Amy has completed a Bachelor of Arts Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters of Science at the University of Sydney where she was awarded the APS Clinical College Student Prize recognising outstanding clinical and therapy skills and the ability to design and conduct clinically relevant research. Amy is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and of the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED). She is registered with the national governing body, the Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0001634694).
EXPERIENCE & INTERESTS
Amy has experience working with people of all ages, from toddlers to older adults, in providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. Amy commonly works with patients suffering from anxiety disorders, depression, grief, behavioural problems, eating disorders, tic disorders, trichotillomania, insomnia, stress, low self-esteem and parent-child relationship problems, among other common psychological difficulties.
Amy has worked in a variety of clinical and research settings including inpatient, day patient and outpatient hospital services, university clinics and student services and group private practices. Her experience has included working at specialist treatment centres for eating disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disabilities, selective mutism and academic difficulties. Amy is an accredited Tuning Into Kids facilitator and has worked at the Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health conducting the ‘Cool Kids’ program, an internationally recognized group program for children which teaches strategies to effectively manage anxiety. As a member of the research team at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, she was also involved in the development and assessment of a novel emotion-based social skills program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disability.
Amy only uses evidence based treatments. She has received extensive training in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and draws on strategies and techniques from other scientifically validated approaches including Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Family Therapy (including Maudsley FBT for eating disorders), mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to best suit the needs of each individual patient. Amy is also a certified provider of the Sequential Oral Sensory approach to feeding disorders for children aged 18 months to 5 years and the Food Scientist adaptation for children aged 5 years to adult.
Amy has a particular interest in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, tic disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders e.g., trichotillomania and body dysmorphic disorder across the lifespan. She holds a concurrent position as Supervising Clinical Psychologist and invited Child & Adolescent expert at the Eating Disorders and Obesity Clinic (EDOC), Western Sydney University. She is well recognized by her colleagues, the media and the wider community as having expertise and experience in these areas and works to continue to improve outcomes for these patients through research and ongoing professional development.
TEACHING & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Amy feels strongly about the importance of giving back to the community and investing in the development of future psychologists so that all patients will be able to access quality mental health care. Amy has been invited to contribute to a variety of media reflections on mental health issues and has presented on radio programs on topics such as body focused repetitive disorders (e.g., skin picking, hair pulling), eating disorders and stress management. She regularly presents to local community groups on a range of topics and works consistently with teachers and other professionals to increase understanding of how to best support children with mental health issues to succeed better in the classroom.
Amy is an invited guest lecturer at Macquarie University and has presented on topics such as tic disorders, trichotillomania and selective mutism for Masters of Clinical Psychology students and currently co-teaches the mental health component of the Masters of Chiropractic. She has provided training and consultation for health professionals on treatment for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (extreme fussy eating) and was an invited panel member for the Hills Youth Suicide Prevention Forum in 2015. She is well respected amongst her colleagues and regularly provides peer consultation, supervision and support to other psychologists and health professionals.
Amy believes in the importance of using evidence-based treatments to ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care. She also believes that clinical practice and experience are useful tools in informing the scientific evidence base and generating ideas for future research in a way that will allow the findings to be applied to real people and make allowances for the complexity of individuals.
Amy’s research has been presented both locally and internationally and has been published in peer reviewed journals. She is an invited reviewer for an Australian specialist journal and was selected as a finalist for the Peter Beumont Young Investigator award for her research examining the relationship between cognitive functioning and the development and maintenance of eating disorder symptoms. Amy is also an invited contributor for the upcoming Encyclopedia of Eating Disorders, authoring the article on the Treatment of ARFID.