Richard Bryant obtained his PhD from Macquarie University in 1989 and started working as a clinical psychologist at Westmead Hospital, where he established the Traumatic Stress Clinic in 1993. In 1995, he joined the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) and was promoted to Professor in 2002.
His main areas of research are in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health disorders following trauma exposure (9/11 attacks, 2004’s Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina). His work also applies to prolonged grief disorder.
In 2016 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia, for eminent service to medical research in the field of psychotraumatology, as a psychologist and author, to the study of Indigenous mental health, as an advisor to a range of government and international organizations, and to professional societies.