Donna Rose - Currently On Leave

MA (Psych)  Master of Arts in Psychology (University of Sydney)
Grad Dip Health Law Graduate Diploma of Health Law
MAPS Member of the Australian Psychological Society
Member of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health


Before moving to Brisbane with my family in late 2014, I had over 20 years experience working as a child and family psychologist in NSW, where I worked at peak public services including the Children's Hospital at Westmead, NSW Neonatal Intensive Care Unit developmental follow-up services and the Family Court of Australia.

My particular interest is the relationship between emotional and cognitive (thinking skill) development, and have particular experience with attachment (family relationship) difficulties; the assessment and early intervention for children with atypical development; growing resilience; child-focused family dispute resolution and promoting best-practice knowledge in child and family health.

All child behaviour has meaning and developing a reasonable understanding of what a concerning behaviour means in the context of the child’s world is fundamental to my approach and informs my treatment recommendations. As family is at the centre of the world of the child, parents always have a critical role in each stage of child assessment and treatment in my practise.

I see childhood as a particularly precious period of human development, not only for the child- but for the families who guide and support the child. My aim in working with families is to increase the capacity of the child and their family, to manage their developmental challenges in ways that work best for the individual and strengthens family relationships.


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