The Psychology Department (Clinical and Neuropsychology) provides best practice evidence-based services to improve the quality of life of patients and their carers.
In the acute hospital setting, clinical psychologists provide psychological assessment and treatment to patients with problems such as depression, anxiety and adjustment issues and are attached to the Cystic Fibrosis, Oncology, HIV, Heart Transplant and Burns Services as well as the Hospital Admission Risk Program.
In Alfred Psychiatry, clinical psychologists take a leading role in the treatment of clients with personality disorder. Neuropsychology assessment and treatment services are provided to patients of all psychiatry programs and all medical and surgical units of the hospital, in particular Neurology, Neurosurgery, Trauma and HIV services.
The department's recent research activities focused on factors contributing to poor outcome for individuals with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), the assessment of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder in culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, research into the long-term wellbeing of burns patients and the evaluation of a therapeutic group program for young people with emerging personality disorder.
Mild traumatic brain injury
Dr Jacqueline Anderson leads a multidisciplinary, cross-institutional research team investigating the causes of poor long-term outcomes after mTBI.Find out more
Community mental health program
The Psychology Department in partnership with OT conducted a retrospective audit of quantitative and qualitative data from four eight-week social skills groups run between 2011 and 2013 in the Community Mental Health program.Find out more
Radiation Oncology research
Alfred Health Radiation Oncology is a major service with treatment facilities at The Alfred and Gippsland.Find out more
Radiation Therapy Trials
WBRC was the largest Australian contributor to the UK Medical Research Council coordinated international randomised controlled trial comparing escalated-dose and control-dose conformal radiotherapy (RT) for prostate cancer.Find out more
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Does mindfulness help people adapt to the experience of hearing voices?
Stephanie L, Susan L R, Wei Lin T, Monique S, Neil T
(2018), Psychiatry Res, 270, 329-334
Going Online Together: The Potential for Mental Health Workers to Integrate Recovery Oriented E-Mental Health Resources Into Their Practice
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(2018), Psychiatry, 81(2), 116-129