Talitha is an associate professor, clinical psychologist, researcher and founding director of the NeuroHealth Lab within Appleton Institute.
Talitha’s research, clinical practice, teaching and supervision focuses on the impact of diet and therapeutic approaches for promoting brain function and improved psychological and mental health outcomes. In addition, she has applied psychology-based methodology to support and promote better health outcomes across industry and agricultural practices in community development. She has been chief investigator on funded research projects of over $7.5million.
She has expertise across a portfolio of interdisciplinary work in clinical psychology, behavioural neuroscience, nutritional psychiatry, compassion science, food systems and agricultural development aimed at improving lives through better brain and mind health.
Before joining CQU, Talitha worked in the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre at the University of South Australia, and Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University. She also worked as a Researcher-in-Business, funded through an initiative of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, to facilitate knowledge transfer between the research and industry sectors in food and nutrition.
She has worked in private and public sectors, and within the non-for-profit sector in board director roles active in community development through health, food and nutrition.
University of Adelaide
University of South Australia
2017: Dean’s Outstanding Research Award (Mid-Career), in recognition of excellence in research activity, publication and engagement. School of Health, Medical & Applied Sciences, CQU
2017: Women's Leadership Australia Scholarship Award, in recognition of leadership development and executive ready level performance and capability.
2015: ICC International Award for Application of Science for Improving Public Health, in recognition of scientific endeavours. International Association for Cereal Chemistry (ICC).
AHPRA: Registered Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia
APS: Australian Psychological Society
MAICD: Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors
FCCP: Fellow of College of Clinical Psychologists
WIT: Women in Innovation and TechnologyWOB: Women on Boards
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Public health - Preventative health care
Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine - Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified
Biological psychology - Behavioural neuroscience
Clinical and health psychology - Clinical psychology
Talitha has specific research and clinical interests that apply to nutrition, health, healthy ageing and clinical psychology
Cognitive and computational psychology - Learning, motivation and emotion