Ann M. Kring is Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, where she is a former Director of the Clinical Science Program and Psychology Clinic. She received her BS from Ball State Uni-versity and her MA and PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her internship in clinical psychology was completed at Bellevue Hospital and Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, in New York. From 1991 to 1998, she taught at Vanderbilt University. She received a Distinguished Teaching Award from UC Berkeley in 2008. Ann is on the editorial board of Schizophrenia Bulletin, Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Psychological Science in the Public Interest, an Associate Editor for Applied and Preventive Psychology and a former Associate Editor for Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Cognition and Emotion. She is a former member of the Executive Board of the International Society for Research on Emotion. She is a former member of the Executive Board of the International Society for Research on Emotion. Ann has won several awards, including a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression in 1997 and the Joseph Zubin Memorial Fund Award in recognition of her research in schizophrenia in 2006. Ann’s current research focus is on emotion and psychopathology, with a specific interest in the emotional features of schizophrenia, assessing negative symptoms in schizophrenia and the linkage between cognition and emotion in schizophrenia.
Professor Michael Kyrios is Director of the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. His previous academic and clinical roles have included the Department of Psychiatry at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Melbourne and the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre at Swinburne University. Professor Kyrios’s clinical and research interests focus on obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, compulsive hoarding and buying, and body-focused repetitive behaviour disorders. He is particularly interested in evidence-based psycho-logical treatments for these disorders, inclusive of digitally delivered treatments. Professor Kyrios has over 150 published journal articles and has given invited keynotes and workshops nationally and internationally. He has received over $18 million in grant funding and is a consultant to government in his expert fields.
Daniel Fassnacht is a Research Fellow at the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. In 2011 he was awarded a PhD in Psychology from the University of Tübingen, Germany, and the University of Minho, Portugal.Daniel has extensive teaching experience in a wide range of psychology subjects in both under-graduate and postgraduate courses. He has held academic appointments in Germany, Portugal, Singapore and Australia (University of Canberra and the Australian National University). Daniel holds a Graduate Certificate of Education (Tertiary Teaching) from James Cook University and has gained expertise in curriculum development and blended learning. Daniel’s research spans from health to clinical psychology including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders and obesity. He has a special interest in the use of e-mental health applications to prevent and treat psychological disorders.
Amanda Lambros is a Clinical Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University and a practising clinical counsellor and supervisor. She has completed a BHSc in Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario (2001), a Postgraduate Diploma of Ethics (2002), a Master of Forensic Sexology (2004) and a Master of Counselling (2014). Amanda coordinates and lectures in evidence-informed health practice to more than 3200 students annually. Amanda’s private practice focuses on couples and grief and loss. Providing her clients with the most up-to-date and evidence-based care is imperative to her, and she has a strong focus on evidence-based practice, ethics and communication. Amanda has extensive experience in teaching and speaking in Australia and overseas, in innovative teaching and evidence-based approaches and program development for health science courses. Before joining Curtin University, she held academic appointments at Curtin College, University of Southern Queensland and Griffith University. Amanda is a Certified Professional Speaker (CSP) who helps organisations understand ‘evidence’ and the power of communication to apply strategies to improve the underlying structure of their businesses. More recently, her speaking and consulting activities have been concentrated in the area of relationships, innovation, communication and engagement sectors all from an evidence-based perspective.
Dr Tijana Mihaljcic is a published academic and practising clinical neuropsychologist. Tijana combines research and academic involvement with clinical practice on a weekly basis. She is passionate about using assessment to guide diagnosis, rehabilitation and management, ultimately leading to better client outcomes. Dr Mihaljcic is a clinician in a Melbourne hospital and works with individuals diagnosed with a range of disorders including traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurodegenerative disorders, chronic pain and various psychiatric disorders. Her assessment findings are used to inform diagnosis and tailor interventions, delivering meaningful feedback to the client and their family. Tijana’s research interests include self-awareness, falls, elder financial abuse and memory rehabilitation post stroke. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr Mihaljcic also lectures at Monash University, where she is able to provide her students with up to date research and draw upon
her experience as a clinician.
Professor Maree Teesson is Director at the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS); NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC); Professorial Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW; Fellow at the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences; and Fellow at the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. Maree’s vision is to build the world’s leading dedicated translational research program for the prevention and treatment of comorbid mental health and substance abuse. She seeks to increase our understanding of drug and alcohol and mental disorders, prevent these where possible and improve treatment responses. Maree has made a substantial contribution to medical research with over 280 research articles, reviews, book chapters and books. The innovation of her research has been recognised through leadership of over 90 grants totalling over $44 million.
Dr Mandy Matthewson is a clinical psychologist and has been practising since 2005. She currently practises psychology in private practice. Dr Matthewson is also a lecturer in psychology at the University of Tasmania and has held this position since 2007. Dr Matthewson has extensive knowledge and expertise in teaching a variety of core and applied areas of psychology such as psychological assessment, abnormal psychology and clinical psychology practice. Her areas of research interest include family relationships, developmental psychology and the impact of family conflict on children’s psychosocial development. Dr Matthewson is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Psychologists. She is also an associate editor of Clinical Psychologist.
Emma Morton is a PhD candidate (Clinical Psychology) and provisional psychologist based at Swinburne University of Technology. Emma has taught undergraduate psychology at Swinburne University since 2017, and has also presented workshops on therapeutic tools and techniques for working with people with bipolar disorder. Emma’s clinical and research interest is in improving the lives of those with severe mental illnesses, particularly bipolar spectrum disorders. Emma has interned as a provisional psychologist at St Vincent’s Hospital Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit and Orygen Youth Health Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre. Her research to date has focused on understanding, measuring and improving quality of life in bipolar disorder, with a particular emphasis on empowering consumers by representing their preferences and perspectives in research. Emma is a trainee member of the collaborative research team to study psychosocial issues in bipolar disorder, CREST.BD, and is a contributor on their bipolar blog.
Mary-Anne Kate is a PhD Candidate (Psychology) at the University of New England. Her doctoral research examines how childhood maltreatment and negative parent-child dynamics relate to dissociation and dissociative disorders in adulthood. Mary-Anne is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation’s Scientific Committee. Her professional background is in the development of national and European Union policies and practices to improve quality of life outcomes, including mental health, for refugees and other minority groups. Mary-Anne was awarded a Master’s degree in social policy with distinction from the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Anthony Harris is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney and is the Clinical Director of the Brain Dynamics Centre, Westmead Institute for Medical Research. He works in the Prevention Early Intervention and Recovery Service in Parramatta seeing young people with a range of severe mental illnesses. He is the current President of the One Door Mental Health and is on the Board of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia. He is chair of the Schizophrenia Research Council of Neuroscience Research Australia.
Dr Zahra Izadikhah is a lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. She is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Queensland in 2009. She has also completed a Bachelor and a Masters of Clinical Psychology. Zahra has taught postgraduate, honours and undergraduate programs and has taught courses in the areas of clinical psychology, psychotherapy and counselling, health, and personality theories. Her main research interests are body and mind interaction, and pain and somatisation and psychosomatic disorders. She investigates the structure and dynamics of personality, dynamics of the unconscious, trauma and abuse, and emotion regulation, as well as conscious and unconscious processes/mechanisms for change in psychotherapy. She has had professional training in intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy and over 14 years of experience of clinical practice across various organisations including private clinics and universities.
Adina Piovesana is a lecturer of psychology in the Faculty of Psychology and Counselling at the University Southern Queensland, a position she has held since graduating with her doctorate in 2014. Adina has experience teaching ethics and psychological assessment to undergraduate psychology students and has a developing research profile in the fields of psychometrics and psychological assessment.
Lynda Crowley-Cyr is Associate Professor of Law in the School of Law and Justice at the University of Southern Queensland, a position she has held since 2006. Prior to this, she was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at James Cook University since 1992. Lynda has extensive experience in teaching health law in Australia and overseas, to both law students and students in various health care disciplines, and in course program development and management. Before joining the University of Southern Queensland, she was a presiding member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in Queensland and engaged in consulting activities at hospitals providing lectures on various health law topics. Prior to her academic career, Lynda worked in several law firms representing clients mainly in the areas of criminal law and family law. Prior to that, she was a nurse and then a homemaker while completing her law studies. Lynda has published extensively in the health and mental health law literature and her current research interests are in the fields of negligence and mental health, health security and public authority liability.
Luke Johnson is a lecturer and researcher at the Queensland University of Technology in the School of Psychology and Counselling. His research investigates fundamental questions in the neurobiology of fear memory and stress, with the aim of providing vital basic knowledge into the way the brain encodes normal and pathological fear memories.
Warwick Middleton MB BS, FRANZCP, MD., holds appointments as Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, La Trobe University; School of Behavioral, Cognitive & Social Sciences, University of New England; Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury; and Associate Professor in Psychiatry, University of Queensland. He has made substantial and ongoing contributions to the bereavement and trauma literatures and was co-author of the first published series in Australian scientific literature detailing the abuse histories and clinical phenomenology of patients fulfilling diagnostic criteria for Dissociative Identity Disorder. He chairs The Cannan Institute as well as its research and conference organising committees. In 1996 he was the principal architect in establishing Australia’s first dedicated unit treating dissociative disorders (the Trauma and Dissociation Unit, Belmont Hospital) and he continues as its Director.