Heather Irvine is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience working with a range of psychological presentations including women adjusting to parenthood, child behaviour difficulties, trauma, anxiety, depression and personality disorders. She has worked both in Australia and a range of locations throughout Northern England and London in the UK.
Heather grew up in the small town of Pearl Beach NSW with her two sisters, her father – media personality and child psychologist Dr John Irvine – and mother – an inspirational, highly educated woman who was a great role model. Heather was awarded the prize of Dux of the School at the Central Coast Grammar School in 1992 and then went on to win the WH Ward Prize at the University of Newcastle for her masters thesis on parent training models.
Heather remains the youngest female appointed director of the Central Coast Grammar School. She is the current Chairperson of the Central Coast branch of the Australian Psychological Society. Heather is also the clinical director of the READ Clinic, which with its 22 psychologists is one of Australia’s largest psychology practices.
Heather speaks regularly on local ABC radio, writes regular articles the magazine KidzontheCoast, and has appeared on a number of television programs regarding parenting, including 60 minutes. She is regularly quoted in numerous other articles regarding women and children in a range of family and health magazines. She was recently awarded the prestigious Roger Wurm Award for her presentation at the 2013 conference for the Australian Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ASPOG).
She is currently happily married to a husband in the wine industry and has two gorgeous sons. She participates enthusiastically but rather unskillfully in a number of charity fun runs and triathlons.