Associate Professor Kemp is an interdisciplinary academic, with research interests that span cognitive and affective neuroscience through to epidemiology, bridging the gap between biological mechanism and public health.
From 2004 until 2012, Kemp was employed at the University of Sydney, supported by two highly competitive National Health and Medical Research Council research fellowships, including a Career Development Award. In 2010, he led a major meta-analysis on cardiac function in patients with major depression to publication in the journal Biological Psychiatry, a leading journal in the field. This article addressed a particularly controversial question in the field at that time, that being whether patients with major depression also display adverse cardiac function. The findings indicated that this was the case and as other researchers had previously concluded otherwise, this conclusion generated much discussion, debate and an invitation to move to Brazil as a Visiting Professor, which Kemp accepted.
Between 2013 and 2015, as a Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Kemp worked on the largest study on the health and wellbeing of the Brazilian population. Following on from his highly influential study in Biological Psychiatry, he led several major outcomes to publication including one in the American Journal of Psychiatry, another leading journal in the field. This study represented a conceptual step forward in the investigation of common mental disorders, their treatments and cardiac function. By introducing a novel and robust methodological approach involving machine-learning algorithms to answer important questions in the field on the link between mental and physical health, it has led to new lines of enquiry focusing on the physical health of otherwise healthy patients with common mental disorders.
In 2016, Kemp secured a tenured position as Associate Professor of Psychology at Swansea University in the United Kingdom, and is now focused on continuing his internationally competitive and productive program of research in Europe. Over the course of his career, Kemp has published more than 140 peer-reviewed original articles and reviews in prestigious, peer-reviewed, international journals including The Lancet, American Journal of Psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.