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University Psychology Clinic

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The University Psychology Clinic (UPC) is a training clinic for provisionally registered psychologists who have completed four years of undergraduate study and are undertaking their postgraduate training in clinical psychology. The UPC has provided free specialist clinical psychology services to the community for over 30 years. Provisionally registered psychologists provide assessment and evidence based therapy for children, adolescents, adults and older adults, under the supervision of highly experienced clinical supervisors. As this is a teaching clinic all sessions are videorecorded for review with supervisors to ensure the best possible services for clients attending the Clinic.

The UPC is a training clinic and therefore does not provide services for individuals requiring immediate support or crisis intervention. If you require immediate assistance please contact one of the following services:

  • Mental Health Helpline: 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
  • Emergency Services: 000

Provisionally registered psychologists work at the clinic on a 4 - 6 month rotational basis as part of their professional experience training. They provide the following services under the supervision of an experienced clinician:


We provide specialist clinical psychology assessment and intervention for a range of psychological and health related conditions across the life span. A cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach is implemented to assist clients manage specific problems. CBT is an evidence-based psychological approach which focuses on how thoughts, feelings and behaviour interact. The aim of CBT is to assist people develop strategies and more helpful ways of thinking to change behaviour and improve quality of life and relationships.

We're here to help if you are experiencing issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Stress management
  • Sleep problems
  • Anger management
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting strategies
  • Assertiveness
  • Social anxiety
  • Lifestyle issues (e.g. weight, smoking)
  • Coping and adjustment to significant life events and health conditions
  • Grief and loss

Cognitive assessments for children and adults are provided at UPC and include the assessment of:

  • Intelligence
  • Academic achievement
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Executive functioning

Please note: A referral from a health or educational professional is required for cognitive assessment. Please see under 'Referrals and Appointments' section.

A number of group programs are provided by UPC Interns at the clinic and in the community. These include programs such as:

Cool Kids® Anxiety Program

This is an evidence based program developed by the Macquarie University for children aged 8 - 12 years and their parents.

A cognitive behaviour therapy approach is used to assist children and their parents better manage their child's anxiety.

The program is run over 10 weekly sessions of 1½ hour duration and both children and parents attend sessions run by provisionally registered psychologists.

Group sessions include presentations, skills training, group discussion, practical exercise and home practise and cover the following topics:

  • Learning about feelings and anxiety
  • Detective thinking, and learning to think more realistically
  • Ways that parents can help
  • Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders and exposure)
  • Learning to solve a problem
  • Building assertiveness and dealing with teasing.

Cost: $35 admin fee to cover the cost of the workbooks

View the information sheet on the Cool Kids® program.
View our latest flyer with dates for Cool Kids® and Cool Little Kids®.


Cool Little Kids® Anxiety Prevention Program

This is an evidence based anxiety prevention program developed by the Macquarie University for parents of children aged 3 – 6 years displaying early signs of anxiety. This includes signs such as:

  • Shyness
  • Slow to warm up
  • Having trouble separating from parents
  • Worrying and appearing fearful or sensitive

This program is designed to help parents build their child's confidence and requires parents only to attend weekly 1½ hour sessions over 6 consecutive weeks.

Cost: $25 admin fee to cover the cost of the workbook

View the information sheet on the Cool Little Kids® program.
View our latest flyer with dates for Cool Kids® and Cool Little Kids®.


Managing your Sleep

If you want to learn about effective ways of improving the quality of your sleep then this Sleep workshop is for you.

Sleep deprivation can affect metabolism, cognitive functions, and nervous tension and have far reaching consequences on psychological health and wellbeing.

There are many possible reasons for sleeping poorly, many of which can be addressed by following simple sleep hygiene principles. These include behaviours relating to diet, exercise, and relaxation. Specific techniques to help improve sleep patterns are effective and this program involves:

  • Learning about the mechanics of sleep and the natural sleep wake cycle
  • Identifying reasons for sleeping poorly
  • Learning about sleep hygiene principles and strategies that will help improve sleep patterns

Cost: $15 to cover admin costs


Pulse Youth Health Services – South

The UPC @ Pulse service is a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL psychological service staffed by provisional psychologists on a part-time rotational basis. We offer support for a variety of difficult experiences, including sleep problems, depression, grief, self-esteem, bullying, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, post-traumatic stress, OCD, anger management, eating disorders, hair pulling, and hoarding. We can also investigate possible memory and learning problems.

For a FREE referral to the UPC service at Pulse, contact Pulse Youth Health South on 62338901 or drop in and see a Youth Health Worker.

Pulse Youth Health South is open Monday to Friday between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm and is closed for lunch between 12noon and 1.00 pm.

  • Members of the community can self-refer for therapy and group programs by phoning the clinic directly on 6226 2805 Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm, or emailing
  • Referrals for therapy and group programs can also be made by health and education professionals if desired and referral forms are available here for Children and Adults if required.
  • For cognitive assessments a referral is required from a health or education professional. Cognitive assessment referral forms are available here for Children and Adults.
  • Please note limited clinic services are offered to University of Tasmania students and staff, however the University provides other free services for students and staff and information is provided on the University of Tasmania website. Alternatively contact the clinic for more information.
  • Waitlist information.

The UPC is a training clinic and therefore does not provide services for individuals requiring immediate support or crisis intervention. If you require immediate assistance please contact one of the following services:

  • Mental Health Helpline: 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
  • Emergency Services: 000

The clinic provides free services to the community.

A small fee may be charged to cover admin costs for some group program materials.

The clinic is staffed by provisionally registered Psychologists who attend on a 4 -6 month rotational basis. Clinical supervisors provide supervision to students on a daily basis to assist them manage their case load.

Clinic Manager

  • Dr Tracey Dean

Clinical Supervisors

  • Dr Iain Montgomery
  • Claire Graham
  • Caroline Davis
  • Shirin Fernandez
  • Roseanne Brumby
  • Kelly Parkyn

Your personal information is collected by and on behalf of the University of Tasmania for the purpose of research and teaching at the University Psychology Clinic (UPC). Failure to provide the requested information may result in UPC not being able to assist you with services. Your personal information will only be used or disclosed for the primary purpose for which it is collected and will only be accessible by the persons authorised to access that information within the University.

All personal and health information will be managed in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004, and the University of Tasmania's Personal Information Privacy Policy.

For more information on how your information is being used or stored by the UPC, or to access your information, please contact the University on +61 3 6226 2805.

Clinical research is conducted at the UPC by postgraduate clinical psychology students.


University Psychology Clinic

University of Tasmania

Clark Road

Sandy Bay Tasmania 7005

Tel: +61 3 6226 2805

Fax: +61 3 6226 7249


Mailing Address

Private Bag 30

Hobart Tasmania 7001