Presenter Biographies

Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM

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Prior to her appointment as Executive Director of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, Dr Lee-Anne Perry AM served as Principal of All Hallows’ School, Brisbane (1999-2015), Mt Alvernia College, Kedron (1993-1998) and Mt Carmel College, Wynnum (1990-1992), following a teaching career in state and Catholic schools in New South Wales and Queensland.

Dr Perry has served as executive member and president of the Association of Principals of Catholic Secondary Schools, Queensland and the Mercy Secondary Educators Association (Australasia). She is a former governing board member of the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA).

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Associate Professor Jane Burns is the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an organisation that unites young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators to explore the role of technology in improving mental health and wellbeing for young people aged 12 to 25. The establishment of the Young and Well CRC is a culmination of Jane’s work in suicide and depression prevention which has focused on international and national partnerships with academic, government, corporate, philanthropic, not-for-profit and community sectors.


Jane holds a Principal Research Fellowship at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and an Honorary Fellowship at the Brain & Mind Research Institute. She has led the youth agenda for beyondblue, was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and was Director of International Partnerships at by Inspire Foundation. Jane held a VicHealth fellowship from 2006-2013, an NHMRC fellowship from 1997-2000, and an NHMRC scholarship from 1994-1996. She holds a PhD in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine (Public Health and Epidemiology) University of Adelaide.


Jane’s work focuses on driving positive change and development in the mental health sector, with a priority on translational research that ensures relevance for young people, the community and the mental health sector at large. Jane provides strategic advice to the government and NGO sector and is a member of more than 10 advisory boards and government working group such as the Online Safety CWG, Department of Veteran Affairs CRG and the e-Mental Health Advisory Committee. Jane has published widely in over 50 peer-reviewed papers, technical reports and briefs and spoken at over 500 conferences and community forums.


Jane was recently announced a winner in the category of Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit for 2015’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence, and was a Victorian Finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women's Awards. Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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Cameron Francis is a Social Worker with fifteen years experience in the youth alcohol and other drug sector. Working in a range of capacities in non-government and government agencies, Cameron’s previous positions have included outreach, peer education, needle and syringe program work and as individual counsellor for young people experiencing alcohol and other drug use issues. In his current role, Cameron provides training and support to people working in the youth and AOD sector in Queensland.



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Director of Psychology Consultants Pty Ltd, Stan has been a registered psychologist and practicing clinical psychologist since 1993, and works full-time in private practice. He has completed a PhD examining the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependence among people suffering from combat-related trauma. Stan has broad private practice experience working with men, women, adolescents, couples and families. He has also worked extensively with war veterans and other sufferers of stress and trauma, such as motor vehicle accident victims and victims of crime. His areas of interest include the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress and trauma, alcohol, drug, and smoking addictions, work-related stress and adjustment difficulties, grief and loss, and anger management problems. In 2007, Stan travelled to the United States several times to develop his skills as a trainer in Motivational Interviewing, becoming a member of MINT. He is currently rolling out a national training program through the National Heart Foundation on the topic of Motivational Interviewing, as well as providing training for a range of other organisations and public workshops. He is an experienced trainer for corporate and government organisations in a number of specialist clinical psychology and counseling topics. A Clinical Consultant and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Stan provides supervision for post-graduate students carrying out internal clinical placement within the university clinics and teaching into the postgraduate clinical psychology program. He also provides private supervision of psychologists, social workers and others in the counselling and allied health fields.

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Sharon Dawe is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Child Protection, University South Australia and an Honorary Professor, Warwick University (UK). She has been working as a researcher and clinician in the field of substance misuse and mental health for over 20 years at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London (UK), National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW and now Griffith University, Brisbane on a range of clinical interventions for heroin, alcohol and other substance misuse. Her most recent work involves the development and evaluation of the Parents Under Pressure (PUP) program in collaboration with Paul H Harnett (University of Queensland). This program has been adopted across Australia and is currently undergoing rigorous evaluation in the UK funded by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Sharon is passionate about improving the outcomes for children living in adverse circumstances through enhancing family capacity to manage difficult life situations.


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 Dr Matthew Gullo is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, The University of Queensland. He also holds an appointment as Visiting Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital. Matthew's research focuses on the cognitive and neuropsychological mechanisms involved in impulse control and substance abuse. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications and was the recipient of the Early Career Researcher award from both the Australian Psychological Society and Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs. Matthew is currently supported by a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship. He is a registered clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists.


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 Dr Genevieve Dingle is a registered clinical psychologist who has worked for over a decade with adults and adolescents experiencing a range of mental health issues and addiction. In her current role as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Director of the UQ Psychology Clinic, Genevieve teaches evidence based psychotherapies to postgraduate and undergraduate students as well as a course in music psychology to honours students. Genevieve’s research is focused on social and emotional theories and interventions for emotional disorders and substance misuse, and in enhancing emotional recognition and regulation capacity among adolescents and young adults. She developed the Tuned In program that uses participants’ own music listening as a platform for evoking emotions in session and enhancing understanding and regulation of emotional states, which has demonstrated effectiveness for young adults (Dingle & Fay, under review) and adolescents in educational settings (Dingle, Hodges & Kunde, under review). Further information on Genevieve’s research is available at


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 Dr Jeanie Sheffield is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland and teaches into the postgraduate training of clinical psychology students.  Her research interests are in the areas of working with children and adolescents around the issues of preventing or reducing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders and in promoting mental health and building resilience in young people.  She has researched both traditional and web-based approaches for addressing a range of mental health problems or medical conditions.  She also works in developing and delivering interventions aimed at improving child and parent outcomes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and with other specific needs.  She is currently working with other researchers to develop and evaluate a novel web-based delivery of an ACT-based parenting program for parents of children with Cerebral Palsy.  She has worked in high schools around Brisbane developing and implementing programs to build resilience in students.  As a result of this work she has also established ongoing collaborations with beyondblue around issues related to depression and anxiety in children and adolescents and has been funded by them to produce the SenseAbility curriculum materials that were given national distribution.  She also runs a small private practice at The University of Queensland where she treats children, adolescents and their families, and adults with a variety of mental health problems.   


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Freya is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist working within hospital based Child Youth Mental Health Services in Brisbane. Freya has a broad range of clinical experience including working as a Primary and High School Guidance Counsellor, Child Safety Officer and as a Youth Worker in residential foster care. Freya has facilitated mindfulness training for professionals from a range of different agency settings. In her workshops, Freya draws on her experience in facilitating mindfulness and ACT groups for children, adolescents and parents in educational and mental health settings. Her research into whole class mindfulness interventions in schools also lays a solid framework for understanding the theory, evidence base and challenges in the application of mindfulness interventions for children and adolescents.  

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Belinda Khong is a Multicultural Mental Health Coordinator (MMHC) at the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) in the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ HHS).  She has been working in the field of transcultural mental health for more than 10 years.   Her interest in cultural and linguistic differences started after reading a newspaper article about differences in processing speeds between Chinese students and American students.  It was suggested that the differences may be attributed to the differences in language of these two groups.  Having worked many years as a psychologist delivering direct clinic services, Belinda is delighted to now have the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience with people who are interested in learning more about working with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.