Dr Loren Brener

Senior Research Fellow, Postgraduate Coordinator
MA, PhD
Centre for Social Research in Health

Contact

+61 2 9385 6530
Room 316, Goodsell Building

I do primarily quantitative research and have a background in social psychology with a particular interest in stigma, dscrimination and implicit attitudes. My work focuses on stigma and discrimination in relation to people who use illicit substances  or people with stigmtised illness such as HCV, HIV, mental illness, and addresses the impact  of this on health care service delivery

Research

Dr Loren Brener is a Research Fellow in the National Centre in HIV Social Research.

Publications

    Journal articles

    • von Hippel C;Brener L;Horwitz R, 2018, 'Implicit and explicit internalized stigma: Relationship with risky behaviors, psychosocial functioning and healthcare access among people who inject drugs', Addictive Behaviors, vol. 76, pp. 305 - 311, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.08.036
    • Wilson H;Brener L;Jackson LC;Saunders V;Johnson P;Treloar C, 2017, 'HCV knowledge among a sample of HCV positive Aboriginal Australians residing in New South Wales', Psychology, Health and Medicine, vol. 22, pp. 625 - 632, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2016.1189582
    • Newman CE;Gray R;Brener L;Jackson LC;Dillon A;Saunders V;Johnson P;Treloar C, 2017, '"i had a little bit of a bloke meltdown...But the next day, i was up": Understanding cancer experiences among aboriginal men', Cancer Nursing, vol. 40, pp. E1 - E8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0000000000000399
    • Treloar C;Jackson LC;Gray R;Newland J;Wilson H;Saunders V;Johnson P;Brener L, 2016, 'Multiple stigmas, shame and historical trauma compound the experience of Aboriginal Australians living with hepatitis C', Health Sociology Review, vol. 25, pp. 18 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2015.1126187
    • Brener L;Lea T;Rance J;Wilson H;Bryant J;Ezard N, 2016, 'Providing a model of health care service to stimulant users in Sydney', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2016.1221061
    • Cama E;Brener L;Wilson H;von Hippel C, 2016, 'Internalized Stigma Among People Who Inject Drugs', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 51, pp. 1664 - 1668, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2016.1188951
    • Brener L;von Hippel C;Wilson H;Hopwood M, 2016, 'Health workers' support for hepatitis C treatment uptake among clients with a history of injecting.', J Health Psychol, pp. 1359105316642002, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105316642002
    • Brener L;Wilson H;Jackson LC;Johnson P;Saunders V;Treloar C, 2016, 'Experiences of diagnosis, care and treatment among Aboriginal people living with hepatitis C', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 40, pp. S59 - S64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12402
    • Treloar C;Jackson C;Gray R;Newland J;Wilson H;Saunders V;Johnson P;Brener L, 2016, 'Care and treatment of hepatitis C among Aboriginal people in New South Wales, Australia: Implications for the implementation of new treatments', Ethnicity and Health, vol. 21, pp. 39 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2015.1004870
    • Wolff N;von Hippel C;Brener L;von Hippel W, 2015, 'Implicit identification with drug and alcohol use predicts retention in residential rehabilitation programs.', Psychology of Addictive Beahviors, vol. 20, pp. 148 - 153
    • Brener L;Wilson H;Jackson LC;Johnson P;Saunders V;Treloar C, 2015, 'The role of Aboriginal community attachment in promoting lifestyle changes after hepatitis C diagnosis', Health Psychology Open, vol. 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2055102915601581
    • Brener L;Murphy DA;Cama EJ;Ellard J, 2015, 'Hepatitis C risk factors, attitudes and knowledge among HIV-positive, HIV-negative and HIV-untested gay and bisexual men in Australia', Sexual Health, vol. 12, pp. 411 - 417, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH14239
    • Brener L;Von Hippel C;Horwitz R;Hamwood J, 2015, 'The impact of pluralistic ignorance on the provision of health care for people who inject drugs', Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 20, pp. 1240 - 1249, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105313510336
    • Cama E;Brener L;Slavin S;De Wit J, 2015, 'The impact of HIV treatment-related stigma on uptake of antiretroviral therapy', AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, vol. 27, pp. 739 - 742, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2014.998614
    • Cama EJ;Wilson H;Mackenzie A;Brener L, 2015, 'Hepatitis C Stigma and Empowerment Through Positive Speaking in Sydney, Australia', Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/casp.2222
    • Treloar C;Gray R;Brener L;Jackson C;Saunders V;Johnson P;Harris M;Butow P;Newman C, 2014, 'HEALTH LITERACY IN RELATION TO CANCER: ADDRESSING THE SILENCE ABOUT AND ABSENCE OF CANCER DISCUSSION AMONG ABORIGINAL PEOPLE, COMMUNITIES AND HEALTH SERVICES', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, vol. 10, pp. 81 - 81, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajco.12303
    • Wilson H;Brener L;Mao L;Treloar C, 2014, 'Perceived discrimination and injecting risk among people who inject drugs attending Needle and Syringe Programmes in Sydney, Australia', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 144, pp. 274 - 278, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.08.018
    • Cama E;Brener L;Bryant J, 2014, 'Characteristics and attendance patterns of a fixed-site NSP and nearby SVM: The benefits of 24-hour access to sterile injecting equipment', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 21, pp. 476 - 481, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09687637.2014.956051
    • Wolff N;von Hippel C;Brener L;von Hippel W, 2014, 'Implicit Identification With Drug and Alcohol Use Predicts Retention in Residential Rehabilitation Programs', Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/adb0000004
    • Brener L;Horwitz R;von Hippel C;Bryant J;Treloar C, 2014, 'Discrimination by health care workers versus discrimination by others: Countervailing forces on HCV treatment intentions', Psychology, Health and Medicine, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2014.923103
    • Treloar C;Gray R;Brener L, 2014, 'A piece of the jigsaw of primary care: Health professional perceptions of an integrated care model of hepatitis C management in the community', Journal of Primary Health Care, vol. 6, pp. 129 - 134
    • Brener L;Rose G;Treloar C;Cama EJ;Whiticker M, 2014, 'Mental health support workers attitudes towards hepatitis c and injecting drug use: Barriers to recovery?', Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, vol. 7, pp. 217 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17523281.2013.806951
    • Brener L;Gray R;Cama EJ;Treloar C, 2013, ''Makes you wanna do treatment': Benefits of a hepatitis C specialist clinic to clients in Christchurch, New Zealand', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 21, pp. 216 - 223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12009
    • Treloar C;Gray R;Brener L;Jackson C;Saunders V;Johnson P;Harris M;Newman C;Butow P, 2013, 'Health literacy in relation to cancer: Addressing the silence about and absence of cancer discussion among Aboriginal people, communities and health services', Health and Social Care in the Community, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12054
    • Brener L;Wilson H;Slavin S;De Wit J, 2013, 'The impact of living with HIV: Differences in experiences of stigma for heterosexual and homosexual people living with HIV in Australia', Sexual Health, vol. 10, pp. 316 - 319, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH12170
    • Brener L;Callander D;de Wit J;Slavin S, 2013, 'Experiences of HIV stigma: The role of visible symptoms, HIV centrality and community attachment for people living with HIV', AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2012.752784
    • Brener L;Wilson H;Rose G;MacKenzie A;De Wit J, 2013, 'Challenging stereotypes and changing attitudes: Improving quality of care for people with hepatitis C through Positive Speakers programs', Psychology, Health and Medicine, vol. 18, pp. 242 - 249, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2012.701753
    • de Wit J;Brener L;Slavin S, 2012, 'Resilience as a mediator of the mental health impacts of HIV-related stigma', PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, vol. 27, pp. 32 - 32, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000307232000075&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Brener L;Von Hippel W;Von Hippel C, 2012, 'Exploring the relationship between implicit self-representation and drug use', Addiction Research and Theory, vol. 20, pp. 133 - 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/16066359.2011.580067
    • Hopwood M;Brener L;Wilson H, 2012, 'Vaccine, transmission and treatment: An exploratory study of viral hepatitis knowledge among attendees of a metropolitan Australian university', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 19, pp. 346 - 350, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09687637.2012.675530
    • Rose G;Beale I;Malone J;Higgin J;Whiticker M;Brener L, 2012, 'Problematic substance use in two mental health NGOs, and staff, client and general public attitudes towards problematic substance use amongst people with mental illness', Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, vol. 5, pp. 275 - 286, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17523281.2012.702518
    • Resnick I;Brener L;Treloar C;Hull P, 2012, 'Health worker attitudes toward peer workers in hepatitis C prevention', Psychology, Health and Medicine, vol. 17, pp. 659 - 666, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2012.656660
    • Brener L;Hippel WV;Kippax S;Preacher KJ, 2010, 'The role of physician and nurse attitudes in the health care of injecting drug users', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 45, pp. 1007 - 1018, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/10826081003659543
    • Bryant J;Brener L;Hull P;Treloar C, 2010, 'Needle sharing in regular sexual relationships: An examination of serodiscordance, drug using practices, and the gendered character of injecting', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 107, pp. 182 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2009.10.007
    • Brener L;Spooner C;Treloar C, 2010, 'Preventing transitions to injecting amongst young people: What is the role of Needle and Syringe Programmes?', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 21, pp. 160 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2009.03.003
    • Hopwood M;Brener L;Frankland A;Treloar C, 2010, 'Assessing community support for harm reduction services: Comparing two measures', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 29, pp. 385 - 391, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00151.x
    • Brener L;von Hippel W;von Hippel C;Resnick I;Treloar C, 2010, 'Perceptions of discriminatory treatment by staff as predictors of drug treatment completion: Utility of a mixed methods approach', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 29, pp. 491 - 497, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00173.x
    • Hopwood MN;Bryant J;Brener L, 2010, 'Evolving knowledge and practice: hepatitis C and illicit drug use', Contemporary Drug Problems, vol. 37, pp. 543 - 547, https://www.federallegalpublications.com/contemporary-drug-problems/201106/cdp-2010-37-4-01-hopwood-editors%E2%80%99-introduction-evolving-knowledge-
    • Horwitz R;Brener L;Treloar C;Sabri W;Moreton R;Sedrak A, 2010, 'Australian Egyptian community’s understanding of hepatitis C, their knowledge of virus transmission and treatment and attitudes towards people with hepatitis C', Contemporary Drug Problems, vol. 37, pp. 659 - 683
    • Brener L;Gray R;Treloar C, 2009, 'CAPACITY BUILDING WITH FRONT-LINE HEALTH WORKERS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: IMPACT IN A SENSITIVE AREA', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, vol. 28, pp. A5 - A5, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000270916300017&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Brener L;Treloar CJ, 2009, 'Alcohol and other drug treatment experiences of hepatitis C-positive and negative clients: implications for hepatitis C treatment', Australian Health Review, vol. 33, pp. 100 - 106
    • Brener L;Resnick I;Ellard J;Treloar C;Bryant J, 2009, 'Exploring the role of consumer participation in drug treatment', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 105, pp. 172 - 175, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2009.06.016
    • Von Hippel W;Brener L;Von Hippel C, 2008, 'Implicit prejudice toward injecting drug users predicts intentions to change jobs among drug and alcohol nurses', Psychological Science, vol. 19, pp. 7 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02037.x
    • Brener L;Von Hippel W, 2008, 'Measuring attitudes toward injecting drug users and people with hepatitis C', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 43, pp. 295 - 302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10826080701202627
    • Newman CE;Treloar C;Brener L;Ellard JM;O Connell DL;Butow PN;Supramaniam R, 2008, 'Aboriginal patterns of cancer care: A five-year study in New South Wales', Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, vol. 32, pp. 6 - 7, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=326182515869080;res=IELFSC
    • Brener L;von Hippel W;Kippax S, 2007, 'Prejudice among health care workers toward injecting drug users with hepatitis C: Does greater contact lead to less prejudice?', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 18, pp. 381 - 387, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2007.01.006
    • Fraser S;Hopwood M;Treloar C;Brener L, 2004, 'Needle fictions: Medical constructions of needle fixation and the injecting drug user', Addiction Research and Theory, vol. 12, pp. 67 - 76, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16066350310001606132
    • Brener L;Vallino-Napoli L;Reid J;Reilly S, 2003, 'Accessing the evidence to treat the dysphagic patient: Can we get it?  Is there time?', Asia Pacific Journal of Speech Language and Hearing, vol. 8, pp. 36 - 43
    • Pauw I;Brener L, 2003, ''You are just whores - You can't be raped': Barriers to safer sex practices among women street sex workers in Cape Town', Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 5, pp. 465 - 481, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/136910501185198

    Reports

    • Rose GJ;von Hippel C;Brener L;von Hippel W, 2016, Inclusion and mental health: professionals compared (report 4), Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia, Sydney
    • Rose GJ;von Hippel C;Brener L;von Hippel W, 2016, Inclusion and mental health: professionals compared (report 3), Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia, Sydney
    • Rose GJ;von Hippel C;Brener L;von Hippel W, 2016, Inclusion and mental health: professionals compared (report 2), Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia, Sydney
    • Rose GJ;von Hippel C;Brener L;von Hippel W, 2016, Inclusion and mental health: professionals compared (report 1), Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia, Sydney
    • Brener L;Treloar C;Hull P, 2016, Stigma, Discrimination and Injecting Drug Use HETI eLearning Module for NSW Health Staff: Evaluation Report, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia, Sydney, https://csrh.arts.unsw.edu.au/research/projects/heti-elearning-module-evaluation/
    • Brener L;Bryant J;Wilson H;Lea T;Rance J, 2016, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Drug and Alcohol Service, S-Check Clinic: Evaluation Report, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/57AA8C9E4A664
    • Treloar C;Cao W;Brener L;Kippax SC;Schultz L;Schultz M;Bath N, 2004, Barriers and incentives to treatment for illicit drug users, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, Original

    Other

    Conference Presentations

    • Brener L, 2016, 'Experiences of diagnosis, treatment and care among Aboriginal people living with hepatitis C', presented at 10th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Gold Coast, 29 September - 01 October 2016
    • Cama E;Brener L;Hopwood M;Treloar C;de Wit J, 2016, 'Development of a brief indicator of stigma among people living with blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections in Australia', presented at 14th Social Research Conference on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Related Diseases, Sydney, 31 March - 01 April 2016
    • Cama E;Brener L;Hopwood M;Treloar C;de Wit J, 2016, 'Stigma among people living with hepatitis C and people who inject drugs in Australia', presented at 10th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Gold Coast, 29 September - 01 October 2016
    • Treloar C;Cama E;Brener L;Hopwood M;de wit J, 2016, 'Development of a national monitoring system of stigma among people living with HIV in Australia', presented at Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference (26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine), Adelaide, 16 - 18 November 2016

Teaching

Teaching
SPSL 3002

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