Our Team – Dewi Shah

Forensic Psychologist

Dewi is a forensic psychologist with over 8 years of combined clinical experience working as a psychologist and applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapist.

As a psychologist 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. The majority of people she has worked with present with behaviours of concern 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. Dewi joined the Zeal and Co Consulting team in June 2018, where she brings enthusiasm, optimism and warmth to her work with people and their support systems.

Career Snapshot

Dewi graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008 Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Psychology and Physiology. During and after her undergraduate degree she worked as an applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapist.

In 2013 she completed the Master of Psychology (Forensic) at the University of New South Wales, and soon after obtained her general registration as a psychologist with AHPRA. In 2016 she completed the AHPRA Psychology Registrar Program to become a forensically endorsed psychologist.

Dewi has worked in a range of roles in both the community, custodial and secure inpatient settings. Her roles have focused on capacity building of families, carers or staff who support people with a disability, complex needs, multiple diagnoses, behaviours of concern and offending behaviours. She is experienced in the provision of psychological assessment and intervention for people with a mental illness or intellectual disability and a history of contact with the criminal justice system.

Her assessment skills include 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 moderate-mild intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, severe mental illness and mood disorders such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. She has experience creating and delivering staff/carer training programs in topics such as Motivational Interviewing, Complex Trauma, and Challenging Behaviours. Dewi is 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 23/11/2016