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Dr Louise McCutcheon

Psychologist, Vic

Dr Louise McCutcheon is a clinical psychologist and Senior Program Manager in the Research & Translation Division of Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and has a senior clinical role at Orygen Youth Health, North Western Mental Health in Melbourne. She is also an honorary research fellow at the Centre for Young People’s Mental Health, The University of Melbourne.

Dr McCutcheon jointly founded the award-winning Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program, an early intervention program for borderline personality disorder in young people. She coordinated the HYPE clinical program for 12 years, and established the HYPE service development and training program, where she assists mental health services to implement early intervention programs for BPD. She is regularly invited to present on BPD in young people and is a member of the Global Alliance for the Prevention and Early Intervention for BPD (GAP).

She has coordinated the clinical implementation of a range of research projects in the HYPE program, and has been an associate investigator on more than three randomised controlled trails (RCTs) of treatment for young people and family interventions. Her research interests include emotion processing, functional recovery, developing effective family interventions, and working with trans and gender-diverse young people with BPD features.

She developed the first Cognitive Analytic Therapy training program in Australasia, and was the founding chair of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ANZACAT). She is regularly invited to speak internationallly about using CAT with young people and is chair elect of the International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association (ICATA).

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.