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Associate Professor Richard Clancy

Associate Professor Richard Clancy

What are your research interests?

  • Improving treatment outcomes for people with mental health and substance use problems
  • Helping clinicians who work in mental health services implement evidence-based practice - translating evidence into practice
  • Using novel methods to provide information to people who access mental health services including evaluating the usefulness of digital signage screens in clinical settings
  • Exploring methods to enhance consumers' motivation improving emotional and physical health 

Why did you get into research?

After working as a nurse for nearly 40 years in a number of settings in the Hunter I came to realise that, as health researchers developed newer and better treatments, it would often take years for these advances to be routinely offered to patients. The reasons for the delays in translating research into practice are varied and sometimes complex. I work with other researchers and clinicians to help bridge this gap.

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

My vision is to see people with serious mental illness receive treatments that will help their recovery and improve their quality of life.


Associate Professor Clancy is a Nursing Research Fellow with Hunter New England Mental Health and conjoint associate professor with the University of Newcastle.

His doctoral research with the University of Newcastle is focused on translational research in mental health settings: utilising digital signage in mental health clinical settings to provide psycho-education to improve emotional and physical health and to increase consumer involvement in treatment planning.

Associate Professor Clancy has undertaken research related to motivational interviewing and the cycle of change, smoking cessation for people with mental illness and psychosocial interventions for people with mental illness.

He has worked in fields of nursing since the late 1970s and has significant clinical experience working with people who have comorbid mental health and substance use issues. 

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Mental health and substance use
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Effectiveness trials in mental health 


  • HNE Mental Health - Nursing Research Fellow
  • HNE Mental Health - Chair, Nursing Research & Practice Development Unit
  • HNE Mental Health - Mental Health Research, Evaluation, Analysis & Dissemination Unit
  • University of Newcastle - Conjoint Associate Professor: School of Nursing & Midwifery
  • HMRI Mental Health Hub, Brain & Mental Health
  • HMRI - BRiCS Network