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Louise Newman AM

President 2009–2010

Professor Louise Newman is the Professor of Developmental Psychiatry and Director of the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology. 

Louise is a practising infant psychiatrist with expertise in the area of disorders of early parenting and attachment difficulties in infants.  Her current research is focussing on the evaluation of infant-parent interventions in high-risk populations, the concept of parental reflective functioning in mothers with borderline personality disorder and the neurobiology of parenting disturbance. She is also involved in advocacy for refugees and asylum seekers and is the Convener of the Alliance of Health Professionals for Asylum Seekers.

Louise is a past Chair of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as the College’s NSW Branch. In 2011, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia ‘for service to medicine in the fields of perinatal, child and adolescent mental health, to education, and as an advocate for refugees and asylum seekers.’