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Child Behaviour Research Clinic

Our team brings together internationally regarded clinicians and researchers in child mental health and development

The Child Behaviour Research Clinic works with children who present a range of emotional and social development concerns. Based on research and new treatments, the Clinic works alongside parents to deliver the most effective outcomes for families.

What we offer

We offer assessments and treatments free of charge as part of innovative research into child and family mental health. As we are a research-based clinic, all of our treatments are advanced, evidence-based programs that offer families the latest strategies in child behaviour management. Families are considered research partners, such that we form a team to maximise learning about what works best for children with behaviour problems. 

We also offer training internships for clinical psychologists wishing to learn the latest state-of-the-art assessments and treatment as part of their masters or doctoral training.

Innovative research 

Our psychologists are continually studying ways to improve child behaviour problems. We run research projects with the brightest minds from the University of Sydney and beyond to develop innovative new treatments. Learn more about our research.

Get involved - participate in a study

We’d love you to be part of our research journey. Currently we are recruiting participants for:  

  • REAL Treatment-Epigenetics Project: we are providing free treatment to the parents of two-to-eight-year-old children with disruptive behaviour problems and looking at how positive parenting can reduce the risk for ongoing mental health problems in children. This project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council from 2017 to 2021.

  • Early Pathways in Autism: we are currently evaluating a new integrated treatment for young children with autism that focusses on helping empower parents to be therapists for their child, helping them develop positive behavioural and social skills, and helping parents themselves to cope and look after their own health and family relationships. 

  • Like Father Like Son: while parenting programs are more effective when fathers participate, research shows they are far less likely to. This project is investigating a range of innovative strategies to improve fatherly participation in evidence-based programs and services for childhood behaviour problems at the national level. Visit Like Father Like Son for more information.

To participate in any of these studies, please register.  

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

• Child is between 2 and 8

• Main concern is child oppositional behavior, anger, aggression, and conduct problems

• Parents and child are able to attend the clinic in Sydney on multiple assessment dates

• Parents are willing to complete and provide their data for research purposes

• Parents are happy to participate in a parent-focused treatment

• Parents can read and understand English

• Child does not have an intellectual disability/brain injury

• Parents do not have acute/severe psychiatric disorder (e.g. psychosis) or drug dependence

• Child does not have severe Autism or other developmental problems

• The child’s wellbeing and caregiving are not the subject of ongoing legal matters.

• Child is between 2 and 5

• Main concern is child behavioural and emotional problems associated with autism spectrum disorder 

• Parents and child are able to attend the clinic in Sydney on multiple assessment dates

• Parents are willing to complete and provide their data for research purposes

• Parents are happy to participate in a parent-focused treatment

• Parents can read and understand English

• Parents do not have acute/severe psychiatric disorder (e.g. psychosis) or drug dependence

• The child’s wellbeing and caregiving are not the subject of ongoing legal matters.

 

Our Staff

Professor Mark Dadds
Clinical Psychologist
Chief Investigator & Clinic Director

Associate Professor David Hawes
Clinical Psychologist
Chief Investigator & Clinic Co-Director

Dr Meryn Lechowicz 
Senior Clinical Psychologist/Clinic Manager

Ms Alex Roach
Psychologist
Project Co-ordinator: Access Early Intervention

Dr Lucy Tully 
Senior Psychologist

Dr Antonio Mendoza Diaz
Research Psychologist

Dr Vilas Sawrikar
Research Psychologist

Dr Frances Houwing
Research Psychologist

Ms Therese English
Research Area: Treatment for children with disruptive behaviour and callous unemotional traits

Ms Jaimie Northam
Research Area: Emotional attention, responsiveness, and engagement, in childhood behaviour disorders

Bridie Leonard 
Research Area: Emotional engagement, eye gaze and early development in autism

Carri Fisher 
Research Area: Parental attributions about child emotion and empathy in families of children with conduct problems

 

Meryn Lechowicz

Clinic / Research participation
Address
  • Room 308 Griffith Taylor A19

Professor Mark Dadds

Co-Director, Child Behaviour Research Clinic
Address
  • Address Level 1, 97 Church Street Camperdown NSW 2050

Associate Professor David Hawes

Co-Director, Child Behaviour Research Clinic
Address
  • Level 3, Room 310 Clinical Psychology Unit Mallett Street Campus M02F