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 imagery, 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

Adult and Child Clinical Psychology 1 

Adult and Child Clinical Psychology 2

Experimental and Clinical Psychology


Select Recent publications:

Norberg, M.M, Beath, A. P., Kerin, F.J., Martyn, C., Baldwin, P.A., & Grisham, J.R. (2020). Trait Versus Task-Induced Emotional Reactivity and Distress Intolerance in Hoarding Disorder: Transdiagnostic Implications, Behavior Therapy, 51, 123-134.

David, J., Baldwin, P.A., & Grisham, J. R. (2019). To save or not to save: The use of cognitive bias modification in a high hoarding sample. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, 23, 100457.

Yap, K., Eppingstall, J., Brennan, C., Le, B., Grisham, J. R. (2020). Emotional attachment to objects mediates the relationship between loneliness and hoarding symptoms.  Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 24, 106487.

Grisham, J.R., Minihan, S., & Winch, C. (2019). Imagining as an Observer: Manipulating Visual Perspective in Obsessional Imagery. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 726-736.

Grisham, J.R., Martyn, C., Kerin, F., Baldwin, P.A., & Norberg, M.M. (2018). Interpersonal functioning in hoarding disorder: An examination of attachment styles and emotion regulation in response to interpersonal stress. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 16, 43-49.

Grisham, J.R., Roberts, L., Cerea, S., Isemann, S., Svehla, J., Norberg, M. M. (2018). The role of distress tolerance, anxiety sensitivity, and intolerance of uncertainty in predicting hoarding symptoms in a clinical sample. Psychiatry Research, 267, 94-101.

Khan, M. & Grisham, J.R. (2018). Wiping Your Conscience Clean: Investigating the Macbeth Effect in Individuals with High Obsessive-Compulsive Contamination Concerns. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 9, 1-10.

Kwok, C., Grisham, J.R., Norberg, M. M. (2018). Object attachment: Humanness increases sentimental and instrumental values.  Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7, 1132-1142.

Liew, J., Grisham, J.R., Hayes, B.K. (2018). Inductive and deductive reasoning in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 59, 79-86.

Stech, E.P. & Grisham, J. R. (2017). Modifying obsessive-compulsive beliefs about controlling one’s thoughts. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 39, 534-545.

Wong, S. F. & Grisham, J. R. (2017). Inverse reasoning processes in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 47, 75-82.

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 Google Scholar profile

Awards, Fellowships & Grants




Outstanding Supervisor Award, ARC Postgraduate Council, UNSW


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

Keong Yap

Matthew Collings

Wenting Chen

David Cooper

Sophie Champion

Lauren Stavropoulos

Alex Berry

Other Information

Professor Jessica Grisham eatured on ABC radio with Richard Fidler: Jessica Grisham takes us inside Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and .Jessica Grisham: Helping hoarders let go Jessica Grisham: helping hoarders let go - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler.

Jessica also appeared on SBS Insight discussing OCD.

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