Doctor Belinda Ratcliffe

Doctor Belinda Ratcliffe

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Child & Adolescent,
Clinical Psychology (SSAP)

Biography

Dr Belinda Ratcliffe, is Lecturer in Clinical Psychology (Child & Adolescent) in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University. Belinda Ratcliffe holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Autism from the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney and has an established Clinical Psychology practice, utilising over 17 years of clinical experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and Mental Health in children and adolescents.

Belinda Ratcliffe is the lead author of the ‘Westmead Feelings Program 1: Emotion-Based Learning for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mild Intellectual Disability, previously named 'Emotion-Based Social Skills Training (EBSST)'. The Westmead Feelings Program (WFP) won the Advancement Award in Autism in the Autism Spectrum Australia 2019 recognition awards. WFP is a comprehensive multi-component manualised intervention which aims to improve mental health by teaching social-emotional skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their parents and teachers. Belinda is also an author of the ‘Westmead Feelings Program 2’, an author and recognised content expert for the ‘Westmead Feelings Online Training Program’ and a Master Westmead Feelings Program Facilitator Trainer.  Since 2007, Belinda Ratcliffe has been dedicated to the development, evaluation and dissemination of the Westmead Feelings Program and maintains strong collaborative partnerships with the Children's Hospital at Westmead, where the program was originally developed.

Belinda has recently developed novel models for evidence-based mental health assessment and treatment in autism, and is sought after for her training and supervision by hospitals and mental health professionals in this area. Belinda is passionate about research, teaching and clinical practice, aimed at improving the mental health and well-being of all, including those with a disability.

Belinda has received multiple awards and prizes in recognition for her work, including the WSU Research Impact Competition "People’s Choice Award" for her work in "Preventing Mental Health in Autism" in 2018. Previously, Belinda received a prestigious International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) MENCAP Early Career Research Scholarship in 2016. Belinda was also awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award and a University of Sydney Merit Award to undertake her PHD research, as well as a scholarship under the Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme to undertake a Masters of Clinical Psychology at Charles Sturt University. Belinda completed her Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Sydney where she received First Class Honours and the prestigious University Medal.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ratcliffe.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • Mpsych Charles Sturt University

Professional Memberships

  • International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) (2015)
  • Australian Psychological Society - Fellow of Clinical College (2011)

Awards

  • Advancement Award in Autism 2019-04-04

Interests

  • Autism
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Mental Health

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Clinical Psychology (SSAP)

Committees

  • Equity and Diversity

Contact

Email: B.Ratcliffe@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6134
Mobile:
Location: 24.1.03
Bankstown
Website:

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 102400 Assessment: Cognitive Functions
  • 101210 Child Clinical Psychology

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101210 Child Clinical Psychology, 2017
  • 102359 Assessment: Psychological Practice, 2018
  • 101210 Child Clinical Psychology, 2018

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Ratcliffe, B. (2011), 'Developing emotion-based social skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disability', Mental Health of Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Framework for Professional Practice, IP Communications 9780980864922.

Journal Articles

  • Ratcliffe, B., Wong, M., Dossetor, D. and Hayes, S. (2015), 'The association between social skills and mental health in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder, with and without intellectual disability', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, vol 45, no 8 , pp 2487 - 2496.
  • Ratcliffe, B., Wong, M., Dossetor, D. and Hayes, S. (2014), 'Teaching social-emotional skills to school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder : a treatment versus control trial in 41 mainstream schools', Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, vol 8, no 12 , pp 1722 - 1733.

Conference Papers

  • Wong, M., Ratcliffe, B. and Li, S. (2018), 'Teacher-delivery of the Westmead Feelings Program : emotion-based learning for children with autism spectrum disorder with and without co-occurring mild intellectual disability in primary schools', Australian Association of Special Education. National Conference, Cairns, Qld..

Dr Belinda Ratcliffe's research interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Belinda is particularly interested in translational research with a 'real-world' impact.

Belinda is currently involved in several research projects, as part of her industry partnership with the Children's Hospital at Westmead, where she is evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the Westmead Feelings Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition, Belinda is exploring the risk and protective factors for the development of mental health issues in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ratcliffe.

Previous Projects

Title: Building Capacity for Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Service Provision in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Funder:
  • South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Belinda Ratcliffe
Years: 2018-07-01 - 2019-06-30
ID: P00025118
Title: ASD Research and Consultancy project (stage 1 and stage 2)
Funder:
  • The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (Randwick and Westmead)
Western Researchers: Belinda Ratcliffe
Years: 2018-07-30 - 2018-12-24
ID: P00025201

Media

Title: Westmead Feelings Program awarded for contribution in autism
Description: The Westmead Feelings Program team has won the Autism Spectrum Australia Advancement Award in Autism 2019

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