GDEPS was established out of a need for a comprehensive and evidenced-based psychological assessment service for children with learning, social and behavioural difficulties in the Geelong region. Identification of learning difficulties is a vital first step in designing intervention programs which will help your child reach their learning potential. We at GDEPS pride ourselves on thorough information gathering from home, school and elsewhere, so that our analyses, diagnosis and recommendations are comprehensive and successful.
Over the past 10 years we have been involved in the learning needs of many children in the Geelong region and also in the provision of teacher and parent education. Being co-founders and co-convenors of the Geelong-based Learning Difficulty Information Group, our knowledge regarding interventions is current and based on solid research findings.
GDEP fees may be claimable through Medicare and most Private Health Providers. We practice in accordance with professional and ethical codes of conduct outlined by the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) and the Australian Psychological Society.
BA (Hons), PhD, Macquarie University; M Clin Neuro, La Trobe
I have been working with people with neuropsychological disorders since 1989, both in Australia (at Macquarie University, Sydney) and overseas (at Harvard University, USA), and with children with learning difficulties since 2008. From 1989 to 2012, I worked as a lecturer in psychology at Deakin University, Geelong during which I conducted research with children with learning difficulties, including designing and implementing interventions. I am currently working in the School system.
I have expertise in assessment and in interventions for children with difficulties in literacy or numeracy, working memory (also known as CAPD), and with attention deficit disorders. I also have significant experience in interventions for children with learning difficulties who present with mood disorders or reduced self-esteem.
My research has led to close contacts with psychologists and other professionals (paediatricians, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and teachers) in the Western districts of Victoria (particularly Geelong and Colac).
As the co-founder of the Learning Difficulties Interest Group, Geelong (LDIG), comprising psychologists from both private and public educational sectors in the region, I continue to play a leading role in discussions about learning difficulties and am regularly consulted by other professionals in the area.