Professor Jessica Grisham

Professor Jessica Grisham

Professor Jessica Grisham

ARC Future Fellow

BA, University of Pennsylvania
PhD, Boston University

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 3031
Email: Professor Jessica Grisham
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 1303

Research Summary

Research Areas: Obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder, and related disorders. Comorbidity and classification of anxiety disorders. Investigations into processes that are associated with various types of psychopathology, including emotion regulation and thought suppression.

Current research projects:
Project: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Project: Hoarding Disorder

Research Lab: Grisham OCD Lab


Psychology 2101 Assessment, Personality, and Psychopathology

Experimental and Clinical Psychology 1 and 2


Most recent publications:

Froreich, F. V., Vartanian, L.R., Zawadzki, M.J., Grisham, J. R., Touyz, S. W. (in press). Psychological need satisfaction, control, and disordered eating. British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Baldwin, P.A., Whitford, T. J., & Grisham, J. R. (2016). The relationship between hoarding symptoms, intolerance of uncertainty, and error-related negativity. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. doi:10.1007/s10862-016-9577-3

Black MJ; Grisham JR, 2016, 'Imagery versus verbal interpretive cognitive bias modification for compulsive checking', Behaviour Research and Therapy, vol. 83, pp. 45 - 52,

For more publications, please view my UNSW Research Gateway profile.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants




Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science


UNSW Faculty of Science Excellence in Research Award


Clara Mayo Dissertation Award




Co-Chief Investigator, National Health and Mental Health Research Council, “Imagey in Social Anxiety” ($480,000)


Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council Future Fellowship,Interpreting intrusions: Illuminating the cognitive mechanisms that fuel obsessional thought" ($681,974)


Chief Investigator, June Griffith Fellowship for Academic Women in Leadership, “Modifying Biases in OCD”  ($50,000)


Co-Chief Investigator, UNSW Gold Star Award,
“Repetitive Thinking: A Failure to Disengage?” ($30,000)


Chief Investigator, UNSW Faculty Research Grant, “Modifying Interpretive Bias in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A novel computerized intervention”  ($30,000)


Chief Investigator, UNSW Dean’s Carers Fellowship, “Neuropsychological Functioning in Compulsive Hoarding” ($25,000)


 Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council Project Grant "Cognitive Control in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”  ($160,000)


Co-Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council Project Grant “Regulating Anger: Cognitive Reappraisal, Emotional Suppression, and Post-event Rumination” ($170,000)


Chief Investigator, UNSW Gold Star Award “Thought suppression in obsessive-compulsive disorder”($40,000)


Chief Investigator, UNSW Faculty Research Grant “Acceptance versus suppression in social phobia” ($30,000)


Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship ($240,000)

Current Research Students

Kelvin Shiu Wong

Alice Kesby

Peter Baldwin

Other Information

Professor Jessica Grisham recently featured on ABC radio with Richard Fidler: Jessica Grisham takes us inside Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.

Jessica also appeared on SBS Insight discussing OCD.

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