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CHOICE Research Meeting 2014

CHOICE Research Meeting 2014
Terrace Room Sir Llew Edwards Building 14 UQ Campus St Lucia
8:30am Saturday, 6th December 2014
3:00pm Saturday, 6th December 2014

You are cordially invited to the annual clinical
research meeting of the UQ School of Psychology's Centre for Health Outcomes Innovation and Clinical Education (CHOICE).

This research centre seeks to build on existing research partnerships, and forge new collegial and mutually beneficial links, with local health services and care providers.

Come and join us on Saturday, 6 December 2014 for a day of engaging clinical research presentations by our staff at UQ and our research partners. Biographies of speakers for this event are below. To see the schedule for the day, please click here.

Please RSVP to by Friday, 28 November 2014.

Dr. Sunil Bhar

Dr Sunil Bhar is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at Swinburne University, Melbourne. Sunil won a prestigious four year post-doctoral fellowship with Professor Aaron T Beck in Philadelphia in 2005, which included directing a study on cognitive therapy for suicidal older adults. Upon returning to Australia in 2009, Sunil brought with him a passion for working to develop and evaluate psychosocial treatments for older adults within a rigorous research framework and in partnership with local care providers. He developed the Swinburne Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults, Victoria’s first university-based outreach counselling clinic for older adults living in residential care and in the community. This clinic operates as an extension of the Swinburne Psychology Clinic and involves post-graduate clinical psychology students delivering psychological services. The clinic thus provides older adults with access to psychological services, and provides trainee psychologists much needed levels of exposure to clinical geropsychology practices. We are fortunate within the geropsychology and clinical psychology community in Australia to have someone of Sunil’s training and drive working towards research, training and capacity building here in Australia.  

Prof. Kim Halford

After completing my honours degree in psychology at LaTrobe University in
Melbourne I had a brief stint as a psychologist at Mont Park Psychiatric Hospital
and discovered that I was terribly under prepared for clinical work. I returned to do
my Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Latrobe University focusing on social anxiety
and skills training, which I completed in 1979. I taught at the Lincoln Institute for
four years, working in health psychology and establishing a multi-disciplinary Post
Graduate Diploma in Community Health. In 1982 the call of warmer climates led
me to Brisbane where I took a job as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at what was
then Brisbane College of Advanced Education (now part of Queensland University
of Technology), where I co-ordinated a Post Graduate Diploma in Counseling, and
developed a part-time private practice. I wanted to get more seriously into research, and took a job as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland, and began working with couples and families. For 5 years from 1990 to the end of 1994 I was appointed to a conjoint position as Chief Psychologist of the Royal Brisbane Hospital and Reader in Clinical Psychology. In 1995 I was appointed as Professor and Head of the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, where I worked for 14 years in a range of management roles, and sustained and built my research on couple relationships. In 2009 I began as Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Clinical Training in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. I am a practicing clinical psychologist, an active researcher and a clinical teacher. My specialist area of expertise and enthusiastic interest is couples and families, with a focus on developing and evaluating innovative interventions.

Dr. Rachel Elphinston

Dr Rachel Elphinston has a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and is currently acting as the Research Workforce Development Officer for Allied Health, Metro South Health, Brisbane. Metro South Health is the major provider of public health services, and health education and research, in the Brisbane south side, Logan, Redlands and Scenic Rim regions. They serve an estimated 1 million people, 23% of Queensland’s population. Rachel over many years has practiced as a clinician in Child and Youth Mental Health, supervised multiple postgraduate placements, contributed strongly to the development of Clinical Education capability within Metro South, and is the current Chair of the Research & Innovation Portfolio for the Department of Health Psychology Statewide Group.

Dr. Vanessa Cobham

Dr Vanessa Cobham holds research appointments within the Mater Medical
Research Institute; and the School of Psychology, University of Queensland. She
also holds an appointment as a Senior Clinical Psychologist within the Mater Child
and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS). Dr. Cobham's PhD and much of her
subsequent research has been in the area of child anxiety disorders. For the past
decade, Dr. Cobham has worked actively in the field of children and adolescents'
posttraumatic mental health. Between 2011 and 2014, Dr. Cobham was on
secondment first to Queensland Health, and then to beyond blue (the high profile
national depression initiative in Australia) as the leader of Child and Adolescent mental
health disaster responses. Since 2006, Dr. Cobham has been involved in leading both
state and national government health initiatives for children, adolescents and families following natural disasters. She has been involved in providing training and support to international clinical colleagues following natural disasters - including the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Dr. Cobham has an international reputation in the fields of child and adolescent anxiety and post traumatic mental health and has published and presented her research widely.

Dr. Genevieve Dingle

Dr Genevieve Dingle did her clinical PhD at UQ and worked as a clinician in adult mental health and addiction treatment services for over a decade. She is currently a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and her research is focused on social and emotional theories and interventions for emotional disorders and substance misuse. She also researches music psychology theories and their applications across the spectrum from mental illness to mental wellbeing.


Prof. Nancy Pachana

Professor Nancy Pachana is a clinical geropsychologist and neuropsychologist with extensive experience in assessing and treating older adults. She is currently co-director of the UQ Ageing Mind Initiative, which provides a focal point for clinical, translational ageing-related research in a mental health context at the University of Queensland. Her main research interests include anxiety in later life, psychological interventions for those with Parkinson’s Disease, nursing home interventions and driving safety and dementia. Nancy works closely with Alzheimer’s Australia Qld, particularly its Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services, as well as the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre, on outreach to persons with dementia as well as carers.



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