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.