Our Team

Alex Brown

Psychologist and Behaviour Analyst

B Psych, M Science (ABA & Autism), BCBA, MAPS

Alex is a registered psychologist with 20 years experience in the field of disability. She has worked with children and adults in a range of public and private organisations. Alex has worked with autistic children and adolescents for the majority of her career, and values the results she has seen in intensive early intervention.

In addition to the Autism Spectrum, Alex also has experience with individuals with a range of disabilities. Alex also works with children with anxiety, pathological demand avoidance and ADHD. Alex is trained and experienced in Autism diagnosis, and also provides a range of psychometric testing.

In 2013, Alex completed a Master of Science in ABA and Autism through Sage Colleges, New York, leading to certification as a behaviour analyst in 2014.

Melissa Keir

Psychologist and Program Supervisor

B Psych (Hons.), M Psych (Ed & Dev), MAPS

Melissa is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. Following completion of a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons.) in 2009, and working as a Research Assistant at the University of Western Sydney, Melissa completed her Master of Psychology at Monash University, Melbourne, in 2013.

Melissa began working as an educator with children with aptitudes ranging from special needs through to gifted and talented in 2004. She has worked exclusively within the field of ABA since 2010, during which time she has acquired skills in designing and implementing early intervention programs for children with a range of diagnoses, ages and abilities. Melissa also has experience in psychological assessment and diagnosis, and designing and implementing cognitive-behavioural interventions.

Melissa has a keen interest in working with families to foster their child’s social and emotional development, including the development of genuine and reciprocal relationships with adults and peers to promote social and emotional well-being.

Kerri Willis

Program Supervisor

BSc (Hons. Applied Psych)

Kerri has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis since 2005. She began her training in ABA after receiving an Honours degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Ulster. Kerri initially took up a position at The Red Door School in Dublin, which utilised the methodologies of Precision Teaching and Verbal Behaviour before emigrating to Australia in 2008.

In Australia, Kerri joined a large centre-based provider, where she worked her way up to program supervisor and senior centre clinician managing staff and family concerns. Kerri has been supervising ABA programs since 2011 and is passionate about working together with parents to achieve the best outcome for their children.

Kerri has a particular interest in seeing children through from early learning skills to school readiness and academics.

Peter Liu

Psychologist and Program Supervisor

B Psych (Spec.), Dip. Psychological Practice, M Ed (ABA)

Peter is a registered psychologist with many years of experience working with children and young adolescents with additional needs. He is also passionate about provide behaviour support to families.. Peter has completed a Masters of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Monash University and is in the process of obtaining the BCBA qualifications.

Stephanie Lade

Psychologist

B Com/B Arts (Psych), Grad Dip. Psychological Science

Stephanie is a registered psychologist who completed a combined Bachelor of Commerce with a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology degree in 2016. During this time,Stephanie gained experience in early intervention. In 2017, Stephanie completed her Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science at Bond University. Stephanie utilises evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Trauma informed practice to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children, teens, and families.

Layna Cox

Program Supervisor

B Psych Sc

Layna holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of NSW. Layna started out working for the Department of Education with primary school aged children with barriers to learning. She then went on to work with children and adolescents in out-of-home care in complex situations who had developed challenging behaviour through trauma.

Layna has been in the world of ABA since 2017. She has worked with all ages from children through to adults with ASD and intellectual disability. She has worked applying ABA in schools, preschools, home and various other settings. Layna believes in fostering a fun and caring learning environment for her clients to help them reach their goals.

Avni Pawar

Psychologist

B PsychSc (Hons. Psych), M Prof Psych

Avni is a Psychologist with over 6 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, adults and their families to overcome a variety of emotional, behavioural and psychological challenges.

She has a passion for creating a safe, warm positive environment that helps her clients thrive to their full potential. Avni has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons.) degree as well as her Masters in Professional Psychology, during which time she gained experience in early intervention and Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Avni adopts an integrated approach, drawing from Applied Behaviour Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, along with a range of psychometric tests and assessments to provide tailored support to each client and their family.

Jess Riley

Provisional Psychologist

B Psych (Hons.)

Jess is completing her masters degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of New South Wales. She is experienced working in early intervention and ABA, having worked with children and their families in a range of settings.

Jess is passionate about creating a friendly environment for her clients to learn and for their families to feel supported.

Miruna Thaventhiran

Psychologist and Behaviour Analyst

B Sc (Hons. Psychology), M Psych (Ed & Dev), BCBA, MAPS

Miruna is a registered psychologist specialising in Educational and Developmental Psychology. She completed her Masters at Monash University in 2013, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Miruna began working in the field of behaviour analysis in 2007 while completing her Bachelor of Science (Hons.) at the University of NSW. She received her certification as a behaviour analyst in 2020 following completion of coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).

Miruna has several years of experience working to support individuals to build their functional capacity and reduce barriers to their learning. She also has experience conducting psychological assessments and assisting individuals in overcoming difficulties with anxiety, learning, socialisation, emotion regulation, and behaviour.

Miruna is passionate about using a family centred approach with her clientele, and creating opportunities to develop an individual’s full potential using evidence-based assessment and intervention.

Vidhu Sudhindran

Behaviour Analyst

M Science (Counselling), M Arts (Special Education), BCBA

Vidhu is a Behaviour Analyst and has been working with children with Special needs from the past 9 years. She worked with families in United Arab Emirates and India before moving to Australia in 2016. Here, Vidhu attained further supervision while completing a Masters in Special Education (ABA emphasis) from the University of Northern Colorado in 2018 leading to a certification as a behavior analyst in 2019.

Vidhu is passionate about using evidence-based practices to maximise her clients’ potential. She works with families to help promote positive learning environments for skill acquisition and improving quality of life for her clients.

Queenie Chan

Psychologist

B PsychSc (Hons. Psych), M Couns&PsychTh

Queenie is a Psychologist with experience working with disability and trauma, as well as providing support to parents of young clients. Following completion of a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons. Psych) at the University of New South Wales, Queenie followed her passion of working with young people.

Queenie aims to integrate her learning into her counselling while also adapting a person-centred, mindfulness-based approach when working with people.

Elizabeth Rieder

Behaviour Analyst

B Psych, M Science (ABA)

Liz is a Behaviour Analyst who has worked in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis since 2016. The bulk of her experience centres on early intervention services for autistic children and behaviour support for young people across home, school, and community settings. She is passionate about using a person-centred approach paired with evidence based practice to maximise quality of life for her clients and their families.

In 2018, Liz completed a Master of ABA at Trinity College Dublin and received her board certification as a behaviour analyst in 2021 before emigrating to Australia in 2022.

Madeline Ellam

Senior Behaviour Therapist

B Health Science (Psychology and Health)

Maddy has been working as a behaviour therapist with young and school aged children since 2017, whilst receiving her Bachelor of Health Science from Sydney University. She is passionate about building her client’s skills and confidence in a fun and compassionate learning environment.  Maddy especially values early intervention and evidence based practices to support children’s development.

Olga Solntseva

Senior Behaviour Therapist 

Olga is a psychologist with overseas qualifications. At present, she is working with us as a senior ABA therapist who has many years of experience in our field.

Olga creates a beautiful space for her clients to learn and grow.

Bhumika Mahant

Senior Behaviour Therapist 

B Psych

Bhumika received her Bachelor of Psychology from Macquarie University. She has always been passionate about working with children. Bhumika's priority is providing top-quality care to her clients with a deep understanding of various therapeutic techniques and a compassionate approach. She strive to help individuals overcome challenges and achieve  personal growth.

Vivian Mai

Behaviour Support Practitioner

B Science (Psych)

Vivian completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Sydney and is currently completing a Master of Applied Behaviour Analysis at Griffith University. She has been working in the field of applied behaviour analysis for over 5 years, providing individualised support for children and teenagers with a range of diagnoses and abilities.

 

Vivian has extensive experience in early intervention and is driven by her passions of providing person-centred support for individuals with complex and challenging behaviours. She is committed to helping her learners reach their goals and improve their quality of life.

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Jemma Holt

Senior Behaviour Therapist

Jemma is currently studying psychology. She joined our team as an experienced support worker and her excellent and intuitive skills are clear within this role. Jemma is very passionate about supporting her clients to build independent and happy lives.

Meghan Sproule

Social Worker and Behaviour Analyst

B Soc Work (Hons.), M. Ed (ABA), CBA

Meghan has worked in the field of behaviour analysis since 2017. Meghan has experience working with people who have a range of developmental disabilities in areas of assessment, individualised program design, and implementation. She has worked with children and young people aged 2 years to 21 years, and is passionate about facilitating empowering, socially just, rights based, and culturally relevant programs for children and their families.

Peta Rostirola

NDIS Support Coordinator and Administration

Peta joined the Bright Eyes team in July 2014 looking after accounts and scheduling, and is an NDIS Support Coordinator. Peta is the mother of three young children and has worked closely with most of the staff at Bright Eyes since her son was diagnosed with Autism in 2010.

Peta has a good knowledge of Autism and the challenges families face when their child is diagnosed, and she offers ongoing support to parents. She is passionate about working for a family-focused clinic that is involved in helping children reach their full potential.

Nichole Brimble

Office Manager

Nichole is our extraordinary office manager who manages intake and daily operations.

Harrison Davis

Office Assistant

Harrison has just finished school and recently joined the Bright Eyes team as a part time Office Assistant. He is learning all about how a workplace runs and how to work independently in a professional environment.

Harrison is very passionate about film making and has made some fantastic films all about social skills that have been very helpful for our clients.

Niesha Illingworth

Psychologist and Behaviour Analyst

BA Psych (Hons), M Ed (ABA), MAPS, CBA, BCBA

Niesha is a registered psychologist and certified behaviour analyst, who completed her undergraduate degree in developmental psychology at the University of Sydney and her postgraduate coursework at Monash University. Niesha has been working in the disability and child development sector for over 15 years, and has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, families and schools. She is the lead psychologist at our Blue Mountains clinic.

Niesha is particularly passionate about behaviour management, and helping children develop appropriate alternatives to challenging behaviour. Niesha uses an individualised approach to best suit the needs of the child and their family; drawing on various evidence-based modalities. Niesha is trained and experienced in diagnostic assessments, and also provides a range of psychometric testing.

Niesha is a professional member of the Australian Psychological Society, is certified as a behaviour analyst with the Australian Association of Applied Behaviour Analysis and the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board, and is registered as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Niesha is also a board approved supervisor.

Ellen Kavanagh

Provisional Psychologist

B Psych (Hons)

Ellen is a provisional psychologist and program supervisor currently completing her Master of Professional Psychology at Western Sydney University. Ellen has been working with children for over 10 years in a variety of settings. She has worked in the field of ABA for over 2 years and has experience working with children with ASD, implementing behaviour therapy in one on one and group settings. She is passionate about reducing barriers to learning and improving the overall wellbeing of children and their families.

Srijana Sharma

Behaviour Analyst

BA Psych/English, MSc (ABA), BCBA

Srijana is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with over five years of experience in the field, displaying unwavering dedication to her profession. She holds a Masters degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Her extensive career spans working with families in both India and Ireland before relocating to Australia.
Srijana is deeply committed to using practices which are both ethical and evidence-based practices that underpin the science of ABA. She recognises the importance of tailoring teaching methods to best suit her clients needs and preferences. Moreover, Srijana is a collaborative team player who firmly believes in the power of cooperation as a means to facilitate her clients journey towards realising their optimal potential.
Embracing a holistic approach, Srijana is dedicated to ensuring the well-being and best interests of her clients and their families remain at the forefront of her practice.

Kylie Wheeler

Psychologist

BBS, Grad Dip Psych, MA Psych

Kylie is a Registered Psychologist who completed a Master of Psychology at Massey University, New Zealand. She has clinical experience working in the disability and community mental health sectors in Australia. Prior to moving to Australia, she had extensive experience in volunteering roles within the community, through Victim Support and Women's Refuge.

Kylie provides evidence-based psychometric assessments and clinical interventions to people across the lifespan and with a range of presentations. She is a compassionate practitioner who values collaboration and client-centred care. Kylie feels strongly about providing a safe and supportive environment for clients.

“I love seeing people change and grow and achieve their goals. To be a small part of that process is priceless”.

Jaimee-lee Allison

Senior Therapist

Jaimee-lee has been working within the Bright Eyes team for over a year and a half. She started working as a junior therapist with our Blue Mountains families before taking on a senior position within the Clinic earlier this year. Jaimee-lee is mother to two neurodiverse children and has a nephew who has ASD and started his early intervention with Bright Eyes. Through his success, Jaimee-lee decided to pursue a new career, giving her the satisfaction of watching her little clients achieve their own successes.

Jaimee-lee is hard working, dedicated and has a strong desire to learn. She is currently working through her Registered Behaviour Technician course.

Elizabeth Cheadle

Senior Therapist and Registered Behaviour Technician

B Psych Sc, B Crim

Elizabeth has completed her Bachelors in Psychological Science and Bachelors in Criminology, and is undertaking continued studies to become a psychologist. She has been working as a behavior therapist for 2 years, and loves watching her client's curiosities come to life. She has experience in applied behaviour analysis and early intervention, and looks forward to continuing to grow her experience here at Bright Eyes.

Sophie Bekfi

Junior Therapist

Sophie recently joined the Bright Eyes team as a junior therapist working under the supervision and guidance of our psychologists and behaviour analysts. Sophie is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology.

Elyssa Hannan

Psychologist

Clinical Psychology Registrar

B Psych (Hons), M Clin Psych, Assoc MAPS

Ellie is a registered psychologist who completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University. She is passionate about using evidence-based practice and takes an individualised approach to best support children and families. She has worked with children and adults across both inpatient and outpatient settings for over five years. She is particularly passionate about working with children and adolescents experiencing anxiety and mood disorders, as well as conducting cognitive and diagnostic assessments. She is excited to work with Blue Mountains families at Bright Eyes.

Victoria Heming

Psychologist

Clinical Psychology Registrar

B Psych (Hons), M Clin Psych

Victoria is a registered psychologist, who completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University. Since 2018, Victoria has worked with children in a variety of roles. She has experience working with all age ranges in both inpatient and outpatient settings, enjoying working with a range of client presentations.

Bronte Cattell

Psychologist

B Psych (Hons)

Bronte is a registered psychologist at Bright Eyes. Bronte has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) whilst working in the ABA field. She has been working with young people and their families since 2018 and has found great joy in supporting her clients to develop the skills needed for life-long learning. Bronte is passionate about early intervention and helping children reach their full potential. She enjoys creating a fun environment where children are able to grow in their confidence.

Deanna Kapera

Program Supervisor and Behaviour Support Practitioner

B Soc Sc

Deanna completed a Bachelor in Social Science at Macquarie University in 2020 and soon after began to work as a behaviour therapist with Bright Eyes. Deanna has a strong background working within the disability sector, and has worked with children, adolescents and adults in various settings. Deanna is passionate about early intervention and brings a wonderful energy to the Blue Mountains team.

Deanna is enrolled in a Master of Applied Behaviour Analysis at Monash University, and is working towards becoming a Certified Behaviour Analyst.

Meredith Harrison Brown

Behaviour Support Practitioner and Clinical Researcher

BPsych, MSc, PhD

Meredith began working as a junior ABA therapist in 2010, supporting children with autism and other conditions affecting speech and language development. She completed a Masters of Brain and Mind Sciences at the University of Sydney in 2013, and left the field of ABA to pursue training in research. Since then Meredith has spent several years assisting with ethical and efficient management of patient data for clinical audit and health research projects. She is excited to combine her passions and training to deliver quality behaviour support to the local community, and to help Bright Eyes Blue Mountains drive improvements in evidence based practice in Australia.

Meredith is enrolled in a Master of Applied Behaviour Analysis at Monash University, and is working towards becoming a Certified Behaviour Analyst.

Macarena Lopez

Provisional Psychologist

Macarena is a provisional psychologist who completed her undergraduate degree in psychology in Universidad Católica, Chile. Since 2021, Macarena has worked with a variety of client presentations and ages. She believes that research and psychotherapy should go hand in hand and that is why she uses evidence-based practices that adjust to the client’s needs and goals when it comes to therapy. Macarena has recently joined the Bright Eyes team and is very excited to work with clients of all ages and support them to develop their skills.

Ash Hendry

Provisional Psychologist

B Med Sc, Adv Grad Dip Psych.

Ash is a provisional psychologist currently completing a Master of Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University. He possesses a passion for working with children, adolescents, and individuals across the lifespan dealing with diverse mental health issues. Ash has a special interest in trauma-related conditions and strives to enhance individuals’ quality of life by tapping into their unique strengths.

Renee Miller

Office Manager

B Psych

Renee joined the Bright Eyes team in November 2022 as Office Manager. Renee has experience working in the disability sector and navigating the NDIS and an educational background in psychology. Renee is adept at wearing many hats and always up for a challenge and the rewards that follow with overcoming them. She has a genuine passion for seeing positive outcomes for clients and is enthusiastic about joining the wonderful team at Bright Eyes.

Tyneille St Quintin-Finn

Office Administrator

Tyneille joined the Bright Eyes team in 2021 as a part-time office administrator. She is the mother of three children and has a background in childcare. Tyneille has been supported by Bright Eyes since 2018, when she first accessed support for her son who had been diagnosed with Autism.

Tyneille enjoys hearing the perspectives of other parents and carers within the ASD community.