Sydney Adventist Hospital Preconception Health Public Forum:

Dr Charise Deveney has spoken, as part of a panel of experts, at two of the Sydney Adventist Hospital's preconception public health forums about the psychological needs of couples during the period from conception, through pregnancy, and into the postpartum.

Practical Parenting Magazine September 2011 Issue:

Dr Charise Deveney is featured in the September 2011 edition of the Practical • Parenting Magazine in an article titled: “THE GOLDEN AGE: The best age to start a family- 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s”.  Charise provides an expert opinion on the pros and cons of starting a family in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.



Women's Health: Sydney Adventist Hospital

Dr Charise Deveney provides lectures to Sydney University Medical students completing their rotation in women's health at the Sydney Adventist Hospital.  Dr Deveney talks about perinatal mood disorders with a particular emphasis on assessment and treatment within a medical setting.  Dr Deveney is available to provide specialist lectures and workshops on perinatal mental health.

Anxiety in Children Workshops 

Worry, fear, shyness, scared, embarrassed, stressed, and being freaked out are some common words used to describe anxiety.  Everyone feels scared or worried sometimes and most children learn to cope with a normal range of fears and worries.  However, approximately one in six children experience anxiety severe enough to interfere with their daily functioning which stops them from doing the things they would like to do.  Anxiety disorders are the most common of psychological distress in childhood.  Early intervention is key when treating childhood anxiety disorders.  Left untreated anxiety will likely persist into adolescence and adulthood.

At Let's Talk Psychology Practice we provide specialised training to parents, carers, and educators on how to identify and manage anxiety in childhood and adolescence.  Please contact Dr Charise Deveney on #0424 143 473 to talk about running a workshop.

Managing and Understanding Bullying and Teasing Workshops

One student in every four in Australian schools is affected by bullying. 10% bullied regularly.  Close to half of all children will experience school bullying at some point at primary/secondary school.  Kids who are bullied are three times more likely to show depressive symptoms (center for Adolescent health).  Children who were bullied are up to nine times more likely to have suicidal thoughts.  Girls who are victims of bullying in their early primary school years are more likely to remain victims as they get older.  Girls are more likely than boys to be victims of both cyber and traditional bullying.  Bullying is the 4th most common reason young people seek help from children’s help services.

Early intervention and prevention is paramount in protecting the psychological wellbeing of our children and adolescents in regard to bullying.  As such, Let's Talk Psychology Practice provides specialised training to parents, carers, and educators on how to identify and manage bullying in childhood and adolescence.  If you would like us to facilitate a 'Managing Bullying and Teasing Workshop' for educators, carers, and parents please contact Dr Charise Deveney on #0424 143 473.  This workshop is particularly effective when implemented in the school setting.

NSW Institute of Psychiatry

Practitioners at Let's Talk Psychology Practice pride themselves on providing best practice psychological services.  Given that the treatment of perinatal and infant mental health is a highly specialised area of expertise, Dr Deveney is currently undertaking specialist training with the NSW Institute of Psychiatry in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health.  



Dr Charise Deveney, in conjunction with Dr Andrew Booker and Dr John Keogh (Obstetricians), is currently conducting two research projects.

1.  The first project examines what information women in their prenatal and postnatal periods would find useful in a support group.  Private antenatal and postnatal patients have been surveyed and the results from these surveys analysed.   The information gathered is being used to inform the content of antenatal and postnatal support groups.

2.  The second project evaluates the effectiveness of antenatal and postnatal motherhood support groups in preparing women for the transition to Motherhood in regard to mood, attitude, and lifestyle adjustments.



Winten, L.E.C., Quinton, S., Abraham, S., Russell, J., and Luscombe, G. (2014).  A comprehensive evaluation of the effectiveness of a day patient treatment program for eating disorders.  Journal of Eating Disorders, 2(1), 024.

Winten, L.E.C. 2014 University Psychology Medal recipient.

Hudson, J.L., Rapee, R.M., Deveney, C.,  Schniering, C.A., Lyneham, H.J. & Bovopoulous, N.  (2008).Cognitive Behavioral Treatment versus an Active Control  for Children and Adolescents with Anxiety Disorders: A randomized trial. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. May; 48(5): 533-44.

Hudson, J.L., Deveney, C.M., & Taylor, L.  (2005).  Nature, assessment, and treatment of generalized anxiety disorder in children.  Paediatric Annals, 34(2), 97-105.

Trauma Education Manual (2007) – Northern Sydney Central Coast Health: Therapy Team.


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