Director of Research, Advocacy, and Practice Development, Postgrad Diploma Adolescent Health, Diploma AOD, Diploma Community Services
Dom has been a manager and practitioner in the Youth AOD field since 2000, working in and managing community based programs, intensive support withdrawal units and specialized projects. Dom's entire youth work experience spans over 20 years and includes roles in youth housing, family support and out of home care.
Most recently Dom was responsible for development, design and implementation of the statewide Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice (YoDAA) service.
Dom is especially interested in the development of innovative service responses that challenge traditional notions of treatment and that incorporate evidence regarding what young people need to develop resilience.
Projects Manager - Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development, BA, BSW
Jo is a social worker and has 15 years experience in the AOD and other community sectors. She was responsible for developing the Youth AOD Toolbox, OoHC Toolbox and the Youth AOD Learning Hub and is the driving force behind the Australian Youth AOD Conference, an annual sector event. Jo supports the activities of Research and Practice Development at YSAS, and co-ordinates the training team.
Jo has a unique skill-set of direct practice experience and advanced knowledge of the theories and frameworks that underpin Youth AOD work, combined with project management skills and content development.
Jo is especially interested in advancing youth work through the creation of practice development resources that are useful and beautiful, and honour the value of the work.
Senior Research Fellow
PhD(Melb), MPsych (Clin), BBSC(Hons.), MAPS
Karen has been an active researcher in the mental health field for the past 14 years with a practical and research focus on young adults. Karen completed her PhD in the Department of Psychiatry at Austin Health in bipolar disorders and then moved as a research fellow to the bipolar research and treatment team at ORYGEN Research Centre.
In 2009, Karen moved to Victoria University as a lecturer (becoming senior lecturer) in the clinical psychology training program. Most recently, Karen worked in the Centre for Chronic Disease at Victoria University developing models for researching interprofessional education and practice. Karen has an extensive publication track record in the mental health field and is keen to bring her skills to YSAS to support research that improves the quality of life of young people.
Alongside her research work, Karen is a clinical psychologist with experience in public mental health and private practice settings. In her current role, Karen supervises postgraduate research students at YSAS but she is also an AHPRA accredited supervisor of Clinical Psychologists and students.
Dr Angela Simpson
Research Fellow, BCom/BA, PGDipPsych, DPsych (Health)
Angela is a registered health psychologist with over 8 years’ experience working in the AOD field in both clinical and research roles. She is a scientist-practitioner with an interest in evidence-based treatments and how they are applied in practice. She has been a Research Fellow on three large Victorian implementation projects in the area of addiction and mental health, where she has coordinated and run the evaluation and co-authored the intervention materials.
Currently, Angela is a Research Fellow on an evaluation project that is being conducted by Deakin University in partnership with YSAS, funded by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. The project involves evaluating the training and implementation of an intervention she has co-authored which addresses emotion regulation and impulse control in young people.
Practice Leader, BA, BSW
Juliette has been a program manager, project manager and practitioner in both the youth, and adult, AOD and mental health fields.
Her experience spans over 20 years and includes roles in family AOD services, intensive youth outreach, research within Psychiatric medicine, managing bushfire response services, forensic services and project management within a national youth AOD and mental health context.
Juliette has recently been employed in roles which provide online delivery of services, investigating ways to use technology to assist current practice and utilize the online behavior of young people. Thereby providing new options to both service providers and young people when accessing help.
She is especially interested in contributing to the development of innovative approaches which are evidence based and identifying opportunities to work with young people in a dynamic and creative way.
Dr Kate Hall
Clinical Psychologist, MCCLP MAPS
Kate is both a clinician and academic who has dedicated her research and practice to the treatment of co-occurring addiction and mental health issues for over 15 years. She is a scientist-practitioner and has expertise in evidence based treatments for addiction (e.g. CBT and motivational interviewing) and acceptance based cognitive behavioural therapies for mental disorders (e.g. DBT & ACT). Kate is a chief investigator on several treatment trials currently being conducted in the AOD sector and has published on the translation of evidence based treatment in to practice. Her research ultimately works towards reducing the gap between research and practice through the development and evaluation of psychological interventions that are translatable to youth AOD and mental health service settings. Kate is a Senior Lecturer in Addiction and Mental Health at Deakin University, a Senior Clinical Psychologist at Victoria’s Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) and lectures in the postgraduate programs at Monash, La Trobe and Swinburne Universities. She runs a private clinical psychology practice in Collingwood and is a consultant psychologist for the AFL Players Association.
Project Business Support
Karina’s drive, passion and analytical mind make her ideally suited to the project business support role. Her distinguished career includes providing administrative and project support to a large Japanese manufacturing company as well as leading roles in project and event management. At YSAS, Karina played a key supporting role assisting the finance team. Now, as part of the Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development, she assists the team with their major projects. Karina is leading the development and implementation of a training & presentation service across Victoria. Karina is a genuine people person and is passionate about YSAS' amazing work assisting disadvantaged young people.
Learning and Development Adviser - MCom(HR/Org Design), GDip Psych, BMan/BA
Danielle is a qualified Organisational Development specialist, with 10 years’ experience building learning systems in Government, Corporate and Not-For-Profit environments. Danielle currently manages the internal Learning and Development strategy within YSAS, which includes the development of cutting edge frameworks to build and support YSAS’ workforce development needs. This includes the development of bespoke capability and job family frameworks to support staff recruitment, development, and career progression within YSAS and the sector.
Danielle’s unique cross sector experience, deep knowledge of organisational development theory, and strong personal interest in the fields of psychology and social work give her a strong base from which to build sector-leading workforce development tools that have a high level of utility and are simple to use.