About

Carolyn Heward is a lecturer in the postgraduate Master of Psychology (Clinical) program at James Cook University. Her areas of interest fall in several key domains, which include client engagement, case formulation and treatment planning and psychological assessment.

With a diverse professional background, Carolyn has developed her skills as a psychologist across various settings, including private practice, NGOs, and Qld Health. Her primary clinical role has revolved around working with current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel struggling with mental health conditions and psychosocial difficulties.

Carolyn is a qualitative researcher who’s clinical and research endeavours have converged on the themes of the ADF and identity. Presently Carolyn is undertaking her PhD exploring the construction of the defence identity within the Australian Defence Force. Beyond her PhD, Carolyn is interested in mindfulness-based interventions and is currently involved in research initiatives with A/Prof Wendy Li, notably investigating the effectiveness of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) across diverse participant groups.

Teaching
  • PY5304: Assessment in Psychology (Level 5; SIN)
  • PY5305: Biopsychosocial and Cultural Models of Health (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Impacts of trauma and trauma interventions
Research
  • Identity
  • Mindfulness-based interventions
Teaching
  • Case formulation and treatment planning
Experience
  • 2021 to present - Lecturer, Clinical Psychology, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2016 to 2021 - Supervising Clinical Psychologist, Department of Defence/Serco (Townsville)
  • 2013 to 2020 - Casual Lecturer/Tutor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Senior Mental Health Professional, Department of Defence (Townsville)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD) Coordinator, Department of Defence (Townsville)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Fellowships
  • 2015 - Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society Clinical College
Memberships
  • 2023 - Asian Association of Social Psychology
  • 2023 - Australiasian Military Medicine Association
  • 2022 - AusAsian Mental Health Research Group (AMHRG)
  • 2021 - Australian Psychological Society Disaster Response Network member
  • 2020 - Australian Psychological Society – Military and Emergency Services Interest Group: Convenor 2021-2022
  • 2010 - Australian Psychological Society
  • 2010 to 2021 - Australian Psychological Society North Qld Branch: Chairperson 2018-2021; Secretary 2014-2016; Treasurer 2010-2014
Other
  • 2022 - Clark, C. (2022, Mar 5) Ask an Expert: Is going troppo a real condition? Townsville Bulletin https://todayspaper.townsvillebulletin.com.au/infinity/article_popover_share.aspx?guid=79fdd265-85b9-4049-96b7-83e2e75122aa
  • 2012 - Clark, C. (2012, November). The development of a brief intervention group treatment program for use in the Australian Defence Force. Protocol presented at Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2012, Melbourne
  • 2006 - Clark, C., Nilsson, J., Hay, P., Mond, J., Gordon, F., Owen, C. & Paxton, S. (2006, September 1). Life Events and Disordered Eating in a Community Sample of Young Women. Poster presented at the Eating Disorder Research Society, Port Douglas, Australia
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