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Child Behaviour Research Clinic

Bringing together internationally regarded clinicians and researchers in child mental health and development
The Child Behaviour Research Clinic works with children who present a range of behavioural, emotional and social development concerns. Based on research and new treatments, the clinic works alongside parents to deliver the most effective outcomes for families.

About the clinic

We offer assessments and treatments free of charge as part of innovative research into child and family mental health. As we are a research-based clinic, all of our treatments are advanced, evidence-based programs that offer families the latest strategies in child behaviour management. Families are considered research partners and we work collaboratively as a team to maximise learning about what works best for children and caregivers to address behavioural and emotional difficulties, We also offer training internships for clinical psychologists wishing to learn the latest state-of-the-art assessments and treatment as part of their masters or doctoral training.

Our Services

Innovative research

Our psychologists are continually studying ways to improve child behaviour problems. We run research projects with the brightest minds from the University of Sydney and beyond to develop innovative new treatments. Learn more about our research and currently recruiting research studies below.

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

  • Child is between 2 and 8 years 11 months
  • Main concern is child oppositional behaviour, anger, aggression, and conduct problems
  • Parents and child are able to attend the clinic in Sydney on multiple assessment dates
  • Parents are willing to complete and provide their data for research purposes
  • Parents are happy to participate in a parent-focused treatment
  • Parents can read and understand English
  • Child does not have an intellectual disability/brain injury
  • Parents do not have acute/severe psychiatric disorder (e.g. psychosis) or drug dependence
  • Child does not have severe Autism or other developmental problems
  • The child’s wellbeing and caregiving are not the subject of ongoing legal matters.
  • is between 2 and 5 years 11 months
  • Main concern is child behavioural and emotional problems associated with diagnosed autism spectrum disorder (Level 2 or 3)
  • Parents and child are able to attend sessions delivered online
  • Parents are willing to complete and provide their data for research purposes
  • Parents are happy to participate in a parent-focused treatment
  • Parents can read and understand English
  • Parents do not have acute/severe psychiatric disorder (e.g. psychosis) or drug dependence
  • The child’s wellbeing and caregiving are not the subject of ongoing legal matters.

Participate in a study

we are providing free parent focussed treatment for two-to-eight-year-old children with disruptive behaviour problems and we are examining how parenting can impact the risk for ongoing mental health problems in children, and the role of epigenetics. This project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council from 2017 to 2021.

To participate in any of our studies, please register or contact us to find out more.

we are currently evaluating a new integrated treatment for young children with autism that focusses on helping empower parents to develop positive behavioural and social skills in their child, and skills for parents to look after their own health and family relationships. 

To participate in any of our studies, please register or contact us to find out more.

Our Staff

Professor Mark Dadds
Clinical Psychologist
Chief Investigator & Clinic Director

Associate Professor David Hawes
Clinical Psychologist
Chief Investigator & Clinic Co-Director

Dr Meryn Lechowicz 

Clinical Psychologist/Clinic Manager and Project Manager for the REAL Treatment Study

Ms Alex Roach

Clinical Psychologist/Clinic Manager and Project Manager for the REAL Treatment Study, PhD Candidate

Dr Lucy Tully

Senior Lecturer in Child Psychology, Chief Investigator and Senior Supervising Psychologist

Dr Frances Doyle

Clinical Psychologist/Project Manager for Watch Me Grow for REAL (on maternity leave until March 2021)

Dr Jaimie Northam

Clinical Psychologist/Project Manager for Watch Me Grow for REAL

Bridie Leonard 

Psychologist and Project Manager for Early Pathways in Autism, PhD Candidate

Adrienne Turnell

Clinical Psychologist and Research Officer for the REAL Treatment Study

Sinia Sareen

Research Assistant for Watch Me Grow For REAL

Bronte Morgan

Research Assistant for Watch Me Grow For REAL

  • Alex Roach
  • Bridie Leonard
  • Elpiniki Andrews
  • Janice Tang

Child Behaviour Research Clinic

Clinic and Research Participation
Address
  • Level 1, Building K, Brain and Mind Centre 97 Church Street Camperdown NSW 2050

Professor Mark Dadds

Co-Director, Child Behaviour Research Clinic

Associate Professor David Hawes

Co-Director, Child Behaviour Research Clinic

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