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Katherine Lawrence is an Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist with the School of Psychological Sciences and the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Katherine is the Director of Postgraduate Programs (Coursework) overseeing professional training in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology. Katherine also leads the Child, Youth, Family Clinic at the Turner Clinics that provides specialist clinical services to the community and clinical training to postgraduate psychology students.   

Katherine is an experienced practitioner and clinical educator with over 18 years of experience working with children, youth and families across community, hospital, and research settings in Australia and the UK. She is a specialist in the treatment of childhood anxiety and working with parents to support the mental health and well-being of young people. Katherine has over 10 years of experience in supervising psychology trainees on placement and has provided specialist training to postgraduate psychology programs at Oxford University and the University College of London and courses run by the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and the Improved Access to Psychological Therapies initiative. At Monash, she leads the training of intervention skills for both the clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology postrgraduate programs.    

Katherine has been involved in mental health research since 2003. Her clinical research relates mostly to the role of parents and the parent-child relationship in the development and maintenance of mental health disorders during childhood. Katherine also contributes to pedagogical research that focuses on the development of trainee competence and the consistency of clinical supervision practices. She has developed several competence-based assessment tools that are used in the program, and in the field by placement supervisors. 

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Monash teaching commitment

Clinical supervision of clinical psychology trainees undertaking their Introductory placements or registrar programs

Lecturing on counselling skills, cognitive and behaviour therapy, specialist interventions for children, parents and families, and case formulation 

Facilitates case analysis for 2nd and 3rd year students

Clinical activities

Katherine provides clinical psychology services to young people and their families through the Turner Clinics. She provides evidence-based interventions to children, adolescents, parents, and families that are predominately cognitive and behavioural in nature, underpinned by family therapy principles. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), Impulsivity, emotional responding, and maladaptive schemas in the early phase of borderline personality disorder, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 15 Dec 2009

Research area keywords

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Children/Youth
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Family relationships
  • Parenting
  • Personality disorder
  • Trainee competence

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