Our People

The Healthy Minds Program is delivered by accredited and specially trained facilitators.

All our facilitators are either registered psychologists or have training in specific areas of psychology.

  • Dr Tom Nehmy Director
    Clinical Psychologist | South Australia

    Dr Tom Nehmy is the founder of Healthy Minds.

    More than 35,000 people have attended his workshops, training programs, invited addresses, and conference presentations across Australia and overseas.

    He has co-authored 10 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and was awarded the 2015 Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. His new book Apples for the Mind is out now.

    He is involved in the accreditation and training process of all Healthy Minds schools and companies.

  • Nick Lee Director & Mental Health First Aid Instructor | South Australia

    After 9 years as a Director at Unilever, Nick turned his attention to Health in 2010 following the tragic death of his wife to bowel cancer. Shortly after Jodi's death Nick set up the Jodi Lee Foundation. Nick now has 2 passions - Bowel Cancer and Mental Health. He teamed up with Tom in 2017 to eliminate preventable mental ill health in Australia.

    Nick was a 2015 Australian of the Year finalist, and was awarded the 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by EY.

  • Melissa Harries Psychologist | New South Wales

    Melissa has 10 years' experience as a registered psychologist delivering resilience and wellbeing training to teens and adults in a variety of settings.

    She works from both Parramatta and the Central Coast as the director of the Parramatta Psychology Clinic.

  • Dr Amanda Mullin Clinical Psychologist | New South Wales

    Dr Amanda Mullin is an experienced clinical psychologist with an outstanding track record in training, presenting, clinical interventions, executive coaching and parent seminars.

    She is based in the Baulkham Hills area of Sydney, NSW, and is Director of MindWorx Psychology.

  • Dr John Baranoff Clinical Psychologist | South Australia

    John has extensive experience with adolescent and adult clients in both public and private settings, as well as a strong research background.

    His interests and experience include mental health and wellbeing in high performance settings – including working with elite athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics and through the AFL Players Association.

  • Lisa Mcleod Psychologist | Victoria

    Lisa Mcleod is a psychologist, executive coach and workplace trainer who has over 20 years broad clinical and professional development experience working in private, government and non-government sectors.

    Lisa has a particular interest in applying neuroscience and psychology that demonstrate measurable improvements in progressing both individual and workplace wellbeing. One of Lisa’s passions is to incorporate some of the latest research in the areas of wellbeing and neuroscience into making behaviour change realistic, fun and sustainable.

  • Amanda Lehman Psychologist | New South Wales

    Amanda Lehman is a registered Psychologist with experience in delivering psychology solutions for both individuals and organisations across a diverse range of industries. With a particular interest in psychological wellness, Amanda facilitates mental health and wellbeing workshops for school students and employees at all stages of their career.

    She is based in Sydney, and is the Director of Lehman Career Psychology.

  • Dr Catherine Johnson Mindfulness Instructor
    Psychology Research Fellow | South Australia

    Dr Catherine Johnson was originally a physiotherapist for 25 years, and initially became interested in the benefits of mindfulness for clients with chronic pain and general life stress.

    Seeing the positive benefits in her own life from meditation and mental health education, Catherine later undertook a PhD in psychology, researching mental health programs in secondary schools.

    Catherine currently works as a mindfulness instructor and wellbeing adviser in schools, and as a psychology Research Fellow at Flinders University across a range of projects targeting eating disorders, perfectionism, transdiagnostic prevention and online mental health delivery.

  • Dr Jennifer Wilson Clinical Psychologist | Queensland

    Dr Jennifer Wilson is a clinical psychologist with experience in clinical interventions, presenting and training on topics related to children’s development, parenting, and youth mental health. Her doctoral research focused on children’s development, and the way in which logical reasoning interacts with emotional processing. Her practice is based in Brisbane at Benchmark Psychology.

  • Leanne Kutschbach Operations Coordinator | South Australia

    Leanne Kutschbach is our amazing Operations Coordinator. With a background in education, business, and event management, she is the perfect person to help plan, organise, and follow through on all aspects of our work at Healthy Minds.

  • Dr Kirsten Peterson Psychologist | Australian Capital Territory

    Kirsten is a sport/performance psychologist, organisational coach, and group process facilitator at Kirsten Peterson Consulting. After a 20+ year career working in elite sport, with both the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Australian Institute of Sport, she observed that while peak performance can happen once, it cannot be sustained without a foundation of good mental health and well-being. While working at the Australian Institute of Sport, she helped develop and facilitate “Mental Health in Sport,” a mental health awareness and action program targeting Australian national sport system coaches and staff. Kirsten has integrated these insights with her expertise and experience in performance psychology, mindfulness, and neuroscience to help people in sport or business who are aspiring or struggling to reach their sustained potential.

  • Dr Kate Baecher Psychologist | New South Wales

    Kate is a senior psychologist, consultant and coach/trainer. She has recently submitted her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, having worked as a registered psychologist for over 8 years. Kate has extensive experience providing clinical support, training/ facilitation and psychological assessment to diverse groups in Australia and overseas. With a military background and corporate experience, Kate is able to bridge the gap between clinical and organisational arenas.

    Kate has worked across a wide cross-section of corporate and public sector organisations including the Manly Sea Eagles, Choice, Qantas, NSW Police, NSW Ambulance, NSW TAFE, Telstra, Endeavour Energy, Sydney University and the ABC.

  • Dr Neralie Cain Clinical Psychologist | South Australia

    Neralie is a clinical psychologist with 10 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a range of psychological difficulties. She has a particular interest in the treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders, and recently completed her PhD investigating the effect of a brief sleep intervention on anxiety symptoms in primary school-aged children.

    Neralie is based in Adelaide and is director of NLC Psychology (www.NLCpsychology.com.au).

  • Hamish McIntosh Psychologist | New Zealand

    Hamish is a psychologist, based in New Zealand, with expertise in peak performance across a wide range of human endeavours. He has worked alongside New Zealand national and grassroots sports teams and individuals. He has also worked in the public health system in inpatient (intensive care unit) and outpatient (chronic pain rehabilitation) settings. Hamish draws upon this breadth of experience in his work to deliver engaging interventions targeting resilience and well-being.

  • Kirsty Rorke Clinical Psychologist | New Zealand

    Kirsty is an experienced clinical psychologist based in New Zealand. She has worked primarily in public mental health settings delivering both individual and group interventions. Kirsty has worked extensively with mothers and babies and is passionate about improving wellbeing to support better outcomes for individuals and their families.

  • Dr Nicole Pray Clinical Psychologist | New Zealand

    Dr Nicole Pray is a clinical psychologist from the United States who now runs a private consultancy in New Zealand. She has been enthusiastic about wellbeing and resilience for over 21 years. Working with people of all ages, Dr Pray builds on individual strengths while using warmth and a direct approach that leads to lasting life changes. Dr Pray believes healthy relationships are at the heart of personal well-being and she empowers audiences with the tools and know-how to reach their goals effectively.

  • Nicole Dunn Psychologist | New South Wales

    Nicole is a senior psychologist, consultant and coach/trainer. She has worked as a registered psychologist for over nine years, opening her own clinic in 2011 and has supervised psychologists for over five years. Nicole has extensive experience providing clinical support, training/ facilitation and psychological assessment and treatment to diverse groups and ages, in organisational and clinical settings.

    With a Human Resources/Change Management background and research experience, Nicole enjoys working in organisational and clinical arenas. Nicole has worked across a wide cross-section of corporate and public sector organisations, including schools. Nicole is the Principal and Directing Psychologist of Lily Pad Psychology Clinic, Carlingford and is a Senior Consultant Psychologist to The Hills Clinic, Castle Hill.

  • Dr Marny Lishman Psychologist | Western Australia

    Marny is a Health & Community Psychologist, Author, Leader Wellbeing & Mindset Coach, Keynote Speaker & Media Commentator. Marny’s work involves creating agility of the mind, so that her clients can become more successful in their professional and personal life. She helps her clients increase their psychological capacity to not only design & create the life that they are envisioning, transform their internal capabilities to beyond what they thought possible, but deal with life’s individual and collective disruptions that they will inevitably face on their pathway to success.

    A nurturer at heart, Marny has had a private practice in Perth, W.A. for the last 12 years, has worked in academia and is presently focusing her efforts on executive coaching and leadership mindset development. Marny is also currently the co-host of Trail-Blazer, a leading female leadership program, and is the psychologist adviser/presenter at A Stitch In Time, a well-known W.A. mental health charity organisation which provides mental health & wellbeing training to the community.

    Marny is also a media commentator on local and national TV, radio & print, having worked on a range of media projects on programs such as Today Extra, The Project, Body & Soul magazine. She is currently the Resident Psychologist on Channel 9 News in Perth.

  • Kirstin Bouse Clinical Psychologist | Western Australia

    Kirstin Bouse is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with over 20 years-experience in undertaking assessments and providing therapy for a variety of psychological and interpersonal difficulties. Given her career, Kirstin’s expertise lies in trauma, perinatal mental health, motherhood, parenting and then also forensic issues such as offending behaviour, child protection and family court.

    Her primary interests lie in the unique experiences of motherhood and fatherhood, perinatal mental health, parenting in general and the juggle of work and parenthood. Kirstin also has extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced traumatic event/s whether from their childhood, working life (military, Police or Ambulance Officers) or injury (criminal, workplace or motor vehicle accidents). She has extensive experience as a professional speaker and in the media. Kirstin is based in Perth, Western Australia.

  • Carla Devine Psychologist | Queensland

    Carla has over 10 years’ experience as an Army psychologist. She has extensive experience in delivering resilience and wellbeing training to different specialisations in a variety of settings. Her interests include leadership, high performance teams and positive mindset training.

    Carla is based in the South East Queensland area and currently runs her own business specialising in high performance coaching.

  • Jack Lee Administration Support | Victoria

    Jack joined the Healthy Minds team in 2019 in the role of administration support. Jack is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce, and is an integral part of the team, offering support in administration for Healthy Minds events for our corporate and school clients.

  • Dr Kaitlin Harkess Clinical Psychologist | South Australia

    Dr. Kaitlin Harkess is a registered Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about supporting individuals to cultivate healthful and meaningful lives. Kaitlin is particularly interested in integrative psychology approaches and actually completed PhD research exploring the practice of yoga as a tool to support individuals experiencing chronic stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression.

    Kaitlin is passionate about making tools for psychological wellbeing accessible. As part of this effort she hosts the weekly Wisdom for Wellbeing podcast [wisdomforwellbeingpodcast.com] and offers a private psychology practice in Adelaide, Embodied Psychology [embodiedpsychology.com.au].

  • Dr Kate Bartel Clinical Psychologist | South Australia

    Kate is a Clinical Psychologist working in the Riverland, South Australia. She currently works with clients aged 12-25 years old, experiencing a range of psychological issues.

    Her PhD thesis on adolescent sleep won the 2018 Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence and the 2019 APS 2018 Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology.

    Kate’s current focus is on clinical work, however, she also enjoys research and presenting at conferences.

  • David Craigie Chartered Psychologist | UK

    David has over 20 years’ experience working as a psychologist, based in Edinburgh (Scotland) in the UK. His early training was in the NHS, and in 2004 he co-founded the Craigie Partnership where he manages a team of psychologists, therapists and coaches, in addition to his own private practice.

    He is a registered coaching psychologist, chartered occupational psychologist and a qualified psychometric tester. His passion is well-being and helping people maximise their potential, using blended and evidence-based psychological techniques. He has written training manuals for Anxiety, Anger and Stress Management as well as Coaching Psychology.

  • Dr Michelle McCarthy Clinical Psychologist | New Zealand

    Dr Michelle McCarthy is a clinical psychologist with almost 20 years experience in clinical settings with a particular focus on stress management and treatment of anxiety. She has also lectured, provided psycho-education to community groups and written psychological reports for the Ministry of Justice.

    Michelle has also worked part-time for over 20 years running leadership programs and providing executive coaching for multinational organisations in NZ, USA, Australia, and the UK. She has a particular interest in helping people with work-related stress and burnout.

    After years of helping those with mental health difficulties, she became passionate about prevention and the idea of building psychological wellness through easily learnt strategies finding the perfect partner to do this with Healthy Minds.

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