Dr Robert Battisti | Clinical Psychologist | BPsych (Hons), PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Robert Battisti is a Clinical Director at Mind Plasticity and our Principal Psychologist. He is passionate about delivering evidence-based therapies and overcoming some of the traditional barriers that restrict people from accessing top quality care. Robert completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong and a postdoctoral position with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales in partnership with the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney. He has worked in and around Sydney for many years and has professional affiliations with organisations such as Brain and Mind Centre at Sydney University, headspace, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Robert is additionally on the Board of Directors for the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). Robert has expertise in working with individuals and families with more complex needs. His clinical background is in child, adolescent and young adult (AYA) psychology as well as parenting psychology, with a expertise in addiction, psychiatric comorbidity (i.e. multiple diagnoses), and chronic disease (e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, cancer). In addition to his role at Mind Plasticity, Robert holds a position as a Clinical Psychologist and Researcher at the Cancer Centre for Children at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and guest lectures for the University of Sydney where he is also an honorary research associate.
Ms Heather Cutten | Mental Health Occupational Therapist | BAppSc (Occ Therapy)
Heather Cutten is a Clinical Director at Mind Plasticity and our Principal Occupational Therapist. She is an endorsed Mental Health Occupational Therapist who has worked in and around Sydney in public and private health since 2003. Heather has professional affiliations with Brain and Mind Centre at Sydney University, headspace, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, and Department of Veterans Affairs. Heather delivers clinical skill in physical and psychological Occupational Therapy, including community access, environmental modification, equipment prescription, functional assessment, cognitive behaviour therapy, and solution focused brief therapy. She has a special interest in working with young people and adults who experience complex co-morbid mental health and medical problems. Heather is able to provide assessment and interventions in clinic or community contexts in Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle, as indicated for each individual’s needs. In addition to her work at Mind Plasticity, Heather tutors in psychological strategies for Masters of Occupational Therapy students at the University of Sydney and has guest lectured at the University of Western Sydney.
Dr Mark Yim | Consultant Psychiatrist | MBBS (UNSW) FRANZCP
Mark is a Clinical Director at Mind Plasticity and Consultant Psychiatrist. Mark works principally in adolescent, young adult and adult psychiatry. His areas of expertise include undiagnosed ADHD among adolescents and adults, sleep disorders, emerging and complex mental illness and school refusal. Mark works closely with schools and frequently conducts community visits to liaise with young people, their parents and teachers in the school setting. In addition to his work at Mind Plasticity, Mark holds weekly clinics at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, where he is also an admitting doctor, and at the Charles Perkins Centre where he additionally runs a Clozapine clinic.
Jennifer Mackenzie | Registered Psychologist | BA (Psych), PGDipPsych, MA (Clinical Psychology)
Jennifer brings over 15 years of experience in the fields of human resources, organisational psychology, psychiatric research and clinical psychology. Jennifer has worked in both private and public hospitals in Sydney, providing workshops, program development, group facilitation and individual treatment. She previously worked at the University of Sydney at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and the Brain and Mind Centre in the treatment and research of sleep and circadian disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, mood and anxiety disorders and neuropsychological functioning. She has also worked at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW in the area of drug and alcohol treatment and research. Jennifer has developed and facilitated many group and individual inpatient and outpatient treatment programs in both public and private hospitals. Some groups that Jennifer has facilitated include Cognitive Remediation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Stress Management, Self-Esteem and Drug & Alcohol Issues. Jennifer has a keen interest and extensive experience in co-morbid and complex mental health issues.
Ms Dana Bassett | Clinical Psychologist | BASc (Hons), MA (Clin Psych)
Dana is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist who has worked with children and adults across a variety of settings. She has a keen interest in working with individuals experiencing anxiety (in particular, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), post-natal depression, adjustment difficulties, and child/teen behavioural management in the home. Dana’s approach to treatment is influenced by her belief that everyone has a capacity beyond their knowledge to improve aspects of their life and that working together can help reveal those abilities. Dana works both individually and within a family context from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model. She integrates Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy and Biofeedback into her treatment plan.
Mr Lachlan Best | Mental Health Occupational Therapist | BAppSc (Occ Therapy)
Lachlan is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in public health across a range of settings and locations, with a particular focus on mental health and employment. Lachlan has assisted in the establishment of evidence-based practices and partnerships across NSW, working alongside clinical and employment services to integrate care for people with mental difficulties who have goals to gain open, competitive employment. Lachlan is a guest lecturer for Southern Cross University teaching the Mental Health and Productivity Unit since 2011 and has taught the Mental Health unit for the Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney. Lachlan has extensive experience in clinical rehabilitation settings working with people who have chronic mental illness, providing clinical interventions for people wishing to explore and improve their participation in education and employment.
Ms Jeanne Gehue | Mental Health Education Co-ordinator | BEducation, BA
Jeanne is a qualified teacher and a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. She is the Mind Plasticity Mental Health Education Co-ordinator and has a long history of helping young people with mental health problems manage better in educational settings. Jeanne works in collaboration with a young person, their family, their treating medical team and their school to help navigate the stressors of completing year 10, the HSC, TAFE or university studies.
Ms Vanessa Armstrong | Occupational Therapist | BAppSc (Occ Therapy)
Vanessa is a qualified Occupational Therapist who is responsible for co-ordinating the Mind Plasticity group program. Each week day she runs skill building sessions for small groups of young people from our Woolloomooloo rooms. Vanessa also offers clinic and community based Occupational Therapy for individuals. Her keen interests are Sensory Processing and supporting Community Inclusion for young people with physical and/or mental health problems. Vanessa brings to her role a wealth of experience including 17 years of crisis and community work in public health.
Mr Matt Modini | Registered Psychologist | BPsych (Hons)
Matt is a registered psychologist and is an associate member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). He holds an Honours degree in Psychology from Macquarie University and is currently completing a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology/PhD at the University of Sydney. He is currently researching social anxiety and has published a number of articles in academic journals regarding social anxiety, workplace mental health and employment outcomes for individuals with severe mental illness. Matt has experience in conducting clinical assessments and treatment for adolescents and adults in both community and inpatient settings. He has particular expertise in treating individuals whom are experiencing problems with social and/or general anxiety, depression, psychosis, stress, workplace issues and gambling as well as improving lifestyle behaviours. Matt is genuine in his practice and employs evidence-based treatments to assist individuals in reaching their treatment goals. He strongly believes that everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive help and be treated with respect and kindness.
Dr Rico Sze Chun Lee | Clinical Psychologist | BSc (Adv) (Hons), PhD
Dr Rico Sze Chun Lee is a psychologist with over 6 years experience in conducting neuropsychological assessments and providing comprehensive reports to a range of health professionals and clients. He has worked across a broad range of inpatient and community services in adolescent and young adult psychiatry, and has independently conducted a cognitive remediation clinical trial in young outpatients with mental health problems. Rico holds a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Brain and Mind Centre funded by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Optimising Early Interventions for Young People with Emerging Mood Disorders. He is also a regular postgraduate lecturer for the Brain and Mind Sciences program at the University of Sydney.
Ms Jocelyn Elliott | Practice Manager
Jocelyn is the Practice Manager of Mind Plasticity and is in the clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the clinic and the point of contact for all new clients entering the service. Jocelyn is available to answer any questions you may have about which clinician will best suit your needs. She is contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (02) 8073 4698.
Ms Marina Cridland | Accounts
Marina is responsible for Mind Plasticity accounts, billing and Medicare claiming. Marina is the best point of contact for enquiries related to billing and claiming. She is available in the clinic on Thursdays and Fridays and is contactable at email@example.com or on (02) 8073 4698.
Ms Alison Crowley | Reception
Alison is the face you will see at Reception on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Alison is able to help with any appointment and account enquiries, creating and changing appointments and liaison between you and your clinician. Alison is contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (02) 8073 4698.