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Dr Madeleine Ferrari Name: Dr Madeleine Ferrari
Lecturer (Clinical Psychology)
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (NSW)
Biographical Information

Dr Ferrari's research interests are in the areas of clinical and health psychology. Her research focuses on adolescent wellbeing and the development of early intervention programs to promote positive mental health. She is passionate about self-compassion and cultivating a healthy and supportive way of relating to oneself, as opposed to harsh self-criticism. Dr Ferrari is a registered psychologist with clinical endorsement and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Madeleine has lectured at ACU (Strathfield campus) since 2015. She currently supervisors Honours and Masters research projects and facilitates group supervision in the Clinical Masters program. She is the lecturer in charge for units such as Abnomal Psychology in undergraduate psychology, and Ethics in post-graduate psychology. Madeleine was the recipient of the 2017 APS Sydney Branch Outstanding Lecturer in Psychology Award, and was awarded the 2019 APS Early Career Teaching Award.


Ferrari, M., Speight, J., Beath, A., Browne, J. L., & Mosely, K. (2020). The information-motivation-behavioral skills model explains physical activity levels for adults with type 2 diabetes across all weight classes. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 1-14. 10.1080/13548506.2020.1749292

Ferrari, M., Hunt, C., Harrysunker, A., Abbott, M.J., Beath, A.P, & Einstein, D.A. (2019) Self-Compassion Interventions and Psychosocial Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis of RCTs. Mindfulness.

Ferrari, M., Yap, K., Scott, N., Einstein, D. A., & Ciarrochi, J. (2018). Self-compassion moderates the perfectionism and depression link in both adolescence and adulthood. PloS one, 13(2),

Inwood, E., & Ferrari, M. (2018). Mechanisms of Change in the Relationship between Self?Compassion, Emotion Regulation, and Mental Health: A Systematic Review. Applied Psychology Health and Wellbeing.

Ferrari, M., Dal Cin, M., & Steele, M. (2017). Self-compassion is associated with optimum self-care behaviour, medical outcomes and psychological well-being in a cross-sectional sample of adults with diabetes. Diabetic Medicine, 34(11), 1546-1553.

Rogers J.M., Ferrari M., Mosely K., Lang C.P., & Brennan L. (2017) Mindfulness-based interventions for adults who are overweight or obese: a meta-analysis of physical and psychological health outcomes. Obesity Review. 18(1):51-67.

Ferrari, M., & Whillier, S. (2017). Mental health knowledge and common misconceptions in a master of chiropractic final year cohort. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 12(3), 150-160.

Ferrari, M., McIlwain, D. & Ambler, G. (2016) A qualitative comparison of needles and insulin pump use in children with type-1 diabetes , Journal of Health Psychology, p. 1-11,l DOI: 1359105316653999.

Dobie, A., Tucker, A., Ferrari, M., & Rogers, J.M., (2015), Preliminary Evaluation of a Brief Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Intervention for Mental Health Professionals, Australian Psychiatry, 24(1), 42-45, DOI: 1039856215618524.

Fraser, M., MacKenzie, J., Wiesbrot, D. & Tan, W. (2013) Transition from Legal Education to Practice: Competitions Fulfil the Missing Link, Legal Education Review 23(1&2), 131-153.

Fraser, M. & Boag, S. 2011 The Excitation Transfer Paradigm and Emotional Intelligence: Predicting Interpersonal Attraction. In Boag, S. & Tiliopoulos, N. (Eds) Personality and Individual Differences: Theory, Assessment, and Application. New York: Nova.

Professional Memberships

·        Registered Psychologist with Clinical Endorsement in NSW with Australian  Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 

·        Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)



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