Our Clinic's Staff
Our Clinical Staff
Dr. Jacques Duff. BA - Psych.; Grad. Dip. App. Sc.(Psych.) PhD ; MAPS; FANSA; MECNS; MISNR
Principal Psychologist, Neuroscientist and Nutritionist.
adjunct Research Fellow Victoria University
Dr. Jacques Duff is the founder and Clinical Director of the Clinic. From 1997 to 2010 he was involved in Clinical Neuroscience research at the Brain Sciences Institute, investigating "The Brain Electrical Activity of Boys wth ADHD and its treatment using Neurotherapy". In addition to being a psychologist, he has Postgraduate training in Clinical Neuroscience and Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. He has also received DAN training for Biomedical treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
His daily clinical work with ADHD has been featured on several TV programs such as Good Medicine, Catalyst the morning show with Kerry Anne, Today-Tonight and in national newspapers and Television News. He has presented extensively on the treatment of ADHD and childhood disorders at local and International seminars, including a keynote address for the Department of education & Training "Student Wellbeing Conference" and the 2nd International Mind of a child conference.
Qualifications. BA - Psych.; Grad. Dip. App. Sc.(Psych.) PhD ; MAPS; FANSA; MECNS; MISNR
PhD.in Clinical Neuroscience at the Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University
Post.Grad. training in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)
Fellow Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia
DAN Trained in Biomedical Interventions
Dr. Duff's Specialised skills and Interests.
Quantitative EEG; Neurotherapy; Metabolic underpinnings to Mental Health issues, Nutritional and Dietary influences on disorders. Nutritional Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, DNA polymorphisms (Variant DNA genes that predispose to modern diseases and mental health issues) and their treatment through nutrigenomic interventions.
Over 20 courses and workshops in Australia and Oversees on the use of EEG and peripheral Biofeedback in the treatment of disorders, such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety and Panic attacks.
Several courses in Clinical Nutrition.
Austin Hospital Psychology Department – 12 month course in clinical use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Eye movement desensitization and reprogramming. basic and intermediate levels.
Electromyographic biofeedback for migraine, facial and muscular pain.
Forensic psychology- how to survive court appearances.
Heart rate variability and Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia for anxiety.
Application of the ADOS in assessing Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The ADIR. Autism diagnostic interview.
Pivotal Response Treatment with the Koegal Autism Centre University of California, Santa Barbara.
Intensive Behaviour Intervention for ASD. Pivotal response treatment.
Dr. Duff is a member of the following professional Societies.
Australian Psychological Society.
Fellow of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia. (President. 2005-2007)
Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental medicine
International Society for Neurofeedback Research (ISNR) (Board Member. 2004-2006)
EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (USA)
Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) (USA)
Dr. Duff was instrumental in the amalgamation of ISNR and AAAPB in Australia into the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia,
APS special interest group on Complementary Medicine
APS special interest group on Neurotherapy
Applied Behavioural Intervention Association (ABIA)
Dr. Duff's Publications
Red cell fatty acid profiles of children with ADHD, Autism and Neurodevelopmental problems. Presented at the APS conference Brisbane. ISNR conference 2000
Complementary medicine treatment of ADHD and Autism. Journal of complementary Medicine, 2007
Case study of multidisciplinary treatment of a child with ADHD and Mood Disorder. Journal of complementary Medicine, 2000
Case study of multidisciplinary treatment of a man with panic disorder and depression. Journal of Complementary Medicine, 2009
Mauve factor and Kryptopyrroles. A common blood disorder causing Zinc and Vit B6 deficiency associated with psychiatric disorders. Journal of Complementary Medicine, 2009
International Seminar attendances
Since 1997, in addition to Psychology symposiums, Dr Duff attends international symposiums and conferences of the following international scientific societies in Australia and overseas.
APS- Australian Psychological Society
ISBET - International Society for Brain Electromagnetic Topography
HBM – Human Brain Mapping
IOOP – International Organisation of Psychophysiology.
ISNR – International Society for Neuronal Regulation
ECNS – EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society
ANSA – Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia
Seminar and Conference Presentations
Dr Duff has also presented the following papers at local and international professional seminars and symposiums.
1999 Swinburne University. - Arousal and activation in the human attentional system.
2000 Australian Association of Psychophysiology and Biofeedback- Sydney – Correlates of QEEG patterns and ADHD subtypes.
2000 Ballarat Town Hall– The usefulness of QEEG and Neurotherapy in assessing and treating ADHD.
2001 Swinburne Uni. Ritalin and ADHD. What we learn from DAT-KO mice, stimulant medication Dopamine and Serotonin.
2001 Swinburne Uni. - The Neurobiology of ADHD. Neuronal self-regulation in the attentional system.
2001 RMIT Uni. - Neural underpinnings of ADHD.
2001 Monash Uni. - Understanding and treating ADHD Autism and Behavioural disorders.
2001 Swinburne Uni. -Neurotherapy combined with Metacognitive strategies. effectiveness in students with ADHD and high functioning Autism.
2001 ISNR Cairns – Neocortical Dynamics and the Attentional system implications for children with ADHD and Autism.
2001 ISNR Cairns – QEEG Neurometrics and differential diagnosis of ADHD.
2001 Swinburne Uni. – Understanding and treating ADHD, Autism and Behavioural disorders.
2001 RMIT Uni. – QEEG, Neurotherapy and ADHD.
2002 International Mind of a Child conference – Sydney – Usefulness of QEEG and TOVA in the diagnosis of ADHD.
2002 International Mind of a Child conference– Sydney – Neurotherapy in the treatment of ADHD.
2002 Mayne Health – Perth - Omega 3 fatty acids and micronutrients in the treatment of ADHD and developmental disorders.
2002 Mayne Health – Perth - QEEG and Neurotherapy in the treatment of ADHD.
2002 ISNR Melbourne – A neuronal model that may underpin psychiatric disorders.
2002 DEET – Student Well being Conference – Keynote address.
2002 DEET - Student Well being Conference - Workshop – understanding and treating ADHD, LD and Behavioural disorders.
2002 Bendigo – Intensive behavior intervention, Behavioural strategies, Metacognition and Neurotherapy in the treatment of ADHD and Autism spectrum disorders.
2003 Association of Independent Practicing Psychologists – Workshop - Success Practice Congress. Understanding and treating ADHD and Autism.
2003 DEET - Student Well being Conference –Melbourne - Keynote address Nutritional supplementation and Neurotherapy in the treatment of ADHD.
2003 Bioscreen medical seminar – Pacific Medical -Melbourne – Neuropsysiological management of ADHD, Autism and Neurodevelopmental disorders.
2004 Canterbury University, Christchurch NZ. Traumatic brain injuries, ADHD, and mood disorders.
2004 Victorian Country towns - Traumatic brain injuries, ADHD, Autism and mood disorders.
2005 Autism State Conference – Assessment and treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Behavioural and Biomedical approaches .
2005 ISNR national Conference. (1) Differential diagnosis of early degenerative dementia from Alzheimers disease using QEEG and treatment options.
2005 ISNR national Conference. (2) The usefulness of QEEG and Neurotherapy in the diagnosis and treatment of Post-concussion Syndrome.
2005 MINDD Sydney. The Gut Brain Connection relationship between IBS and Psych Disorders. Implications for Autism.
2006 MINDD Sydney. The Gut Brain Connection relationship between IBS and Psych Disorders. Implications for Autism.
2006 ISNR sydney. Neurotherapy in the treatment of ADHD.
2006 ISNRR annual conference Atlanta Georgia.. Neurotherapy in the treatment of ADHD.
2006 Essential fatty acid profiles of children with ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorders.
2006 Essential fatty acid profiles of children with ADHD and ASD.
2006 Bioconceptss. two (18 hours) weekend workshops for medical and allied health professionals: Autism, ADHD. relationship between IBS, nutritional factors and behaviours.
2007 Mentall Health Summitt. Gold Coast Queensland – relationship between IBS, nutritional factors Autism, ADHD and Psych Disorderss
2007 MINDDD Sydney. Neurotherapy in the treatment of ADHD.
2007 Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia..Annual Conference and Workshops, Melbourne. Brain Electrical activity of Boys with ADHD following Neurotherapy.
2008 Applied Neurosciencee Society of Australasia..Annual Conference and Workshops (48hrs) Sydney.
2009 Mental Health Summit Melbourne. The Gut Brain Connection, IBS and Psych Disorders. Implications for Autism.
2009 Mental Health Summit Melbourne. Case studies of 8 Children with ADHD and Aspergers Syndrome in a secondary college setting.
2009 BNC Melbourne..ABA theory and Intensive Behavior intervention - three day seminar.
2009 MINDDD Melbourne. Intestinal Dysbiosis and Methylation anomalies in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
2099 MINDDD Townsville. Gut-Brain axis. Mechanisms of interaction in Psych disorders.
2010 BNCC Melbourne. ABA theory and Intensive Behavior intervention- two day seminar.
2010 Sydney. Health congress (3 days).
2011 Autism Conference Perth EFAs in Autism ADHD and TD Controls.
2011 Autism Conference Perth.
2011 Australian Psychological Society Canberra Symposium: Neurotherapy has come of age.
2011 Australian Psychological Society Canberra: EFAs in Autism ADHD and TD Controls.
2012 Healthscope Pathology Webinar: How to use RBC EFA's In the clinical setting.
2012 Autism Conference Perth:Over-represented Genes that can be upregulated with nutrients in Autism.
2012 Australian Psychological Society Conference: Over-represented Genes that can be upregulated with nutrients in Autism.
2012 Australian Psychological Society Conference: Original study: Waiting group control study in treatment of ADHD using Neurotherapy.
2012 Australian Psychological Society Conference: Original study: Controlled study, comparing Neurotherapy to stimulant Medication in the treatment of ADHD using Neurotherapy.
2012 Brauer Webinar: Latent Acidosis and IBS can cause oxidative stress and precipitate many of the modern diseases and mental Health issues.
Katrina Bello B.BSc.(Hons), PhD Candidate, AssocMAPS, MANSA
Kat is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society, a member of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia, and other organisations, including the ABIA, Autism Victoria, and Autism Speaks. She has completed post graduate studies in neuropsychology and her PhD research thesis focused on various aspects of visual attention and information processing of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with and without intellectual disability. Kat's work experience has included diverse group of adults and children, including children who have ASD, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD-NOS, ADD/ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Intellectual Disability and behavioural problems.
Kat is also a PhD Candidate (Neuropsychology), Brain Sciences Institute. Swinburne University of Technology (months off completion).
Thesis Title: Visual attentional processing and reading ability in children and adults: Lower and higher order visual information processing and attention in children with intellectual disability with or without Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Katrina has extensive training and experience in the following areas:
Psychological assessment and diagnosis: structured and unstructured clinical interview, motivational interviewing, observation and a range of psychometric tests (e.g. WISC, WPPSI, WAIS, WRAML, BDI, NEO-PR, Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales).
Intervention strategies for individuals and families (e.g. CBT, REBT, Mindfulness) for a range of presenting problems in children, adolescents and adults.
Training in Autism specific assessment tools (e.g. ADOS, ADI-R) and intervention strategies (e.g. ABA, PRT, PECS).
Katrina was involved in the development of the clinic's PRT (Pivotal Response Treatment Course), and is a regular presenter on this course.
High level quantitative and qualitative research skills.
Data collection, accurate data entry, analysis, interpretation and reporting
Extensive experience with electrophysiological and psychophysical methods.
Experience with assessment and intervention for a range of presenting problems for adults, children, adolescents and groups, with a particular focus on children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
1999 – 2006 Part-time team member of the North East region, Victoria Department of Human Services.
2006 – 2008 Sessional Developmental Psychology Tutor at the Monash University Clayton and Caulfield campuses Sessional Behavioural Neuroscience Tutor at Latrobe University Bundoora campus.
Publications and Posters include :
Bello, K., Goharpey, N., Crewther, S. & Crewther, D. (2008). A puzzle form of a non-verbal intelligence test gives significantly higher performance measures in children with severe intellectual disability. BMC Pediatrics, 8, 30-38Bello, K. & Goharpey, N. (2007). A puzzle form in a non-verbal intelligence test gives significantly higher performance measures in children with severe intellectual disability. Proceedings of the Autism Research Victoria Conference, 3.
Bello, K. D., Goharpey, N., Crewther, S., & Crewther, D. (2005). Error type analysis on the Raven's Coloured Progressive Matrices show qualitative differences between children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, intellectual disability, and typical development. Poster presented in the Autism Research Forum.
Bello, K., Crewther, S. & Crewther, D. (2003). Age related differences in reading rate, intelligence, and transient processing. Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Cognitive Science, 23-24.
Bello, K. D., Crewther, S., & Crewther, D. (2003). Reading and hemispheric asymmetries in global-local processing. Poster presented in the Conference of the Australian Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
Bello, K. D., Crewther, S., & Crewther, D. (2002). Reading rate is associated with performance on tasks measuring dorsal and ventral functioning. Poster presented in the Conference for Australian Opthalmology and Visual Sciences.
Crewther, S., Lawson, M., Bello, K. & Crewther, D. (2007). The visual attentional blink reflects constraints on temporal visual processing, not just a lapse of visual memory Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 90(4), 282 – 289.
Lawson, M., Bello, K., et al. (2002). Is the Attentional Blink related to Working Memory or Executive Function? Investigations in Ophthalmology and Vision Science, 43.
Dr. Siobhan Pirola-Merlo (BSc(Hons), Dip Ed, PhD)
Psychologist and Educational Consultant
Dr. Pirola-Merlo is a psychologist and expert in education and learning. Her PhD involved using cognitive science theory to develop strategies for teaching children to write persuasive essays. She is author of a major education textbook (“Relationship Management in the Primary School Classroom: Strategies in the Legal and Social Context”), and has also worked as a teacher and editor. She has extensive experience conducting educational and psychological assessments, coaching/counselling children to achieve performance gains, and social skills training.
Siobhan takes a personalised approach to meeting clients’ needs and integrates appropriate technological tools such as The Fast ForWord Program (see below). Such tools provide training and practice opportunities that go beyond the one-on-one sessions, enabling clients to achieve sustainable improvements in target areas. This approach offers both time and cost advantages compared to the traditional view of therapist sessions as being self-contained, once-per-week.
Nadine Touzeau B.Sc. (Biology), B.A. (Psychology), Grad. Dip.Psych., Assc. NSA
Psychologist and Nutritionist
Nadine has completed post graduate studies in psychology. Her research thesis investigated personality differences and the phenomenology of consciousness in relation to craving behaviour. Nadine's work experience has included diverse group of adults with depression, anxiety and IBS; and children, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD-NOS, ADD/ADHD and children at risk of harm.
Nadine has experience in crisis telephone counselling and with assessments and implementing the various interventions and programs being provided to adults and children at the clinic. Nadine is also trained as a Quantitative Electroencephalographic (QEEG) technician and analyst, Neurotherapist and ABA/PRT therapist. In addition to her work with adults and children, Nadine assists in the presentation of home Neurotherapy workshops, providing parents, teachers and other professions with education and practical training in these therapies. Nadine was largely involved in the development of the clinic's ABA/PRT (Pivotal Response Treatment Course), and is a presenter on this course.
Nadine has also completed studies in Human Nutrition and is an associate member of the Nutrition Society of Australia.
Nadine has extensive training and experience in the following areas:
• Psychological assessment and diagnosis: structured and unstructured clinical interview, motivational interviewing, observation and a range of psychometric tests (e.g. WISC, WPPSI, WAIS, WRAML, BDI, NEO-PR, Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales).
• Experience with assessment and intervention for a range of presenting problems for adults, children, adolescents and groups, with a particular focus on children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
• Extensive experience with electrophysiological and psychophysical methods.
• Intervention strategies for individuals and families (e.g. CBT, REBT, Mindfulness) for a range of presenting problems in children, adolescents and adults.
• Autism specific assessment tools (e.g. CARS, ADI-R) and intervention strategies (e.g. ABA, PRT).
• Human nutrition and its effects on gut immunity, intolerances and deficiencies that may relate to brain function.
Dr. Joe Nastasi MBBS, BSc, Dip. Acu, Dip. Appl Sc, GSIM, ACNEM.
Dr Nastasi is a medical practitioner with a long-standing interest in medical sciences. He has postgraduate experience in Paediatrics, Geriatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Psychiatry and Family Practice. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and Acupuncture.
His interest is in investigating and treating the anomalies in metabolism that may be responsible for some childhood disorders and many other modern diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic fatigue and Cardiovascular disease amongst others. Dr Nastasi was also a Lecturer at the Swinburne University School of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Duff and Dr. Nastasi work closely in the management of the clinic's patients.
Patricia Franklin (receptionist)
Taash Balakas (receptionist)
Noranda Ng (book keeper)
Dr Henry Butt – MSc, PhD (Microbiology)
Dr. Butt is a senior scientist and Research Director of Bioscreen Medical, a specialist Microbiology Laboratory, based at Melbourne University Bio 21. Dr. Butt and Dr. Duff have collaborated to investigate how Intestinal Dysbiosis (overgrowth of some bacteria usually found in the gut) may cause leaky gut and lead to nutrient malabsorbtion, cellular malnutrition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and associated Psychiatric Disorders. Dr Butt is a specialist consultant to the clinic in all matters relating to intestinal microorganisms.