PhD Candidate - UQ
B.Psych(Hons), M.Psych(Clin), MAPS, FCCLP
Rita is a Psychologist with Clinical Endorsement working with children, adolescents, families, couples and individuals in private practice. She is the Director of Princi Consulting and The Institute for Neuroscience and Education and the Brain Smart 4 Learning Program. She provides Brain-Based Education training to clinicians, educators and parents, and seminars and workshops on the Neuroscience of Stress to medical, legal and general business domains. She commenced her PhD Candidacy in January 2020 with the University of Queensland researching the student-teacher relationship: Exploring neuroscience variables that impact upon student wellbeing and learning.
Rita is a Fellow and an Ambassador with the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, a Psychology Board Approved Supervisor, Certified in Applied Neuroscience and a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the Australasian Neuroscience Society.
She is a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Adelaide and a Consultant for the Australian Communication and Media Authority, where she is given scripts and DVD’s of children’s television programs to assess whether they are developmentally appropriate for specific age groups.
In the span of her career, Rita has worked at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Metabolic Centre (Obesity Clinic), appeared on 'Raising Children', a DVD given to new parents and supported by the Australian Government, and appeared on the DVD 'Being Dad 2'.
Rita maintains accreditation with Burnside Memorial Hospital and works collaboratively with Heart Kids, and has worked with Ronald McDonald House and Leukaemia Foundation providing assessment and therapy to children with chronic illness and their families.
In the span of her career, she has held the positions of Chair – SA APS College of Clinical Psychologists – (2012-2014); National Convenor (2004-2008) and National Treasurer (2008-2013) of the APS Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Interest Group; Executive Member – Australian Council on Children and the Media (2009-2013) and as an Allied Health Member – Podiatry Board of SA (2005-2009)
PhD. Candidate - UQ
B. Psych (Hons)
M. Psych (Clinical)
MAPS – Member, The Australian Psychological Society
FCCLP - Fellow, APS College of Clinical Psychologists
MIAAN (Cert) - Certificate of Applied Neuroscience
Previous Management Committee Member – International Association of Applied Neuroscience - IAAN (2015 - 2019)
Member - International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation - ISSTD (2019 - Present)
Senior Clinical Lecturer – University of Adelaide (August 2016 - Present)
Certified Applied Neuroscience Supervisor – (June 2016 - Present)
Consultant – Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) – (2010 – Present)
Chair – SA APS College of Clinical Psychologists – (2012-2014)
National Convenor (2004-2008) and National Treasurer (2008-2013) of the APS Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Interest Group
Executive Member – Australian Council on Children and the Media (2009-2013)
Allied Health Member – Podiatry Board of SA (2005-2009)