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Researcher Profile - Jan Golembiewski

First Name:Jan
Last Name:Golembiewski
Advanced Degrees:M.Arch, B.Arch, BFA, (PhD Candidate)
Affiliation:U.Syd. Australia
Department:Architecture and Allied Arts
Street Address 1:554 Wilkinson Building, 148 CIty Road,
Street Address 2:Sydney University
Zip/Postal Code:NSW 2006
Phone:+61 2 9351 3474
Email Address:
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Member reports no financial or other potential conflicts of interest. [Last Modified: 4 November 2011]
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Clinical Interests:
Psychology, Depression, Schizophrenia
Research Focus:
Psychiatric architecture, Epidemiology, Phenomenology/diagnosis
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Reasearcher Bio
B.F.A. (UNSW and UCBerkeley)
PhD (U.Syd) Candidate

In 2006, Jan was asked to co-design a state-of-the-art mental health facility for a government health service. Disappointed that little was known about the environmental needs for patients with psychiatric vulnerabilities, he returned to do a M Arch degree in design for mental health, and a PhD in the environmental factors of psychosis. These are both aetiological and also in treatment settings.

Top Papers
Golembiewski, J. A. (in press). All common psychotic symptoms can be explained by the theory of ecological perception. Medical Hypotheses. PMID: 22041053. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2011.09.029

Golembiewski, J. A. (2012). Moving from theory to praxis on the fly; Introducing a salutogenic method to expedite mental healthcare provision. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 27(1), (in press).

Golembiewski, J. (2010). Start making sense; Applying a salutogenic model to architectural design for psychiatric care. Facilities, 28(3/4), 100-117. doi: 10.1108/02632771011023096
What are the top three papers (not yours) you have read recently?
1. Northoff, G., K├Âtter, 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. Hassin, R. R., Bargh, J. A., Engell, A. D., & McCulloch, K. C. (2009). Implicit working memory. Consciousness and Cognition, 18(3), 665-678.
If resources were not limited, what research projects would you pursue?
I would build an experimental mental health facility to test the effects of increased opportunities for (safe, positive) activity for schizophrenia patients.

I would also conduct a longitudinal study on TV watching in children and correlates it to schizophrenia development in adolescence.
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 active perception. The automation of thought and action in a context.

This emerges out of a vulnerability to opportunities for engagement, particularly if they carry a negative charge.
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 signs emerge as patients attempt to control symptoms.

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