Our Research

Our research is primarily based on translating empirical evidence into clinical interventions for a variety of mental health disorders. This includes evaluating potential adjuncts to current cognitive and behavioural therapies with the aim of improving their efficacy, as well as developing new treatment programmes and manuals for clinical use. Our research explores interventions in both traditional face-to-face clinical settings, as well as looking into developing internet and phone app-based interventions.


 

Current Projects

 

Mental Health Adaptations for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Parental stress intervention, run by the current Master of Clinical Psychology students (Jovana Sladakovic, Stephanie Morse, Raphaella Osborn and Mary Girgis), in conjunction with collaborator (Dr Seeta Durvasula, Centre for Disability Studies/Northern Intellectual Disability Health).

iPad anxiety management program for children with mild intellectual disability, run by PhD candidate Anastasia Hronis.

 

Translational Mental Health Treatments

Investigation of the potential benefit of probiotics, both individual, and as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioural therapy in depression, in collaboration with Dr Saskia van Hermert (Winclove Probiotics).


 

Past Projects

My previous research and clinical background has explored the unique needs of individuals with intellectual disability, looking at ways to best support them to achieve their full potential.

My PhD research (PhD/Master of Psychology (Clinical) 2010 – 2014) investigated how pre-schoolers, children, adolescents and adults with Down Syndrome learn and remember information, and its implications for educational and therapeutic interventions to improve quality of life.

I have also designed and evaluated a cognitive behaviour therapy program for adults with intellectual disability (CBT-ID) and an anxiety disorder. Rates of mental health problems are 2 to 3 times higher in people with an intellectual disability than those in the general population, yet most won’t receive specialist psychological treatment. Anxiety disorders are particularly common, and are chronic without intervention. The piloted CBT-ID program was effective in treating anxiety disorders in people with intellectual disability. We are now looking at offering this program as part of clinical services at Northern Intellectual Disability Health (NIDH) in Cremorne.


 

Future Projects

We are very interested in collaborating with industry professionals. If you have a potential project you would like to conduct in conjunction with Dr. Lynette Roberts and her colleagues, please contact us.