PEOPLE

 

Clinical Team

Professor Gin Malhi

Executive and Clinical Director

Professor Gin MalhiProfessor Gin S Malhi is the Executive and Clinical Director of the CADE Clinic based at Royal North Shore Hospital. He is a Professor with the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney and is based at the Northern Clinical School. Gin is Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital and is a senior consultant psychiatrist in the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service.

Having obtained a degree in Pharmacology and a subsequent medical degree in the UK he completed his general psychiatry training in Cambridge and gained Membership of the United Kingdom Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1996. He then completed his specialist psychiatry training at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals in London and as a Clinical Lecturer began mood disorders research at the Institute of Psychiatry (UK). Since moving to Australia in 1999 he has continued to conduct clinical research in depression and bipolar disorder and has been a Chief Investigator on a National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant since 2003. During this time he has published more than 300 papers and has attracted research funding from the ARC and Rotary Foundation that he has used to investigate the neurobiology of Bipolar Disorder. In 2006 he was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, Acta Neuropsychiatrica and he currently holds the post ofChair in the Australasian Society of Bipolar and Depression Disorders (ASBDD). From 2007 until 2011, he was the Head of Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney. In 2010 he was appointed the Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

    

Dr Lisa Lampe

Psychiatrist

Dr Lisa LampeDr Lisa Lampe is a Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry within the Northern Clinical School of the University of Sydney. She also holds an appointment as a senior consultant psychiatrist in the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service. Lisa graduated in Medicine from the University of Western Australia in 1985 and obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) in 1992. For many years Lisa was a clinician and researcher at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital. Her research, teaching and clinical interests include cognitive behaviour therapy and the epidemiology, assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. She is a popular workshop presenter on these topics for clinicians from a variety of professional backgrounds. She is co-author of a major textbook on anxiety disorders and has also written books for a more general audience. Lisa has been the co-ordinator of the structured psychotherapies component of advanced training in psychotherapy for the NSW branch of the RANZCP, is Chair of the Committee for Examinations of the RANZCP and is a member of the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

 

Dr Carissa Coulston 

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Carissa CoulstonDr. Carissa Coulston is a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in diagnosis, therapy, and neuropsychological assessment of people with a wide range of disorders.  These include psychiatric disorders (e.g. psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, substance abuse), and neurological conditions (e.g. traumatic brain injury, hypoxia, dementia, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, focal brain lesions, and other conditions in which brain functions are affected).  

Carissa has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Psychology from the Australian National University, in which her research focused on verbal memory processes in children.  She also has a Master of Clinical Psychology degree from the University of Sydney, in which her research examined visual and tactile perceptual abilities in adults with impaired vision, resulting from progressive neurological degeneration of visual-cortical pathways.  She completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2006, in which her research investigated neuropsychological aspects of cannabis and other substance use in schizophrenia.

Carissa is registered with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and International Neuropsychological Society.

 

Dr Sandy Kuiper

Psychiatrist

Dr Sandy Kuiper is a consultant psychiatrist with the Northern Sydney Local Health District. He previously was a senior registrar at the Mindcare Centre, a multidisciplinary private mental health practice in Broadway Sydney.

Sandy graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Medicine in 2003, and completed his training as a psychiatrist in 2012.

His clinical interests include diagnostic conceptualisation of major mental illness, the way in which life experiences predispose to mental illness, and integration of short and long-term psychotherapeutic approaches.

 

Dr Hugh Morgan

Psychiatrist

Dr Hugh Morgan.Dr Hugh Morgan is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry within the Northern Clinical School of the University of Sydney. He is a Director and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Mindcare Centre, a multidisciplinary private mental health practice in Broadway Sydney. Hugh graduated in Medicine from the University of NSW in 1989 and obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) in 1997. His teaching interests have centered on practical skills based learning for cognitive behavioural therapy approaches (CBT) to treat anxiety and depression, particularly for psychiatry registrars and GPs. He is actively involved in developing innovative psychiatric practice approaches and ensuring that assessment and treatment in psychiatry is based on the best available evidence. Hugh believes that through innovative approaches (such as the internet) that there are great opportunities to improve knowledge and provide best mental health treatment to the Australian community. 

 

Professor Garry Walter AM 

Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Professor Garry Walter.Professor Garry Walter is Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is based in the Northern Clinical School, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. A child and adolescent psychiatrist, Garry is Area Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Northern Sydney Central Coast Health. He is Editor of Australasian Psychiatry and also serves on several other editorial boards.

Garry has published over 300 articles and book chapters and has won a number of key research awards. Garry's major research interests are in mood disorders in young people, physical treatments in psychiatry, genocide and severe trauma, psychiatric stigma, use and abuse of media, publishing processes and ethics. His PhD was on the use of electroconvulsive therapy in the young.

As part of the CADE Clinic, Garry has collaborated with Gin Malhi and Lisa Lampe on a number of Health Service Research Initiatives such as the highly successful Mood Matters and Get Real projects (see Publications). He is also now involved in the development of the Pushing the Boundaries project that that aims to better understand and manage borderline personality disorder.

Garry has won many prestigious awards for his research and other work in psychiatry. In 2012 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine in the fields of adolescent mental health, medical education and publishing.

 

Dr Genevieve Curran

Advanced Trainee in Psychiatry 

 

 

Ms Vicki Campbell

Office Manager & EA to Professor Gin Malhi

Vicki Campbell.Vicki Campbell is the Department Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Professor Gin Malhi. She has an interest in consumer issues and the treatments offered to individuals with mood and anxiety disorders.

Vicki's original background was in education with a Diploma in Teaching (UTS)  and she continues to enjoy a ‘teaching' component in her current role.  Vicki also has an interest in media and is the contact person for media events related to the CADE Clinic.

  

 

 

Ms Karen Searle

CADE Clinic Manager

Karen SearleKaren is the CADE Clinic Manager. Karen's role involves managing all administrative aspects of the Clinic, including liaising with clients and secretarial tasks. She has had a number of years experience in the customer service industry. Karen has a keen interest in people and their well being.

  

 

 

  

Research Team

Dr Pritha Das

Senior Research Fellow of Neuroimaging

Dr Pritha DasDr Pritha Das is a Senior Research Fellow of Neuroimaging in the Discipline of Psychiatry and is based in the Department of Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital. She completed her PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1999 from the University of New South Wales and has since gained extensive experience in the analysis of functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data using several sophisticated software packages. Her research has afforded her the opportunity to pursue her longstanding interest in neural networks and their dysfunction. She is particularly interested in the neural basis of emotion regulation and the brain networks that subserve mood and anxiety disorders. In recent years she has used an approach based on functional connectivity to interrogate emotion processing networks in schizophrenia patients.

Her current focus is the application and the integration of information from multimodal imaging such as concurrent Magnetic Resonance Proton Spectroscopy and functional MRI to understand a range of neuropsychiatric disorders. Her research has both breadth and depth spanning the spectrum of neuroscience from theory to clinical practice. Dr Das is committed to translational research and the ways in which the many research methodologies she is developing can be made accessible to clinicians and their patients.

 

Ms Michelle Tanious

Research Associate

Michelle Tanious.Michelle Tanious is a Research Associate at the CADE Clinic. Her main role is to coordinate a trial on depression using the anti-oxidant N-acetyl cysteine. She also assists in other CADE research projects and publications.

Michelle was awarded a BMedSci (Hons) from the University of Sydney in 2004 and a BPsycSci (Hons) in 2011. She has worked in a variety of research fields including cardiology, oncology and psycho-oncology.

Michelle’s current research interests include the neurophysiological factors underlying mood disorders as well as pharmacological agents used to treat them.

 

Dr Kristina Fritz

Research Associate

 


 

Collaborative Researchers

Dr Andrew Kemp

Senior Research Fellow

Andrew KempDr Andrew Kemp is a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Career Development Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney with a joint position at the Advanced Research and Clinical High-Field Imaging (ARCHI), located at Royal North Shore Hospital. He has an international recognition in the psychology and neuroscience of emotion and mood and has published his research in over 50 international and peer-reviewed articles. Dr Kemp's research activities are supported by the ARC and NHMRC and utilise the latest state-of-the-art technologies and facilities including neuroimaging, electrophysiology and neuropsychology.

His research interests include cognitive and affective neuroscience, neuropsychopharmacology and genetics, neuropsychiatry and substance abuse, positive psychology and meditation. Current projects include the investigation of the neurobiological specificity of depression and anxiety  (in collaboration with Prof Gin Malhi) as well as a foray into animal research (in collaboration with Prof Iain McGregor, School of Psychology), which is being conducted to better inform his research in humans. He is always interested in possibilities to collaborate with other researchers and encourages potential Honours and PhD students to contact him to discuss research opportunities.

 

Daniel Quintana

Research Associate

Daniel Quintana.Daniel Quintana is a Research Associate at the CADE Clinic. His role includes the coordination of a study on the neurobiological specificity of depression and anxiety as well as assisting in the production of a number of research publications.

Daniel was awarded a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Macquarie University in 2007 where he examined the role of emotion in social stigma. Daniel is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney. His PhD is investigating the impact of depression, substance abuse and its treatment using oxytocin on both humans and animals. Collection of neurobiological data from animal subjects and human participants will provide crucial information on underlying mechanisms of these conditions, their treatment and resilience.
 

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Acknowledged Contribution:

Ms Leigh-Anne Funnell

Leigh-Anne was the Editorial Assistant for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Leigh-Anne has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Atmospheric Science from Macquarie University and a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Jansen and Newman Institute. She has a strong background in IT and online education systems and is trained in the PRINCE2 Project Management methodology.

Leigh-Anne has a keen interest in counselling, psychotherapy and group therapy methods.

 

Ms Danielle Bargh


Danielle was a research associate at the CADE Clinic. Her role involved contributing to research projects investigating the psychopathology and neurology of mood disorders, as well as the clinical management of mood disorders. She was also involved in the clinical assessment process of clients attending the CADE Clinic. Bargh

Danielle received her Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) degree from the University of Queensland and has since worked as a researcher in the fields of developmental psychology, autism spectrum disorders, consumer behaviour, and marketing.

Danielle's research interests include the neuropsychology of mood disorders and their psychological and pharmacological treatment.

 

Rita Hitching.Ms Rita Hitching 

Rita Hitching was a Project Officer in the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney. She has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a Masters in Social Research. She was involved in a research project exploring General Practitioners diagnostic decision making for patients with potential psychological disorders.

Rita's research interests included bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, sub-threshold depression, pre and postnatal depression, autism and ADHD.

 

David Bell. Dr David Bell

Dr David Bell was a NSW Institute of Psychiatry Research Fellow. He combined a research role with clincial practice in the Lower North Shore Community Mental Health team. He was awarded an MBBS from the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the RANZCP. In his Clinical Lecturer role, he lectures and tutors medical students and for various Non-Government Organisations.

His research interests were in the role of humour in the engagement and treatment of people with mental illness.

Catherine

Ms Catherine Cahill

Catherine Cahill was a Clinical Psychologist at the CADE Clinic and at Westmead Hospital. She was also undertaking a PhD at the University of Sydney, investigating the cognitive profile of bipolar disorder during adolescence. She is currently working in private practice in Bondi Junction. 

Her clinical roles included the implementation of treatments for complicated grief and PTSD in various specialist populations and her research interests are primarily in the area of adolescent bipolar disorder.

 

Emma Cashman.Ms Emma Cashman

Emma was a Research Associate at the CADE Clinic. Her role involved assisting in the development and publication of a variety of research projects as well as collaborating with fellow clinicians in the assessment of clients from the CADE Clinic. Emma was awarded BSc(Hons) degree in Psychology from Macquarie University.

Her research interests were in both the psychological and neurophysiological factors underlying the aetiology of psychopathological disorders.

 

Kimberly Tufrey.Ms Kimberly Tufrey

Kimberly was a Research Associate at the CADE Clinic. Her role was to assist in the production of research publications and included being Editorial Assistant of the international journal Acta Neuropsychiatrica. She was involved in the clinical assessment process of clients attending the CADE Clinic. Kimberly was awarded a B. Psych (Hons) from the University of New England.

Her research interests were the neuropsychology of mood and personality disorders, particularly in disordered body image and the clinical management of eating disorders.

 

Dr Mariam  AlexanderDr Mariam Alexander

Dr Mariam Alexander was a NSW Institute of Psychiatry Research Fellow, a Lecturer in Psychiatry in the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney and a Staff Specialist in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Mariam was awarded MBChB from the University of Birmingham and the MRCPsych from the British Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Mariam's research interests were in the investigation of brain activity in children and young people with anxiety disorders who are engaged in psychological therapy.

 

Dr Antony HendersonDr Antony Henderson

Dr Antony Henderson was a Research Psychiatrist and Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney. He was awarded MB.BS.BSc from the University of NSW and a Fellow of the RANZCP. Antony was a recipient of the NSW Institute of Psychiatry Research Fellowship.

His research interests were the neuropsychological effects of cannabis use in the schizophrenia population.

 

Ms Heidi CobbMs Heidi Cobb

Heidi was a Research Assistant at the CADE Clinic. Her role was coordinating a trial on depression and the anti-oxidant N-acetyl cysteine (NAC).

Heidi was awarded a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport, Health, Exercise and Nutrition from the University of Leeds and a PG Diploma in Dietetics. She is a UK registered dietitian with 6 years clinical experience in surgery and medicine.

Heidi had a particular interest in food and cognition, and the management of eating disorders.

 

Danielle AdamsMs Danielle Adams 

Danielle Adams was a research Psychologist in the CADE Clinic and was involved in both the clinical and research aspects of the clinic. She is also a Clinical Psychologist. Having obtained a Masters of Clinical Psychology from The University of Newcastle in 2001 she has worked in specialist mental health services for approximately five years. She led a project to develop Clinical Practice Guidelines for the treatment of Affective and Psychotic Disorders in the Northern Sydney Central Coast Mental Health Services.

Danielle has a particular interest and expertise in Theory of Mind and treatments both pharmacological and psychological.

 

Dr Christine AllwangDr Christine Allwang

Dr Christine Allwang was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital. Christine oversaw pharmacological treatment studies within the CADE Clinic. She graduated from Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany in 2002 with a medical degree (MD) and has specialized in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.

Her special interests amongst psychiatric disorders lie in the field of mood disorders and eating disorders.

 

Dr Oddbjørn Sæther 

Dr Oddbjørn Sæther is a biophysicist whose area of expertise includes MR spectroscopy (MRS). His current research focus is in the application of MRI and MRS to the study and diagnosis of brain disorders. He is particularly interested in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders and how these can be investigated using modern neuroimaging techniques.  In addition to in vivo studies, he also applies MRS technology to the study of body fluids, such as cerebrospinal fluid.


He has spent two months as a visiting scholar in the CADE Clinic and ARCHI facility working on spectroscopy projects.

 

Young In Chung 

Professor Young In CHUNG holds tenure in the Department of Psychiatry at Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, South Korea. He is former Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Pusan National University Hospital. His current research focuses on mood disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders including acute and transient psychotic disorder. He has spent two months as a visiting scholar in the CADE Clinic.

 

 

Dr Loyola McLeanDr Loyola McLean 

Dr Loyola McLean is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and a Lecturer in Psychiatry. She studied Arts/Medicine at the University of Sydney and went on to specialise in psychiatry. Her interests in both research and clinical aspects of psychosomatic medicine and the psychophysiology of affect regulation are grounded in experience and training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and the Psychotherapies.

 

 

Ms Alison Galleta

Ms Alison Galletta 

Alison was a Research Psychologist at the CADE Clinic. Her primary role was to administer structured assessments and diagnostic interviews to clients in the CADE Clinic. She was also involved in other clinical and research aspects of the clinic.

 

 

Ms Janan Karatas

Janan was a Research Associate at the CADE Clinic involved in research exploring the neurobiological basis of unipolar depression and bipolar disorder.  Janan is concurrently in her third year of a PhD at the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney. Her PhD involved examining the psychological impact of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).