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 currently on maternity leave and will return on September 2020. 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...
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Project Officer
Claire has a background in psychology and is currently working as a Project Officer managing various 3DN projects. Current projects include consultation with people with motor neurone disease and their care-partners around linked mental health data, and the development of Easy Read materials for people with intellectual disability utilising the mental health system. Her projects have included 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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Julianne Higgins is an experienced autistic advocate and peer-researcher. Julianne was late diagnosed at the age of 62.  She brings diverse rich experiences to her research, having lived in various cultures, worked as an artist, as well as various professional and unskilled endeavours, she also spent twenty + years studying at university at both undergraduate and post graduate levels across...
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PhD Student
Yunhe Huang is a PhD candidate in Program 3: Adulthood of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC). Her project seeks to understand the pathways and experiences of people who received their ASD diagnosis in adulthood. As a bilingual speaker of Mandarin Chinese and English, she also has a strong interest in how culture and language influence our...
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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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Administrative Officer
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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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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Research Officer
Adrian is a research assistant studying the experience of young people with disability in residential aged care, and addressing preventable disease burden in populations experiencing psychosis. Adrian completed his Bachelors in Psychological Science (Hons, Class I) in 2015, and is currently awaiting the award of his PhD in Cognitive Science (both from UNSW Sydney). Adrian has also worked...
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Data Management Officer
Tim recently completed his PhD in biostatistics at the University of Sydney and the George Institute for Global Health. He sought potential new ideas to improve the quality of health intervention research, focusing on the concepts of causal inference, research bias, decision making and uncertainty. A deeper understanding of the cognitive factors underlying analysis decisions, research conclusions...
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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 was recently awarded her PhD and has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) (Hons) and a Masters of Public Health and has worked across clinical...
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Project Officer
Jenna is currently a Project Officer on the Intellectual Disability Mental Health (IDMH) e-learning project and the MySigns project, which aims to facilitate mental health assessment of people with intellectual disability. Jenna has a background in Psychology and educational development. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons, Class I) and a PhD in Psychology, both from UNSW Sydney. She has...

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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