Researchers

Dr Sally Fitzpatrick

Sally holds a BA (Welfare), BA Psychology (Hons), Master of Clinical Psychology, and a PhD. She is also an Honorary Postdoctoral Fellow with Macquarie University. Sally has most recently worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University. As an academic researcher, Sally managed a large multi-site, randomised control trial of two anti-bullying programs in 135 Australian primary schools, taught undergraduate and postgraduate psychology, presented her research at both national and international conferences, and supervised research staff and students.

In addition to conducting research, Sally has worked as a Clinical Psychologist since 2008. Prior to this, she worked in the statutory child protection sector for more than ten years as a child protection worker, trainer, and project manager. Sally’s education and work history combine to highlight her commitment to advocating for the mental health and wellbeing of youth and their families through both research and clinical practice.

Kay Bussey

After studying Developmental and Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland and the University of Oregon (USA) I received a PhD from the University of Queensland. I then undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship under the supervision of Professor Bandura at Stanford University, USA. On returning to Australia, I accepted an academic appointment at Macquarie University. I have continued my collaboration with Professor Bandura as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and on frequent informal visits.

My research covers applied and clinically relevant topics involving children and adolescents. The empirical research draws on a range of methodologies including questionnaires, experimental methods, and vignettes and is theoretically guided by Bandura’s social cognitive theory which considers both social and personal factors involved in human agency.

Ron Rapee

For more than 25 years, Professor Rapee, of Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health, has been at the forefront of studying how to best treat anxiety in children. An Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, and the Founding Director of the Centre for Emotional Health.

Professor Rapee has a background in clinical psychology, especially the understanding and development of mental disorders. A history of developing treatment programs and evaluating their efficacy through clinical trials. Foremost among these has been the Cool Kids suite of programs. The Cool Kids programs are now translated into over 25 languages and used in over 30 countries.

Jennie Hudson

Jennie Hudson, BA(Hons) MClinPsych PhD FASSA FAPS, is a Professor within the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University.  Jennie completed her Clinical Masters and PhD at Macquarie University and a postdoctoral fellowship at Temple University, Philadelphia. She was a visiting fellow at Magdalen College, University of Oxford and also at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Jennie’s research focuses on understanding the factors that contribute to children’s emotional health and working to improve the services available to children experiencing anxiety and other emotional disorders. Jennie’s work at the Centre for Emotional Health impacts the lives of Australian families through the development of new ways of understanding and treating anxiety disorders. Her methodological expertise includes experimental studies, large-scale randomised clinical trials, prevention trials, school-based trials, gene-environment interaction studies, and systematic reviews.

Dr Theresa Kidd

Having worked in the mental health and disability sectors for 30 years, I am passionate about increasing well-being, strengthening relationships, and enhancing the quality of life. I draw upon a range of approaches in my therapeutic work including attachment theory, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), family systems therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, and interpersonal therapy.

I completed a PhD (Clinical Psychology) at Curtin University where my research incorporated family-based CBT to reduce anxiety in adolescents with autism. In addition to private practice, I work part-time as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University where I am evaluating a national trial using the Cool Kids – Taking Control online program to reduce anxiety and bullying.

Kate Calway

Kate has recently graduated from Curtin University in Perth, WA with a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) with First Class Honours. For most of 2019, she was interning with the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University, helping with recruitment and general administrative tasks for the Cool Kids – Taking Control program. Since graduating, she has been given the opportunity for casual employment and is now a Research Assistant with the trial.

Kate has previously worked as a mentor for the Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program, which mentors university students with Autism or a related disorder, as well as various support worker positions with Curtin.