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Clinical Psychology Unit Academic Staff


Associate Professor Maree ABBOTT, M.Clin.Psych, PhD, DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL TRAINING

Associate Professor Sunny LAH, MSc (Clinical Neuropsychology), PhD, DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL RESEARCH

Associate Professor Paul RHODES, BSc(Hons), MClinPsych, PhD, ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR



Clinical Psychology Unit Professional Staff

Ms Shylaja Gooley, CLINIC DIRECTOR


Ms Chantal Braganza, BSc(Psychol), MPsych, CLINICAL SUPERVISOR




School Academic Staff

Professor Louise SHARPE, Ph.D.
E-mail: louise.sharpe@sydney.edu.au 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: sally.andrews@sydney.edu.au 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: ben.colagiuri@sydney.edu.au@sydney.edu.au 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: micah.goldwater@sydney.edu.au 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: irina.harris@sydney.edu.au 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: fiona.hibberd@sydney.edu.au 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: alex.holcombe@sydney.edu.au (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 (http://eyeonvision.org/visual-snow.html), migraine, and palinopsia (persisting afterimages).

Dr Ian Johnston, PhD.
Email: i.johnston@sydney.edu.au 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: carolyn.maccann@sydney.edu.au 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: caroline.moul@sydney.edu.au 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: sharon.naismith@sydney.edu.au 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

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: niko.tiliopoulos@sydney.edu.au Phone: 9036 9223
Research: Schizotypal personality disorder; psychopathy and the Dark Triad of personality; functional and dysfunctional adult attachment; psychopathology of religion and spirituality.