Our people

Our people

The Centre consists of 26 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.

Find out more about her research interests and lab.

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

Professor Viviana Wuthrich

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.

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.

Doctor Miri Forbes

Research Fellow

Doctor Miri Forbes

Doctor Miri Forbes' research focuses on how to best use patterns in symptoms and disorders to understand the nature, causes, and consequences of mental illness across the lifespan.

The heart of her current research is to specify the patterns of co-occurrence among the individual symptoms of mental illness.

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.

  • Professor Simon Handley
  • Professor Peter Lovibond
  • The Honorable John Watkins MA, LLB, DipEd
  • Jennifer Catherine Learmont, AM, Hon. MD
  • Catherine Lourey, NSW Mental Health Commissioner
  • Julie Leitch, Way Ahead

Find out more about the Advisory Committee

Associate members

  • Professor Andrew Baillie
  • Associate Professor Shlomo Berkovsky
  • Doctor Keila Brockveld
  • Doctor John Burns
  • Ms Emily Cale
  • Professor Enrico Coiera
  • Doctor Erica Crome
  • Doctor Henry Cutler
  • Ms Merel Dekkers
  • Doctor Sue Ferguson
  • Doctor Sally Fitzpatrick
  • Doctor Rhiannon Fogliati
  • Ms Roxanne Goff
  • Doctor Anna Kelly
  • Mr Joe Lander
  • Professor Genevieve McArthur
  • Doctor Anna McKinnon
  • Doctor Deborah Mitchison
  • Doctor Josephine Paparo
  • Professor Liz Pellicano
  • Professor Deb Richards
  • Associate Professor Liz Schroeder
  • Professor Deborah Schofield
  • Ms Lesley Smyth
  • Doctor Natalie Taylor
  • Doctor Quincy Wong
  • Doctor Samantha Woon

Ambassador program


Deborah-Anne De La Harpe

As an elite athlete, Deborah-Anne's goal for 2020 is to continue to play at the highest level of representative football she can. This means playing in the W-League and representing Australia (Matildas).

Deborah plays for A.P.I.A Leichhardt in the NPL NSW Open Women’s competition.

In 2019 Deborah was selected in the Australia’s 23-player team for the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship, which were held in Chonburi, Thailand.

Previously Deborah has competed for the Football New South Wales Institute program, from U/14 to graduation at U/17. During this time she competed in the National U/17 Competition known as NTC Challenge in 2016 and 2017 at the Australian Institute of Sport. Prior to this Deborah-Anne was a member of the U/15 state team also competing at the National Youth Championship for NSW Metropolitan.

In 2016 & 17 Deborah was a train on player with Western Sydney Wanderers in the Women's W-League. Deborah-Anne endeavours to continue to train and play at this level for the future.

“Being a Sport Scholars’ and Leaders’ Ambassador is extremely important to me as I know the impact a sport scholar ambassador had on me and my decision regarding coming to Macquarie University. This role allows me to use my strengths through leadership, communication and working with people, which I am extremely passionate about.

Working with the Centre for Emotional Health (CEH) provides me with an incredible opportunity to expand my professional development and allow me to share with other individuals the importance of education, sport and mental health. This Ambassador role holds particular importance for me as I am passionate about giving back to the community and helping individuals achieve their goals, especially around seeking help to maintain good mental health.”


Michael Wells, NSW Waratahs

Michael Wells started his Rugby Union career as a member of the Australian Under 20's Rugby Team in 2011 followed by attendance at the ARU National Academy in 2012 and 2013. After attending the National Academy, he played for Northern Suburbs in the Shute Shield Competition. He was offered a contract with the Australian Men's Sevens Team in 2014, competing in the IRB 7's World Series in 2014-15.  In 2016, the team with whom he played the IRB 7's World Series successfully qualified for the Rio Olympics. Michael moved on from 7's in 2016 to join the ACT Brumbies Super Rugby Team. As part of that team he gained 7 caps before joining the NSW Waratahs Super Rugby Team in 2017. To date, Michael has achieved another 25 caps as a Waratahs member.

When he's not playing for the Waratahs, Michael is actively involved with raising awareness about mental health, particularly for young men.  He has worked closely with BATYR to highlight the importance of reducing stigma and raising awareness of mental health issues in society and featured in a promotional video for BATYR that played in the lead up to the Charity Round game against the Blues in May 2018.

As the Ambassador for the Centre for Emotional Health, Michael will continue to shine a light on mental health issues by participating in the following events in 2019:

  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Mental Health Youth Forum:  Tuesday 9 April.
  • (TBA) Portraits of Recovery.
  • (TBA) North Ryde Rotary Fun Run.
  • (TBA) MQ Wellbeing Week.

Michael was recently interview by Group Marketing on Maintaining a Balance - read more here!

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