About Us

 

University of New South Wales 

Mark Dadds - Chief Investigator

   

Mark Dadds is the Director of the Child Behaviour Research Clinic, Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. He has developed and directed several national intervention programs for children, youth, and their families, at risk for mental health problems. He has been National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, Director of Research for the Abused Child Trust of Queensland, Professor of Parenting Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and a recipient of several awards including an Early Career Award from the Division of Scientific Affairs of the Australian Psychological Society, the Ian Matthew Campbell Award for excellence in Clinical Psychology, and a Violence Prevention Award for the Federal Government via the Institute of Criminology. 




David Hawes - Chief Investigator

 

Dr. David Hawes is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology, University of Sydney. He is a child psychologist with many years’ experience in the treatment of behavioural problems, and is co-author of the widely disseminated 'Integrated Family Intervention for Child Conduct Problems' program. He is involved extensively in the training of Clinical Psychologists in postgraduate and community health settings through his role coordinating the training in treatments for childhood problems within the doctorate-level program at the University of Sydney, and an honorary appointment with the Sydney South West Area Health Service. Dr Hawes is regularly invited by national and international peak professional bodies (e.g., Australian Psychological Society, British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies) to advise members on recent advances in the conceptualisation and treatment of child behaviour problems. He maintains a large program of research into the development and treatment of child behaviour problems, and is a consulting editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. David is also currently a consultant to the Child Behaviour Research Clinic at the University of New South Wales.




John Brennan- Chief Investigator

 

During the past decade Associate Professor Brennan has combined his clinical duties with research interest in child and adolescent mental health. He has been Co-principal Investigator on a number of research grants resulting in numerous publications and PhD candidate research which have sparked further interest in the field. Associate Professor Brennan is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Previously, he was Director of the Adolescent Mental Health Service at Prince of Wales Hospital, Clinical Lecturer at UNSW (1989-1994), Deputy Medical Superintendent at Redbank House Acute Adolescent Unit, Westmead Hospital (1995-2006), and Director of the Department of Psychological Medicine at Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children, Sydney (1984-1989). He has been a consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry in the public health sector for twenty-five years, with extensive clinical and administrative experience managing and developing clinical services for children and adolescents. Up until 2007, A. Prof. Brennan was Director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Westmead Children’s Hospital, Western Sydney, affiliated with the Sydney University Medical School. At present, he is a clinical adjunct Professor in Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of New South Wales. 




Caroline Moul- Chief Investigator

   

Dr Caroline Moul is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of New South Wales. Dr Moul completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge in 2005 and then worked in criminology and psychiatry research in the UK for four years before undertaking a PhD in Psychology at the University of New South Wales. Her main areas of research are the cognitive and biological underpinnings of antisocial behaviour and of complex personality traits that are associated with poor treatment outcome. Dr Moul is also engaged in research to improve psychological interventions for children with antisocial behaviour problems and to increase the accessibility of these treatments to underserviced communities.




Joshua Broderick - Project Manager

   

Dr Joshua Broderick is project manager of the Access Early Intervention E-health Project. In addition to managing the project, Josh also works as a clinical psychologist on it. Josh has been trained in the delivery of parent management training at the Child Behaviour Research Clinic. His research background and interests include human learning and clinical psychology. He has approximately 10 years experience working with children and families.

Jessica Kirkman - PhD Candidate/ Research and Development Officer


Jessica is a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, with her research examining the barriers to treatment faced by families in rural areas. Jessica is also the Research and Development Officer for the Access Early Intervention E-Health Project, as part of the Child Behaviour Research Clinic. Through a randomised controlled trial, Jessica will explore the clinician's experience of delivering treatment via the Internet, in addition to exploring the effectiveness of the innovative online model of service delivery. Jessica has a long history working with children and families, with her award winning Honours research in cyber bullying building her practical understanding of the issues facing children and families.

Christina Thai - Clinical Psychologist

 

Christina Thai is a clinical psychologist registrar working on the Access Early Intervention E-Health Project. She has experience in the assessment and treatment of children with behavioural, emotional, developmental, and learning difficulties. Christina has been trained in the delivery of parent management training at the Child Behaviour Research Clinic at the University of New South Wales. She is particularly interested in the development of empathy in children with conduct problems and autism spectrum disorders.

 

Royal Far West 

Lindsey Cane - Chief Executive Officer

 

Lindsay Cane is an experienced Company Director and CEO. She brings with her a wealth of experience in leading, managing and inspiring organisational development and growth in the non-profit sector. She has a solid background in physiotherapy and healthcare management with previous directorship roles that include The Australian Physiotherapy Association, The Asthma Foundation (NSW) and Netball Australia.




Richard Colbran - Business Director


Richard has held senior executive roles in the not-for-profit sector for the past 10-years. The Business Directorate coordinates RFW’s health and wellbeing services, research and evaluation, fundraising, community engagement and marketing areas. In his previous role at the Australian Drug Foundation he oversaw the Foundation’s commercial, research, innovation, information program areas including the establishment of the Good Sports program in NSW.




Robyn Ramsden - Research and Evaluation Manager

 

Robyn is the Research and Evaluation Manager for Royal Far West. She has had extensive experience in the area of student health and wellbeing with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, where she led a team responsible for the development of health policy, programs and resources for students. During that time she was also actively involved in significant research projects particularly in the areas of drug education and mental health promotion. She is a key research partner in the Australian Research Council funded Drug Education in Victorian Schools Research Project which received the 2012 National Drug and Alcohol Award for Excellence in Community Education and Prevention. 

 

Suzanne Davies - Clinical Psychologist

 

Suzanne is a Clinical Psychologist at Royal Far West. She has been working as a Clinical Psychologist for seven years and has been at Royal Far West for three years. She is particularly interested in exploring the role of technology in the provision of therapy services to children and families in rural and remote communities. Suzanne is very excited to be part of the Access Early Intervention Project.




Vanessa Andrijic - Clinical Psychologist

   

Vanessa is a Clinical Psychologist. She has been working at Royal Far West for two and a half years. She has experience and training in the assessment and treatment of children presenting with developmental, learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has a strong interest in child development and very much enjoys working together with families to help them reach their goals. Vanessa is looking forward to the project and is excited about exploring the use of technology in the delivery of therapy.

Jessica Staniland - Clinical Psychologist




Jessica is a psychologist with a special interest in working with children and families. She has worked closely with families from various backgrounds, and with children with a range of difficulties including autism spectrum disorders (ASD’s), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), anxiety and depression. Jessica has facilitated a number of parenting programs, and is especially excited to be involved in the current program as she is aware of the unique set of difficulties families living in rural and remote regions experience, as they struggle to try and access appropriate mental health services.

Gabrielle Duffy - Clinical Psychologist



 

Gabrielle is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with children and families for over 20 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including a paediatric Brain Injury team, numerous Community Health settings, an early intervention service and in private practice. She joined the team at Royal Far West at the beginning of 2013. She has a particular interest in working with children who have experienced a lot of trauma early in their lives, and in educating schools and other professionals about how trauma affects children’s development.