Who is behind CKC?

The Calm Kid Central Team is made up of a five person child psychologist panel, our community education officer and our admin and technical support team.

Our clinical child psychologists all have Masters degrees in psychology, have worked exclusively with children and families for between 8 and 22 years and are fully registered and accredited by APHRA. We are also passionate about children’s well being.

We use a “third wave” cognitive-behavioural, systems and attachment approach to children’s mental and emotional health.

Kirrilie Smout

Kirrilie Smout

Clinical Child Psychologist & Founder of Calm Kid Central

Kirrilie is the director of Developing Minds Psychology and provides supervision to the team of child and adolescent psychologists who work with her there.  She also provides seminars and training for young people, teachers, health professionals and schools around Australia.

Kirrilie has received a number of awards, grants and prizes for her speaking, research and consultancy work. She has written three books about and for young people, is the developer of Calm Kid Central, and is the SA convenor of the Child, Adolescent and Family Interest group for the SA chapter of the Australian Psychological Society.

Jacinda Fisher

Jacinda Fisher

Clinical Child Psychologist

Jacinda has worked as a psychologist over the last twelve years working in both the public and private sectors.  Jacinda has also worked as a research psychologist with the Women’s and Children’s hospital within the neonatal department and the child nutrition team, and also for sleep clinics at Flinders University and the Repat Sleep clinic.    Through her PhD research, she is also knowledgeable in the areas of caregiving, coping, illness and grief and loss.

Penny Sih

Penny Sih

Clinical Child Psychologist

Penny has always been passionate about working with young people and their families and has a talent for connecting with young people. She has worked as a psychologist since 2004 in both the private sector and a variety of government settings including Child Protection, Community Health and Education.

Taryn Gray

Taryn Gray

Clinical Child Psychologist

Taryn takes an eclectic approach as a Clinical Psychologist, and has worked in specialist settings with both adults and young people.

Taryn is the clinical programs and systems manager for Developing Minds and develops and monitors systems to make sure the practice complies with all relevant funding body (including NDIS, Medicare and others) requirements.

Kate Manning

Kate Manning

Clinical Child Psychologist

Kate has worked for 8 years providing support to children and young people who are encountering difficulties with their emotions, adjustment, peer and/or family relationships, behaviour or learning, as well as supporting their families. Kate has gained knowledge and experiencing through working with children and young people with a wide range of medical conditions or disabilities and has specialist knowledge in the area of paediatric acquired brain injury.

Kate Rooney

Kate Rooney

Clinical Child Psychologist

Kate has 14 years experience working as a psychologist in a public mental health setting, specialising in working with children and young people (and their families) with a wide range of emotional, social, behavioural and relational difficulties. This has included young people experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, sadness, depression, self-harming, suicidal ideation, trauma, family and relationship issues, stress, developmental disabilities (including autism spectrum disorders) and behavioural challenges.

Sandra Massey

Sandra Massey

Community Education Officer

Sandra is a social worker with 12 years of experience working in the child and family well being and mental health fields.  She has worked in management, consultation and clinical roles within government, education and private settings.  She is passionate about helping clinicians and services to provide high quality support to families.  At Calm Kid Central, Sandra helps professionals and families learn about the Calm Kid Central program and help them access and find the resources in the program they need.

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