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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.

Neuropsychology : With strong ties to the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and UTS, staff in the Neuropsychology Unit conduct research on the relationship between brain function and cognition. We aim to determine the underlying factors that contribute to disorders and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for their remediation.

Key Achievements

  • Increase in research activity - 24 publications
  • Increase in number of collaborations with universities.
  • Active membership and participation in SLHD Allied Health Research Committee and Forum.
  • In collaboration with Prof Elise van den Hoven at UTS, prototypes of memory enhancement devices have been designed and discussed with dementia patients and their carers. A second collaborative study with this group has revealed what types of memory disorders are reported and what happens when forgetting occurs in the healthy elderly.
  • New assessment tools have been developed to allow clinicians to detect accelerated long term forgetting, a memory problem that affects many patients with epilepsy.
  • In collaboration with the Australian College of Clinical Psychology current investigations include factors influencing sleep and memory function in people with epilepsy.

Research Staff

  • Dr Alexandra Withers
  • Dr Diana Horrex
  • Dr Tanya Lye
  • Dr Miranda Say
  • Dr Therese Alting
  • Dr Joanna Ho
  • Dr David Harding
  • Dr Deborah Koder
  • Dr Sarah Maguire
  • Dr Claudia Sannibale
  • Dr Andrew Baillie
  • Dr Crista Wocadlo
  • Dr Laurie Miller
  • Dr Nora Breen
  • Dr Zoe Thayer
  • Dr Glen Hunt
  • Dr David Horry
  • Ms Sarah Jacek
  • Mr Jason Fowler
  • Ms Brooke Adam (Donnelly)
  • Ms Lil Vrklevski
  • Ms Diana Huang

Higher Degree Students:

PhD:

  • Ms Brooke Donnelly
  • Ms Lil Vrklevski
  • Mr Jason Fowler
  • Ms Catherine Browning
  • Ms Amelia Scott
  • Ms Laura Ramos

Master with Treatise:

  • Ms Melissa Tjakrawisada, Masters Clinical Psychology

Masters:

  • Dr Sarah Barrett Jones


Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Baird, A., Samson, S., Miller, L., & Chalmers, K. (2016). Does music training modulate the mnemonic effect of song in Alzheimer's Dementia? A comparison of musicians and non-musicians. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, In press.
  2. Berriman, J., Stevenson, R.J., Thayer, Z.C., Thompson, E., Mohamed, A., Watson, J.D.G., & Miller, L.A. (2016). Testing the importance of the medial temporal lobes in human interoception: Does it matter if there is a memory component to the task? Neuropsychologia, In press.
  3. Crome, E., & Baillie, A. J. (2016). Better Access and equitable access to clinical psychology services: what do we need to know? Medical Journal of Australia, 204(9), 341-343. doi:10.5694/mja15.01393.
  4. Crome, E., Shaw, J., & Baillie, A. J. (2016). Costs and returns on training investment for empirically supported psychological interventions. Australian Health Review, -. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH15129.
  5. Cunningham, M. L., Griffiths, S., Baillie, A., & Murray, S. B. (2016). Emotion dysregulation moderates the link between perfectionism and dysmorphic appearance concern. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, No Pagination Specified. doi:10.1037/men0000082
  6. Davison, T., Koder, D., Helmes, E., Doyle, C., Bhar, S., Mitchell, L., Hunter, C., Knight, B. & Pachana, N. (2016). Brief on the role of psychologists in residential and home care services for older adults, Australian Psychologist, early view
  7. Forbes, M. K., Baillie, A. J., & Schniering, C. A. (2016). Should sexual problems be included in the internalizing spectrum? A comparison of dimensional and categorical models. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 42(1), 70-90. doi:10.1080/0092623X.2014.996928.
  8. Heyes, C. M., Baillie, A. J., Schofield, T., Gribble, R., & Haber, P. S. (2016). The reluctance of liver transplant participants with alcoholic liver disease to participate in treatment for their alcohol use disorder: An issue of treatment matching? Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 34(2), 233-251. doi:10.1080/07347324.2016.1148515.
  9. Joplin, S & Vrklevski, L. (2016). Emotional anaesthesia: A cognitive-behavioural treatment of prolonged grief in a client with complex comorbidities: the importance of reintegrating attachment, memory, and self-identity. Bereavement Care. In Press.
  10. Kizilcik, I. N., Gregory, B., Baillie, A. J., & Crome, E. (2016). An Empirical analysis of Moscovitch's reconceptualised model of social anxiety: How is it different from fear of negative evaluation? Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 37, 64-70. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2015.11.005.
  11. Koder, D. (2016). The use of cognitive behaviour therapy in the management of BPSD in dementia. Dementia (Innovative Practice section).
  12. Kumfor, F., Teo, D., Miller, L., Lah, S., Mioshi, E., Piguet, O., Hodges, J.R., & Irish, M. (2016). Examining the relationship between autobiographical memory impairment and carer burden in dementia syndromes. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, In press.
  13. Lechowicz, M. Miller, L., Irish, M., Addis, D. R., Mohamed, A. and Lah, S. (2016). Imagining future events in patients with unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, DOI:10.1111/bjc.12107
  14. Mills, K.L., Barrett, E.L., Merz, S., Rosenfeld, J., Ewer, P.L., Sannibale, C., Baker, A.L., Hopwood, S., 5, E. Back, S.E., Brady, K.T. & Teesson, M. (2016). Integrated Exposure-Based Therapy for Co-Occurring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Dependence: Predictors of Change in PTSD Symptom Severity. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 5(11), 101; doi: 10.3390/jcm5110101.
  15. Miller, L.A., Ricci, M., van Schalkwijk, F.J. Mohamed, A., & van der Werf, Y. (2016). Determining the relationship between sleep architecture, seizure variables and memory in patients with focal epilepsy. Behavioral Neurology, In press.
  16. Morley, K. C., Logge, W., Pearson, S.-A., Baillie, A., & Haber, P. S. (2016). National trends in alcohol pharmacotherapy: Findings from an Australian claims database. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 166, 254-257. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.06.027
  17. Ramos, L., van den Hoven, E., & Miller, L. (2016) Designing for the other 'hereafter': When older adults remember about forgetting. Proceedings of CHI '16. (In press).
  18. Shires, A., Vrklevski, L., Bliokas, V., & Hyde, J. (2016). Barriers to provision of external clinical psychology student placements. Australian Psychologist, 52(2), 140-148. doi:10.1111/ap.12254
  19. Schneider, S. C., Baillie, A. J., Mond, J., Turner, C. M., & Hudson, J. L. (2016). Measurement invariance of a body dysmorphic disorder symptom questionnaire across sex: The Body Image Questionnaire-Child and Adolescent Version. Assessment. doi:10.1177/1073191116679504
  20. Sharpe, L., Williams, A. C. d. C., Martin, P. R., Nicholas, M., Welgampola, M., McPhee, I., . . . McGuire, B. (2016). Psychological therapies for the prevention of migraine in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (8). doi:10.1002/14651858.CD012295
  21. Stargatt, J., Bhar, S., Davison, T., Pachana, N., Mitchell, L, Koder, D., Hunter, C., Doyle, C., Wells, Y & Helmes, E. (2016). The availability of psychological services for aged care residents in Australia: A survey of facility staff. Australian Psychologist, early view doi:10.1111/ap.12244 .
  22. Sunderland, M., Crome, E., Stapinski, L., Baillie, A., & Rapee, R. (2016). From fear to avoidance: factors associated with the onset of avoidance in people who fear social situations. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 1-20. doi:10.5127/jep.055216
  23. Taylor, C., Harding, D., Hoon, M., Starling, J., Cobley, S. (2016). Sprint Interval Training (SIT) exercise as an adjunct treatment component for adolescents with SMI. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services Clinical Practice Improvement (CAMHS-CPI), Australia.
  24. Tedder, J., Miller, L., Tu, S., Hornberger, M., and Lah, S. (2016). Into the future with little past: Exploring mental time travel in a patient with damage to the mammillary bodies/fornix. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, DOI10.1080/13854046.2016.1142612.

Neuropsychology:

International:

  1. Platform Presentation at the 12th European Congress on Epileptology, 11-15 September, 2016. Prague, Czech Republic. 'Daytime naps, night time sleep and everyday memory in adults with epilepsy'. Thayer Z , King S, Boserio J, Nicholson-Perry K, Miller L2, Mohamed A

National:

  1. CCD Annual Workshop, 22-24 August 2016, Leura, Blue Mountains. 'Does group size influence the ability of people with acquired neurological disorders to benefit from a memory training program?' Thayer, Zoë & Miller, Laurie A.

 


Book Chapters:
  1. Chen, J., Crome, E., Cox, S., Byrow, Y., Kanai, Y., Johnstone, K., . . . Hofmann, S. (2016). Broadening the research areas on social anxiety disorder. In R. Menzies, M. Kyrios, & N. Kazantzis (Eds.), Innovations and Future Directions in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (pp. 51-55). Samford Valley, Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  2. Deady, M., Mills, K., Teesson, M., Kay-Lambkin, F., Ross, J., Baillie, A., & Subotic, M. (2016). How do we best treat comorbid substance used and mental disorders? Evidence based approaches to integrated treatment. In R. Menzies, M. Kyrios, & N. Kazantzis (Eds.), Innovations and Future Directions in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (pp. 51-55). Samford Valley, Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  3. Donnelly, B., Aouad, P., Heriseanu, A., & Burton, A. (in press). Anorexia nervosa. In B. Baskin (Ed.), Generation next: A guide to adolescent mental health for young people, families and health professionals.
  4. Heriseanu, A., Burton, A., Donnelly, B., & Aouad, P. (in press). Excessive exercise and dieting. In B. Baskin (Ed.), Generation next: A guide to adolescent mental health for young people, families and health professionals. 
  5. Heriseanu, A., Donnelly, B., Burton, A., & Aouad, P. (in press). Bulimia Nervosa and binge Eating Disorder.  In B. Baskin (Ed.), Generation next: A guide to adolescent mental health for young people, families and health professionals.

Presentations:

National and International:

  1. Maguire, S., Reynolds, M., Morgan, S., Anderson, T., Hart, M., Titterton, J., Horsfield, S., Mulvey, B., Donnelly, B., McPherson, A. (2016, August). Statewide change in eating disorders in NSW: The development of local service plans. Poster presentation, Australian New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED), Christchurch, New Zealand.
  2. Medd, J., Bartula, I., So, K., Dargan, J., & Collins, R. (2016). Desire, arousal, pain and satisfaction. 10-year experience of Australia's first urologist-led female sexual medicine clinic. Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland.
  3. Miller, L.A. (2016, August). Accelerated long term forgetting in patients with focal epilepsy: Underlying causes and incidence rates. Neuropsychology Seminar, Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  4. Miller, L.A., Flanagan, E., Mothakunnel, A., & Thayer, Z. (2016, July). Adding measures of ALF to a neuropsychological assessment: Not hard to do and worth the effort. International Conference on Memory, Budapest, Hungary.
  5. Miller, L.A., Flanagan, E., Mothakunnel, A., & Thayer, Z. (2016, July). Accelerated longer term forgetting in patients with focal epilepsy: Rates and underlying causes. International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  6. Mitchell, A.S., Tu, S., Hornberger, M., & Miller, L. (2016, July). Comparative visual memory processing after medial thalamic damage in human and non-human primates. International Conference on Memory, Budapest, Hungary.
  7. Thayer, Z., King, S., Boserio, J., Nicholson-Perry, K., Miller, L., & Mohamed. A. (2016, September). Daytime naps, night time sleep and everyday memory in adults with epilepsy.12th European Congress on Epileptology, Prague, Czech Republic.
  8. Tu, S. Irish, M., Miller, L., & Hornberger, M. (2016, July). Thalamic contributions to long-term memory retrieval. International Conference on Memory, Budapest, Hungary.
  9. Vrklevski, L. (2016, September) Poster presentation. Barriers to clinical psychology placements. APS Congress, Melbourne, Australia.

State:

  1. Browning, C.A., Harris, C.B., Miller, L.A. (2016, November). Costs and benefits of collaborative prospective memory in acquired brain injury. ARC-CCD Memory Node Meeting, Sydney, Australia.
  2. Ho, J. (2016). Self-instructional memory rehabilitation for paediatric brain injury. 21st Annual Conference, APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Sydney, Australia.
  3. Ho, J. (2016). Poster presentation. Long-term cognitive effects of maintenance electroconvulsive therapy. 21st Annual Conference, APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Sydney, Australia.
  4. Huang, D., Wong, C., Radford, K., Say, M., Thayer, Z., & Miller, L. (2016) Use of strategies as a memory compensation technique in patients with acquired brain injury. Annual Workshop of the ARC Centre of Excellence into Cognition and Its Disorders, Leura (August).
  5. Miller, L., Mothakunnel, A., Flanagan, E., & Thayer, Z. (2017, January). Autobiographical memory in healthy adults and patients with focal epilepsy: Findings from a self-report questionnaire and a fluency test of autobiographical events. Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) XII, Sydney, Australia.
  6. Miller, L., Ricci, M., Mohamed, A., Thayer, Z., Boserio, J., Savage, G., van Schalkwijk, F. & van der Werf, Y.D. (2016, November) To sleep, perchance to dream: The earlier the better it would seem, at least for patients with epilepsy. College of Clinical Neuropsychologists Annual National Meeting, Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia.
  7. Nielsen, F. (2016). Family art therapy and countertransference images. NSW Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  8. Thayer, Z., & Miller, L. (2016, August). Does group size influence the ability of people with acquired neurological disorders to benefit from a memory rehabilitation program? Annual Workshop of the ARC Centre of Excellence into Cognition and Its Disorders, Leura, NSW, Australia.
  9. Tunks, A. (2016). Dementia cafes: An evaluation of their effectiveness in supporting family carers. Australian Association of Gerontologists (AAG) Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
  10. Wocadlo, C. (2016, November). All too human: Psychiatric outcomes following extreme prematurity. NSW Neonatal Nurses Seminar, Parramatta, NSW, Australia.
  11. Wocadlo, C. (2016, December). All too human: Psychiatric outcomes following extreme prematurity. RPA Newborn Care Research Meeting, Sydney, Australia.

District:

  1. Harding, D. (2016, June). Collaborative and proactive solutions (CPS) model at Walker. Annual Psychology Training, Education and Research Day, Medical Education Centre, Concord, Australia.
  2. Koder, D., & Kamath, C. (2016, August). Resident characteristics in a psychogeriatric residential facility and their relationship with hospital admissions. SLHD Mental Health Symposium, Medical Education Centre, Concord, Australia.
  3. Maguire, S., & Brownlow, R. (2016, August). Online training in eating disorders for health professionals. SLHD Mental Health Symposium, Medical Education Centre, Concord, Australia.
  4. Maguire, S., Russell, J., Kesby, A., O'Dell, A., Touyz, L., Hunt, G., McGregor, I., & Brownlow, R. (2016, August). Can intranasal oxytocin enhance treatment in anorexia nervosa? Online training in eating disorders for health professionals. SLHD Mental Health Symposium, Medical Education Centre, Concord, Australia.
  5. Miller, L.A. (2016, May). Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Case presentation at CCN case rounds. Westmead Children's Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
  6. Miller, L.A. (2016, June). Accelerated long term forgetting. Neurology Research Rounds, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
  7. Miller, L.A. (2016, October) hosted Memory Training Working Group at RPAH, Sydney, Australia.
  8. Miller, L.A. (2016, November) organised ARC Centre of Excellence into Cognition and Its Disorders- Memory Node Research Symposium, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  9. Mothakunnel, A., Flanagan, E., & Miller, LA. (2016, December). Neuropsychological test performance in native versus non-native English speakers. Poster presented at Sydney Local Health District Research Meeting, Sydney, Australia.
  10. Russell, J., Hart, S., Horsfield, S., Aradas, J., & Maguire, S. (2016, August). The revolving door of eating disorder treatment: How a day program is essential to effective care. SLHD Mental Health Symposium, Medical Education Centre, Concord, Australia.
  11. Say, M. (2016, June).The ACE-III - inter-rater reliability and the perils of over interpretation. Annual Psychology Training, Education and Research Day, Medical Education Centre, Concord, Australia.
  12. Thayer, Z. (2016, June). Examining relationships between memory scores and depression in epilepsy patients who undergo memory training. Annual Psychology Training, Education and Research Day, Medical Education Centre, Concord, Australia.
  13. Thayer, Z., & Miller, L. (2016, December). Examining relationships between memory scores and depression in epilepsy patients who undergo memory training. Sydney Local Health District Research Meeting, Sydney, Australia.
  14. Tjakrawisada, M. (2016, June). Evaluating the impact of assertive community mental health in reducing hospitalisation and improving ratings of health and social functioning. Annual Psychology Training, Education and Research Day, Medical Education Centre, Concord, Australia.
  15. Tjakrawisada, M., & Baillie, A. (2016, August). A pre?post file audit to evaluate outcomes of the Croydon-Canterbury Assertive Outreach Team in Sydney: hospitalisation and social and health functioning. SLHD Mental Health Symposium, Medical Education Centre, Concord, Australia.
  16. Tunks, A. (2016, June). Dementia cafes: An evaluation of their effectiveness in supporting family carers. SLHD Innovation and Research Symposium, Redfern, Australia.
  17. Vrklevski, L., Eljiz, K. and Greenfield, D. (2016, July). What is the role of allied health in the future of the public sector mental health service? Concord Hospital 3 Minute Challenge, Sydney, Australia.
  18. Vrklevski, L., Shires, A., Hyde, J., Bliokas, V., & Simmons, A. (2016, August). Barriers to clinical psychology supervision. SLHD Mental Health Symposium, Medical Education Centre, Concord, Australia.
  19. Withers, A., (2016, June). Stem cell transplant patients' experiences of inter-hospital transfers. Annual Psychology Training, Education and Research Day, Medical Education Centre, Concord, Australia.

Research Grants

GRANTING BODY AWARDEES PROJECT TITLE YEARS total $$ Years
National Health and Medical Research Council, Teesson, Baker, Mills, Kay-Lambkin, Haber, Baillie, Christensen, Birchwood, Spring, & Brady Excellence in Mental Health Substance Use  $2,499,000  2012-2016
National Health and Medical Research Council Morley, Teesson, Kranzler, Shanahan, Trent, Baillie, & Luquin  Defining the clinical role of topiramate in the treatment of alcohol dependence in Australia  $719,000 2016-2019
Macquarie University Safety Net  Baillie, Teesson, Wuthrich, Crome, Rapee, Stapinski, McCauley, Hudson  Preventing alcohol use disorders in anxious young people $19,000 2016-2017
NSW Health Department, Translational Research Grants Scheme.  Haber, Teesson, Morley, Baillie, Dunlop, Gournay, Mills, Baker, Crome, Kay-Lambkin, Sannibale  Improving management of comorbid substance use and mental illness with an integrated and stepped care (ISC) approach $675,000 2016-2018
ICTN Research Fund Vrklevski, L Barriers to clinical psychology supervision $14,677 2016-2016

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Ms Lil Vrklevski

Department/Unit: Psychology
Address:
Unit 2 Kirkbride, CCMH
Concord Hospital, Hospital Rd
Concord NSW 2139
Telephone: (02) 9767 8757
Facsimile: (02) 9767 8734
Web: www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: lil.vrklevski@health.nsw.gov.au