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Associate Professor Janet Bryan 

Position: Acting Head of School: Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy Associate Professor Janet Bryan
Division/Portfolio: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
School/Unit: School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
Campus: City East Campus
Office: H2-25
Telephone: +61 8 830 24160
Fax: +61 8 830 24377
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


Qualifications

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

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOKS - LAST FIVE YEARS

Best, T., Kemps, E., & Bryan, J. (2009). Association between dietary saccharide intake and self-reported memory performance in middle-aged adults. British Journal of Nutrition, 101, 93-99. IF = 2.708. [ERA ranking A]

Sinn N, Bryan J, Wilson C (2009). Nutrition and ADHD: Omega-3 fatty acids, micronutrients and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. VDM Verlag: Saarbrücken.

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; Accepted 29/04/13 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]

Best, T., Howe, P., Bryan, J., Buckley, J., & Scholey, A. (2013; Accepted). Acute effects of a dietary non-starch polysaccharide supplement on cognitive performance in healthy middle-aged adults. Nutritional Neuroscience. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1476830513Y.0000000101.

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.


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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