Phd, MPsych(Clin) BSc(Psych)(First Class Hons & University Medal) MAPS, MCCLP
Dr Belinda Ratcliffe, Lead Author of the Westmead Feelings Program 1 for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a highly qualified Principal Clinical Psychologist and Researcher with a PHD in Autism Spectrum Disorder from the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Belinda provides specialised diagnostic assessment and therapy to children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Intellectual Developmental Disability from her consulting rooms in Padstow in South-Western Sydney. Belinda also provides supervision and training to other psychologists and clinicians. Regional and rural outreach assessment and consultancy is available on request.
In addition to her private practice Belinda lectures in Clinical Psychology (Child & Adolescent) and is involved in several research projects. Belinda maintains strong links with the Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she worked for a decade in the development, evaluation and dissemination of the Westmead Feelings Program (formerly called Emotion-based Social Skills Training (EBSST) for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mild Intellectual Disability. Belinda has published her research and regularly presents on developing emotion and social skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability at national and international conferences and at training events for health, education, and disability professionals.
Belinda is an approved specialist disabilty services provider under the NDIA and has over 17 years experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children, teenagers and adults with a range of special needs including individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disability, Acquired Brain Injury, complex genetic and medical issues and children born extremely prematurely. Belinda has worked in a range of setting including government, non-government and private practice. She is accreditated in specialist assessment tools including the Griffiths Mental Development Scales, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised.
Belinda received her PHD in Autism Spectrum Disorder from the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney in 2016. Belinda also has a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She is a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Clinical College of the APS and is an AHPRA Board Approved Supervisor in Clinical Psychology.
Belinda has received multiple awards and prizes in recognition for her work, including a prestigious MENCAP Early Career Research Scholarship to present her work at the 2016 International Association for the Scienctific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) World Congress and an Australian Postgraduate Award and University of Sydney Merit Award to undertake her PHD research. Belinda was also awarded a scholarship under the Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme to undertake a Masters of Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University. Belinda has also received a NSW Psychologist Registration Board Education and Research Scholarship. Belinda completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Sydney where she received First Class Honours and the prestigious University Medal.