Clinical Psychologist, New Balance Psychology
Position: Clinical psychologist
Professional Degree: PhD MAPS
Primary Language: English
Rob McAlpine MA Dip Ed PhD MAPS FACCLP
Rob is a clinical psychologist who currently spends his professional time between client work and training mental health workers.
Rob completed Bachelors and Masters degrees at Macquarie University, NSW Australia, where the primary focus was understanding mental health through a psychoanalytic lens. Following this, he worked as a school psychologist in NSW for many years, providing generalist services as well as specialist services to children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems.
After moving to the Hunter Valley, NSW, in the late nineteen eighties, Rob developed an interest in adolescent stress and undertook doctoral research at the University of Newcastle in stress, depression and anxiety in adolescents, and how this negative affectivity is moderated by coping strategies and problem-solving behaviours. During this research, Rob encountered Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) and has continued using IPT in his client work as well as teaching IPT and IPT-A to mental health workers in Australia and overseas. Rob is keen to promote IPT and IPT-A, particularly in Australia, and provides supervision to clinicians interested in progressing from practitioner, through to supervisor and trainer levels.
Rob is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and a Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists.
Rob is co-author of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents: A Clinician's Guide, by Rob McAlpine and Anthony Hillin, published by Routledge in 2021.
Apart from professional interests, Rob is a keen motorcyclist and rides with Psychs on Bikes, a group of mental health workers aiming to spread positive mental health messages, mainly to males, through rural and remote Australia.
Rob is married to Wendy and lives near Dungog, NSW, Australia.
PO Box 145 Dungog, NSW, 2420, Australia
DUNGOG, NSW, 2420