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
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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