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I am a clinical researcher and practitioner [BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), PhD(UNSW)] with expertise in the area of psychological interventions for anxiety and depression across the lifespan.  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 since moved into clinical trial research of psychological interventions for anxiety and depression in older adults. 

I have worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Macquarie University Lifespan Health and Wellbeing Research Centre, managing two NHMRC and Beyond Blue co-funded randomised controlled trials to compare psychological interventions for depression and anxiety in older adult populations.  Prior to joining Macquarie University, I was the Head of the WSLHD Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit at Westmead hospital (2014-2018).

Research interests: psychological treatment of late-life anxiety and depression, methods of delivering mental health services for older adults, improving social connectedness in later life, reducing loneliness.

Clinical interests: I have specialised in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and related disorders across the lifespan for over 16 years.  

Teaching and clinical supervisionI am currently teaching into the Master of Clinical Psychology program where I convene and lecture on evidence-based practice in the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders (e.g., personality disorders, complex comorbidities, application of eHealth).  I have delivered guest lectures and one-day workshops at other institutions.  I am also an AHPRA-approved supervisor and I have been involved in the training and supervision of provisional psychologists since 2008.

Community engagementI am passionate about mental health communication and I regularly deliver invited community talks to raise consumer and professional awareness of anxiety and depression in older adults.  I also actively engage members of the public, local Councils, and community groups, in my research.

External positions

Lecturer, University of Sydney

20152023

Conjoint Lecturer, The University of New South Wales

20082019

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

20072018

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