I am a Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist, based in Brisbane at the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. I am the Co-Director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group with Dr Stan Steidnl https://psychology.uq.edu.au/research/labs-groups/compassionate-mind
I have broad research interests in compassion, however, my specific research areas include: a) examining compassion focused therapy in RCTs; b) examining compassion with children; c) examining the links between parenting and compassion; and d) examining what fears, blocks, & resistances people have towards compassion.
I currently supervise 5 PhD Students. One PhD student is evaluating Compassion Focused Therapy for body weight shame in an RCT. I also supervise 3 Clinical Masters Students, where they are evaluating a brief 2-hour Compassionate Mind Training Intervention.
Although a full-time academic, I have a small private practice where I deliver CFT.
I also hold a Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University and am an Honorary Member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation UK.
If you are interested in undertaking a PhD focused on compassion please contact me.
PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia
I have completed, on multiple occasions, the 3-day a) Introduction, b) Experiential and c) Advanced CFT workshops delivered by Professor Paul Gilbert, as well as being co-facilitated at various times by Dr Dennis Tirch, Dr Nicola Petrocchi, and Dr James Bennett-Levy. I have completed those workshops over the last 3-4 years. I continue to receive ongoing monthly CFT supervision from Paul Gilbert. I teach a postgraduate CFT course at the University of Queensland. I have attended the CFT & Acting workshop. I have been providing CFT as part of my clinical practice for the last 4 years. Dr Stan Steindl and I also engage in monthly supervision.