Clinical and Health Psychologist, Fertility Counsellor
Narelle Dickinson, a Clinical and Health Psychologist and fertility counsellor working in Brisbane (Australia). Narelle speaks with people about a whole range of issues, but most often, clients come to discuss their infertility, or the treatment they are undertaking to help them achieve a pregnancy, including donor conception and surrogacy. She has a particular passion for working with people who have experienced pregnancy or neonatal loss.
Narelle’s Professional Background
- Clinical and Health Psychologist
- Churchill Fellow (2015)
- Member Australia and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (MANZICA)
Narelle has been a Psychologist in Queensland since 1995 and is endorsed in Clinical and Health Psychology. She has been actively involved in her profession, as a clinician, and also as an active member of various professional boards and organisations. She is a 2015 Churchill Fellow Recipient, investigating the risks and implications of Cross Border surrogacy for Australians. She has practiced across government and non-government settings; in the areas of mental health, women’s health, fertility, paediatric services, relationships counselling, physical health and disability. She currently operates a private psychology practice with a focus on women’s mental health and a key aspect of her practice is the provision of counselling to people undertaking assisted reproductive treatment.
Narelle is committed to the ongoing professional development of psychologists and has presented nationally and internationally on a range of topics including fertility, grief and loss, sexual abuse, and clinical initiatives in maternal mental health care. She has undertaken postgraduate research and coursework study in psychology and has lectured postgraduate psychology students at UQ, QUT, ACU and Shaftson University. Narelle provides clinical supervision and mentoring to psychology students and registered psychologists.
She has served on a range of Clinical Boards and Committees, including the Fertility Society of Australia, the Psychology Board of Australia, Brisbane South Primary Health Network Clinical Council, Churchill Fellowship Association of Queensland, Mental Health Association, Australian Psychological Society Colleges and Special Interest Groups, Australian Association of CBT and Australia and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors’ Association.
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – Fellowship 2015
“To investigate the risks and implications of Cross Border Surrogacy for Australians”
Summary of Qualifications
University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the Field of Psychology. (UQ 1994)
Key Areas of Practice
- Perinatal and Fertility Support
- Surrogacy and donor implications counselling
- Perinatal Depression and other mood disorders
- Perinatal Anxiety disorders
- Grief and Bereavement, particularly in relation to perinatal loss
- Adjustment and coping to health diagnosis
- Psychological management of fertility, gynaecology and obstetric conditions
Professional memberships and registrations
- Psychology Board of Australia (Registration PSY0001395336– QLD since 1997)
- Fertility Society of Australia (Member since 2007)
- Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (Member since 2003)
- Australian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapists (Member since 1994)
- Marce Society (Member since 2006)
- Churchill Fellowship Association of Queensland (Member since 2015)
2019- Current: Chandler Macleod People Insights QLD. Senior Psychology Consultant
2002 – Current: Private Psychology Practice: Specific focus on women undertaking fertility, gynaecology and obstetric treatment. Implications counselling for third party reproduction treatment and surrogacy.
2017- 2018: Queensland Fertility Group: Consultant Psychologist and Fertility Counsellor.
2015 – 2018: Australian Catholic University: Course co-ordinator & Clinical Supervisor for the Master of Clinical Psychology.
2009 – Current: University of Queensland: Clinical Supervisor for the Master of Applied Psychology.
2015 – Current: Bears of Hope Australia: Consultant Psychologist.
2009 – Current: Care Fertility: Consultant Psychologist and Fertility Counsellor.
2014 – Current: Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Consultant Psychologist.
2009 – 2012: Essential Topics in Psychology: Director.
2006 – 2009: Queensland Health: Principal Project Officer
2004 – 2004: Shaftson University: Course co-ordinator.
2003 – 2004: Mater Hospitals: Counsellor for the Nuchal Translucency screening program.
2001 – 2003: Queensland Health: Health Promotion Psychologist.
1999 – 2001: Queensland Health: Health Psychologist for the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service.
1996 – 1999: Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland: Psychologist for Child and Family Support Service.
1995 – 1996: Department of Families, Youth and Community Care: Psychologist.
Committee and Board Experience
Current Board/Committee Positions
Fertility Society of Australia – Board Member
Clinical Council Brisbane South Primary Health Network – Council Member
International Vasa Praevia Research Project- Advisory Committee Member
University of Queensland Master of Health Psychology – Steering Committee Member
Past Board/Committee Positions
Churchill Fellowship Association Queensland – Executive Committee Member
Psychology Board of Australia (Queensland Committee) – Board Member
Psychology Board of Australia (QLD) Disciplinary Subcommittee – Committee Member
APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group (PIPIG)- Executive Committee Member APS College of Health Psychologists -Executive Committee Member
Australia and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association – Executive Committee Member Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Executive Committee Member Mental Health Association of Queensland – Board Member
Publications, Presentations and Other Relevant Media Professional publications
- Williams, C., Watson, B., Dickinson N., & Boothroyd, C. (2010). How Socio-Economic Status, Motivation and Self-Identity Relate to Ability to Cope with Assisted Reproductive Technology Treatment. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 50:12-13
- Elsworthy, L, Dickinson, N., Watson, B., O’Hare, F., Parry, M. & Boothroyd, C., (2010). Predictors of Depression in Men and Women experiencing Assisted Reproductive Technology Treatment. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 50:12-12
- Bowey, J.A. and Underwood, N. (1996). Further evidence that orthographic rime usage in non-word reading increases with word level reading proficiency. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 63, 526-562.
- Dickinson, N.J., and Laundy, A. (1998). “My Body Belongs to Me: Protective Behaviours for Children with Disabilities”. Educational video package, Cerebral Palsy League of QLD, Brisbane.
- Dickinson NJ (2019) Controversies in Transborder Care (Invited Speaker to Panel Presentation on CrossBorder Third Party Reproduction). The 9th Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE 2019). Hong Kong.
- Dickinson , NJ (2019). “Extraordinary Claims Demand Extraordinary Evidence.” A Systematic Review of the outcome of Psychological Interventions during Assisted Reproduction Treatment. Australiasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference. Christchurch, NZ.
- Dickinson, NJ. (2018). Surrogacy in Russia (Invited Speaker to Panel Presentation on CrossBorder Surrogacy).
- American Bar Association Family Law Spring Conference. Nashville, USA.Dickinson, NJ (2017), An Investigation into Experiences of Burnout for Fertility Nurses. Fertility Society of Australia Conference. Melbourne, Aust.
- Dickinson, N.J. (2017) Reflections from a Churchill Fellowship Investigation of International gestational surrogacy: Implications for working with families contemplating gestational surrogacy. Fertility Society of Australia Conference.Melbourne, Aust.
- Dickinson, N.J. (2017) Reflections from a Churchill Fellowship Investigation of International gestational surrogacy: Implications for working with families contemplating gestational surrogacy. Australasian Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health Conference. Brisbane, Aust.
- Dickinson, N.J. (2017) Reflections from a Churchill Fellowship Investigation of International gestational surrogacy: Implications for working with families contemplating gestational surrogacy. Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine & APS College of Health Psychology Combined Conference. Gold Coast, Aust.
- Dickinson, N.J. (Research: Casey Williams, Bernadette Watson, Narelle Dickinson, Clare Boothroyd) (2010) Predictors of Depression In Men and Women Undertaking Assisted Reproductive Technology Treatment. Fertility Society of Australia Conference. Adelaide, Aust.
- Dickinson, N.J. (Research: Lydia Elsworthy, Bernadette Watson, Narelle Dickinson, Clare Boothroyd) (2010) How Socio Economic Status, Motivation and Self Identity relate to the Ability to Cope with Assisted Reproduction Technology Treatment. Fertility Society of Australia Conference. Adelaide, Aust.
- Dickinson, N.J. and McNaughton, A. (2001). The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Sexual Abuse and Childbirth: Implications for midwives. Biennial Marce Society Conference. Christchurch, NZ
- Dickinson, N.J. (2001). A better system of care for mothers with mental illness. Biennial Marce Society Conference,Christchurch, NZ.
- Dickinson, N.J. (2001). A better system of care for mothers with mental illness. 1st International Congress on Women’s Mental Health. Berlin, Germany.
- Dickinson, N.J., and Laundy, A. (1998). “My Body Belongs to Me: Protective Behaviours for Children with Disabilities”.Presentation to “Children Our Future” Australian Cerebral Palsy Association National Conference. Brisbane, Aust. Narelle has presented inservice and staff training papers and workshops on a range of topics including surrogacy, fertility, perinatal mental health, professional burnout and self care, hypnosis, grief and loss for HIV/AIDS, grief and loss in parents receiving a diagnosis of foetal abnormality, sexual abuse and midwifery care, clinical initiatives in maternal mental health care.