Lecturer in Clinical Psychology (child & Adolescent) in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology
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 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 is passionate about research, teaching and clinical practice, aimed at improving the mental health and well-being of all children and adolescents, including those with a disability.
Belinda has received multiple awards and prizes in recognition for her work, including an 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.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Intellectual Disability
- Child & Adolescent Mental Health
- International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) (2015 - 2017)
- Australian Psychological Society - Clinical College (2017 - 2022)
Qualifications and Recognition
- PhD University of Sydney
- Mpsych Charles Sturt University
Research and Publications