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Dr Anthea Fursland, Acting Director, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Anthea is the Acting Director of CCI, with more than 30 years of experience as a clinical psychologist. She has worked in both the UK (in the National Health Service and in private practice) and the US, where she co-ordinated eating disorder services throughout northern California for a large managed care company. Her specialist experience in the treatment of eating disorders culminated in 2005 with her starting up the CCI Eating Disorders Programme. Thus she has extensive clinical and managerial experience in the development of eating disorder treatment programmes.

In addition to her clinical work at CCI, Anthea is involved in applied clinical research, service development, supervision, consultation, training and education (of GPs, mental health practitioners and carers). She has trained clinicians in WA, VIC, QLD and NSW in CBT-E. She has created the CCI web-based self-help resource on eating disorders and co-authored several peer-reviewed papers. In 2015, Anthea was instrumental in the development of the WA Eating Disorders Outreach & Consultation Service (WAEDOCS). In the past two years she has been seconded to the position of Director of WAEDOCS.

Anthea is Past-President of Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, on the Steering Committee of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration and is a Fellow of the international Academy of Eating Disorders. 

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Dr Bruce Campbell, Acting Director, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Bruce completed his Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Flinders University (Adelaide), and his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Western Australia. His Master’s research focussed on the comparative effectiveness of treating depression with either a combination of medication and psychotherapy, or psychotherapy alone. Bruce is also a practising registered pharmacist and brings to his clinical work over 15 years of experience in community healthcare. This background continues to foster Bruce’s research interest in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders with medication and with cognitive behavioural therapy.

Bruce facilitates training workshops at CCI and regularly presents seminars and lectures to psychology students at UWA, Curtin and Murdoch Universities.  He also provides clinical supervision to provisionally registered psychologists as part of their post-graduate training requirements. In his clinical work, Bruce specialises in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, and provides treatment individually and in CCI group treatment programs.

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Professor Peter McEvoy, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Professor Peter McEvoy graduated with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and PhD from the University of Western Australia, after which he worked for 4 years as a clinical psychologist and service coordinator of the Anxiety Disorders Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. After returning to Perth Professor McEvoy worked at the Centre for Clinical Interventions for a number of years as a clinician and clinical researcher, and he is currently the Research Director. Prof McEvoy is also an academic within the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University, where he teaches in the masters of clinical psychology program. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and has published numerous articles relating to the treatment of anxiety and depression, transdiagnostic approaches to conceptualising mental disorders, and mechanisms of cognitive and behavioural change. Prof McEvoy’s primary areas of interest are anxiety disorders and depression, and he specialises in the treatment of social anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, body dysmorphic disorder, and depression.

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Dr Susan Byrne, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Sue is a NHMRC Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia, and is a sessional specialist clinical psychologist with the CCI eating disorders programme. Sue is a major holder of grants investigating eating and weight disorders in children and adults from Healthways, the Raines Foundation and The University of Western Australia. She also holds an honorary position with Fiona Stanley’s Telethon Institute for Child Health and Research. Sue was previously a Wellcome Trust Prize Student at Oxford University. Only one of these scholarships is awarded every 4 years. Whilst at Oxford University Sue worked with Dr Christopher Fairburn. Sue is a member of national committees specializing in eating disorders such as the Australian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network and the Australian Eating Disorders National Research Group.

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Laura Smith, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Laura Smith runs the CCI Bipolar Treatment Programme – which offers adjunctive psychosocial interventions for people with bipolar disorder. Laura’s particular research interests are in the areas of improving treatment outcomes for people with a bipolar diagnosis and self-efficacy for managing bipolar symptoms.  Laura has also worked on therapist manuals for group and individual treatment of anxiety and depression and for CBT for Psychotic Symptoms. Laura completed her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at UWA in 1997, where her research focussed on cognitive processes in people with eating disorders.

 

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Dr Bronwyn Raykos, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Bronwyn Raykos completed her BA (Hons), Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, and Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Western Australia. Prior to joining CCI, her experience included a post at the Institute of Psychiatry in London where she delivered individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions to adolescents with Major Depression as part of a clinical trial.  Bronwyn is currently joint co-ordinator of the Eating Disorders Programme at CCI. She is passionate about providing evidence-based treatment for individuals with eating disorders, including family based treatment (FBT) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).   Bronwyn is also passionate about evaluating and improving treatments for patients with eating disorders.  Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences.  She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders.

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Dr Amanda Swan, Clinical Psychologist

Amanda completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClin Psych) in the UK, at the University of Teesside.  Her doctorate research focussed on the impact of mood disorders and health beliefs on Stroke Rehabilitation outcome. Her previous experience in the UK involved working within inpatient and outpatient services delivering individual, couple and ward based interventions for a range of psychiatric disorders affecting older adults and their families. Amanda has been a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Clinical Interventions since 2005, providing group and individual treatment for depression and anxiety disorders. Her primary areas of interest are anxiety disorders and depression, with a particular interest in CBT and Meta Cognitive Approaches for Worry and Rumination.  She is involved with facilitating CCI training workshops.  She has conducted research in the area of Quality of Life & Depression and has been involved in running the ongoing CCI Bipolar Programme - which offers adjunctive psychosocial interventions for people with Bipolar Disorder.

 

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Dr Marilyn Fitzgerald, Clinical Psychologist
Marilyn completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD at the University of Western Australia (UWA).  Her PhD research examined the association between anxiety-linked threat-biased attention and threat-biased interpretation.  Marilyn has previous experience in providing both inpatient and outpatient therapy for young people and adults with eating disorders and other psychological conditions.  As part of the Eating Disorders Programme, she provides therapy for individuals with eating disorders and is involved in the development of web-based resources for consumers and health professionals. 

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Dr Mark Summers, Clinical Psychologist
Mark completed his Masters in Clinical Psychology and PhD at Murdoch University.  Mark works in the general programme at CCI, providing treatment for groups and individuals with depression and anxiety disorders.  He has previously worked as a researcher in educational psychology and lecturer in social and developmental psychology at Murdoch University.  His current research, in collaboration with Fremantle Hospital, is focused on behavioural assessment and intervention to improve adherence to self-care regimens in individuals with diabetes.

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Dr Stephanie Hill, Clinical Psychologist
Stephanie is a member of the eating disorders team at CCI.  She completed her Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Western Australia.  Her Doctorate research involved examining body mass and psychological functioning as factors associated with bullying in children and adolescents.  Stephanie has been involved the Prevention Across the Spectrum project, a research project into the effectiveness of various prevention programs at addressing both eating disorders and obesity in adolescents conducted by Flinders University and the University of Western Australia.  Stephanie has previous experience working with young people and adults with eating disorders and other psychological conditions, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

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David Erceg-Hurn, Senior Scientist
David Erceg-Hurn is CCI’s Senior Scientist. He is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of CCI’s treatment programs, and studying the mechanisms by which they work. David has a background in Clinical Psychology. He completed an undergraduate psychology degree at Curtin University, graduating with First Class Honours. He is currently completing a Masters of Clinical Psychology and a PhD at the University of Western Australia (UWA). David has been involved in a wide array of research projects involving mood, anxiety and substance use disorders. He has also developed and disseminated novel, clinically relevant statistical methods. David has received several prestigious awards for his research and clinical work, including the 2012 West Australian Student Scientist of the Year, 2010 Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists Student Prize, and the 2009 UWA Prize for Research Achievement. His work has attracted the attention of other scientists, the media, politicians and policy makers.

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Dr Olivia Carter, Clinical Psychologist

Olivia is a member of the Eating Disorders Team at CCI. She joined the service in July 2015, having completed her Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) at The University of Western Australia (UWA). Olivia’s Honours and Doctoral research theses both focused on the area of eating disorders. Her Honours thesis investigated predictors of dropout in outpatient treatment for eating disorders (published in Behaviour Research and Therapy, 2012), while her Doctoral thesis explored readiness and motivation to change in the treatment of adult outpatients with anorexia nervosa. Olivia delivers both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for adults with eating disorders seeking individual treatment, and Family Based Therapy for clients aged 16-18 with eating disorders.  In addition to her clinical work, Olivia has been actively involved with the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) for the past four years, and is a former member of the ANZAED Executive Committee, as well as a current member of the ANZAED Membership Committee and the ANZAED Autumn Workshop Series Committee.

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Melissa Burgess, Clinical Psychologist Registrar

Melissa did her clinical training in the combined Masters/PhD in programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Western Australia, where she has completed her Masters equivalence and is currently completing her PhD. Melissa's doctoral research explores anxiety-related attentional biases in younger and older adults. Melissa joined the team at CCI in September 2014, but has been involved in research collaboration with CCI since 2011, looking at interpersonal problems in anxiety, depression and eating disorders, and how these relate to treatment outcomes.

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Dr Adelln Sng, Clinical Psychologist

Adelln completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Doctor of Philosophy at The University of Western Australia in 2014.  Her doctoral thesis investigated ways in which feedback about clients’ progress could be used to guide ongoing delivery of therapy, and enhance translation of research findings into clinical practice. Adelln has worked with children, adolescents, and adults across both community and private settings, and has previously held research appointments at UWA. Joining CCI in 2016, Adelln provides treatment for groups and individuals with depression and anxiety disorder within the general programme. She is also currently acting as co-ordinator of the CCI training workshop program for mental health professionals.  

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Samantha Bank, Clinical Psychologist Registrar

Sam completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Curtin University in 2015. Her masters thesis investigated the effectiveness of a single-session group-based imagery rescripting treatment for performance anxiety. This led her to CCI to co-facilitate social anxiety groups as part of a new research trial investigating the effectiveness of imagery-enhanced versus ‘verbally-based’ Group Cognitive Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder. Sam is also a member of the eating disorders team at CCI. Within this role she treats individual clients aged 16 and above using individualised CBT. Sam has previous experience working with young people and adults with eating disorders and other psychological conditions across private, community, inpatient and outpatient settings. 

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Dr Louise Andony, Clinical Psychologist

Louise works as a Clinical Psychologist within the Eating Disorders Programme at CCI.  She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Her published doctoral thesis examined whether therapists were able to adequately adhere to three eating disorder treatments under investigation in a multi-site research trial. Louise has previous experience in delivering individual and group therapy to individuals with various psychological conditions in both community, and school settings. 

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Dr Megan Bell, Clinical Psychologist Registrar

Megan works in the general programme at CCI, providing individual treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders.  She completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Western Australia. Her doctoral thesis investigated a range of individual and family factors that can increase children’s risk of poor development, and identified ways in which families, communities, and services can better support children’s transition into fulltime schooling. Megan has an interest in doing further research into how family-based models of care may provide better support for parents, and help children experience positive developmental outcomes. Megan has previous experience working with children, young people, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings, delivering individual and group therapy for various psychological conditions.

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Louise Pannekoek, Clinical Psychologist Registrar

Louise has completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology at the University of Western Australia, and is in the process of completing her PhD investigating dropout from psychological treatment for eating disorders. Louise has presented her research at a number of national and international research conferences, and was awarded a Butterfly Foundation research scholarship, and the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Peter Beaumont Young Investigator Award. Her clinical training included working with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy, addressing a range of issues including depression, generalised anxiety, eating disorders, weight management, phobias, substance use and trauma. Part of her training involved a placement at CCI in 2014. She has also volunteered as a facilitator of body image, self-esteem and media literacy interventions with adolescent athletes and in school settings. Louise previously worked with adolescents with substance use, before joining CCI’s Depression and Anxiety team in 2016. She also has involvement in teaching undergraduate psychology at the University of Western Australia.

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Founding Director (2002 - 2014) - Paula Nathan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paula’s main contribution to the DOH in WA has been developing CCI, a service based on the scientist-practitioner model, providing evidence supported psychological treatments to patients with severe and complex clinically significant levels of disorder. Paula lead colleagues on a journey to create a Centre with a record of achievement which would be the envy of many universities: its clinical services, research publications, national/international conference presentations, specialist training programs and partnerships with colleagues in other universities, including Oxford, Macquarie, Curtin and UWA. CCI has influenced clinical psychology practice nationally and internationally. Recognising that quality treatment includes evaluating practice with accountable and quantitative methods; the ACHS Survey (2009) stated: “CCI is exceptional and world class and should be nurtured and nourished!”

Paula’s work is based upon humanist and social justice values. Since starting at UWA in 1983 she has contributed to the education of several generations of clinical psychologists. In recognition of her professional achievements, Paula has received many awards. These include:

2012 - Ian Campbell Prize in Clinical Psychology (Australian Psychological Society - APS) for contribution to the science of Clinical Psychology

2012 - APS - College of Clinical Psychology for contribution to the scientific and professional status of Clinical Psychology

2014 - The Australian Clinical Psychology Association - "In recognition of her outstanding leadership in Clinical Psychology"

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