Dr Felicity Chandler
Dr Felicity Chandler is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in child development and perinatal emotional wellbeing. She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and member of the Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group.
She holds a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, and a Doctor of Clinical Psychology. Her honours research explored the relationship between chronic maternal depression and social-emotional outcomes during middle childhood, and her doctoral research focused on the internal working models of caregiver attachment in children with autism spectrum disorder.
Dr Chandler has extensive experience in the assessment of autism and developmental difficulties, and has a background in positive behaviour support and early intervention for children on the autism spectrum. She is trained in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2), the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R) and the Griffiths Scales of Child Development (Griffiths III). She also works with children presenting with developmental, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, as well as their parents and siblings. In addition, Dr Chandler supports expectant parents, new parents, second or third time (or more) parents, and those who hold their babies in their hearts but not their arms.
Dr Chandler individualises her approach to meet the needs of the child and the family and utilises their strengths, often drawing on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is passionate about helping children and their families reach their potential by investing in the early years to improve long term wellbeing.