Our people

Our people

The Centre consists of 25 members each providing a unique blend of theoretical conceptualisation, experimental expertise with practical development and application. Members of the Centre are researchers who have built international reputations in the area of psychology and other disciplines.

Executive Committee

Jennifer Hudson


Professor Jennifer Hudson

Professor Hudson’s passion is understanding the factors that contribute to children’s emotional health, and continuing to improve the services we provide for children and families. Her research endeavours to improve our understanding of the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to excessive anxiety and fear. Professor Hudson is committed to developing, evaluating and disseminating programs to continually improve outcomes for children’s emotional health. View Professor Hudson's TEDx presentation.

Melissa Norberg

Deputy Director

Associate Professor Melissa Norberg

Associate Professor Norberg’s interest in psychology involves helping people change unwanted behaviour and maintaining that change. Such unwanted behaviour includes seeking reassurance when feeling uncertain (obsessive compulsive disorder), saving too many items (hoarding disorder), experiencing a panic attack when confronted by a spider (specific phobia) and abusing psychoactive substances.

Ronald Rapee

Founding Director

Distinguished Professor Ronald Rapee

Professor Rapee specialises in mental health, especially in anxiety and related disorders across the lifespan. He is best known for his theoretical models of the development of anxiety disorders as well as for his creation of empirically validated intervention programs. His recent work has focused on prevention of anxiety and depression as well as on public dissemination and access to empirically validated programs.

Heidi Lyneham

Clinic Director

Doctor Heidi Lyneham

Doctor Lyneham has been a clinical psychologist and research fellow at CEH for over the 15 years. She has focused her research on improving assessment and treatment methods for emotional problems experienced by children and adolescents, and has aimed to improve access to services for families from rural areas. More recently Doctor Lyneham has had an interest in developing competency and training of mental health professionals, collaborating on the first book focused on the competencies needed to treat child and adolescent anxiety and depression.

Viviana Wuthrich

Associate Professor Viviana Wuthrich

Associate Professor Wuthrich’s research predominantly focuses on the understanding and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents and older adults. She has developed a number of manualised and computerised treatment programs for children and older adults that have been shown to be efficacious in randomised controlled trials including the Cool Kids Anxiety Management Program, Cool Teens and Chilled Out computerised programs for anxious adolescents, and the Ageing Wisely program for comorbid anxiety and depression in older adults.

Cathy McMahon

Co-director Higher Degree Research

Associate Professor Cathy McMahon

Associate Professor McMahon’s research focuses on the psychology of pregnancy, parent-infant relationships and the determinants of parenting. She has led several longitudinal studies on pregnancy adjustment, parenting and child development in the context of infertility, assisted conception and perinatal mood disorders.

Kerry Sherman

Professor Kerry Sherman

Key areas of expertise include breast cancer survivorship including lymphoedema risk management, distress, sexuality and body image following a cancer diagnosis. Associate Professor Sherman has considerable experience in developing and evaluating online behavioural oncology interventions, including the Breast Reconstruction Decision Aid (BRECONDA) and an interactive website designed to support male partners of women undergoing breast cancer genetic testing.

Lorna Peters

Senior Lecturer

Doctor Lorna Peters

Senior Lecturer Doctor Lorna Peters has been conducting research in the area of anxiety and, in particular, social anxiety since the late 1980's. Her research has examined efficacy of treatments for social anxiety disorders and development of psychometric tools to enhance diagnosis and measurement of severity of psychopathology.

Lauren McLellan

Postdoctoral Researcher

Doctor Lauren McLellan

Doctor Lauren McLellan is a psychologist and early career researcher with expertise and special interest in clinical research, particularly understanding and effectively treating anxiety in youth. Her research aims to use technology to increase access to effective treatments for anxious youth, especially for those in rural and remote communities.

Research team

Meet the research team

Clinic team

The Centre for Emotional Health Clinic team are highly skilled professionals in the area of emotional health. The Clinic Team, headed up by Clinic Director Doctor Heidi Lyneham, is a psychology research clinic aimed at furthering our understanding of emotional disorders and improving methods of treatment.

Find out more about our clinic team

Advisory committee

Centre Members are regularly invited to present at international conferences, contribute to scholarly monographs and hold positions on national and international bodies.

  • Jennifer Catherine Learmont, AM, Hon. MD
  • Professor Peter Lovibond
  • Professor Simon Handley
  • Professor Susan Spence
  • The Honorable John Watkins MA, LLB, DipEd

Find out more about the Advisory Committee

Honorary associate members

  • Doctor Jessica Alcorso
  • Professor Andrew Baillie
  • Doctor Heidi Brummert Lennings
  • Doctor Yulisha Byrow
  • Doctor Erica Crome
  • Doctor Henry Cutler
  • Doctor Frances Doyle
  • Doctor Lisa Iverach
  • Doctor Anna McKinnon
  • Doctor Josephine Paparo
  • Doctor Catherine Quinn
  • Doctor Mia Romano
  • Doctor Natalie Taylor
  • Doctor Quincy Wong


Damien Fitzpatrick, NSW Waratahs

The Centre for Emotional Health is extremely fortunate to have Damien Fitzpatrick to lend his support to raising awareness about the importance of emotional health, the need for continued research and the difference research can make to lives of individuals, families and communities.

A former Australian schoolboys and under-20s captain, Fitzpatrick appeared destined for stardom as he made his Super Rugby debut at the tender age of 19.

But two major knee operations limited him to just 21 Waratahs caps between 2009-13 and Fitzpatrick then signed with French club Lyon in a bid to “clear my head.”

He made a promising start in France before disaster struck with a third ACL tear and Fitzpatrick was ready to pack the boots away.

“The third time it happened, my parents were the first ones to say, ‘look, you tried everything, it’s time to give it up.’

“Because I suppose your parents and your family are the ones that see you go through all the dark times,” Fitzpatrick told foxsports.com.au.

“And they were like ‘look, it’s just not worth your mental state going through all that again.’

Damien managed to turn things around when he was picked up by new Wallabies coach Michael Cheika in 2016 and Fiztpatrick made a return to Super Rugby in 2017 after being contracted by NSW Waratahs for the 2017/18 season.

Damien will assist in the following events:

  • (27 July) Macquarie University Postgraduate welcome
  • (27 August 8am to 10am) Rotary North Ryde Fun Fun at Macquarie University. Damien   to assist in team opening the event, participate in 2km Run event & promote event on social media.
  • (18 October 5:30pm to 7:30pm) CEH and Future Students Health and Wellbeing Lecture on study stress. Damien to deliver short (5 minutes) talk on his experience juggling study and elite sport commitments & promote discussion on social media.
  • (Early April 2018) Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Youth Mental Health Forum at Macquarie University. Short talk/panel discussion regarding mental health and promote discussion on social media
  • Research project on physical activity and emotional health. Damien to support recruiting for research project
  • Promote RAW project (date to be confirmed). To be organised in conjunction with MacWarriors/Aquatic and Sport Centre. Damien to sign Waratah merchandise, participate in an on campus meet and greet with children involved in this research project.
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