Key people

Prof. Louise Newman


Professor Louise Newman AM
BA(Hons) MBBS(Hons) PhD FRANZCP Cert. Child Psych. RANZCP

Prof Louise Newman is the Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

Prior to this appointment she was the Professor of Developmental Psychiatry and Director of the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology.  Prior to this she was the Chair of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle and the previous Director of the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry. In January 2011 she was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

She is a practising infant psychiatrist with expertise in the area of disorders of early parenting and attachment difficulties in infants.  She has undertaken research into the issues confronting parents with histories of early trauma and neglect.  Her current research focusses on the evaluation of infant-parent interventions in high-risk populations, the concept of parental reflective functioning in mothers with borderline personality disorder and the neurobiology of parenting disturbance

She has published in the areas of infant mental health, attachment disorders trauma, and prevention of child abuse. She is co-author of the textbooks Clinical Skills in Infant Mental Health and Contemporary Approaches in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

She is the Convenor of the Alliance of Health Professions for Asylum Seekers and Vice-President of Doctors for Refugees. She has been a Government advisor on asylum seeker and refugee mental health and contributed to the development of policy for mental health screening and response to torture survivors. She has been involved in research into the impact of immigration detention on child asylum seekers. 

Assoc Prof Christina Bryant

Senior Lecturer, Clinical Psychology

Associate Professor Christina Bryant
MA (Hons), MSc, MA (Clin. Psych), PhD, ACPA

Associate Professor Christina Bryant is a clinical psychologist with many years experience of working in a range of clinical settings. Her work has focussed on high prevalence disorders, such as anxiety and depression, adjustment disorders, as well as grief and bereavement. She has a particular interest in psychological aspects of physical health, including coping with chronic illness and disability, self-management of health conditions, and the relationship between physical and psychological health issues in older adults.
Christina's academic role as a senior lecturer in the University of Melbourne's School of Psychological Sciences is primarily within the postgraduate clinical psychology programme, where she is involved in academic teaching, clinical supervision of psychology trainees, and supervision of honours, Masters and PhD-level research projects. Current research interests include psychological intervention in chronic disease, attitudes towards older people (ageism), women's health, and the health of older adults.

Dr Lesley Stafford

Clinical Psychologist (Oncology)

Dr Lesley Stafford

Dr Lesley Stafford is a clinical psychologist who works predominantly with women diagnosed with breast cancer and women considered at high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. She is an Honorary Fellow in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. Lesley's research interests focus on understanding, and intervening in, the psychosocial factors contributing to the burden of disease associated with breast and gynaecological cancer. She has a strong interest in translating research into clinical practice.

Br Bei Bei

Clinical Psychologist  

Dr Bei Bei
BSc. MSc. DPsych(Clinical)

Dr Bei Bei is a clinical psychologist based at the Centre for Women’s Mental Health.  Her clinical work has focused on mood, anxiety, and adjustment disorders, as well as sleep disorders such as insomnia.  In research, she is interested in the physiological changes women experience over a lifetime, and the relationship between these changes and women’s mental health.  She is involved in projects that explore the health and wellbeing of women during perinatal as well as menopausal periods.  She is also an affiliate researcher at the Sleep Research Laboratory at the University of Melbourne and has a keen interest in the science and nature of sleep, as well as therapeutic interventions that help improve sleep

Assoc Prof Thomson Salo

Consultant Infant Mental Health Clinician

Associate Professor Frances Thomson-Salo
Associate Professor Frances Thomson-Salo is a Consultant Infant Mental Health Clinician in the Centre for Women's Mental Health at the Royal Women's Hospital, with many years experience of working in this field. She is an Honorary Principal Fellow in the University of Melbourne's Department of Psychiatry, an affiliate researcher for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and teaches in the University of Melbourne Graduate Diploma/Masters in Infant and Parent Mental Health. Her research interests have focussed on the field of parent and infant mental health.

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