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Our people

Our staff have complementary skills and experience in research, clinical treatment, policy, service development, education and communication. Our people include clinically trained researchers, and specialist psychologists, who are supported by our professional services team. Our specialist practitioners maintain their clinical skills in their private psychology practices.


David Forbes Professor David Forbes

BA (Hons) MA (Clin Psych) PhD


David completed his clinical training and PhD at the University of Melbourne. He joined ACPMH in 1999 and was appointed Director in January 2012. He is a clinical psychologist with many years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems following trauma. Professor Forbes was the Co-Chair of the Steering Group for the NHMRC approved Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and he sits on the editorial boards of key international journals and publishes widely in the international literature. Professor Forbes has a specialised interest in the assessment and treatment of traumatic stress and in veteran and military mental health.  

Greg RidderGreg Ridder

BBus(Acc) GradDip(Mktg) GAICD CPA

Executive Manager, Business Planning and Strategy

Greg joined ACPMH in September 2012 as interim CEO. His role has evolved as ACPMH’s needs have changed, and he is currently Executive Manager, Business Planning and Strategy, and a Director of ACPMH. Greg is an experienced business and strategy advisor, with a strong business background in strategy, finance, and general management both in Australia and Asia, having previously been President of NYSE listed packaging company Owens Illinois' Asia Pacific regional operations. He is an Associate Director at strategy consultants, Bevington Group; serves on the Business Advisory Councils of World Vision Australia and Greenfleet; and is a mentor at Kilfinan Australia. Greg is a past president of the Packaging Council of Australia, a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a CPA.


Area heads

Andrea_PhelpsDr Andrea Phelps

BA (Hons) MPsych (Clin) PhD

Director of Policy and Service Development

Andrea joined ACPMH in 2003 as a clinical specialist, after working for 20 years as a clinical psychologist, specialising in posttraumatic mental health since 1997. She is currently leading the policy and service development work undertaken at ACPMH but her role at ACPMH spans across the training, research and service development domains.  She has been responsible for managing a number of major ACPMH projects including the development of the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, advice to the rail industry on management of psychological trauma following critical incidents, and a range of DVA initiatives to promote best practice mental health care for veterans. Within the PTSD field, Andrea’s particular research and clinical interest is in the area of sleep and nightmares. She has completed a PhD on this topic.

Meaghan O'DonellAssociate Professor Meaghan O'Donnell

BAppSci BSci (Hons) MPsych (Clin) PhD

Director of Research

Meaghan joined ACPMH in 2003 after completing her postgraduate clinical psychology training at the University of Western Australia in 1996 and her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2003 (under the supervision of Professor Mark Creamer). Meaghan has published widely in the area of posttraumatic mental health, holds a number of large research grants and is involved in both national and international research collaborations. She is an associate editor for the European Journal of Psychotraumatology and is on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Meaghan is involved in a number of research projects that encompass a range of areas including epidemiology, phenomenology, intervention, and biology of posttraumatic mental health, and the mental health issues in military and veteran populations.

Darryl_WadeAssociate Professor Darryl Wade

BA (Hons) MA (Clin Psych) PhD

Director of Education and Training

Darryl joined ACPMH in 2008 after many years' experience as a clinical psychologist in a range of mental health settings. At ACPMH he has developed and managed a range of mental health initiatives to improve access to effective treatment and support for people affected by trauma and disaster including past and present defence force members and their families, and survivors of the 2009 Victorian bushfires. His current research interests include screening and brief interventions for substance use and translating research findings into practice. He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2006 and has published widely on mental health issues affecting young people. Darryl is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.


Management group

Nick DaviesNick Davies

BA (Soc) BAcc ASA

Business Centre Manager

With 15 years experience across the IT, recruitment/HR, superannuation, Defence and community sectors, Nick comes to ACPMH having recently completed a double bachelors degree as a mature age student. Nick’s broad experience across a range of business disciplines complements and supports the rigorous academic endeavour of his ACPMH colleagues. While his professional focus remains firmly in the accounting discipline, Nick has a keen interest in sociological issues and in being an informed citizen. Nick also holds considerable vocational qualifications in professional writing.

Anne-Laure CouineauAnne-Laure Couineau

BA (Psych) MA (Psych) Grad Dip (Psych)

Senior Clinical Specialist

Anne-Laure is a psychologist with extensive experience in the treatment of posttraumatic mental health problems in hospital and community settings. She has specialised in the treatment of war veterans and emergency personnel diagnosed with PTSD and the effects of long-term childhood sexual abuse and neglect. Anne-Laure has a strong background in education and knowledge translation and has led several projects aimed at improving the uptake of evidence-based practice among mental health practitioners. Recent projects led by Anne-Laure include a Department of Veterans’ Affairs national training initiative to up-skill mental health practitioners, and an ADF national training program. Anne-Laure has also completed a fellowship with the National Institute of Clinical Studies focusing on the implementation of evidence-based treatment of PTSD.

Richard_CashDr Richard Cash

BA (Hons) PsyD

Senior Clinical Specialist

Richard joined ACPMH in 2012 as a Senior Clinical Specialist. He is a psychologist with vast experience in the treatment of posttraumatic mental health problems within the Veteran community. Prior to his appointment to ACPMH, he was the Deputy Director of the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service in Victoria. Richard has extensive training experience and is passionate about championing evidence-based interventions within allied health. He is involved in policy and service development as well as education and training activities at ACPMH.

Jane NurseyJane Nursey

BBSc Grad Dip Child & Adol Psych MPsych (Clin Neuro)

Senior Clinical Specialist

Jane joined ACPMH in 2010 as a Senior Clinical Specialist. Prior to her appointment she was Manager of Outpatient Programs at Post Trauma Victoria and the Veteran Psychiatry Unit at Austin Health. She has worked in public acute and mental health services across Melbourne for 18 years, including with CAMHS and Adult and Aged Care services. Jane has presented on the neuropsychological aspects of PTSD both in Australia and overseas and coordinated a treatment service for bushfire survivors following the Victorian bushfires in February 2009. At ACPMH Jane is involved in policy and service development projects as well as education and training programs.

Lisa_Dell Dr Lisa Dell

BAppSci (Hons) PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Lisa joined ACPMH in 2009, having previously worked as Director of Training with the Canadian Air Force managing a range of projects including the development of a comprehensive e-learning training program. She has a PhD in stress management and emotional intelligence, and developed one of the first Australian workplace emotional intelligence training programs. In her role as a Research Fellow, Lisa is responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of a range of policy and service development projects and evaluations.

John CooperDr John Cooper


Consultant Psychiatrist

John Cooper is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has worked part time at ACPMH since 1999, providing psychiatry expertise across the policy and service development, training and education, and research domains. During this same period, John has held senior clinical and advisory positions in posttraumatic mental health at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS), as well as maintaining a busy private practice specialising in the treatment of posttraumatic mental health problems. John’s particular expertise is in veterans’ mental health, assessment, pharmacotherapy, and service development. Recently, John has moved much of his clinical work into youth and community clinical settings where high rates of posttraumatic mental health disorders impact upon all aspects of patient care.



Nathan_AlkemadeDr Nathan Alkemade

BA Grad Dip (Psych) PGDip (Psych) MPsych (Clin) PhD

Research Fellow I

Nathan joined ACPMH in 2012. He is a clinical psychologist, and has experience in factor analysis (exploratory, confirmatory and multi-group CFA), latent class analysis, latent transition analysis, growth mixture modelling, path analysis, and mediation model analysis using Mplus. Additionally, Nathan has experience in completing literature reviews and rapid evidence assessments. At ACPMH, he works primarily on writing research papers for publication, and is also involved in a variety of research projects with a focus on data analysis.

Suzie_SadikovicSuzie Firth (on maternity leave)

Executive Assistant

Suzie joined ACPMH in 2010, has extensive experience in all facets of office administration, and is currently studying a BA (Psych) at Deakin University. At ACPMH, she is responsible for providing executive assistance to the Director (Professor David Forbes). Suzie also manages human resources administration and provides administrative assistance to the Board of Management, the Finance Committee and Management Group.

Susie_FletcherSusie Fletcher

BAppSci (Psych) PGDip (Psych)

Research Assistant

Susie joined ACPMH in 2008. Her research experience includes conducting systematic literature reviews, data analysis and writing research papers. She is currently involved in a number of research projects at ACPMH. Susie is based primarily at the Alfred Hospital, where she recruits and assesses patients admitted with a traumatic injury. She is also involved in data analysis and writing manuscripts for publication.

Jai Govinda SwamyJaiganesh Govinda Swamy


Finance Officer

Jaiganesh joined ACPMH in 2009, having worked with a number of accounting professionals for many years. He has previously worked in another area of the University of Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry as Accounts Officer. Jaiganesh is responsible for managing ACPMH’s day-to-day accounts and other administration related work.

Alex_HowardAlexandra Howard

BPsych (Hons) MPsych (Clin)

Clinical Specialist

Alexandra joined ACPMH in 2010, having worked previously as a clinical psychologist in the private, public and university sectors. In these roles she specialised in anxiety and youth mental health, and developed and facilitated group therapy programs. She also has experience in project management of clinical research trials and community health service program evaluation. She completed her Masters of Psychology (Clinical) from the University of NSW. Alexandra is currently working for ACPMH on a research project providing psychological therapy to people who have experienced posttraumatic stress, depression and anxiety following trauma.

Maria_HumphriesMaria Humphries

Communications and Project Coordinator

Maria joined ACPMH in 2009. She is responsible for managing ACPMH's communications, marketing and brand, and provides high level support and advice to projects and senior staff. She has considerable experience in administration of post-graduate training within the University of Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry, and in project administration. Maria is also project manager for the nation-wide Trauma-Focussed Therapy Training.

Dzenana KartalDzenana Kartal

BSocSc PGDip (Psych)

Research Assistant

Dzenana joined ACPMH in 2011 as a Research Assistant under the NHMRC Program Grant. She has worked in the public and university sectors since 2004. Her research experience includes working with victims of crime, refugees, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and preschoolers. She is completing her PhD examining psycho-social factors impacting the mental health of refugees.

Winnie_LauDr Winnie Lau (on maternity leave)

BBSC (Hons) MPsych (Clin) PhD

Clinical Fellow II

Winnie is a psychologist who has worked across academic, clinical and community settings. Having spent much time in the public child and adolescent mental health sector, she joined ACPMH to work as a clinical specialist and project manager. Winnie has been involved in projects investigating the impact of trauma on injury survivors; the development of a treatment manual for use in the aftermath of the Victorian bushfires; and clinical intervention trials for traumatic injury patients. She has broad interests in trauma-focussed cognitive behavioural therapies, child and adolescent mental health, refugee trauma, complex trauma, and trauma-informed care.

Delyth_LloydDelyth Lloyd

MPH (Evaluation) MA (Exp Psy) PCert Clinical Research Management

Research Fellow II

Delyth has worked full time in research for over 10 years. She holds a Masters of Public  Health specialising in evaluation, and an MA in psychology from the University of Oxford. Del joined ACPMH in 2004 and works across ACPMH’s three key activity areas. She is currently responsible for project design, conduct and dissemination of research and evaluation findings. Del has experience managing a range of large scale national programs as well as smaller specialist programs, primarily in the veteran and military populations. Her diverse research interests include outcomes of Cognitive Processing Therapy, effective training methodologies, and the use of digital technologies for practitioner training and stand alone or adjunct treatment of mental health and wellbeing issues.

Lee Merzel

Executive Assistant to David Forbes and Andrea Phelps

Lee joined ACPMH in June 2014 as Executive Assistant to Professor David Forbes and Dr Andrea Phelps. She has extensive executive assistant experience and has supported senior executives in corporate/public affairs, investor & community relations, human resources and corporate development. Prior to joining ACPMH she was Group Executive Assistant and Office Manager for RMDSTEM, a professional services firm, at its Melbourne office. Lee also provides administrative support to the Board of Management, the Finance Committee and Management Group.

Thi PhamThi Pham

BA BSc (Hons)

Research Assistant

The holder of an honours degree in psychology, Thi joined ACPMH in 2011 as a Research Assistant and has worked on a number of research projects, predominantly under the NHMRC Program Grant. Previously she has been involved in data management and provision of administrative support for two projects in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne.

Daniel RedmanDaniel Redman

Information Technology Officer

Dan joined ACPMH in 2011 and has more than 10 years' experience in all areas of information technology support and management. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) at Swinburne University to further bolster his skills. At ACPMH, he is responsible for managing the IT network and systems and providing IT support to the whole team.

Rebecca SheehanRebecca Sheehan


Rebecca began working as ACPMH’s receptionist in 2011. She has considerable experience in reception and administration, mainly in the real estate sector. Rebecca’s role is to provide general assistance, administrative support and respond to telephone and email enquiries.

Tracey VarkerDr Tracey Varker

BSc (Hons) PGDip (Statistics) PhD

Research Fellow II

Tracey joined ACPMH in 2007 and recently completed a PhD in the prevention of trauma reactions in police officers. Her current research interests include the prevention of trauma reactions, early interventions for trauma reactions, and high-risk populations such as the emergency services. In her role as a Research Fellow, Tracey has managed and contributed to several projects across the training and education, policy and service development, and research domains. Tracey has a number of publications, and continues to be involved in data analysis and writing manuscripts for publication.


Honorary appointments

Professor Mark Creamer

Professor Richard Bryant

Associate Professor Virginia Lewis

Associate Professor John Pead

Associate Professor Reg Nixon

Dr Peter Elliott

Dr Lynda Matthews