Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Our People

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Sam is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Program 3 of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC), the world’s first national, cooperative research effort focused on Autism.  He is a registered psychologist with a background in supporting adults with an intellectual disability, acquired brain injury or dual diagnosis in community settings.  His position...
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Rachael is a registered psychologist and early career researcher with broad research interests including neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry. Her clinical and research experience includes working with people with mild and major neurocognitive disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and inherited neurodegenerative disorders including including fragile X-associated tremor ataxia...
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Research Assistant
Rebecca is a research assistant for Successful Ageing in Intellectual Disability (SAge-ID Study). Rebecca holds a Masters of Applied Psychology from Trinity College Dublin and a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) from Queens University Belfast. Rebecca is passionate about high standard service delivery for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health difficulties. Prior to joining 3DN,...
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Project Officer
Kimberley joined 3DN in February 2015 and is currently working as a Project Officer on the Intellectual Disability Mental Health (IDMH) e-learning project. The aim of this project is to improve mental health outcomes for people with an intellectual disability by improving knowledge of mental disorders in health and disability professionals. Previously, Kimberley completed an honours degree in...
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Project Officer
Claire is currently working as a Project Officer managing three 3DN projects. The first involves the development and implementation of an Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competencies Framework manual which aims to improve workplace capacity in this area. The second is a national curriculum audit of intellectual disability content taught in Australian medical and nursing schools. The...
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Research Fellow
Liz is a registered psychologist with a special interest in the mental health needs of people with intellectual disability. She is currently a recipient of an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Training Fellowship, which enables her to investigate age-related health and mental health in adults with ID. Liz holds a Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours and a PhD, both from the University of...
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Externally appointed
Dr Tony Florio (Phd, MPsych(Clin), MAPS, MACS) is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer for the UNSW School of Psychiatry. He is also a Clinical Psychologist & Cognitive Computing Scientist. Part of his role at 3DN involves engaging in research with the Department of Developmental Neuropsychiatry at University of NSW, where he is involved in the Intellectual Disability Mental Health Data Linkage Project...
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Honours Student
Madeleine is a 4th year occupational therapy student at the Australian Catholic University. She is currently undertaking an Honours Project on employment and unemployment for autistic adults using data collected though the ALSAA study. Developmental disability and employment are two areas that Madeleine has a keen interest in and she hopes to be able to implement the skills, knowledge and...
Data Analyst
Tess joined 3DN in June 2015 as a Data Analyst mainly involved with the Intellectual Disability Mental Health Linkage Project.  Her previous research concerned welfare and labour policy and its impacts on the American population.  Tess has worked as a Data Manager and programmer for large datasets and, prior to obtaining her PhD, as a community social worker engaged with mental health clients.
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Data Analyst
Yvonne (Ying Wai) completed her BPsychSci (Hons) in the University of Queensland, before acquiring an APAI PhD scholarship to pursue research in Quantitative Genetics applied to forensics and the justice system. While writing her thesis she gained some experience in large linked datasets, twin and family analyses, and biostatistics. She is working as a data analyst with the Intellectual...
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PhD Student & Research Assistant
Jane is a PhD candidate in the ‘Adulthood’ program of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC). Her PhD explores the experience of ageing for autistic adults in Australia and involves a longitudinal study, interviews and the investigation of linked data. Jane’s research interests lie in intellectual and developmental disabilities, ageing, mental health and health...
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Research Officer
Maria is a registered psychologist with professional experience in government, non-government organisations and private practice. Prior to joining 3DN, she worked in behavioural research in a government setting to improve existing processes and design evidence-based interventions. Maria has a strong interest in human rights and mental health, and has worked in international development and...
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Project Officer
B Psych (Hons), Cert IV TAA Thea has a background in public health research and project management (physical activity and cancer control), and also has clinical experience in community mental health and counselling.  She has been responsible for counselling and triage in a community setting, where her clients included adults with an intellectual disability. Thea has a strong interest in adult...
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PhD Scholar
Snow is a PhD scholar at 3DN researching complex support needs in individuals with intellectual disability and co-occurring mental illness. Her passion for this research topic is driven from her previous community work experience supporting mental health carers. Snow holds a Master Degree in Public Health, a Master Degree in Health Communication from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor Degree...
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PhD Student
Peiwen’s PhD project will be exploring health profiles and health services use in people with intellectual disability by using big data linkage, to comprehensively detect the complex needs of health services among this vulnerable population. She holds a Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Pharmacy in China and completed her master programme of Public Health majoring epidemiology at Karolinska...
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PhD Candidate
Bronwyn's PhD project will seek to examine what makes information about mental health accessible for people with intellectual disability and explore the impact of accessible information on equality. Bronwyn has had extensive experience in various roles within the disability sector in NSW. She is excited to be working on her PhD within the NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health Project - Improving...
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PhD Candidate
Elizabeth is PhD candidate investigating cancer service utilisation and outcomes in people with intellectual disability. Her research involves working with the Intellectual Disability Mental Health Linkage team at 3DN and the Translational Cancer Research Network. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from the University of Sydney. Her research interests include...
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Administrative Assistant
Dan provides administrive support to the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry. He also takes care of administrative duties relating to the Clinic for the Assessment of Neuropsychiatric Disorders in Intellectual Disability (CANDID) as well as the Successful Ageing in Intellectual Disability (SAge-ID Study). Dan has a key role in the department's multimedia portfolio, maintains...
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Senior Research Fellow
Dr Simone Reppermund is a UNSW Scientia Fellow within the School of Psychiatry. Her area of research is cognitive disorders with a focus on mental health and ageing. Simone has a PhD in Psychology and worked previously in the field of depression and cognitive function at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich until 2008 before she moved to Australia. From 2008-2014 she worked as a...
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Academic Visitor
Rachel Roth provides administrative & finance support to the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry.
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Project Officer
Carmela Salomon is a 3DN Project Officer working on a range of initiatives to support responsible psychotropic prescribing and cardiometabolic health in people with an intellectual disability. Her PhD research (completed in 2014) explored mental health consumer experiences of antipsychotic discontinuation. Antipsychotic discontinuation is associated with a number of potential side effects...
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ILP Student
Marisse is a 4th year medical student at the University of New South Wales. She is currently undertaking an Independent Learning Project on the mental health of carers of adults with autism. Developmental disability and mental health are two areas that Marisse is particularly interested in, and she hopes to do one day apply what she learns with 3DN to her future career.
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Senior Data Analyst
Preeyaporn’s training and research is based on biostatisticas and pharmacoepidemiology. As a Senior Data Analyst at 3DN, she is mainly involved in the Intellectual Disability Mental Health Data Linkage Project of the department. Preeyaporn is providing consultation on data collection, data management and statistical analysis for the project.
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Professor Julian Trollor is a neuropsychiatrist and holds the inaugural Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He also heads the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry within the School of Psychiatry at UNSW. Julian is involved in diverse research programs including ageing and cognitive decline in intellectual disability,...
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Project Officer
Janelle Weise is a Project Officer working on a range of initiatives to enhance the capacity of the health and mental health workforce to deliver accessible, effective and efficient healthcare to people with an intellectual disability. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) (Hons) and a Masters of Public Health and has worked across clinical, service delivery and managerial...


3DN Key Contacts

Mr Daniel Pua
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (02) 9931 9160
Fax: (02) 9931 9154

Miss Rachel Roth
Administrative Officer
Phone: (02) 9385 1344
Fax: (02) 9931 9154

3DN Department Head

UNSW Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health

Student Coordinator

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