Our Team – Dewi Shah

Forensic Psychologist 

Dewi is a forensic psychologist with over eight years of combined clinical experience. Dewi first joined the team in 2018 and brings enthusiasm, optimism and warmth to her work with people and their support systems. She has worked primarily in the forensic disability area, working with adults with complex support needs including disability, mental health issues, behaviours of concern and contact with the criminal justice system. More recently she has been working within the child protection and out-of-home care area with young people and their carers.  The majority of people she has worked with present with concerns that have hindered their ability to achieve their goals and engage safely with carers and members of the community.

Dewi believes in taking a holistic approach to supporting people to achieve their goals and participate safely in meaningful activities and their communities. She has a particular passion for working closely with support systems to maximise the opportunity for long-term and sustainable change.

Her assessment skills range from the assessment of risk, cognitive function, personality and behaviour functional analysis. She takes a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach with her interventions, with additional interests in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She has a particular clinical interest in intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, severe mental illness and mood disorders such as schizophrenia. Her work is guided by trauma informed care principles. She has experience creating and delivering staff/carer training programs in topics such as Complex Trauma and Behaviours of Concern. She is also committed to ensuring her practice is evidence-based and current through her ongoing professional development.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Current Registration: PSY0001627647
  • Australian Psychological Society, Member since 23 November 2016
  • Australian Psychological Society College of Forensic Psychologists, Fellow since 24 February 2020