I'm excited to announce that Kathryn recently joined the YCP team. An experienced psychologist and behavioural neuroscientist, Kathryn was already a valued colleague of numerous YCP team members (through their research collaborations), and I've quickly seen why! She is a warm and skilful clinician and has rapidly demonstrated her willingness to work proactively as a member of our team.
Kathryn offers a safe and non-judgemental environment for her clients. She is experienced working with adults facing issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, eating disorders, psychosis, adult autism spectrum disorder, identity (including LGBTQI+), and managing life transitions. She uses evidence-based techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Mindfulness-based approaches, and her pragmatic and empathetic approach is also informed by her background in neuroscience.
As the Deputy Director of the University of Melbourne Academic Unit of Psychiatry of Old Age, she has focussed on research that supports mental and cognitive health in middle-aged and older adults. She is co-leader of Melbourne Psychology and Ageing, and is an honorary Principle Research Fellow within the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Kathryn is also the leader of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) Capacity Building and Mentoring Committee reflecting her passion for supporting early career researchers.