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I am a clinical researcher and practitioner with expertise in the area of psychological interventions for anxiety and depression across the lifespan.  I completed a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at University of New South Wales, followed by a Master of Clinical Psychology and PhD, also at University of New South Wales.  My PhD research was focused on understanding the cognitive mechanisms underpinning generalised anxiety disorder, pathological worry, and intolerance of uncertainty.  This research reflected my interest in the intersection of experimental psychopathology and clinical intervention.  I have now moved into clinical trial research of psychological interventions for anxiety and depression in older adults.  My current research is also focused on social connectedness in late life and methods of delivering mental health services for older adults.  Currently I work as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University, where I am the project manager for two NHMRC and Beyond Blue co-funded randomised controlled trials to compare psychological interventions for depression and anxiety in older adult populations.  I am also a member of the Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing at Macquarie University. 

Clinically, I have specialised in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and related disorders across the lifespan for over 15 years.  I have been involved in the training and supervision of provisional psychologists since 2008.  Prior to joining Macquarie University, I was the Head of the WSLHD Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit at Westmead hospital from 2014-2018. I hold a conjoint appointment as Tutor at the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney.

I have a strong interest in mental health communication and am actively involved in the engagement of members of the public, local Councils, and community groups, in my research.

External positions

Lecturer, University of Sydney

2015 → …

Conjoint Lecturer, The University of New South Wales

2008 → …

Clinical Psychologist & Head (2014-2018), Western Sydney LHD Anxiety Treatment & Research Unit



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