Professor Tim Carey


Centre for Remote Health

+61 8 8951 4703
place Alice Springs (CRH Building)
PO Box 4066, Alice Springs 0871, Northern Territory

Prior to undertaking studies in psychology Tim worked in schools as a preschool teacher then a special education teacher and, finally, a behaviour management specialist. His PhD research topic was countercontrol and he investigated the extent to which 10 to 12 year old school children in a variety of schools reported countercontroling their teachers. Between 2002 and 2007 he worked in the National Health Service in Scotland as a clinical psychologist in the area of adult primary care. In that time he developed and began evaluating an approach to psychotherapy called the Method of Levels which is based on Perceptual Control Theory (PCT). Tim is interested in the change process in psychotherapy and has used qualitative methodologies to investigate this process. He also completed an MSc in Statistics at the University of St Andrews while he was working in Scotland and has since completed a postgraduate certificate of biostatistics. In central Australia Tim has worked as a clinical psychologist in the public mental health service, the alcohol and other drug service, the pain management service, and the social and emotional wellbeing service of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.


PhD (Clinical Psychology)

MSc (Statistics)

Postgraduate Certificate of Biostatistics

BA Hons I (Psychology)

Grad Dip Spec Ed (Severely to Profoundly Multiply Handicapped)

Dip T (Prim and Pre)

Honours, awards and grants

2017-­18 Fulbright Northern Territory Senior Scholarship

Key responsibilities

Director, Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs

Research expertise
Health services research
Research interests

Control, countercontrol, internal conflict, Perceptual Control Theory, Method of Levels, change processes in psychotherapy, efficiency and effectiveness of psychological treatments, patient-led therapy.

Topic coordinator
REMH8013 Public Health Principles of Remote & Indigenous Practice
Supervisory interests
Method of levels, control, countercontrol
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: work motivation in rural and remote locations (1), Remote hospital program, health care reforms, realist evaluation (1)
Associate supervisor: Client-led treatment (La Trobe University) (1), Psychological change in youth (University of Canberra (1)
Associate supervisor: Change processes in psychotherapy (Wolverhampton University) (1)
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