Natalie has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at La Trobe University and a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (Science) at the University of Sydney.
Natalie is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD). She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0001623001).
EXPERIENCE & INTERESTS
Natalie has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults to assist with difficulties such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, mood dysregulation, learning difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder and behavioural problems. She primarily utilises cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but also draws on other therapeutic modalities such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and attachment-based approaches as appropriate.
Natalie has worked across inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health settings within the public hospital system. In addition to private practice, Natalie currently holds a position at Macquarie Hospital, a psychiatric residential inpatient facility specialising in the rehabilitation of adults with severe mental illnesses, primarily schizophrenia. She previously held a position at Frenchs Forest Community Health Center, a multidisciplinary service that specialises in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of adults living in the community presenting with complex and chronic mental health problems, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic symptoms, complex trauma, and personality disorders. During her training, Natalie worked in the Department of Neurology at Liverpool Hospital providing psychometric assessment to adults presenting with cognitive and memory difficulties as a result of neurological disorders (e.g., acquired brain injury, dementia, multiple sclerosis, etc.).
Natalie’s also has experience providing psychological support to children and adolescents. During her training she worked in the Department of Psychological Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead providing outpatient assessment and treatment of mood, anxiety, learning, and behavioral difficulties in children and adolescents with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She is also experienced in providing psychometric assessment of learning, attentional, and behavioural difficulties in typically developing children and adolescents, as well as children and adolescents with developmental disability, intellectually disability, or traumatic brain injury.
Natalie is passionate about conducting clinically relevant research in order to better inform clinical practice and develop appropriate evidence-based intervention approaches. Her research interests include memory and cognitive rehabilitation in children and adolescents who have sustained a brain injury. Her PhD examined the impact of childhood traumatic brain injury on working memory, its relationship with other cognitive and academic skills, and the efficacy of computerised working memory training.
Natalie continues to publish her research in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at several national and international conferences. Last year she presented her PhD research at the International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury in Liverpool, England, where she was awarded one of the top-scoring abstracts and was subsequently invited to give a plenary presentation. This year Natalie gave two presentations at the International Conference on Memory in Budapest, Hungary and was invited to give a keynote presentation at the 14th NSW Brain Injury Rehabilitation Forum in Sydney, Australia.