Phd, MPsych(Clin) BSc(Psych)(First Class Hons & University Medal) FAPS, 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, Author, Trainer and Researcher with a PHD in Autism Spectrum Disorder from the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Belinda is sought after by Government and Non-Government agencies in providing consultation and training for staff in Autism, Intellectual Disability and Mental Health.
Belinda is an AHPRA Board Approved Supervisor, and Senior Clinical Supervisor for the Department of Education (DEC). Belinda provides Clinical Psychology Registrar supervision and supervision to practising allied health professionals (4+2 and 5+1 placements and supervision are currently unavailable).
Belinda maintains a small practice (waiting list is currently closed), providing specialised diagnostic Clinical Services to children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Developmental Disability and mental health issues from her consulting rooms in Padstow in South-Western Sydney.
In addition to her private practice Belinda lectures in Postgraduate Clinical Psychology (Child & Adolescent) at Western Sydney University where she is involved in several research projects in Autism, Intellectual Disability and Mental Health. Belinda maintains strong links with the Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she worked for over a decade in the development, evaluation and dissemination of the Westmead Feelings Program (formerly called Emotion-Based Social Skills Training for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mild Intellectual Disability). Belinda has published her research in peer reviewed journals and regularly presents on developing emotion and social skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability at national and international conferences.
Belinda has received multiple awards and prizes in recognition for her work, including the 2018 People’s Choice Award in the Western Sydney University Research Impact Competition for her work in “Preventing Mental Health in Autism”. Belinda was previously awarded the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) MENCAP Early Career Research Scholarship in 2016. Belinda was also awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award and a University of Sydney Merit Award to undertake her PHD research, as well as a scholarship under the Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme to undertake a Masters of Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University. Belinda completed her Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Sydney where she received First Class Honours and the prestigious University Medal.