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Researcher Profile - Jan Golembiewski

First Name:Jan
Last Name:Golembiewski
Advanced Degrees:M.Arch, B.Arch, BFA, PhD
Affiliation:QUT Australia
Street Address 1:2 Victoria Road
Street Address 2:QUT
Zip/Postal Code:QLD 4001
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Member reports no financial or other potential conflicts of interest. [Last Modified: 27 May 2015]
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Clinical Interests:
Drug abuse, Anxiety disorders , Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, ADD) , Autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders), Bipolar disorder , Neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., 22q11 deletion syndromes), Psychology, Schizophrenia, Depression, Borderline personality disorder
Research Focus:
Epidemiology, Psychiatric architecture, Phenomenology/diagnosis
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Reasearcher Bio
Professor Jan Golembiewski is one of the world’s leading researchers in architectural design psychology. His PhD traces phenomenological experience back to the neurological mechanisms that cause them. This is relevant in healthcare architecture (especially mental health), because the built environment has a powerful influence on the very diagnostic symptoms to be treated. He is a Director and Knowledge and Research Lead of a medical architecture office (MAAP, Sydney) and occupies an industry engagement position at the Queensland University of Technology.

Top Papers
1. Le Hunte, Bem, & Golembiewski, Jan. (2014). Stories have the power to save us: A Neurological Framework for the Imperative to Tell Stories. Arts and Social Sciences Journal, 5(2), 73-77.

2. Golembiewski, Jan. (2014). Introducing the concept of reflexive and automatic violence: a function of aberrant perceptual inhibition. Archives of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, 16(4), 5-13. doi: 10.12740/app/33358

3. Golembiewski, Jan. (2013). The subcortical confinement hypothesis for schizotypal hallucinations. Curēus, 5 (5), e118. doi: 10.7759/cureus.118

4. Golembiewski, Jan. (2014 ). Mental health facility design: The case for person-centred care. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(3), 203-206. doi: 10.1177/0004867414565477

5. Golembiewski, Jan. (2013). Lost in Space: the role of the environment in the aetiology of schizophrenia. Facilities, 31(9/10), 427-448.

6. Golembiewski, Jan. (2013). Determinism and desire: Some neurological processes in perceiving the design object. International Journal of Design in Society, 6(3), 23-36.

7. Golembiewski, Jan. (2013). Are diverse factors proxies for architectural influences? A case for architecture in the aetiology of schizophrenia. Curēus, 5(3), e106. doi: 10.7759/cureus.106

8. Golembiewski, Jan. (2012). Salutogenic design: The neural basis for health promoting environments. World Health Design Scientific Review, 5(4), 62-68.

9. Golembiewski, Jan. (2012). Psychiatric design: Using a salutogenic model for the development and management of mental health facilities. World Health Design Scientific Review, 5(2), 74-79.

10. Golembiewski, Jan. (2012). All common psychotic symptoms can be explained by the theory of ecological perception. Medical Hypotheses, 78, 7-10. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2011.09.029

What are the top three papers (not yours) you have read recently?
1. Northoff, G., Kötter, R., Baumgart, F., Danos, P., Boeker, H., Kaulisch, T.,... Witzel, T. (2004). Orbitofrontal cortical dysfunction in akinetic catatonia: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study during negative emotional stimulation. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 30(2), 405.

2. Kelly, B. D., O'Callaghan, E., Waddington, J. L., Feeney, L., Browne, S., Scully, P. J.,... Morgan, M. G. (2010). Schizophrenia and the city: A review of literature and prospective study of psychosis and urbanicity in Ireland. Schizophrenia Research, 116(1), 75-89.

3. Baldwin, Clive. (2005). Narrative, ethics and people with severe mental illness. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39, 1022-1029.

If resources were not limited, what research projects would you pursue?
It's sort of happened: I'm currently engaged in designing an experimental mental health facility to test the effects of increased opportunities for (safe, positive) activity for schizophrenia patients.

What is your leading hypothesis?
All the symptoms and signs of schizophrenia can be explained very parsimoniously form the perspective that schizophrenia is a disorder of perceptual attention, which in turn is moderated differently by the various dopamine receptors. These in turn are primed by afferents from various other receptors such as GABA.
What piece of missing evidence would help prove it?
The evidence is there, with growing external validity. The problem is not so much with finding evidence, but in integrating the evidence right through from a molecular scale to a global one
What is your fallback position?
Qualities in the environment that are perceived as negative cause symptoms, and the negative signs emerge as patients attempt to control symptoms.

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