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Contact Details

  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
CAMPERDOWN NSW 2050
 
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Psychology

Our Research

Psychologists have expertise in human behaviour, having studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave, and react. Psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods. Psychological therapies are widely used to treat individuals and families and can also be applied to groups and organisations. The research conducted by psychologists in the SLHD covers all aspects of human behaviour and functioning.

Key Achievements

The Psychology workforce in the SLHD consists of 120; 85% have a masters degree and an additional 30% have a clinical doctorate or PhD.

While we do not have any dedicated research positions for psychology in the SLHD, psychologists are actively involved in an average 15 research projects per year.

Psychologists are always exploring research collaborations with Sydney University, UNSW, UTS and Macquarie universities.

Awards/Medals

  • HETI Funding, $10,000 awarded to Walker Unit, CCMH to research short sprint interval training.
  • ICTN Small Grant Funding, $14,677.77 to research 'Barriers to Clinical Psychology Supervision', Collaboration between SLHD, UTS, USyd & ISLHD awarded to Lil Vrklevski.
  • Dry July Committee Funding, $11,040 for the delivery of Music and Well-Being classes and Art Therapy, awarded to Sue Butler.
  • Dry July Committee Funding, $13,002 for the purchase of Genito-Sensory analyser upgrade, awarded to Jessica Medd.
  • Allied Health Research seeding Grants, $5,000, awarded to Lil Vrklevski to fund PhD research in the SLHD.

Research Staff

  • Dr Alexandra Withers
  • Dr Diana Horrex
  • Mr Andrew Rock
  • Dr Andrew Baillie
  • Ms Brooke Donnelly
  • Dr Claudia Sannibale
  • Dr Crista Wocadlo
  • Dr David Harding
  • Dr Josephine Kearney
  • Dr David Horry
  • Dr Deborah Koder
  • Mr Jason Fowler
  • Dr Jessica Swinbourne
  • Dr Joanna Ho
  • Dr Andrew Jones
  • Ms Julia McLeish
  • Dr Laurie Miller
  • Ms Margot O'Brien
  • Ms Lynne-Maree Crain
  • Ms Melissa Tjakrawisada
  • Ms Nora Breen
  • Ms Rebecca Somervaille
  • Ms Richelle Horscroft
  • Ms Sarah Jacek
  • Dr Sarah Maguire
  • Ms Sue Butler
  • Ms Zoe Thayer
  • Ms Lil, Vrklevski
  • Ms Jessica Medd
  • Dr Therese Alting
  • Dr Tanya Lye

Higher Degree Students:

PhD:

  • Ms Therese Alting
  • Ms Brooke Donnelly
  • Mr Jason Fowler
  • Ms Jasmina Vrankovic
  • Ms Lil Vrklevski

Masters:

  • Ms Ilona Gaudin, Masters Family Therapy
  • Ms Melissa Tjakrawisada, MClinPsych


Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Gandy, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholson-Perry, K., Miller, L., Thayer, Z., Boserio, J., Mohamed, A. (2015). Anxiety in epilepsy: A neglected disorder. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 78, 149-155.
  2. Thayer, Z., Wong, C., Mohamed, A., Miller, L. (2015). Improving memory in patients with epilepsy: Considering the impact of anti-epileptic drugs, low mood and/or surgery on memory training program outcomes. International Journal of Neurorehabilitation, http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2376-0281.1000139.
  3. Michaels, C et al 'efficacy and acceptability of an intervention for tobacco smoking cessation in HIv-positive individuals at a public sexual health clinic.' In Sexually Transmitted Infections at http://sti.bmj.com
  4. Barrett EL, Indig D, Sunjic S, Sannibale C, Sindicich N, Rosenfeld J, Najavits L, Mills KL (2015). Treating comorbid substance use and traumatic stress among male prisoners: A pilot study of the acceptability, feasibility, and preliminary efficacy of Seeking Safety. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 14(1), 45-55. DOI: 10.1080/14999013.2015.1014527.
  5. Modini, M & Vrklevski, L (2015). A cognitive-behavioural case conceptualisation for an individual with schizophrenia and sub-clinical social anxiety. Submitted to Australasian Psychiatry.
  6. Vrklevski, L (2015). Tracing the Development of Mental Health Nursing, Psychiatry, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, and Social Work in Mental Health Services in Australia. Submission to Journal of Mental Health Training, Education, and Practice. Issues for Workforce Development.
  7. Jennifer STARGATT, Sunil BHAR, Tanya DAVISON, Nancy PACHANA, Leander MITCHELL, Deborah KODER, Carol HUNTER, Colleen DOYLE, Yvonne WELLS, Edward HELMES8 Research paper submitted to Australian Psychologist: 'Brief on the role of psychologists in residential and home care services for older adults'.
  8. Zoë Thayer (2015) Examining relationships between memory scores and depression in epilepsy patients who undergo memory training. Platform presentation SLHD Research Forum, 1 December, Kerry Packer Education Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.
  9. Zoë Thayer, Hershey Johnson, Suzanne King, Anna Ridalgh, Armin Mohamed, Janet Boserio, Laurie A. Miller, Kathryn Nicholson-Perry (2015). Insomnia in people with epilepsy: prevalence, predictors, and implications. Platform presentation 31st International Epilepsy Congress (IEC), Istanbul 5-9 September. 
  10. Zoë Thayer and Laurie Miller (2015) Does group size influence the ability of people with acquired neurological disorders to benefit from a memory rehabilitation program? Poster and data blitz platform presentation 12th Neuropsychology Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation (NR-SIG-WFNR) Conference 6-7 July Day Dream Island Whitsundays, Australia
  11. Zoë Thayer, Cara Wong, Armin Mohamed and Laurie Miller (2015) Improving memory in patients with epilepsy: Considering the impact of anti-epileptic drugs, low mood and/or surgery on memory training program outcomes. International Journal of Neurorehabilitation. 1(4), 1-7
  12. Ricci, M., Mohamed, A., Savage G. and Miller, L.A. (2015). Disruption of learning and long term retention of prose passages in patients with focal epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior, 51, 104-111.
  13. Ricci, M., Mohamed, A., Savage, G., Boserio, J. and Miller, L.A. (2015). The impact of epileptiform abnormalities and hippocampal lesions on retention of recent autogiographical experiences: Adding insult to injury? Neuropsychologia, 66, 259-266.
  14. Miller, L.A., Flanagan, E., Mothakunnel, A., Mohamed, A. and Thayer, Z. (2015). Old dogs with new tricks: Detecting accelerated long term forgetting by extending traditional measures. Epilepsy and Behavior, 45, 205-211. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2015.01.024
  15. Thayer, Z., Johnson, H., King, S., Ridalgh, A., Mohamed, A., Boserio, J., Miller ,L.A., Nicholson Perry, K. (2015). Insomnia in people with epilepsy: prevalence, predictors, and implications. International Epilepsy Congress, Istanbul, (Sept).
  16. Pillay, P., & Thomas, S. D. (2015). Police Contact with Suicidal Individuals: A Comparison of Self-Inflicted Suicidal Behaviour and Potential Police Provoked Shooting Incidents. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, 2015.

Book Chapters:
  1. Miller, L.A. and Radford, K. A. (2015). Memory rehabilitation in adults with neurological disorders. In Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory, (D. R. Addis, M. Barense and A. Duarte, eds.) Wiley Press.

Presentations:

National and International:

  1. Lil Vrklevski, Regional Congress for World Federation for Mental Health in Singapore, October 2015, ' The causes of their death appear(unto our shame perpetual): why Root Cause analysis is not the best model for error investigation in mental health services.'
  2. Thayer, Z., Johnson, H., King, S., Ridalgh, A., Mohamed, A., Boserio, J., Miller ,L.A., Nicholson Perry, K. (2015). Insomnia in people with epilepsy: prevalence, predictors, and implications. International Epilepsy Congress, Istanbul, (Sept).
  3. Zoë Thayer, Hershey Johnson, Suzanne King, Anna Ridalgh, Armin Mohamed, Janet Boserio, Laurie A. Miller, Kathryn Nicholson-Perry (2015). Insomnia in people with epilepsy: prevalence, predictors, and implications. Platform presentation 31st International Epilepsy Congress (IEC), Istanbul 5-9 September.

State:

  1. Zoë Thayer and Laurie Miller (2015) Does group size influence the ability of people with acquired neurological disorders to benefit from a memory rehabilitation program? Poster and data blitz platform presentation 12th Neuropsychology Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation (NR-SIG-WFNR) Conference 6-7 July Day Dream Island Whitsundays, Australia.

District:

  1. Michelle Davey  presented on anxiety and adjusting to bad news at the Palliative Care NSW's Professional Education Forum held 9am -4.30pm on Friday 9 October 2015 at the Kerry Packer Auditorium, RPA Hospital, Camperdown NSW.
  2. Michelle Davey presented at the World Lymphoma Awareness Day education event held in Sydney in September 2015. Dr Deb Koder presented at Annual Psychology Training, Education and Research Day 16 June 2015, CRGH Medical Education Centre. 'Panicked by p-values? Troubled by t-tests?: Success in conducting practice-based research projects in public health settings'.
  3. Dr Joanna Ho, clinical neuropsychologist, CCMH presented 'Self-instructional memory rehabilitation for paediatric brain injury' as part of a workshop 'Memory impairments in children with neurological disorders: How to diagnose and treat' at the 21st Annual Conference APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists and a poster 'Long-term cognitive effects of maintenance electroconvulsive therapy.'
  4. Dr Crista Wocadlo presented at RPA Hospital Grand Rounds, October 16th , Title: 'And suddenly I was 8: The longer term outcomes of children born extremely preterm.
  5. Dr Deb Koder presented Conference paper at the RANZCP/PAIG conference in Adelaide November 27th 2015: ' Psychological service access in residential aged care settings in Australia'
  6. Zoë Thayer (2015) Examining relationships between memory scores and depression in epilepsy patients who undergo memory training. Platform presentation SLHD Research Forum, 1 December, Kerry Packer Education Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.
  7. Lil Vrklevski , Allied Health Research Forum 2015,KPEC, High Risk Civilian Consultation Clinic.
  8. Zoe Thayer, Allied Health Research Forum, 2015, KPEC, Examining relationships between memory scores and depression in epilepsy patients who undergo memory training.

Research Grants

GRANTING BODY AWARDEES PROJECT TITLE YEARS total $$ Years
SLHD Allied Health Seeding Grant Lil Vrklevski   $5,000 2016

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Ms Lil Vrklevski

Department/Unit: Psychology
Address:
RPA Hospital
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Telephone: (02) 9767 8757
Facsimile: (02) 9767 8734
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: lil.vrklevski@sswahs.nsw.gov.au