.E., Elias, M.F., Buckley, J., Murphy, K.J., Bryan, J., & Frisardi, V. (2012). Metabolic Syndrome, Cognitive Performance and Dementia: a Review. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 30, S77-S87. [Impact factor = 4.261].

Best, T., Kemps, E., & Bryan, J. (2012). Perceived changes in well-being following polysaccharide intake in middle-aged adults. Applied Research in Quality of Life., 7, 183-192.

Bryan, J., Tuckey, M., Einöther, S.J.L., Garczarek, U., Garrick, A., & De Bruin, E.A. (2012). Relationships between tea and other beverage consumption to work performance and mood. Appetite, 58, 339-346.

Bryan, J., Ranzijn, R., Balfour, C., Tuckey, M., Hayward, R., Pearson, E., Jackman, G., & Lushington, K (2012). Increasing the Work-Readiness of Australian Psychology Undergraduates by Changing the Curriculum. In S. McCarthy, J. Cranney, K. L. Dickson, A. Trapp and V. Karandashev (Eds.) Teaching Psychology around the World: Volume 3. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Hayward, R., Ranzijn, R., Bryan, J., & Pearson, E. (2012). Developing Program Learning Objectives to Enhance the Work Readiness of Australian Psychology Graduates. In S. McCarthy, J. Cranney, K. L. Dickson, A. Trapp and V. Karandashev (Eds.) Teaching Psychology around the World: Volume 3. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Frensham, L.J., Bryan, J., & Sinn, N. (2012). Influences of micronutrient and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on cognition, learning and behaviour: Methodological considerations and implications for general populations of children and adolescents in developed societies. Nutrition Reviews, 70, 594-10.

Crichton, G.E., Murphy, K.J., Howe, P.R.C., Buckley, J.D., & Bryan, J. (2012). Dairy consumption and working memory performance in overweight and obese adults. Appetite, 59, 34-40.

Wong, R.H.X., Howe, P.R.C., Bryan, J., Coates, A.M. Buckley, J.D., & Berry, N.M. (2012). Chronic effects of a wild green oat extract supplementation on cognitive performance in older adults: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. Nutrients 2012, 4, 331-342.

Crichton, G.E., Howe, P.R.C., Buckley, J.D., Coates, A.M., Murphy, K.J., & Bryan, J. (2012). Long term dietary intervention trials: critical issues and challenges, Trials, 13, 1-11.

Wong, R.H.X., Berry, N.M., Coates, A.M., Buckley, J.D., Bryan, J., Kunzc, I., & Howe, P.R.C. (2013). Chronic resveratrol consumption improves brachial flow-mediated dilatation in healthy obese adults. Journal of Hypertension, 31, 1819-1827. [ERA ranking A; DOI:10.1097/HJH.0b013e328362b9d6].

Crichton, G.E., Bryan, J., & Murphy, K.J. (2013) Dietary antioxidants, cognitive function and dementia - a systematic review. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 68, 279-292.[No ERA ranking; Impact Factor = 2.5].

Crichton, G.E., Bryan, J., Hodgson, J.M., & Murphy, K.J. (2013). Mediterranean diet adherence and self-reported psychological functioning in an Australian sample. Appetite, 70, 53-59. [ERA ranking B]

Barbour, J.A., Howe, P.R.C., Buckley, J.D., Bryan, J., & Coates, A.M. (accepted 2014). Nut consumption for vascular health and cognitive function. Nutrition Research Reviews.

Thomson, R., Coates, A., Howe, P., Bryan. J., Matsumoto.M., & Buckley.J. (accepted 2014). Increases in plasma lutein through supplementation are correlated with increases in physical activity and reductions in sedentary time in older adults, Nutrients.

Chonody, J., Webb, S., Ranzijn, R., & Bryan, J (accepted 2014). Working with older adults: Predictors of attitudes toward ageing among psychology and social work students, faculty and practitioners. Australian Psychologist.

McDonnell, M.N., Mackintosh, S.F., Hillier, S.L., & Bryan, J. (2014). Regular group exercise is associated with improved mood but not quality of life following stroke Peer J 2:e331; DOI 10.7717/peerj.331.

Barbour, J.A., Howe, P.R.C., Buckley, J.D., Wright, G.C., Bryan, J., & Coates, A. (2014). Lower energy intake following consumption of Hi-oleic and regular peanuts compared with iso-energetic consumption of potato crisps. Appetite, 82, 124-130.

Best, T., Howe, P., Bryan, J., Buckley, J., & Scholey, A. (2015). Acute effects of a dietary non-starch polysaccharide supplement on cognitive performance in healthy middle-aged adults. Nutritional Neuroscience. 18, 76-86. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1476830513Y.0000000101.

Webb, S. N., Chonody, J., Ranzijn, R. Owen, M., and Bryan, J. (accepted 15/01/15). A qualitative investigation of gerontological practice: The views of social work and psychology students, faculty, and practitioners. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

Davis, C.R., Bryan, J., Hodgson, J.R., Wilson, C., & Murphy, K.J. (2015). Older Australians can adhere to a traditional Mediterranean style diet over two weeks: a pilot dietary intervention study. BMC Nutrition, 1:28 DOI 10.1186/s40795-015-0021-y.

Davis, C., Bryan, J., Hodgson, J., Murphy, K. (2015). Definition of the Mediterranean Diet: A Literature Review. Nutrients, 7, 9139–9153; doi:10.3390/nu7115459.

Knight, A., Bryan, J., Wilson, C., Hodgson, J., & Murphy, K (2015). A randomised controlled intervention trial evaluating the efficacy of a Mediterranean dietary pattern on cognitive function and psychological wellbeing in healthy older adults: the MedLey study. BMC Geriatrics, 15:55 DOI 10.1186/s12877-015-0054-8.

Barbour, J., Howe, P., Buckley, J., Bryan, J., & Coates, A. (2015). Effect of 12 weeks High oleic peanut consumption on cardio-metabolic risk factors and body composition. Nutrients. 7(9): 7381–7398. Published online 2015 Sep 2. doi: 10.3390/nu7095343

Knight, A., Bryan, J., & Murphy, K. (accepted 16/10/2015). Is the Mediterranean diet a feasible approach to preserving cognitive function and reducing risk of dementia for older adults in Western countries? New insights and future Q1 directions. Ageing Research Reviews.

Research Degree Supervisor

I am interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas:
The validity of the measurement of the executive functions.
Cognitive development and the development of the executive functions across the life-span.
The association between dietary components, dietary intake and cognitive performance.
Teaching and learning in psychology

Current Projects:

Australianising a Mediterranean diet and investigating its effects on cardiovascular function
 Principal supervisor: Karen Murphy
Co-supervisor: Janet Bryan
Student: Courtney Davis
This project involves the Australianisation of the traditional Mediterranean diet, determining its compliance and examining effects on cardiovascular function.
Health literacy and eating and health behaviour
 PhD Candidate: Alice Granger, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
Principal supervisor: Janet Bryan
Co-supervisor: Dr Manny Noakes, CSIRO Human Nutrition
The effects of a Mediterranean diet on cognitive performance in older adults
 Principal supervisor: Janet Bryan
Co-supervisor: Karen Murphy
Student: Alissa Knight
This project aims to dtermine the effectiveness of an Australianised Mediterranean diet on the cognitive performance of older adults, as well as the mechanisms for any effects.
The effects of the use of metaphor in creativity
 Principal supervisor: Siobhan Banks
Co-supervisor: Janet Bryan
Co-supervisor: Lauren Holloway
This project develops a new model of creativity using metaphor and examines its efficacy.

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