My training is in the area of clinical psychology and along with Flinders I am an officer and psychologist with the Australian Defence Force. My interests lie in the area of mental health (treatment and promotion) and getting the right support to the right people at the right time.
Master of Psychology (Clinical), PhD
Dean Comendation for PhD thesis (invited macebearer at graduation ceremony)
HSR for Administration and Non-Laboratories Workgroup
Topic Coordinator in Behavioural Health
Research Committee, Flinders Foundation, Breakthrough Mental Health
Course Development Advisory Group, TAFE South Australia
SA Branch member AACBT
I am interested in the treatment of high prevalence psychological disorders, the promotion of resilience, and how knowledge can be translated to practice. For example, despite a high number of people needing access to mental health support, the reality that not all can access support has driven my interest in the area of Low Intensity (LI) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) the measurement of wellbeing, and the appropriateness / effectiveness of interventions. To that end, I have led the development of numerous LICBT resources that currently underpin the delivery of LICBT in Australia and created several novel multimedia resources and group programs for use with a national veteran population. I am involved in projects that investigate the effectiveness of these materials, as well as the availability of mental health support and wellbeing measurement.
My research and teaching involves four integrated lines of interest (a) accurately measuring and describing the wellbeing of young people, (b) how character strengths can be developed in populations deemed to be ‘at-risk’ of future psychological distress to build a sustainable state of wellbeing, (c) the benefits of a strength-based compared to a deficit approach to treating mental illness, and (d) the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I have been a member of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency since 2009, I was the chair of the Positive Psychology course development Advisory Group for TAFE SA in 2017, have provided consultation and expert mental health advice to a broad range of agencies (e.g., the South Australian Catholic Schools Association, DfE, The Adelaide Football Club, and YMCA Australia), and my research has featured in press atticles (Advertiser, Sydney Morning Herald), radio interviews and podcasts (ABC radio), and national television programs (Weekend Sunrise)..
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