Friday, 8 May 2015

Health and Clinical Psychology Research Group Seminar

Please come and join us for a seminar by Associate Professor Carmel Loughland

When: 11th May, 12:00

Where: Keats Reading Room, Psychology Building, Callaghan (Video link to Ourimbah Science Meeting Rooms)

What: Seminar by Dr Carmel Loughland, Associate Professor for Translational Mental Health; a joint funded position between Hunter New England Mental Health Service and the Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle.

Title: ComPsych: Improving communication with mental health patients and their families.

About Carmel Loughland:

Carmel has had a diverse career. She is a senior psychologist with several years clinical experience working in mental health. Her research focus and clinical expertise is in schizophrenia. She was invited to the Hunter in 1996 to establish the Schizophrenia Research Register, a bio-databank and recruitment resource to support schizophrenia research in the Hunter.  This grew into a national resource called the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bio-databank (ASRB), which Carmel still manages.

More recently, Carmel has helped to develop a communication skills training program for mental health clinicians called ComPsych to improve clinician-patient communication and foster better health outcomes for patients with schizophrenia by better informing them of their diagnosis and treatment.  It is this topic that she will discuss today.