Dr Loyola McLean

Associate Professor
Brain & Mind Research Institute, Sydney Medical School

Telephone +61 2 98403335

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Biographical details

Loyola McLean is a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Psychotherapy Educator in public, private and academic practice. She holds appointments as: an Associate Professor with the BMRI, University of Sydney; a Psychotherapy Educator and the Psychotherapy Coordinator for the Sydney West and Greater Southern Psychiatry Training Network (WSLHD); a Faculty member of the Westmead Psychotherapy Program for Complex Traumatic Disorders, Discipline of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School; an Honorary Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist with Royal North Shore Hospital. She is a certified Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) Coder. She applies an interdisciplinary biopsychosocial model to her research and clinical work, informed by attachment, neuroscience and the modern conceptions of the Self and Trauma in the Conversational Model. She is researching integrative body-mind medicine, psychotherapy, and spirituality to explore dis/organizing responses of self and systems to stress and illness and the emergence of recovery, resilience and post-traumatic growth. She is exploring how attachment can be integrated with other models to open up opportunities for better collaborative research, formulation and multimodal treatments. Her PhD examined the prothrombotic and inflammatory factors in linking depression and cardiovascular disease. Her projects or collaborations include: work in burns recovery and rehabilitation and an RCT of early EMDR post burns injury; the development of and recovery from chronic complex trauma and its various sequelae including psychosomatic disorders and personality Disorders; Type D personality in various health presentations; the role of attachment in eating disorders; incorporating the Adult Attachment Interview and its probes into psychosomatic research and mental health assessments; novel applications of the Conversational Model to psychiatry; process research in psychotherapy; psychotherapy education.

Research interests

Attachment and Neuroscience; Psychosomatics; Body-Mind Medicine; Formulation; Psychotherapy; Psychodynamic Psychotherapy; Integrative Medicine; Self-regulation; Stress System Disorders; Medical Education; Psychotherapy Education.

Teaching and supervision

Psychotherapy; Psychodynamic Psychotherapy; Attachment and Neuroscience; Formulation; Psychosomatics; Research Methods; Adult Attachment Interview; Supervision

Current projects

Psychosocial screening and outcome tracking in adult survivors of Severe Burn Injury: A mixed methods project

RCT of EMDR vs supportive counselling for acute trauma in adult survivors of Severe burn Injury

Attachment correlates, emotional and cognitive processing and HRV in patients with somatoform/conversion disorders

The implementation and evaluation of a trauma specific short-term Conversational Model Intervention for clients of the Northern Sydney Sexual Assault Service: team skill-building, culture change and fostering recovery

The Feeling Safer Project: applying the Conversational Model to acute and brief psychiatric care (Collaboration with Blacktown Acute Mental Health Team)

Heart Rate variability Biofeedback as part of integrated treatment in chronic complex trauma

Selected grants

2015

  • Gender Dysphoria in Australian Children and Adolescents: Assessing Brain Structure and Function using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Kozlowska K, Korgaonkar M, Grieve S, Ambler G, Steinbeck K, Chudleigh C, Foster S, McLean L; DVC Research/HMR+ Implementation Fund - University.
  • The implementation and evaluation of a trauma specific short-term Conversational Model Intervention for clients of the Northern Sydney Sexual Assault Service: team skill-building, culture change and fostering recovery; Hassanyi A, McLean L; Northern Sydney Local Health District/Ramsay Research and Teaching Fund Grant.

2009

  • The foundation of a psychosocial database on recovery from burns injuries and a pilot longitudinal s; McLean L, Vandervord J, Streimer J; Northern Sydney and Central Coast Area Health Service/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • McLean, L., Korner, A. (2014). Dreaming the (lost) self in psychotherapy: beings in bodyspacetime in collision, confusion and connection. In Loyola McLean, Lisa Stafford and Mark Weeks (Eds.), Exploring Bodies in Time and Space, (pp. 251-261). Freeland, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • McLean, L. (2013). The Pilgrim Road Goes On: Psychotherapy and Spirituality Continue to Journey Together towards Healing and Human Flourishing. In John L. Hocheimer, William S. Schmidt (Eds.), Spirituality in the 21st Century: Explorations, (pp. 143-165). Oxford, United Kingdom: Interdisciplinary Press.

Journals

  • Kornhaber, R., Wilson, A., Abu-Qamar, M., McLean, L. (2014). Adult burn survivors' personal experiences of rehabilitation: An integrative review. Burns, 40, 17-29. [More Information]
  • Kornhaber, R., Wilson, A., Abu-Qamar, M., McLean, L. (2014). Coming to terms with it all: Adult burn survivors' 'lived experience' of acknowledgement and acceptance during rehabilitation. Burns, 40(4), 589-597. [More Information]
  • Kuiper, S., McLean, L., Fritz, K., Lampe, L., Malhi, G. (2013). Getting depression clinical practice guidelines right: time for change? Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. Supplementum, 128(Suppl444), 24-30. [More Information]
  • Kuiper, S., McLean, L., Malhi, G. (2013). To BD or not to BD: functional neuroimaging and the boundaries of bipolarity. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 13(1), 75-87. [More Information]
  • McLean, L. (2011). On narratives and conversations. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(9), 788-788. [More Information]
  • Morel-Kopp, M., McLean, L., Chen, Q., Tofler, G., Tennant, C., Maddison, V., Ward, C. (2009). The association of depression with platelet activation: evidence for a treatment effect. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 7(4), 573-581. [More Information]
  • Flower, R., Kamhieh, S., McLean, L., Bode, L., Ludwig, H., Ward, C. (2008). Human Borna disease virus infection in Australia: Serological markers of infection in multi-transfused patients. A P M I S Supplementum, 116(124), 89-93. [More Information]
  • McLean, L., Tennant, C., Ward, C., Berry, G., Maddison, V., Chen, W., Morel-Kopp, M. (2005). Is fibrinogen a mediating risk factor between depression and cardiovascular disease? Preliminary results of a longitudinal case-control study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39(Supplement 1, Point 309), A120-A121.
  • Tennant, C., McLean, L. (2001). The impact of emotions on coronary heart disease risk. Journal Of Cardiovascular Risk, 8, 175-183.

Conferences

  • Kozlowska, K., McLean, L. (2006). Attachment based psychotherapy: A workshop for psychotherapists, child and family psychiatrists, and clinicians working with abuse and trauma. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 40th Congress: Psychiatry in a Changing World, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
  • Kozlowska, K., McLean, L. (2005). Towards a simpler model of psychodynamic assessment and formulation using ABCD - Psychotherapy (attachment based collaborative diagnosis-psychotherapy). The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 40th Congress: Psychiatry in a Changing World, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

2014

  • Kornhaber, R., Wilson, A., Abu-Qamar, M., McLean, L. (2014). Adult burn survivors' personal experiences of rehabilitation: An integrative review. Burns, 40, 17-29. [More Information]
  • Kornhaber, R., Wilson, A., Abu-Qamar, M., McLean, L. (2014). Coming to terms with it all: Adult burn survivors' 'lived experience' of acknowledgement and acceptance during rehabilitation. Burns, 40(4), 589-597. [More Information]
  • McLean, L., Korner, A. (2014). Dreaming the (lost) self in psychotherapy: beings in bodyspacetime in collision, confusion and connection. In Loyola McLean, Lisa Stafford and Mark Weeks (Eds.), Exploring Bodies in Time and Space, (pp. 251-261). Freeland, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

2013

  • Kuiper, S., McLean, L., Fritz, K., Lampe, L., Malhi, G. (2013). Getting depression clinical practice guidelines right: time for change? Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. Supplementum, 128(Suppl444), 24-30. [More Information]
  • McLean, L. (2013). The Pilgrim Road Goes On: Psychotherapy and Spirituality Continue to Journey Together towards Healing and Human Flourishing. In John L. Hocheimer, William S. Schmidt (Eds.), Spirituality in the 21st Century: Explorations, (pp. 143-165). Oxford, United Kingdom: Interdisciplinary Press.
  • Kuiper, S., McLean, L., Malhi, G. (2013). To BD or not to BD: functional neuroimaging and the boundaries of bipolarity. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 13(1), 75-87. [More Information]

2011

  • McLean, L. (2011). On narratives and conversations. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(9), 788-788. [More Information]

2009

  • Morel-Kopp, M., McLean, L., Chen, Q., Tofler, G., Tennant, C., Maddison, V., Ward, C. (2009). The association of depression with platelet activation: evidence for a treatment effect. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 7(4), 573-581. [More Information]

2008

  • Flower, R., Kamhieh, S., McLean, L., Bode, L., Ludwig, H., Ward, C. (2008). Human Borna disease virus infection in Australia: Serological markers of infection in multi-transfused patients. A P M I S Supplementum, 116(124), 89-93. [More Information]

2006

  • Kozlowska, K., McLean, L. (2006). Attachment based psychotherapy: A workshop for psychotherapists, child and family psychiatrists, and clinicians working with abuse and trauma. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 40th Congress: Psychiatry in a Changing World, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

2005

  • McLean, L., Tennant, C., Ward, C., Berry, G., Maddison, V., Chen, W., Morel-Kopp, M. (2005). Is fibrinogen a mediating risk factor between depression and cardiovascular disease? Preliminary results of a longitudinal case-control study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39(Supplement 1, Point 309), A120-A121.
  • Kozlowska, K., McLean, L. (2005). Towards a simpler model of psychodynamic assessment and formulation using ABCD - Psychotherapy (attachment based collaborative diagnosis-psychotherapy). The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 40th Congress: Psychiatry in a Changing World, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

2001

  • Tennant, C., McLean, L. (2001). The impact of emotions on coronary heart disease risk. Journal Of Cardiovascular Risk, 8, 175-183.

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