129: International Assessment Series #1: Assessment in Australia w/ Debbie Anderson

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Welcome to the International Assessment Series! Over the next three episodes, I’ll be talking with clinicians from different countries around the world to get an idea of how they practice. Guests hail from Australia, South Africa, and Russia. If you haven’t subscribed to the podcast, now is a great time to do so in order to catch all of these episodes in the series!

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a neuropsychologist in Australia? Today’s episode is for you! I’m talking with Debbie Anderson, a clinical neuropsychologist, about the ins and outs of practice in Australia. We cover a wide range of topics including health care in Australia, assessment measures used, and training involved to become a neuropsychologist. Debbie brings a light-hearted yet knowledgeable energy to this interview that I really enjoyed. I hope you do as well.

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About Debbie Anderson

Debbie works exclusively as a clinical neuropsychologist. She trained at the University of Melbourne and has practiced in Queensland since completing her course in 1989. 

She initially worked in public hospital settings before moving into full-time private work. She evaluates clients both at the referral of treating doctors and as an independent expert in medicolegal cases (personal injuries civil matters and cognitive aspects of capacity to stand trial in criminal matters).  She enjoys the challenge of fully evaluating complex cases, and had given evidence in legal proceedings on a number of occasions. 

She has several publications and conference presentations related to this work, which demonstrate her commitment to evidence-based practice.  Debbie is also very active in the Australian Psychological Society, and most recently chaired the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists’ annual conference November 2018.  She is passionate about training the next generation of professionals, so supervises new graduates (registrars) and retains casual appointments at two universities in Brisbane, lecturing the students in clinical neuropsychology and assessment skills.  Her most recent project combines self-care for clinicians and professional education, organizing overseas retreats for neuropsychologists.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include 12 licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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