I am a Psychologist in the Discipline of Behavioural Health, CMPH. My clinical expertise is in strength-based psychotherapy, and research interests include the design of digital mental health technologies, the lived experience of health service users, the acceptability and effectiveness of low intensity cognitive behaviour therapy, and strength-based mental health promotion. I have authored over 50 peer reviewed publications, produced 6 multimedia clips for pain and anxiety, written and produced nine clinical guided self-help materials, and developed two national group programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Bachelor of Social Science (2004)
Bachelor of Health Sciences (2005)
Master of Psychology (Clinical) (2009)
Doctor of Philosophy (2009)
2022 Flinders CMPH Student-led Teaching Award
Discipline Lead Behavioural Health
Course Coordinator Counselling suite of post-graduate courses (domestic and international)
My research and teaching involves four integrated lines of interest (a) accurately measuring and describing the wellbeing of individuals (health promotion), (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 , have provided consultation and expert mental health advice to a broad range of agencies (e.g., University of Malaya, South Australian Catholic Schools Association, Department for Education, 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). I am also an elected member of the Holdfast Bay Council (Brighton Ward).
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