Clinical Psychology Unit Academic Staff

Professor Caroline HUNT, Ph.D.
Email: Phone: (02) 9114 4340
Clinical: Caroline has worked in the field of anxiety disorders for many years, and this remains a clinical as well as research interest. In the Psychology Clinic, Caroline provides supervision for adult therapy, and also supervises interns in a number of group programs for young people, both in the Psychology Clinic and in schools. These programs are usually associated with research programs and have included an intervention for children who have been bullied ('Confident Kids'), groups for childhood anxiety and comorbid childhood anxiety and aggression, the Resourceful Adolescent Program, and the Triple P parenting program. Caroline's clinical orientation is cognitive behavioural.
Research: In addition to research in the field of anxiety disorders, Caroline conducts research in the problem of school bullying. For example, her recent projects include the development of a questionnaire to assess the experience of bullying, a model of the relationship between anxiety and being bullied, and a skills-building intervention that aims to help children who are bullied at school. Caroline also has an interest in service delivery, particularly the problem of unmet need.
Administrative Responsibilities: Director of Clinical Training, Chair of the NSW Board of the Psychology Board of Australia, President of the Psychology Council of NSW, Founding and Board member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association, Director on the Board of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Associate Professor Maree ABBOTT, M.Clin.Psych, PhD
E-mail: Phone: (02) 9114 4342
Research: Child and Adult Anxiety Disorders, Rumination, Perfectionism, Procrastination.
Clinical: Anxiety and Depressive Disorders; Cognitive-Behavioural, Schema and Psychodynamic therapy approaches.

Associate Professor Sunny LAH, MSc (Clinical Neuropsychology), PhD
E-mail: Phone: (02) 9351 2648
Clinical: Differential diagnostic issues in developmental and acquired neuropsychological disorders. Neuropsychological rehabilitation.
Research: Child neuropsychology and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Disorders of memory and social cognition across the lifespan; amnesia, post traumatic amnesia, autobiographical memory, future thinking, social cognition, facial emotion recognition, development of assessment instruments and interventions for cognitive disorders, evidence based practice. Predominant patient populations: traumatic brain injury and epilepsy.

Associate Professor Paul RHODES, BSc(Hons), MClinPsych, PhD
E-mail: Phone: (02) 9114 4339
Research: Qualitative methodology including grounded theory, narrative inquiry, participatory action and interpersonal process recall; Family therapy, family-based treatment of anorexia nervosa, systemic approaches to intellectual disabilities; Personal development of therapists, therapeutic process research
Clinical: Family Therapy: Post-Milan systemic family therapy, Structural family therapy, Narrative therapy, Brief solution-focussed therapy; Maudsely model of family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa; Applied behaviour analysis and systemic approaches to challenging behaviour in developmental disabilities; Reflective practice in clinical supervision.

Professor Stephen TOUYZ, Ph.D.
Email: Phone: (02) 9114 4341
Research: Eating Disorders, Post traumatic stress disorder
Clinical: Stephen has had formal training in cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic therapies as well as specific supportive clinical management. My clinical work is primarily within the field of eating disorders.

Associate David HAWES, PhD
E-mail: Phone: (02) 9114 4344
Research: Child clinical psychology, aggression and conduct problems, parenting
Clinical: Family based interventions for child and adolescent problems based on the integration of cognitive-behavioural family systems and attachment principles.

Clinical Psychology Unit Professional Staff

Dr David HORRY, PhD
E-mail: Phone: (02) 9114 4349
Research: Adult Neuropsychological Disorders
Clinical: Neuropsychology

Ms Chantal Braganza, BSc(Psychol), MPsych.
Email: Phone: (02) 9114 4348
Clinical: Adult Mental Health, Problem Gambling, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness based therapies

Ms Belinda INGRAM, B.Sc.
Email: Phone: (02) 9114 4345

Ms Cindy LI, DipComSec
Email: Phone: (02) 9114 4346

Email: Phone: (02) 9114 4343

School of Psychology Academic Staff

Professor Louise SHARPE, Ph.D.
E-mail: Phone: (02) 9351 4558
Research: Health Psychology, Pain Management, Preventative Medicine
Clinical: The application of cognitive and behaviourally oriented interventions for people with health problems.
The treatment of people with a history of childhood trauma using schema-focused therapy.

Professor Sally Andrews, PhD
Email: Phone: 9351 8297
Research: I am interested in cognitive processing, particularly language and memory. My own research focuses particularly on the cognitive processes involved in skilled word recognition and reading, but I would be interested in supervising research on reading disability, and on reading dysfunctions and word learning difficulties associated with developmental disorders such as autism and Downs syndrome; or breakdowns in reading or other aspects of language processing and memory in neuropsychological or clinical disorders.

Dr Ben Colagiuri, PhD.
Email: Phone: (02) 9036 9223
Research: The majority of my research focuses on the placebo effect. This research is primarily concerned with how placebo effects are formed, whether they can be used in clinical practice, and what implications they have for both pharmacological and psychological clinical trials. There is the possibility to conduct research in healthy volunteers using experimental models of pain, sleep, nausea, and other conditions as well as in patients, including chronic pain, chemotherapy, and insomnia. I would also be very happy to discuss projects in other types of patients (e.g. anxiety, depression) as well as novel ways to understand placebo effects in psychotherapy, which are currently not well understood.

Mark Dadds, PhD
Email: Mark Dadds
Phone: December 2015
Research: Mark Dadds directs the Sydney Child Behaviour Research Clinic which is a specialised training, research and treatment facility for parents of children with early-onset behavioural and emotional difficulties. His research interests involve developmental and biobehavioural models of mental health, early intervention, early attachment and family and parenting processes. He is keen to able to supervise in most areas of child and family clinical psychology, but is especially interested in areas that integrate psychological and biological processes though development, are firmly rooted in broader experimental psychology, and have direct potential for translation into clinical practice.

Micah Goldwater, PhD
Email: Phone: (02) 9351 5453
Research: My research focuses on knowledge, thinking, and learning. Specifically, I research how we transfer what we learn to new situations. This work raises a number of clinically relevant questions. For one, how do patients transfer what they learn in therapy to the rest of their lives? My research has identified many strategies for improving transfer in formal education, rooted in basic models of cognition. However, there are many unexplored connections between research on cognition in education with research aimed to improve clinical outcomes. Additional questions could be centered around examining how different kinds of disorders affect these basic cognitive mechanisms, and ways to overcome potential deficits in learning. For example, we know anxiety depletes executive resources in students resulting in poorer educational outcomes. However, what is less known is how to present information that enables understanding for students who have depleted executive resources, or even more global executive dysfunction. There are surely more questions not listed, and am quite open to many potential research interests of students pursuing clinical training.

Irina Harris, PhD
Email: Phone: 9351 3497
Research: Irina’s research falls in the broad fields of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. She is particularly interested in how we perceive objects and visual scenes and how we encode these in memory, as well as in the role of attention and cognitive control in these processes. Potential projects include 1) studying the role of different temporal lobe structures in the perception and memory of unique objects and contexts; 2) the role of motor and functional properties of objects in perception and attention to objects; 3) binding of different object properties into a coherent concept. These questions are addressed using techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), studies of patients with focal brain lesions and degenerative disorders.

Dr. Fiona Hibberd, Ph.D
Email: Phone: (02) 9351 2867
Research: Theoretical psychology. The scientific aim of this type of research is not only to resolve research questions that cannot be resolved empirically, but also to provide the clinical researcher with the best theoretical candidates for their empirical work. This will go some way to ensuring that (i) the theory is a conceptually robust candidate for explanation, (ii) research hypotheses derived from the theory will not be asking the wrong kind of question, (iii) the empirical testing is not futile, the data collected will not be irrelevant, (iv) the results are properly understood and coherently interpreted, and (v) the theoretical implications of the findings are not misconstrued.

Dr. Alex Holcombe, Ph.D
Email: (02) 9351 2883
Some of my research programs reveal individual differences in visual perception and underlying mechanisms, with links to brain activity and genes. Specific clinical topics include the study of visual snow (, migraine, and palinopsia (persisting afterimages).

Dr Ian Johnston, PhD.
Email: Phone: (02) 9351 4353
Research: I would like to offer two research projects of interest to clinical students in 2016. First, I am working with a large international non-Government alcohol sobriety program. They are developing app-based interventions for people who would like to moderate their alcohol consumption, and we are seeking students who would like to conduct quantitative and/or qualitative research to evaluate their program. Second, I am developing virtual reality tools to assess cognitive impairments in people with a range of diseases, from sleep disorders, to chronic pain, to cancer patients. I am seeking students who would be interested in helping develop the tests, in the forms of games, and/or to evaluate these tools in clinical populations.

Dr Caryolyn Maccann, PhD.
Email: Phone: (02) 9351 4236
Research: Emotion regulation, emotional intelligence, coping, appraisal theories of emotion, educational psychology.
On parental leave in 2015. Part time Semester 1 2016.

Caroline Moul, PhD
Email: Phone: 9036 6011
Research: Dr Moul’s primary area of interest is in the biological mechanisms and cognitive processes underlying the development of personality traits that can be maladaptive; such as callous-unemotional traits and anxiety. Her research addresses questions such as;
Can specific deficits in associative learning and attention lead to the development of different personality traits?; Are psychopathy and anxiety two sides of the same coin in terms of cognitive functions?; How do we get from the genotype to the phenotype of psychopathy?; How can our understanding of these personality traits help develop more effective treatments for their common comorbidities such as Conduct Disorder?. Dr. Moul is also interested in childhood obesity; how it develops, the role of genetics and epigenetics in its aetiology and the consequences of childhood obesity for future well-being.

Sharon Naismith, PhD, Leonard P Ullman Chair in Psychology
Email: Phone: (02) 9351 0781
Clinical: Sharon is a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist and Head of the Healthy Brain Ageing (HBA) Program at the Brain and Mind Centre and Charles Perkins Centre. The Healthy Brain Ageing Program is a specialized clinical research program providing outpatient assessment and/or intervention services within the context of several novel research studies. It is a multidisciplinary unit including a team of neuropsychologists, old age psychiatrists, neurologists, nurses and research students (including PhD, Masters and Honours students). Participants attending the Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic are typically referred by specialists (e.g. neurologists, psychiatrists, geriatricians) and GPs or are recruited from the community. The sample of participants comprises several groups including healthy older adults and individuals with late-life depression, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and dementia.
Research: Sharon’s research interests relate to correlates of cognitive change in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases, including modifiable risk factors such as sleep disturbance, depression and cardiovascular conditions. She is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and has published over 180 research papers in the areas of sleep, cognition, neuroimaging and genetics across diverse populations including people with depression, Parkinson's Disease, psychosis and Mild Cognitive Impairment. She is a Chief Investigator on research grants totalling over $9 million, including an NHMRC funded grant specifically examining sleep and circadian changes in neurodegenerative diseases. Some of the current areas of research opportunity include: neuroimaging biomarkers for cognitive decline and depression; cognitive training; pharmacological or supplement-based interventions (omega-3, oxytocin, melatonin and sertraline); nutrition and exercise interventions; sleep and circadian interventions; e-health; dementia and art programs. Students involved in this program obtain a unique mix of multidisciplinary team experience, clinical research and opportunities to learn a vast array of cutting edge methodologies. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Dr. Helen Paterson, PhD
Email: Phone: (02) 9036 9403
Research: Helen Paterson investigates ways in which psychological research and theory can inform the legal system. In particular, she is interested in studying eyewitness memory and lie detection. Her research predominantly focuses on how discussion amongst eyewitnesses can influence the accuracy of their individual memories and their psychological wellbeing.

Niko Tiliopoulos, BSc(Hons), MRes/Dip, PhD, MBPsS, CSci
Email: Phone: 9036 9223
Research: Schizotypal personality disorder; psychopathy and the Dark Triad of personality; functional and dysfunctional adult attachment; psychopathology of religion and spirituality.