I have lectured at ACU (Strathfield campus) since 2015. I currently co-ordinate the Master of Clinical Psychology program on Strathfield campus and supervise Honours and Masters research projects. I have previously been the lecturer in charge for units such as Abnormal Psychology in undergraduate psychology, and Ethics in post-graduate psychology. I was the recipient of the 2017 APS Sydney Branch Outstanding Lecturer in Psychology award and was awarded the 2019 APS Early Career Teaching Award. I also run the Clinical Psychology Research Lab (CPR lab) with Assoc Prof. Keong Yap, see website.
I am a registered psychologist with clinical endorsement, a PsyBA accredited supervisor and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). My qualifications include a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Masters of Philosophy at Macquarie University in 2015, and a PhD focused on the clinical application of self-compassion at the University of Sydney in 2021.
My research focuses on self-compassion and cultivating a healthy and supportive way of relating to oneself, as opposed to harsh self-criticism. My research goal is to promote psychological wellbeing through the scientific study and clinical application of self-compassion and healthy ways of self-relating. My approach is characterised by enthusiasm, curiosity, and a commitment to evidence.
To achieve this mission, I
(1) Develop research questions grounded in real-world clinical practice and genuine community need,
(2) Conduct quality self-compassion research through collaboration with leading researchers and providing research supervision for honours and masters self-compassion projects and
(3) Disseminate findings to the scientific and general community. I seek to pass on knowledge through teaching future practicing clinical psychologists, engaging in evidence-based clinical practice and imrpoving accessibility of research findings.
NOTE. prior to 2023, I published under Madeleine Ferrari
·        Registered Psychologist with Clinical Endorsement in NSW with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
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