2012– current PhD Candidate, MRI-UQ and School of Psychology, UQ
2003 – 2005 Master of Clinical Psychology, Griffith University
2002 Bachelor of Psychology with Honours (First Class), Griffith University
1997– 2001 Bachelor of Science (Psychology), UQ
Belinda is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with children, young people and families in both public and private settings. She has a particular interest in working with children in out-of-home care who have experienced complex trauma. Her clinical and research work is influenced by cognitive-behavioural, developmental and systemic frameworks.
Member of APS
Member of College of Clinical Psychologists
Member of APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group
Belinda has research experience working in Brisbane and the United Kingdom in the area of the phenomenology, prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression, the treatment of non-suicidal self-injury, and suicide prevention. Belinda's current research focus is on the early life factors that may contribute to, or disrupt, the intergenerational transmission of trauma and mental health difficulties. She is particularly intrigued by the developmental and therapeutic importance of relationships.
Belinda is currently completing a PhD on the Queensland Flood Study (QF2011) at Mater Research Institute, investigating the prenatal and postnatal mechanisms by which exposure to a natural disaster during pregnancy may influence the development of emotional and behavioural problems during toddlerhood. Specifically, she is investigating the potential of maternal mind-mindedness, a mother's proclivity to treat her infant as a psychological agent, for moderating the effects of exposure to prenatal maternal stress on child behaviour. In addition, she is investigating the predictors of individual differences in maternal mind-mindedness in mothers exposed to a natural disaster during pregnancy. The results of this program of research will extend understanding of the prenatal and postnatal mechanisms by which trauma and mental health difficulties may be conveyed across generations, with implications for screening and intervention with mothers exposed to stress and trauma during pregnancy.
Gullestrup, J., Lequertier, B., & Martin, G. (2011). Mates in Construction: Impact of a multimodal, community-based program for suicide prevention in the construction industry. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8(11), 4180-4196.
Hirsch, C.R., Mathews, A., Lequertier, B., Perman, G., & Hayes, S. (2013). Characteristics of worry in Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44(4), 388-395.
Martin, S., Martin, G., Lequertier, B., Swannell, S., Follent, A., & Choe, F. (2013). Voice movement therapy: Evaluation of a group-based expressive arts therapy for nonsuicidal self-injury in young adults. Music and Medicine, 5(1), 31-38. 7