Professor Jennifer McIntosh

Professor Jennifer McIntosh

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Jennifer (better known as Jenn) is a clinical child psychologist, family therapist and developmental researcher. She is the director of Family Transitions, a centre for the treatment and research of family transitions and trauma based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jenn is Professor at School of Psychology, Deakin University, Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Honorary Senior Fellow at Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor at School of Public Health and Human Biosciences, La Trobe University.  Jenn has a high profile in international training and conference forums in the mental health, welfare and legal sectors. Jenn is regarded as a pioneer of Child Inclusive Mediation and Counselling practices, and has directed several research projects for the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department and the Family Court of Australia, amongst others.

Uniquely, Jenn is both a clinical specialist and researcher, with a particular interest in making developmental theories “user friendly”, enabling parents, carers and professionals to consider the experience of children more sensitively, and to act on this within systems and structures where a child focus has traditionally been difficult to achieve. Jenn is highly regarded for her ability to articulate and advocate for the psychological well-being of children, and most importantly, children love talking to Jenn!

Children Beyond Dispute harnesses Jenn’s work of the past 30 years, for all to enjoy and benefit from.