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I am an Honorary Research Fellow and registered Clinical Psychologist. I completed my PhD and Doctor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2018 before beginning my Macquarie University Fellowship in 2019. 

My research is focused on understanding and treating anxiety and related disorders in children and adolescents. Specifically, I investigate the cognitive and familial risk factors that underpin youth emotional health disorders and use this understanding to improve and develop transdiagnostic (i.e., common across both disorders) treatments for young people with emotional health difficulties.

Research interests

  • Anxiety and comorbid disorders in childhood and adolescents
  • Cognitive mechanisms underpinning youth anxiety and related disorders 
  • Development and environmental and familial risk factors (e.g., parenting) in youth anxiety and related disorders
  • Treatment of anxiety and comorbid disorders in youth

Research student supervision

I supervise research students on topics related to youth mental health, the role of cognitive bias in youth anxiety and comorbid disorders, familial and environmental risk factors in the development of anxiety and depressive disorders in youth, improving and developing novel treatments for anxious youth with comorbid disorders.


I have taught a number of undergraduate Psychology units, including Statistical and Research Methods, Abnormal Psychology and Development Psychology.

Community engagement

I present to schools, parents and community groups about my research. I also run training workshops for clinicians and health workers to educate them about youth mental health and improve treatment engagement. I provide information about youth emotional health to the media in all forms (e.g., A Current Affair, SBS News). 

Research engagement

  • Reviewer Panel Member for the Education and Developmental Psychologist
  • Reviewer for a number of journals, including the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Child Adolescent Mental Health and Journal of Family and Child Studies
  • Invited Speaker and contributor to the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network on psychosocial difficulties in youth.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Sydney

Award Date: 2 May 2019

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Sydney

Award Date: 2 May 2018

Bachelor of Science, Psychology (Honours Class I), University of Sydney

Award Date: 10 Jun 2011

Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Award Date: 16 Oct 2009

Master of Arts, Economics (Honours Class I), University of Cambridge

Award Date: 3 Jun 2003


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