Dr Kishani Townshend (PhD, MAPS) is a Post Doctorial Research Fellow and Registered Psychologist. Kishani has a diverse cultural background, having lived in Asia, Africa, England and Australia. This gives her a broad cross-cultural understanding of her clients, enabling her to help them each develop their unique capacity for healing and resilience. She completed a PhD on affect regulation at the University of Adelaide. Her undergraduate degrees have majors in psychology, human resource development and counselling. Over the last 16 years, her clinical practice works with those presenting with depression, anxiety, Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), sexual assault, learning difficulties, grief, loss, narcissistic abuse and perinatal depression. As a Clinician-Researcher, her research interests include healthy ageing, resilience, mindfulness, developing culturally appropriate screening tools and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions. She is familiar with systematic review methodology and mixed methods research.

  • Healthy ageing, dementia risk reduction and delirium prevention.
  • Developing culturally appropriate screening tools for depression and anxiety.
  • Resilience, mindfulness, post traumatic growth and epigenetics.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of mental health screening tools and interventions.
  • Perinatal mental health.
  • 2022 to present - Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Healthy Ageing Research Team (HART) (CAIRNS)
  • 2014 to present - Research Fellow, The Cairns Institute (CAIRNS)
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  • 2015 to 2018 - PhD Scholarship, University of Adelaide.
  • 2022 - Board Approved Supervisor for Psychologists
  • 2022 - Committee Member on Research In Ethical Development (RED) at James Cook University (JCU).
  • 2021 - Committee Member For Dare To Dream program.
  • 2021 - Committee Member of Early Career Research Committee at James Cook University (JCU).
  • 2019 - Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).
  • 2009 - Registration with Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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