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The Team

Dr Blake Dear, BPsych (Hons), MPsychol (Clinical), PhD
Co-Director - eCentreClinic / Clinical Psychologist / NHMRC Research Fellow
Blake Dear is a Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at the eCentreClinic. He is also on the Senior Management Team of the MindSpot Clinic. Blake completed his postgraduate Masters training at the University of Western Sydney in 2006 and later completed his PhD in 2010. Blake has conducted research projects evaluating new interventions for a range of common mental and chronic physical health conditions. He has a strong interest in the development and evaluation of transdiagnostic treatments for common mental health disorders and self-management programs for adults with significant chronic physical conditions, such as chronic pain.

Professor Nickolai Titov, BA, MA, PGDipClinPsyc, PhD
Co-Director - eCentreClinic, Clinical Psychologist
Project Director - MindSpot Clinic

Nick Titov is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist at Macquarie University. He is also Project Director of the MindSpot Clinic; a mental health service that provides free assessment and treatment services for adults with common mental health difficulties. Nick completed his Masters degree in 1996, his training as a Clinical Psychologist in 1998 and his PhD in 1999. He is an experienced Clinical Psychologist, who initially specialised in working with older clients and clients with neurological impairments and now specialises in treating anxiety and depression across the lifespan. Nick’s research interests include developing clinically and cost-effective treatment courses and identifying mechanisms of change in psychotherapy.

Dr Milena Gandy BA (Hons), DClin (Psych) & PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Clinical Psychologist
Milena is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist working at the eCentre Clinic. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) with Honors from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, where she was appointed a University scholar. She has undertaken postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology from 2008-2013. For this award Milena was the recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health Scholarship and the Molly McDonnell Foundation Scholarship from the Epilepsy Society of Australia. Milena has graduated with a joint Doctorate of Clinical Psychology/PhD from the University of Sydney. Milena’s PhD was concerned with the management of depression in people with epilepsy. She has a keen interest in the development of programs to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people with chronic health conditions, including neurological conditions and chronic pain.

Dr Vincent Fogliati BA (Hons), MA ClinPsych, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Clinical Psychologist
Vincent Fogliati is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist working at the eCentreClinic. He completed his Masters of Clinical Psychology and PhD at Macquarie University in 2012. Vincent has experience as a psychologist working in a range of private practice and public health settings, with adult, adolescent and child clients. Vincent has a particular interest in anxiety disorders and trauma, and has also conducted research projects examining the effects of negative stereotypes on the performance and anxiety of minority groups.

Matthew Terides, BSc - Psych (Hons)
Senior Research Assistant / PhD Candidate
Matthew Terides is a Research Assistant at the eCentreClinic. He completed his Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree at the University of New South Wales in 2011. Matthew is interested in practical and effective methods aimed at improving mental health, and hopes to gain valuable clinical research experience by working at the eCentreClinic. Matthew intends to pursue further studies in clinical psychology in the future.

Dr Lauren Staples, BA (Hons), PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Lauren is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2008. Her PhD thesis focused on the brain mechanisms underlying anxiety and won the Australian Psychology Society’s Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology Award in 2009. Lauren was then awarded a Faculty of Human Sciences Research Fellowship at Macquarie University, and in 2013 she joined the eCentreClinic team. Lauren has a keen interest in improving treatment options for anxiety and associated emotional disorders.

Dr Rhiannon Fogliati, BPsych (Hons), MPsychol (Clinical), PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Clinical Psychologist
Rhiannon Fogliati is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist working at the eCentreClinic. She completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology and PhD at Macquarie University in 2014. Rhiannon has worked as a psychologist with child, adolescent, and adult clients, in both private practice and public settings. She has astrong interest in increasing peoples’ access to evidence-based treatments through the use of internet-delivered interventions.

Rony Kayrouz GradDip (Counselling), BA (Hons)
Mental Health Clinician / PhD Candidate
Rony Kayrouz is currently completing his Combined Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University. Rony is particularly interested in the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions across different cultures. He is an experienced facilitator and counsellor who has worked on developing programs and providing counselling for Australians of an Arabic speaking background. Rony is excited to be working with the eCentreClinic to adapt and trial the Wellbeing Course for Australians of an Arabic speaking background.

Eyal Karin Bsc Psych (Hons), MAPST
PhD Candidate
Eyal Karin is currently a PhD student at Macquarie University and joined the eCentreclinic in 2014. He has experience in psychology and statistics, which guides his current research interest in understanding and predicting optimal treatment response for people with anxiety and low mood participating in low-intensity internet-delivered treatment. Through his research Eyal hopes improve advice people to considering internet-delivered treatment and to ensure people participating in internet-delivered treatments have optimal improvements in their symptoms and quality of life.

Dr Bethany Wootton, BA, GradDipSc (Psych), MPsychol (Clinical), PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Clinical Psychologist
Bethany Wootton is a Clinical Psychologist and a lecturer at the University of Tasmania, Sydney. She completed her Masters degree in 2007 and developed an interest in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Bethany completed her PhD in 2013 at the eCentreClinic and her research focuses on the development and implementation of remote treatments for OCD. Bethany hopes to demonstrate the efficacy of these programs, thus improving access to evidence-based treatment for the 1 in 50 Australians with OCD.

Tahlia Ricciardi, BPsych [Hons]
Research Officer / Master of Clinical Psychology Candidate
Tahlia Ricciardi is a current Master of Clinical Psychology student at Macquarie University. Tahlia has experience working with children, adolescents and adults working in a range of community mental health, private practice and school settings. Tahlia has a particular interest in working with adolescents and young adults, in early intervention, and in transdiagnostic treatments. Tahlia’s current research is examining whether young adults make sudden gains whilst receiving internet-delivered treatment, and whether these sudden gains predict superior outcome.

Past Team Members

Ms, Joanne Sheehan, Dr Luke Johnston, Dr Judy Zou, Dr Jay Spence, Ms Sharon Lu Huixian, Ms Amanda Mullin, Ms Karen Solley, Ms Rebecca Dear.