I grew up in a small rural mining town surrounded by my extended family. After graduating from university, working as a teacher and then a Guidance Officer in QLD, I lived for 12 years in London and worked as an Educational Psychologist. I now work at Minds and Hearts and as a Guidance Officer for Education QLD.
Just for fun…
Describe your perfect weekend?
I would sleep in and then walk Lulu with my family on a bush mountain track. We would meet friends for breakfast and head to the beach for the rest of the weekend for swimming in the ocean with family and listening to live music with friends.
Can/would you like to play any instruments and why?
I used to play the flute when I was in high school. My pets and neighbours did not enjoy the trombone I took home first so I swapped instruments. They were much happier with the more subtle sounds of the flute and we would sit together under the orange tree while I played. I would like to play the guitar one day so I can take it camping and play near the fire at night.
Can/would you like to learn a new language and why?
I learned basic French before I travelled overseas. Knowing some of the language really helped when I travelled in France for the first time. Many of my friends speak Portuguese and Spanish. Although I cannot officially speak it, I felt as though I could understand it better after travelling with them in Spain and South America. I would like more lessons so I could speak Spanish fluently.
What’s the quirkiest talent you have (or aspire to have)?
I have a very flexible thumb.
What invention would you like to be a reality and why?
I would like people to be able to glimpse the future and see what results their actions today will have on themselves and others in the future and generations to come.
In your career…
What continues to motivate your clinical work in the area of psychology and autism?
I always think about how I can help the person I am working with now reach their potential as an adult. I want to help them to be as independent, healthy and content as possible. I believe that if people can learn to manage areas of concern, they will be happier and they are more likely to contribute to society and help to make the world a better place.
6. As a presenter, what topics do you feel are most relevant to share for individuals with ASD and their families/communities
Managing screen time at home, maintaining friendships and relationships, regulating emotions in times of stress and dealing with conflict effectively.