Board of Directors

Professor Tony Paolini
MPsych PhD MAPS
ISN Psychology President, CEO & Director

Qualifications:

1987-1989 BSc The University of Melbourne Major in Physiology and Psychology
1990 BSc (Hons – Physiol) The University of Melbourne Department of Physiology
1992-1993 BSc (Hons – Psych) The University of Melbourne Department of Psychology
1991-1994 PhD The University of Melbourne Department of Physiology
2001-2005 M.Psych (Clin. Near) The University of Melbourne Department of Psychology

Professional Membership

APS Australian Psychological Society, Registration as Psychologist with AHPRA, Psychology Board of Australia

Teaching and University Full Time Experience Last 5 Years

2007-2012 Reader and Associate Professor, School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University
Subjects taught include: Behavioural Neuroscience 1 and 2, Applied Neuroscience, Third Year Project supervision. Honours, Masters and PhD supervision.

2012-present Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University

2012-present Professor in Psychology, School of Health Sciences, RMIT University
Subjects taught: Science of Human Nature, Psychopathology, Advanced Topics in Psychology, Biological Basis of Behaviour, Brain and Behaviour.

2013-2015 Head of Psychology, School of Health Sciences, RMIT University ​

Research

Publications for the past five years:

  1. Barutchu A., Crewther SG, Fifer J.M., Shivdasani M.N., Innes-Brown H., Toohey S, Danaher J. and Paolini A.G. (2011) The Relationship between Multisensory Integration and IQ in Children. Develop. Psychol. 47(3): 877-85

  2. Innes-Brown H. Barutchu A., Shivdasani M.N., Crewther D.B., Paolini A.G. (2011) Susceptibility to the flash-beep illusion is increased in children compared to adults. Develop. Sci. 14, 1089-99.

  3. MacDonald L., Radler M., Paolini A.G.  and  Kent S. (2011) Calorie restriction attenuates LPS-induced sickness behaviour and shifts hypothalamic signalling pathways to an anti-inflammatory bias. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 301, R172-84. IF 3.28

  4. Guccione L., Paolini A.G., Penman J. and Djourma E. (2012) The effects of calorie restriction on operant responding for alcohol. Behav. Brain Res. 230, 281-7. IF 3.391

  5. Morgan S and Paolini A.G. (2012) Behavioural determination of stimulus pair discrimination of auditory acoustic and electrical stimuli using a classical conditioning and heart-rate approach.  J. Vis. Exp. (64), e3598, DOI: 10.3791/3598

  6. Allitt B.J., Morgan S. Bell S., Nayagam D., Arhatari, B., Clark G.M. and Paolini A.G. (2012)  Midbrain responses to micro-stimulation of the cochlea using high density thin-film arrays. Hearing Research 287(1-2):30-42. IF 2.848

  7. Arhatari B.D., Harris A.R., Paolini A.G., Peele A.G. (2012) Enhanced imaging for a thin film cochlear implant with metal artifacts using phase retrieval tomography. J. Appl. Phys. 111, 114904 IF 2.185

  8. Mauger S.J., Shivdasani M.N., Rathbone G.D., Paolini A.G. (2012) An invivo investigation of inferior colliculus single neuron responses to cochlear nucleus pulse train stimulation. J. Neurophysiol. 108, 2999-3008 IF 3.30

  9. Harris A.R., Morgan S.J., Chen J., Kapsa R.M.I., Wallace G.G. and Paolini  A.G. (2013) Conducting polymer coated neural recording electrodes. J. Neural. Eng. 10(1):016004 IF 3.415

  10. Guccione L., Djourma E., Penman J. and Paolini A.G. (2013) Calorie restriction inhibits relapse behavior and preference for alcohol within a two bottle free choice paradigm in the alcohol preferring (iP) rat. Physiology and  Behaviour, 110-111, 34-41   IF 3.033

  11. Allitt B.J., Benjaminsen C, Morgan S. and Paolini A.G. (2013) Intralaminar neural activation of the inferior colliculus facilitates frequency-specific activation in the auditory cortex. J. Neural. Eng. 10(4):046008. IF 3.415

  12. Harris A.R., Morgan S.J., Wallace G.G and Paolini A.G. (2014) A Method for Systematic Electrochemical and Electrophysiological Evaluation of Neural Recording Electrodes. J Vis Exp. 85: doi: 10.3791/51084.

  13. MacDonald L., Hazi A., Paolini A.G. and  Kent S. (2014) Calorie restriction dose-dependently abates lipopolysaccharide-induced fever, sickness behavior, and circulating interleukin-6 while increasing corticosterone. Brain Behav Immun 40:18-26 IF 6.128

  14. Govic A., Bell V., Samuel A., Penman J., Paolini AG (2014) Calorie restriction and corticosterone elevation during lactation can each modulate adult male fear and anxiety-like behaviour.  Hormones and Behavior 66(4):591-601 IF 4.511

  15. Govic A. and Paolini A.G. (2015) In vivo electrophysiological recordings in amygdala subnuclei reveal selective and distinct responses to a behaviorally identified predator odor. J. Neurophysiology, in press IF 3.30

  16. Harris, A., Molino, P., Kapsa, R., Clark, GM.,  Paolini, AG. and Wallace, G. (2015) Correlation of Impedance and Effective Electrode Area of Doped PEDOT Modified Electrodes for Brain-Machine Interfaces. Analyst, 7;140(9): 3164-74  IF 3.906

  17. Spencer MJ, Nayagam DA, Clarey JC, Paolini AG, Meffin H, Burkitt AN, Grayden DB. (2015) Broadband onset inhibition can suppress spectral splatter in the auditory brainstem.  PLoS One. 15;10(5):e0126500. IF 3.534

  18. Barry KM., Paolini AG., Robertson D and Mulders WHAM (2015) Modulation of medial geniculate nucleus neuronal activity by electrical stimulation of the nucleus accembens. Neuroscience 12;308:1-10

  19. Harris, A., Molino, P., Kapsa, R., Clark, GM., Paolini, AG. and Wallace, G. (2015) Correction to Optical and Electrochemical Methods for Determining the Effective Area and Charge Density of Conducting Polymer Modified Electrodes for Neural Stimulation. Analytical Chemistry 87(22):11600 IF 5.825

  20. Govic A., Penman J, Tammer AH and Paolini AG (2016) Paternal calorie restriction prior to conception alters anxiety-like behavior of the adult rat progeny. Psychoneuroendochonology 64: 1-11.

  21. Allitt B. J. Harris, A.R., Morgan S.J., Clark, G. M. and Paolini, A.G. (2016) Neurophysiological responses to micro-electrode stimulation in the cochlea of deafened rats. Hearing Research 331:13-26 IF 2.8

  22. Lee G., Zambetta F, Xiaodong L and Paolini AG (2016) Utilising Reinforcement Learning to Develop Strategies for Driving Auditory Neural Implants.  J. Neural Engineering 19; 13(4): 046027

  23. Harris, A. R., Molino, P. J., Paolini, A. G. & Wallace, G. G. (2016). Effective area and charge density of chondroitin sulphate doped PEDOT modified electrodes. Electrochimica Acta, 197 99-106.

  24. Harris, A. R., Hutchinson, R., Molino, P. J., Kapsa, R. M. I., Clark, G. M., Paolini, A. G. & Wallace, G. G. (2016). Correlation of impedance and effective electrode area of dextran sulfate doped PEDOT modified electrodes. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 163 (7), H534-H540.

Grants last past five years:

ARC- Centre of Excellence in Electromaterial Sciences: Wallace GG, Officer DL, MacFarlane DR, Clark, GM, Forsyth M, Kane-Maguire LA, Innis PC, Spinks GM, Brown HR, Too, CO,Price WE,Liu, HK, Spiccia L,Dodds SM, Keller PA, Minett AI, Cheng Y, Alici G, Kapsa RM.,Paolini AG, $19,472,324

ARC Discovery Grant  2015-2017 DP150102496 Neural network underlying memory erasure. Jee Hyun Kim and Antonio Paolini, $355,000

Research supervision past five years:

20 Honours Students in Psychology
2 Masters of Psychology (Clinical)
4 PhD Students

Professor Tony Paolini MPsych (Clin Neuro) PhD MAPS is President and CEO of ISN Psychology and on the Board of Directors.  A founding Director of the Institute for Social Neuroscience, Professor Paolini is a psychologist and internationally recognised neuroscientist. He has qualifications in psychology (MPsych – Clin Neuro) and in Neuroscience (PhD). Under the mentorship of Professor Graeme Clark, he lead the Auditory Clinical Neuroscience Unit at the Bionic Ear Institute.   He worked on the continued development of the cochlear implant and examined the relationship between the brain’s ability to hear sounds in noise and its relationship to intelligence and higher-level cognitive functioning.  Professor Paolini has published numerous peer reviewed publications, lead large research teams and has received significant research funding including from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC).  He has published significant internationally peer-reviewed papers in many fields of neuroscience and psychology including medical bionics, sensory and cognitive neuroscience, and behavioural and social neuroscience.  At ISN he applies his knowledge of neuroscience and psychology to provide a further understanding of how the environment we live in helps shape our behaviour and mental health.  With a research and clinical interest in the role anxiety plays in sensory perception, Professor Paolini is utilising his knowledge to help treat clients who have a heightened sensitivity to sounds and tinnitus distress.   He was Professor and Head of Psychology at RMIT University, Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, and holds adjunct positions at La Trobe University and The University of Melbourne.

Trevayne Fernandez – General Manager & Director

Trevayne brings considerable experience having spent more than 17 years working in the education sector both in Australia and internationally.  He has held a range of leadership positions inclusive of senior management roles. This has encompassed duties in; Higher Education Regulation (TEQSA), 3rd Party Higher Education Provision, and Vocational Education and Training (VET). These engagements have been predominantly in Melbourne, Australia as well as overseas in Japan and the United Arab Emirates.  He has experience within specific areas of Compliance, Facilities Management, Operational and Business Development.  He is also Victorian State Representative for the Independent Tertiary Education Council of Australia (ITECA).

Daniel Paolini – Director

Daniel is an Associate Director at Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne. Prior to joining that firm in October 2018, Daniel spent over 16 years practicing as a taxation/legal advisor in Australia, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. He has previously worked in two Big 4 accounting firms, a top tier law firm and a number of investment firms. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science (Major in Psychology) and Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University. He is a fellow of The Tax Institute and admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria.

Academic Staff

Professor Sabine Hammond – Director of Clinical & Professional Programs, ISN Psychology

Professor Sabine Hammond, FAPS MAICD,  has extensive experience as a researcher, educator and practitioner in Australia, Europe and the United States, and has held leadership roles in both academic and professional settings. She is an Honorary Professor of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and a former Head of the ACU National School of Psychology. As Executive Manager for Science, Education and Membership at the Australian Psychological Society she was responsible for a wide-ranging portfolio with strategic focus on supporting the discipline of psychology. Professor Hammond’s expertise includes governance, ethics, professional practice and regulation. Professor Hammond has been actively involved in initiatives aimed at reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples, especially in the areas of cultural safety, suicide prevention, and training a culturally responsive workforce.

Professor Mark Andersen – Professor of Clinical and Sports Psychology, ISN Psychology

Professor Mark B. Andersen, PhD received his bachelor degree in psychology from the University of California at Davis and went on to complete a master of science in psychology at San Diego State University and completed his doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1988. He is currently an adjunct professor at Halmstad University in Sweden.  Professor Andersen’s interests include: the psychology of injury and rehabilitation; the role of exercise in mental health, well-being, and quality of life for those with chronic disorders; the training and supervision of applied psychology graduate students; and the professional practice of sport psychology service delivery.  Professor Andersen works from a variety of therapeutic models including: CBT, mindfulness-based treatments, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and neuro-psychotherapy.

Associate Professor Pascal Molenberghs – Director of Academic Studies, ISN Psychology

Associate Professor Pascal Molenberghs completed his Master in Psychology and PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He has since worked at the University of Queensland, Monash University and the University of Melbourne and thus brings a wealth of knowledge to the Institute for Social Neuroscience.

His research focus is Social Neuroscience, aiming to understand our social brain and how it breaks down in neurological patients. Interests include empathy, morality, intergroup relations and leadership. His research has already attracted more than $3 million in grant funding and has been published in the leading neuroscience journals. His work has also featured widely in the media, including stories in Time Magazine, The Age and New Scientist.

Associate Professor Paul Jenkinson  – Director of Learning and Teaching, ISN Psychology/
Associate Professor in Neuropsychology, ISN Psychology/
Principal Researcher & Head – Embodiment Research Unit, Neuropsychology Translational Division, ISN Innovations

A/Professor Paul Jenkinson received his PhD in Neuropsychology from the University of Keele, UK in 2008, and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (PgCHPE). He has held positions at a number of leading UK universities, and was recently a Senior Researcher and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London, and Reader (Associate Professor) in Neuropsychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He has over 40 publications, with many in high impact factor journals. He has been the recipient of considerable grant funding, including from the prestigious European Research Council (ERC). In addition to his research skills, Paul has considerable teaching experience and is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a title conferred in recognition of excellence in teaching.

Melissa Weinberg

Associate Professor Melissa Weinberg – Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology, ISN Psychology

As Director of Academic Studies, Dr Weinberg oversees the general running of courses, student standards, academic compliance and quality of delivery.

Dr Weinberg is an accomplished lecturer, researcher, and public speaker with a wealth of experience in both the research and practical aspects of psychology.

She completed her PhD at Deakin University and also holds a Masters in Applied (Sport & Exercise) Psychology. Melissa led the research component of the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index producing reports on the wellbeing of Australians, and was Senior Research Fellow at the Young and Well CRC. She is a registered psychologist specialising in athlete wellbeing and peak performance.

Melissa is a TEDx speaker and has appeared on various TV and radio programs where she discusses the science of happiness and what makes Australians happy. She has authored scientific articles and book chapters on the topic, and has presented at numerous academic and corporate conferences in Australia and internationally.

Dr Catherine Andrews  – Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology and Coordinator of Master of Professional Psychology, ISN Psychology

Dr Catherine Andrews joins ISN as  Senior Lecturer in Psychology teaching into the clinical and professional psychology programs and coordinator of our Master of Professional Psychology.  Catherine has extensive experience as a forensic psychologist and as a lecturer.  Her recent role as a senior psychologist for Caraniche forensic youth services involved overseeing a team of clinicians providing psychological rehabilitation intervention to young people involved in the Youth Justice System and delivering psychological rehabilitation intervention including forensic assessment, a range of psychoeducational and criminogenic group programs and individual intervention.

Dr Rebecca Grattan – Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, ISN Psychology/
Researcher, Childhood Mental Health Research Unit, Clinical Psychology Division, ISN Innovations

Dr Rebecca Grattan, PhD, PGDipClinPsych is a clinical psychologist and lecturer. She has specialist experience working with children and families in general mental health settings, and young people experiencing early psychosis. Her research uses longitudinal methods to understand how transdiagnostic risk factors (such as stress reactivity, family dynamics, emotion dysregulation) contribute to mental health difficulties in young people (such as suicide, anxiety, depression and psychosis). Her aim is to use this understanding to develop and improve psychological interventions for middle childhood to early adolescence.

Catherine Panayi
Clinic Director, ISN Clinic

Catherine Panayi will oversee both ISN Clinic’s in Bundoora and Ivanhoe.  Catherine has, over the course of 15 years, developed experience in supervising provisional psychologists and early career psychologists.  She has worked in a range of public and private settings including public mental health in Geelong, Western GP Division, Back2Work and privately liaising and building working relationships with medical and non-medical professionals.

Dr Burt Hatch – Lecturer  in Psychology and Honours Coordinator, ISN Psychology/
Researcher, Childhood Mental Health Research Unit, Clinical Psychology Division, ISN Innovations

Dr  Burt Hatch has extensive experience working with children with neuro-developmental disorders having attained his PhD at the University of Otago – his work there examining emotional processing in children with ADHD. His most recent position was as an NIH funded postdoctoral fellow within the Autism Research Training Program at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute.  Burt’s work uses longitudinal methods to identify risk factors for neuro-developmental disorders, to assist with early diagnosis and intervention.

Associate Professor Matt McGregor – Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology, ISN Psychology

Matt is an experienced Psychologist with a 20 year history of working in the sports industry with individuals, teams and organisations, in both elite and sub elite domains and across a variety of sports including AFL, cricket, kayaking, rowing, swimming, hockey, tennis and equestrian. Endorsed in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and trained in Mental Health and Wellbeing, as well as Career Counselling, Matt has a broad clientele. With a PhD, Masters degree in Applied Psychology, and Certificate of Practice in Clinical Neuropsychotherapy, Matt has also lectured at undergraduate and post graduate level at UniSA, Deakin and Victoria Universities, and supervised students across field placements.

Daryl Marchant

Associate Professor Daryl Marchant – Associate Professor in Psychology (Sport and Exercise), ISN Psychology

Daryl a registered psychologist, completed postgraduate qualifications at the University at Alberta and Victoria University. He is an academic ‘all-rounder’ with strengths in teaching, postgraduate student supervision, and research. He has supervised to completion 30 doctoral, masters and honours research students and published 60 peer reviewed publications and conference presentations. Daryl was previously the postgraduate research coordinator and director of research in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University.

Daryl’s primary research interests are applied sport psychology, assessment, personality, talent identification, supervision, anxiety and choking. He has received numerous industry and academic excellence awards and consults in elite sport, assessment psychology and organisational psychology. Daryl believes the learning experience must be experiential and multi-layered to enable students to develop skills relevant to themselves in their present and future roles and to translate their learning into practice as adaptive professionals.

David Williams – Principal Psychologist (Sport & Exercise), ISN Psychology

David is a qualified and registered psychologist based in Melbourne, Australia. David specializes in sport and exercise psychology. David’s experiences in the field have consisted of working both locally and internationally with a range of different sports and athletes. At present David is the lead Psychologist for the Geelong Football Club and AFL Players Association, he has also consulted for the Malaysian Olympic cycling program, and as a result of having worked internationally been fortunate enough to build relationships with Football powerhouse FC Barcelona and the Manchester City group via consulting for Melbourne city FC.  Being influenced heavily by the latest neuroscience information David’s experiences include; assisting organisations to create enriched high performance environments; training athletes in all areas of high performance including, resilience, skill acquisition, attentional control, mindfulness, cognitive and behavioural change, performance under pressure, leadership, and high performance self-management.

Dr Tarah Kavanagh – Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, ISN Psychology

Tarah is a Registered Psychologist based in Melbourne with endorsement in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She completed her Doctorate at Victoria University in 2010. She combines over 15 years of sport coaching experience with 6 years experience as an university academic, and 14 years experience in the applied performance psychology field working in the sport, education, and business sectors in Australia. Tarah has worked with elite and aspiring individual athletes, elite sporting teams (including Carlton, Hawthorn, and North Melbourne AFL Clubs), sport coaches and managers, national sporting organisations (including Athletics Australia), sports academies (such as Melbourne International Tennis School and Maribyrnong Sports Academy), high school and university students (including Victoria University), and corporate clients. She has a thorough understanding of high-performance settings, including the demands, requirements, and complex factors that influence performance.

Dr David Bakker – Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, ISN Psychology

Dr David Bakker is a Clinical Psychologist working in Hobart, Tasmania. He currently spends most of his time in private practice, guiding clients through evidence-based therapies towards better mental health and wellbeing. He has also worked clinically in mental health outreach, youth health, and hospital settings, and has served as a consultant on various mental health technology projects and contributed writings to VCE textbooks.

David completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University in 2018. His research involves the use of mental health apps, and he has been involved in the development of two apps, MoodPrism and MoodMission. He is passionate about making evidence-based psychological techniques and mental health education more accessible to the public.

Dr Jian Chen – Lecturer in Psychology, ISN Psychology/Researcher – Social Cognition Research Unit, Neuropsychology Translational Division, ISN Innovations

Dr. Jian Chen is a researcher, lecturer and supervises honours students at ISN. He completed his Ph.D. at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences in 2019. In his doctoral thesis, Jian examined the role of attention in enumeration proficiency. His findings emphasize the importance of attentional factors in understanding the causes of low numeracy. He also holds a research master’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Jian was a research supervisor at Monash University and an experienced tutor at the University of Melbourne. He is a firm supporter of open science practice. Jian uses behavioural, eye tracking, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging methods in his research. He is actively involved in the international research community.

Dr Melissa Mulraney – Lecturer in Psychology, ISN Psychology/
Researcher, Childhood Mental Health Research Unit, Clinical Psychology Division, ISN Innovations

Melissa completed her PhD in psychology at Monash University. Melissa is an Honorary Research fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne and for the last 7 years has worked at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute across several clinical trials of behavioural interventions for child mental health problems. She is passionate about all aspects of child mental health, in addition to clinical trials her research interests include the epidemiology of child mental health problems. Melissa’s primary areas of research in child mental health include mood dysregulation, ADHD, and sleep.

Dr Guy Prochilo – Lecturer in Psychology, ISN Psychology/
Researcher, Human Performance and Wellbeing Research Unit, ISN Innovations

Dr Guy Prochilo is a Lecturer in research methods and supervises honours students at ISN. He holds a dual Bachelor of Science (Hons. Psychology) and Business Management (Economics) from the University of Queensland, and completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. In his doctoral thesis he developed an organizational neuroscience model of occupational stress that integrated the job-demands resources model with the allostatic load model of stress, and tested propositions of this model in a pilot and feasibility clinical trial. He has a keen interest in quantitative research methods and trial methodology, is proficient in R statistical software, and is an advocate for open science practices and research reproducibility. In this capacity, he is also the Australian and New Zealand Open Research Network (ANZORN) representative at ISN Psychology. He has additionally published work evaluating the use (and misuse) of statistics in organizational neuroscience.

Dr Nicola Read – Lecturer in Psychology, ISN Psychology

Nicola has submitted her thesis in completion of the Doctor in Psychology (Clinical) at Deakin University. Her primary research was conducted in partnership with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and focused on children with ADHD, mood dysregulation and cognition functioning. Alongside her interest in teaching, she has worked across research projects with Deakin university focusing on gambling disorders and the affected others. Nicola is passionate about clinical work, particularly children and young people, and is currently working as a psychologist in the Adolescent Medicine department of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Dr Sam Mancuso – Researcher, ISN Innovations

Dr Sam Mancuso has worked in mental health research for over ten years within the academic, healthcare, and not-for-profit sectors. He has extensive experience with research synthesis methods, experimental research design and analysis, robust statistical methods, and psychometrics. Dr Mancuso has a research interest in the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for mental health disorders, including feeding and eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, and an Honorary Research Associate at the Cancer Council of Victoria.

Senay Hansan

Dr Nardia Zendarski – ISN Psychology/Researcher, Childhood Mental Health Research Unit, Clinical Psychology Division, ISN Innovations

Nardia completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne, in the Melbourne Medical School, Department of Paediatrics and recently completed the Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Swinburne. She currently works in both research and clinical settings. Her main research interests are in child and adolescent mental health with specialist expertise in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), social-emotional development and school functioning. She aims to use current research knowledge to inform policy and practice, intervention, and treatment. She remains passionate about improving outcomes for children who experience early developmental issues and helping families to access support.

Senay Hansan

Senay Hasan – Lecturer in Psychology, ISN Psychology

Senay is a registered Psychologist (Clinical Psychology Registrar) and has worked in a variety of clinical settings to date. She has experience in public health settings, working with Acute/Sub-Acute, Maternity/Perinatal, and Oncology patient cohorts. Senay currently practices with adults experiencing a range of acute mental health issues, with expertise and qualifications in Perinatal Psychology, an area of passion and professional interest. Senay is currently listed as a registered Perinatal Psychologist with the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE). Senay also works for NorthWestern Mental Health, working with aging individuals with acute mental health disorders. Senay has worked for ISN Psychology since 2018 in both Course Development and teaching.

Lorena Villalon

Lorena Villalon – Lecturer in Psychology, ISN Psychology

Lorena has worked at the Institute for Social Neuroscience (ISN) since 2018 in Course Development, more recently as Unit Coordinator as well as Tutorial and Lecture Facilitator of undergraduate units within the Graduate Diploma of Psychology course.

Lorena is a registered Psychologist (Clinical Psychology Registrar) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Lorena’s academic background is in psychology and psychophysiology. She understands how the brain and body connect and will often apply this knowledge in her practice.

Other work pursuits have involved expertise in Neuromarketing, the psychology behind Fast Moving Consumer Goods, and research skills in Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience. She has worked across a number of clinical psychology settings, with clinical experience working with primary school-aged children, women in the perinatal period, and with adults with diverse clinical presentations.

Ruby Warber

Ruby Warber – Psychologist (Clinical Psychology Registrar), ISN Clinic

Ruby Warber is a Noongar woman from Western Australia. Ruby is a psychologist with a Master of Clinical Psychology from Australian Catholic University. She has worked with Aboriginal children and families in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector. Ruby also has a Master in Global Population Health from London School of Economics, with an academic focus on addressing health inequities experienced by First Nations groups worldwide. Ruby currently works at the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal children in Victoria’s out of home care system.

SUPPORT STAFF

Dr Amanda Paolini – Director of Administrative Services

Dr Amanda Paolini, BSc (Hons) PhD, is the Director of Administrative Services. Amanda graduated with a PhD in Alzheimer’s disease diagnostics from the University of Melbourne. She has since worked in academia and research at various universities including The University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and Deakin University, where she held research and/or lecturing positions. A trained molecular biologist, she has also worked at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, where she supervised Masters and Honours students, and undertook epigenetic based research projects. Her research and academic career have enabled her to acquire excellent skills in administrative duties related to the higher education sector.  Amanda is committed to seeing ISN Psychology, ISN Innovations and ISN Clinic continue to grow and thrive, so that they in turn, can support students in their academic, research and clinical career aspirations.

Erandee Abeyakoon – Assistant Registrar

Erandee is the College Administration Officer at ISN Psychology, working alongside the Registrar in conducting student support services, admissions, compliance and administrative processes. Her experience spans more than 8 years in the education industry and her specific areas of expertise are tutoring, providing student support, conducting administrative work as well as ensuring compliance in the VET/ HE sector. With a passion for compliance, student satisfaction, astute accuracy and attentiveness, she wants to contribute to the smooth operation, continued growth and success of this higher education provider.

Samantha Dale, Executive Officer

As Executive Officer to CEO, Prof Tony Paolini, Samantha is responsible for diary management, incoming & outgoing communication, office operations plus the preparation for College Council & Academic Board meetings.

During her 25 years of experience as an executive assistant, Samantha has worked in higher education, private secondary, and the automotive industry. In addition Samantha was part-owner of a retail food business. Samantha adds value to the ISN Psychology team with her intuition and ability to work to solutions and create cohesiveness.

Andrew Nicholls – Librarian

An experienced Librarian with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information and Library Studies from Curtin University.  Andrew has a history of working in the higher education sector, both public and private, and is skilled in customer service and information provision. He enjoys working with students and is particularly interested in electronic information and how it can be best utilised for student and staff benefit.  Andrew looks forward to contributing to the success of students at ISN and welcomes any queries students and staff may have.

Tara Impala – Disability Support & Student Liaison Officer

Tara Impala assists in Masters of Psychology course coordination at ISN Psychology and also works alongside the student support faculty as the Disability Support Officer and Student Liaison Officer. Tara completed her Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at Monash University and has authored scientific articles on CBT training and therapy process. Tara also works as a mental health practitioner in a community rehabilitation service and intends on completing her Master of Clinical Psychology and PhD in the near future.

Melissa Mulraney – Secretary of the Human Research Ethics Committee