Thursday, 2 August 2018

Congratulations Dr Sally Hunt, new convenor of the UoN Master of Professional Psychology program

It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr Sally Hunt will be joining us as the new convenor of the Master of Professional Psychology.

Sally completed her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in 2003 and spent the first part of her career developing a solid foundation in clinical psychology by working in inpatient and outpatient mental health services and delivering psychological interventions in competitively funded randomised controlled trials. Her clinical focus has been on child and adolescent mental health, and comorbidly occurring conditions including affective disorders, psychosis, personality disorders, and alcohol/other drug use problems. She has experience in the use of neuropsychological assessment, cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques among these populations.

In 2015 Sally completed her PhD at the University of Newcastle under the supervision of Professor Amanda Baker and Emeritus Professor Pat Michie. Sally’s PhD research examined the neuropsychological profiles of people presenting with comorbid depression and alcohol use disorders. At the University of New South Wales, her post-doctoral research focus has been the development, evaluation and dissemination of computer- and internet-delivered treatments for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/other drug use problems. Current projects include development of the eCliPSE online portal to facilitate wider access to evidence-based interventions for comorbidly occurring mental health and substance use problems in conjunction with the NSW Ministry of Health. Sally also has research interests in the mental health and wellbeing of mothers and is currently developing an e-Health intervention to address the closing gender gap in hazardous alcohol use.

Sally has extensive experience in clinical supervision, as a Board Approved Supervisor of Intern Psychologists, Registered Psychologists and Clinical Psychology Registrars. In recent years Sally was a clinical supervisor in the University of Newcastle Psychology Clinic, for Carers NSW, and in private practice.

Sally will be starting on Monday the 6th of August, and I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that it is going to be a great pleasure working with her to set up our new program.

Kindest regards