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Dr Sean Halpin

Psychology Clinic Director

School of Psychology (Psychology)

Career Summary

Biography

I am a clinical psychologist employed as the Psychology Clinic Director at the University of Newcastle.

I completed my undergraduate BA(Psych) with first class honours at the University of Newcastle. I then began my supervision for registration as a psychologist. I worked intialy within the Department of Corrective Services, and then the Psychological Assistance Service (PAS), which was an early psychosis outpatient service within Hunter New England Health. PAS was a combined research and clinical service, and this fostered my appreciation of the value of, and balance between, clinical and research endeavours. I completed my full registration as a psychologist in 2000.

I continued to work at PAS, eventually achieving the position of Team Leader. I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle in 2008. My thesis was in the area of Psychosocial Well-being During Stages of Gay Identity Development. However, the majority of my research has been in the field of early psychosis assessment and intervention.

With the restructure of mental health services I was promoted to Clinical Leader of the Newcastle Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and fulfilled this role for two years prior to my employment with the University of Newcastle.

As Psychology Clinic Director, I aim to provide high quality training to postrgraduate students in clinical psychology, as well as high quality clinical services to our surrounding community. I aim to instill students with a respect for evidence-based approaches to clinical work. I attempt to illustrate theory with clinical anecdotes and practical applications, as I believe that this fosters deeper learning. 

My research interests include: psychosis, particularly early intervention and management of ultra high risk; modification of risk factors for comorbid physical and mental health problems; stigma; sexual identity development; and working alliance. 

Research Expertise
My PhD was in the area of sexual identity development. I investigated the relationship between Cass' (1979) stage of gay identity formation and psychosocial well-being. Using an online design I was able to recruit participants within the early stages of Cass' model, which few previous researchers had achieved. I was able to demonstrate that the relationship between stage of gay identity formation and psychosocial well-being was U-shaped rather than linear as previously proposed. This provided evidence that the mental health problems seen at relatively high rates in gay men is likely due to social isolation and lack of support during the middle stages of gay identity formation. My research then found that particular identity management strategies used by some gay men to manage their emergent gay identity were detrimental to their psychosocial well-being. The majority of my research has focused on early psychosis, with an emphasis on identification and intervention with young people deemed at ultra high risk of psychosis. This grew from my clinical work within a ground-breaking early psychosis public mental health outpatient service. My particular areas of interest include the lived experience of mental illness, management of stigma, and reduction of lifestyle risk factors. From this interest in modifying risk factors for psychosis, I branched into healthy lifestyle research. This includes a range of studies investigating the relationship between healthy behaviours and mental health problems. For example, one of my PhD students is investigating exercise as a treatment for depression; a masters student has recently completed an investigation of integrated treatments of CVD risk factors and depression, etc. My current role as Psychology Clinic Director, along with my 16 years of experience as a clinician, has also developed my interest in the professional development of early-career psychologists. Part of this has been a commencement of research into working alliance between novice therapists, their clients, and their child clients' parents.

Teaching Expertise
Since 2011 I have been a senior lecturer with the School of Psychology. I am course coordinator for Counseling and Clinical Intervention, which is a postgraduate course designed to develop students' therapy skills. This course includes basic personal counseling, CBT, motivational interviewing, as well as encouraging introspection and self-awareness. I also teach a range of lectures related to my clinical expertise. These include undergraduate and postgraduate lectures and seminars on areas including psychosis, dissociation, child and adolescent mental health, and attachment theory. As Psychology Clinic Director, I provide clinical supervision to postgraduate students of clinical psychology completing placements within the Clinic. This supervision includes both their counseling work as well as their administration, scoring, interpretation and reporting of cognitive assessments.

Administrative Expertise
I am the Psychology Clinic Director at the University of Newcastle. This role involves the management of the Psychology Clinic, including financial, administrative, clinical, community outreach and marketing operations. In recent years the Psychology Clinic has become increasingly active, with pleasing increases in the amount and variety of clinical work for students. The Psychology Clinic performs a valuable role in linking the University and the local community. We provide low-cost psychology services, and in trusting us to provide these services the local community play a vital role in training the health professionals of the future. Prior to my employment at the University of Newcastle, I was employed for 13 years within the local area mental health service. I was initially a psychologist, then a clinical psychologist, and eventually team leader then clinical leader of the Newcastle Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. This has provided me with significant industry experience, and awareness of the important qualities employers wish to see in the graduates from our Clinical Postgraduate Programs.

Collaborations
I collaborate with researchers both internal and external to the University of Newcastle. I have professional and research linkages that range from collaborations within the local public health services, to international partnerships.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Early Psychosis
  • Exercise
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Homosexuality
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social Identity Theory
  • Stigma
  • Therapeutic Alliance
  • Working Alliance

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 45
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 10
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified 45

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Psychology Clinic Director University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2009 - 1/04/2011 Clinical Leader Hunter New England Health
Newcastle Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Australia
1/05/2000 - 1/07/2004 Psychologist Hunter New England Health
Psychological Assistance Service
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/08/2008 - 1/02/2009 Team Leader Hunter New England Health
Psychological Assistance Service
Australia
1/07/2004 - 1/08/2008 Team Leader Hunter New England Health
Psychological Assistance Service
Australia
1/06/1998 - 1/05/2000 Intern Psychologist Hunter New England Health
Psychological Assistance Service
Australia
1/01/1998 - 1/06/1998 Intern Psychologist Department of Corrective Services
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (27 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Kunaharan S, Halpin S, Sitharthan T, Bosshard S, Walla P, 'Conscious and Non-Conscious Measures of Emotion: Do They Vary with Frequency of Pornography Use?', APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL, 7 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/app7050493
Co-authors Peter Walla
2017 Stain H, Halpin S, Baker A, Startup M, Carr V, Schall U, et al., 'The impact of rurality on young people at ultra-high risk for psychosis', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, (2017)
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Ulrich Schall, Vanessa Clark, Helen Stain
2017 Conrad AM, Lewin TJ, Sly KA, Schall U, Halpin SA, Hunter M, Carr VJ, 'Utility of risk-status for predicting psychosis and related outcomes: evaluation of a 10-year cohort of presenters to a specialised early psychosis community mental health service', Psychiatry Research, 247 336-344 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.12.005
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Ksly1, Terry Lewin, Ulrich Schall, Mick Hunter, Agatha Conrad
2017 Finch B, Gilligan DG, Halpin SA, Valentine ME, 'The Short- to Medium-Term Predictive Validity of Static and Dynamic Risk-of-Violence Measures in Medium- to Low-Secure Forensic and Civil Inpatients', PSYCHIATRY PSYCHOLOGY AND LAW, 24 410-427 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2016.1247640
2017 Stain HJ, Halpin SA, Baker AL, Startup M, Carr VJ, Schall U, et al., 'Impact of rurality and substance use on young people at ultra high risk for psychosis.', Early Interv Psychiatry, (2017)
DOI 10.1111/eip.12437
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Amanda Baker, Terry Lewin
2017 Nasstasia Y, Baker AL, Halpin SA, Lewin TJ, Hides L, Kelly BJ, Callister R, 'Pilot Study of an Exercise Intervention for Depressive Symptoms and Associated Cognitive-Behavioral Factors in Young Adults with Major Depression', Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 205 647-655 (2017) [C1]

© Copyright 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. This study assesses the feasibility of integrating motivational interviewing (MI) with an exercise intervention.... [more]

© Copyright 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. This study assesses the feasibility of integrating motivational interviewing (MI) with an exercise intervention. It also explores patterns of depressive symptom changes (cognitive, affective, and somatic subscales) and their relationship to cognitive, behavioral, and immunological factors (interleukin 6, IL-6, a marker for inflammation) across the exercise intervention. Twelve young adults (20.8 ± 1.7 years) meeting DSM-IV criteria for major depressive disorder received a brief MI intervention followed by a 12-week exercise intervention. Assessments were conducted preintervention, postintervention, throughout the intervention, and at follow-up. Preliminary results show differential effects of exercise, with the largest standardized mean improvements for the affective subscale (-1.71), followed by cognitive (-1.56) and somatic (-1.39) subscales. A significant relationship was observed between increased behavioral activation and lower levels of IL-6. Despite study limitations, the magnitude of changes suggests that natural remission of depressive symptoms is an unlikely explanation for the findings. A randomized controlled trial has commenced to evaluate effectiveness of the intervention.

DOI 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000611
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Robin Callister, Terry Lewin, Brian Kelly
2016 McCarter K, Martinez U, Britton B, Baker A, Bonevski B, Carter G, et al., 'Smoking cessation care among patients with head and neck cancer: a systematic review', BMJ OPEN, 6 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012296
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Gregory Carter, Billie Bonevski, Amanda Baker, Luke Wolfenden
2016 Ward SK, Turner A, Hambridge JA, Halpin SA, Valentine ME, Sweetapple AL, et al., 'Group cognitive behavioural therapy for stroke survivors with depression and their carers', Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 23 358-365 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Background: Depression in stroke survivors is common, leads to poorer outcomes and often not treated. A group ... [more]

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Background: Depression in stroke survivors is common, leads to poorer outcomes and often not treated. A group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program (Brainstorm) for stroke survivors with depression, and their carers has been running as part of usual care since 2007. Objective: To evaluate the implementation and acceptability of Brainstorm, a closed group intervention consisting of up to 10 sessions of education, activity planning, problem solving and thought challenging. Methods: Participating stroke survivors and their carers complete assessment measures at baseline, posttreatment and 1-month and 6-months follow-up. A mixed models for repeated measures data was conducted with depression and anxiety scores for stroke survivors (Beck Depression Inventory-II; Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) and the assessment of depression, anxiety and carer burden for carers. Acceptability was assessed by session attendance and written and open participant feedback upon completion of the program. Results: Forty-eight community dwelling stroke survivors and 34 carers attended Brainstorm, with a median attendance of 88% of sessions. Follow-up assessments were completed by 77% (post-treatment), 46% (1-month) and 38% (6-month) of stroke survivors. Stroke survivors¿ depression scores decreased from baseline to posttreatment (p < .001); maintained at 1-month (p < .001) but not at 6-month (p=.056). Anxiety scores decreased between baseline and 1-month (p=.013). Carer burden, depression and anxiety scores at 1-month and 6-month follow-up, for carers, were all reduced when compared with baseline (p < .05). Conclusion: The Brainstorm group intervention for depression in stroke survivors appears to have been effectively implemented and is acceptable to stroke survivors and carers.

DOI 10.1179/10.1080/10749357.2016.1143706
2016 McCarter KL, Halpin SA, Baker AL, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Lewin TJ, Thornton LK, et al., 'Associations between personality disorder characteristics and treatment outcomes in people with co-occurring alcohol misuse and depression.', BMC Psychiatry, 16 210 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12888-016-0937-z
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Frances Kaylambkin, Brian Kelly, Terry Lewin
2016 Andrews M, Baker AL, Halpin SA, Lewin TJ, Richmond R, Kay-Lambkin FJ, et al., 'Early therapeutic alliance, treatment retention, and 12-month outcomes in a healthy lifestyles intervention for people with psychotic disorders', Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204 894-902 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Engaging and retaining individuals with psychotic disorders in psychosocial treatments is difficult. Early therapeutic alliance, treatment rete... [more]

© 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Engaging and retaining individuals with psychotic disorders in psychosocial treatments is difficult. Early therapeutic alliance, treatment retention, and 12-month outcomes were examined in a subsample of smokers with a psychotic disorder (N = 178) participating in a healthy lifestyles study comparing a telephone versus face-to-face delivered intervention. Therapeutic alliance was assessed using the Agnew Relationship Measure; primary outcomes were treatment retention and changes in symptoms and health behaviors. Contrary to expectations, early alliance did not predict treatment retention. However, elements of both client- and therapist-rated alliance predicted some clinical outcomes (e.g., higher confidence in the therapeutic alliance at session 1 predicted improvements in 12-month depression). Some modest interactions between early alliance and intervention condition were also identified (e.g., clients initially with lower self-perceived initiative, or higher therapist-perceived bonding benefited preferentially from the telephone-delivered intervention), highlighting the need to further examine the interplay between therapeutic alliance and treatment modality.

DOI 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000585
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Robin Callister, Frances Kaylambkin, Vanessa Clark, Terry Lewin
2016 Stain HJ, Bucci S, Baker AL, Carr V, Emsley R, Halpin S, et al., 'A randomised controlled trial of cognitive behaviour therapy versus non-directive reflective listening for young people at ultra high risk of developing psychosis: The detection and evaluation of psychological therapy (DEPTh) trial', Schizophrenia Research, 176 212-219 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Elsevier B.V. Background Intervention trials for young people at ultra high risk (UHR) for psychosis have shown cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to have promising effects... [more]

© 2016 Elsevier B.V. Background Intervention trials for young people at ultra high risk (UHR) for psychosis have shown cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to have promising effects on treating psychotic symptoms but have not focused on functional outcomes. We hypothesized that compared to an active control, CBT would: (i) reduce the likelihood of, and/o r delay, transition to psychosis; (ii) reduce symptom severity while improving social functioning and quality of life, whether or not transition occurred. Method This was a single-blind randomised controlled trial for young people at UHR for psychosis comparing CBT to an active control condition, Non Directive Reflective Listening (NDRL), both in addition to standard care, with a 6 month treatment phase and 12 months of follow-up. Statistical analysis is based on intention-to-treat and used random effect models to estimate treatment effects common to all time-points. Results Fifty-seven young people (mean age = 16.5 years) were randomised to CBT (n = 30) or NDRL (n = 27). Rate of transition to psychosis was 5%; the 3 transitions occurred in the CBT condition (baseline, 2 months, 5 months respectively). The NDRL condition resulted in a significantly greater reduction in distress associated with psychotic symptoms compared to CBT (treatment effect = 36.71, standard error = 16.84, p = 0.029). There were no significant treatment effects on frequency and intensity of psychotic symptoms, global, social or role functioning. Conclusion Our sample was higher functioning, younger and experiencing lower levels of psychotic like experiences than other trials. The significantly better treatment effect of NDRL on distress associated with psychotic symptoms supports the recommendations for a stepped-care model of service delivery. This treatment approach would accommodate the younger UHR population and facilitate timely intervention. Trial registration: ANZCTR 12606000101583

DOI 10.1016/j.schres.2016.08.008
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Vanessa Clark, Terry Lewin, Ulrich Schall, Helen Stain
2016 Ward SK, Turner A, Hambridge JA, Halpin SA, Valentine ME, Sweetapple AL, et al., 'Group cognitive behavioural therapy for stroke survivors with depression and their carers', Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 23 358-365 (2016)

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.Background: Depression in stroke survivors is common, leads to poorer outcomes and often not treated. A group cogniti... [more]

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.Background: Depression in stroke survivors is common, leads to poorer outcomes and often not treated. A group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program (Brainstorm) for stroke survivors with depression, and their carers has been running as part of usual care since 2007. Objective: To evaluate the implementation and acceptability of Brainstorm, a closed group intervention consisting of up to 10 sessions of education, activity planning, problem solving and thought challenging. Methods: Participating stroke survivors and their carers complete assessment measures at baseline, posttreatment and 1-month and 6-months follow-up. A mixed models for repeated measures data was conducted with depression and anxiety scores for stroke survivors (Beck Depression Inventory-II; Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) and the assessment of depression, anxiety and carer burden for carers. Acceptability was assessed by session attendance and written and open participant feedback upon completion of the program. Results: Forty-eight community dwelling stroke survivors and 34 carers attended Brainstorm, with a median attendance of 88% of sessions. Follow-up assessments were completed by 77% (post-treatment), 46% (1-month) and 38% (6-month) of stroke survivors. Stroke survivors¿ depression scores decreased from baseline to posttreatment (p<.001); maintained at 1-month (p<.001) but not at 6-month (p=.056). Anxiety scores decreased between baseline and 1-month (p=.013). Carer burden, depression and anxiety scores at 1-month and 6-month follow-up, for carers, were all reduced when compared with baseline (p<.05). Conclusion: The Brainstorm group intervention for depression in stroke survivors appears to have been effectively implemented and is acceptable to stroke survivors and carers.

DOI 10.1179/10.1080/10749357.2016.1143706
2015 Ditton-Phare P, Halpin S, Sandhu H, Kelly B, Vamos M, Outram S, et al., 'Communication skills in psychiatry training', AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY, 23 429-431 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1177/1039856215590026
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Sue Outram, Carmel Loughland
2015 McCarter KL, Britton B, Baker A, Halpin S, Beck A, Carter G, et al., 'Interventions to improve screening and appropriate referral of patients with cancer for distress: Systematic review protocol', BMJ Open, 5 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008277
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter
2015 Britton B, McCarter K, Baker A, Wolfenden L, Wratten C, Bauer J, et al., 'Eating As Treatment (EAT) study protocol: a stepped-wedge, randomised controlled trial of a health behaviour change intervention provided by dietitians to improve nutrition in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy.', BMJ Open, 5 e008921 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008921
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Patrick Mcelduff
2014 Conrad AM, Lewin TJ, Sly KA, Schall U, Halpin SA, Hunter M, Carr VJ, 'Ten-year audit of clients presenting to a specialised service for young people experiencing or at increased risk for psychosis', BMC PSYCHIATRY, 14 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12888-014-0318-4
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Ksly1, Terry Lewin, Mick Hunter, Ulrich Schall, Agatha Conrad
2013 Callister R, Giles A, Nasstasia Y, Baker A, Halpin S, Hides L, Kelly B, '12-weeks supervised exercise training is a feasible and efficacious treatment for reducing depression in youth with major depressive disorder', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 16 e16-e16 (2013)
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.10.040
2012 Nasstasia Y, Baker AL, Callister R, Halpin SA, 'Born to run, workout or maybe try Zumba: Managing depression with exercise', In Psych, 34 18-19 (2012) [C3]
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Robin Callister
2010 Bucci S, Baker AL, Halpin SA, Hides L, Lewin TJ, Carr VJ, Startup MJ, 'Intervention for cannabis use in young people at ultra high risk for psychosis and in early psychosis', Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, 3 66-73 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/17523280903523983
Citations Scopus - 6
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker
2006 Silverstein S, Uhlhaas PJ, Essex B, Halpin SA, Schall UA, Carr VJ, 'Perceptual organization in first episode schizophrenia and ultra-high-risk states', Schizophrenia Research, 83 41-52 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.schres.2006.01.003
Citations Scopus - 37Web of Science - 37
Co-authors Ulrich Schall
2006 Startup M, Carr V, Baker A, Stain H, Halpin S, Bucci S, '01-07 Cannabis use as a complication in psychological treatments for people at ultrahigh risk of psychosis: early findings from the DEPTh trial.', Acta Neuropsychiatr, 18 316 (2006)
DOI 10.1017/S0924270800031896
Co-authors Amanda Baker
2004 Carr VJ, Lewin TJ, Neil AL, Halpin SA, Holmes S, 'Premorbid, psychosocial and clinical predictors of the costs of schizophrenia and other psychoses', British Journal of Psychiatry, 184 517-525 (2004) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Terry Lewin
2004 Halpin SA, Allen M, 'Changes in psychosocial well-being during stages of gay identity development', Journal of Homosexuality, 47 109-124 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1300/J082v47n02_07
Citations Scopus - 56Web of Science - 51
2004 Startup MJ, Mason O, Halpin S, Schall UA, Conrad A, Carr VJ, 'State and trait predictors of transition to first episode psychosis among individuals at ultra-high risk', Schizophrenia Research, 70 44 (2004) [C3]
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Agatha Conrad
2004 Mason O, Startup MJ, Halpin SA, Schall UA, Conrad A, Carr VJ, 'Risk factors for transition to first episode psychosis among individuals with 'at-risk mental states'', Schizophrenia Research, 71 227-237 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.schres.2004.04.006
Citations Scopus - 196Web of Science - 177
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Agatha Conrad
2003 Carr VJ, Neil AL, Halpin SA, Holmes KS, Lewin TJ, 'Costs of schizophrenia and other psychoses in urban Australia: findings from the low prevalence (Psychotic) disorders study', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 37 31-40 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1046/j.1440-1614.2003.01092.x
Citations Scopus - 54Web of Science - 50
Co-authors Terry Lewin
2001 Lewin TJ, Carr VJ, Halpin S, Barnard RE, Beckmann J, Walton JM, Chapman JL, 'Coping with psychosis: Demographic and dispositional correlates', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, 49 263-263 (2001)
Co-authors Terry Lewin
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Conference (42 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Britton B, McCarter K, Beck A, Baker A, Wolfenden L, Wratten C, et al., 'EATING AS TREATMENT (EAT): A HEALTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE INTERVENTION TO IMPROVE TREATMENT OUTCOMES FOR HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS UNDERGOING RADIOTHERAPY', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2016)
Co-authors Luke Wolfenden, Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter
2016 McCarter K, Britton B, Baker A, Wolfenden L, Wratten C, Bauer J, et al., 'CO-OCCURRING DEPRESSION, TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL USE IN A SAMPLE OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS UNDERGOING RADIOTHERAPY', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2016)
Co-authors Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Amanda Baker
2016 McCarter K, Britton B, Baker A, Wolfenden L, Wratten C, Bauer J, et al., 'IMPROVING SCREENING AND REFERRAL OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL DISTRESS', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2016)
Co-authors Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker
2016 Baker A, Richmond R, Kay-Lambkin F, Filia S, Castle D, Callister R, et al., 'A HEALTHY LIFESTYLES AND SMOKING INTERVENTION AMONG PEOPLE WITH A PSYCHOTIC DISORDER: OUTCOMES OF A RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL.', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2016)
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Frances Kaylambkin, Terry Lewin, Robin Callister
2016 Stain HJ, Bucci S, Baker AL, Carr V, Emsley R, Halpin S, et al., 'A Randomised Controlled Trial of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Versus Non-Directive Reflective Listening for Young People at Risk of Developing Psychosis', EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY (2016)
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker, Ulrich Schall
2015 McCarter K, Wolfenden L, Baker A, Britton B, Beck A, Carter G, et al., 'A CLINICAL PRACTICE CHANGE INTERVENTION TO INCREASE DIETITIAN PROVISION OF DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFERRAL FOR HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Patrick Mcelduff, Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden
2015 McCarter K, Baker A, Britton B, Carter G, Beck A, Bauer J, et al., 'CONTINUED TOBACCO SMOKING, ALCOHOL USE AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN A SAMPLE OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS ABOUT TO UNDERGO RADIOTHERAPY', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Patrick Mcelduff
2014 McCarter K, Baker AL, Britton B, Beck A, Carter G, Bauer J, et al., 'PREVALENCE OF ALCOHOL USE AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN A SAMPLE OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS ABOUT TO UNDERGO RADIOTHERAPY', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Patrick Mcelduff, Amanda Baker
2014 McCarter K, Forbes E, Baker A, Britton B, Beck A, Carter G, et al., 'PREVALENCE OF TOBACCO SMOKING IN A SAMPLE OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS ABOUT TO UNDERGO RADIOTHERAPY', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Luke Wolfenden, Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff, Gregory Carter
2012 Carr VJ, Lewin TJ, Conrad AM, Halpin SA, Schall U, Sly KA, 'HOW WELL DO PSYCHOSIS RISK CRITERIA PREDICT PSYCHOSIS RELATIVE TO THEIR ABSENCE? A 10-YEAR AUDIT OF AN EARLY PSYCHOSIS SERVICE', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH (2012)
DOI 10.1016/S0920-9964(12)70505-4
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Terry Lewin, Ulrich Schall
2012 Callister R, Giles AK, Dascombe BJ, Baker AL, Nasstasia Y, Halpin SA, et al., 'Healthy Body Healthy Mind: Development of an exercise intervention for the management of youth depression', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Ben Dascombe, Amanda Baker, Brian Kelly, Robin Callister
2011 Stain HJ, Crittenden KL, Startup MJ, Carr V, Baker AL, Schall UA, et al., 'Rural and urban youth at ultra high risk for psychosis: Baseline characteristics from the depth randomised controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy', Schizophrenia Bulletin, Colorado Springs, CO (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Helen Stain, Ulrich Schall, Amanda Baker
2010 Stain HJ, Crittenden K, Startup M, Carr V, Baker A, Schall U, et al., 'THE DEPTH RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY FOR YOUTH AT ULTRA HIGH RISK FOR PSYCHOSIS: BASELINE CHARACTERISTICS FOR RURAL AND URBAN YOUTH', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Amanda Baker
2010 Stain HJ, Crittenden KL, Startup MJ, Carr VJ, Baker AL, Schall UA, et al., 'The DEPTh randomised controlled trial of cognitive behaviour therapy for youth at ultra high risk for psychosis: Baseline characteristics for rural and urban youth', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Sydney, Australia (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Ulrich Schall, Helen Stain
2010 Atkinson RJ, Michie PT, Hunt SA, Inkpen RM, Stojanov WM, Halpin SA, Schall UA, 'Mismatch negativity to duration deviants in first episode psychosis and individuals at ultra-high risk of psychosis', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Sydney, Australia (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Sally Hunt, Pat Michie
2010 Conrad A, Lewin TJ, Carr VJ, Schall UA, Halpin SA, Sly K, 'Relationship between hospital admissions and different levels of risk for psychosis', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Sydney, Australia (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Ksly1, Agatha Conrad, Ulrich Schall, Terry Lewin
2010 Michie PT, Atkinson RJ, Hunt SA, Inkpen RM, Stojanov WM, Halpin SA, Schall UA, 'Mismatch negativity to duration deviants in first episode psychosis and in the prodome', Schizophrenia Research, Florence, Italy (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Sally Hunt, Pat Michie
2009 Stain HJ, Crittenden KL, Bennett EM, Startup MJ, Carr VJ, Baker AL, et al., 'The impact of geography and social context on ultra high risk for schizophrenia research in rural Australia', Schizophrenia Bulletin, San Diego, CA (2009) [E3]
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Helen Stain, Ulrich Schall, Amanda Baker, Brian Kelly
2009 Lewin TJ, Conrad A, Carr VJ, Schall UA, Halpin SA, Sly KA, 'A layered service audit of clients presenting to a community-based service for young people at increased risk for psychosis', Schizophrenia Bulletin, San Diego, CA (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1093/schbul/sbn173
Co-authors Ksly1, Ulrich Schall, Agatha Conrad, Terry Lewin
2009 Schall UA, Rasser PE, Atkinson RJ, Fulham WR, Helmbold K, Todd J, et al., 'Mismatch negativity in prodrome, first episode and established schizophrenia: Relationship with stimulus type, generator sources, grey matter loss and functional outcome', Schizophrenia Bulletin, San Diego, CA (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1093/schbul/sbn173
Co-authors Juanita Todd, Pat Michie, Ulrich Schall
2008 Crittenden KL, Fleming JL, Startup MJ, Carr VJ, Baker AL, Schall UA, et al., 'Recruitment and engagement of youth in an ultra high risk treatment study', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Melbourne (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Helen Stain, Amanda Baker, Brian Kelly, Ulrich Schall
2008 Atkinson RJ, Schall UA, Stojanov WM, Inkpen R, Hunt S, Helmbold K, et al., 'Auditory sensory memory deficit in prodromal schizophrenia', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Pat Michie, Juanita Todd, Sally Hunt
2008 O'Brien S, Michie PT, Halpin S, Colyvas KJ, Schall UA, Carr VJ, 'Neuropsychological profiles in ultra high risk individuals and in first episode of psychosis or schizophrenia', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Kim Colyvas, Pat Michie, Ulrich Schall
2008 Atkinson RJ, Schall UA, Stojanov WM, Inkpen R, Hunt SA, Helmbold K, et al., 'Impaired mismatch negativity in the schizophrenia prodrome', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Juanita Todd, Pat Michie, Sally Hunt
2008 Conrad A, Lewin TJ, Carr VJ, Schall UA, Halpin SA, Sly K, 'Preliminary findings from an audit of clients presenting to a community-based service for young people at increased risk of psychosis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Ksly1, Terry Lewin, Ulrich Schall, Agatha Conrad
2007 Crittenden KL, Stain HJ, Startup MJ, Carr VJ, Baker AL, Schall UA, et al., 'Delivering early intervention for rural areas: An RCT for youth at risk for psychosis', 2007 Rural Health Research Colloquium. Official Program, Tamworth, NSW (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Helen Stain, Ulrich Schall, Amanda Baker, Brian Kelly
2007 Baker AL, Halpin SA, 'Treatment of comorbidity', Early Psychosis Forum 2007. Presentations, Westmead, NSW (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Baker
2007 Startup MJ, Carr VJ, Baker AL, Schall UA, Stain HJ, Halpin SA, Bucci SR, 'Cannabis use as a complication in psychological treatments for people at ultra-high risk of psychosis: Early findings from the DEPTH Trial', World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BCN07). Abstracts, Barcelona (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Amanda Baker, Helen Stain
2006 Startup MJ, Carr VJ, Baker AL, Stain HJ, Halpin SA, Bucci SR, 'Cannabis use as a complication in psychological treatments for people at ultra high risk of psychosis: early findings from the DEPTh trial', Acta Neuropsychiatrica, V18: Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, Annual Meeting 2006 'Brainwaves', Sydney (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Helen Stain, Amanda Baker
2006 Greig RL, Startup MJ, Baker AL, Lewin TJ, Halpin SA, Carr VJ, 'Cannabis use history and onset to psychosis in an ultrahigh-risk group', Acta Neuropsychiatrica, V18: Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric research, Annual Meeting 2006 'Brainwaves', Sydney (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker
2006 Greig R, Baker AL, Startup MJ, Lewin TJ, Halpin S, 'Cannabis use history and onset to psychosis in an ultra high risk group', Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Madrid, Spain (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Terry Lewin
2006 Beckmann CJ, Lewin TJ, Halpin SA, Hunt SA, Schall UA, Chenoweth B, Carr VJ, 'Dissociative experiences and transition to psychosis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Fremantle, Western Australia (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Sally Hunt, Terry Lewin
2006 Greig RL, Baker AL, Startup MJ, Lewin TJ, Halpin SA, Carr VJ, Beckmann J, '01-05 Cannabis use history and onset to psychosis in an ultrahigh-risk group.', Acta Neuropsychiatr, England (2006)
DOI 10.1017/S0924270800031872
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker
2005 Hunt SA, Schall U, Halpin SA, Beckmann CJ, Carr V, 'Neurocognitive profiles of prodromal psychosis', SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN, Savannah, GA (2005)
Co-authors Sally Hunt, Ulrich Schall
2005 Silverstein SM, Uhlhaas PJ, Essex B, Schall U, Halpin S, Carr V, 'Perceptual organization deficits in the course of schizophrenia: Implications for a theory of cognitive coordination failure', SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN, Savannah, GA (2005)
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Ulrich Schall
2004 Beckmann C, Lewin T, Halpin S, Hunt S, Schall U, Chenoweth B, Carr V, 'Dissociative experiences and transition to psychosis', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, Vancouver, CANADA (2004)
Co-authors Sally Hunt, Terry Lewin, Ulrich Schall
2003 Startup MJ, Mason O, Halpin SA, Carr VJ, Schall UA, 'State and trait predictors of transition to first episode psychosis among individuals with 'at risk mental states'', Origins of Psychopathology: Programme and Abstracts, Christchurch, New Zealand (2003) [E3]
Co-authors Ulrich Schall
2003 Carr VJ, Lewin TJ, Halpin SA, Neil AL, Holmes S, 'Modeling the potential cost impacts of interventions for early onset schizophrenia', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, COLORADO SPINGS, COLORADO (2003)
DOI 10.1016/S0920-9964(03)80315-8
Co-authors Terry Lewin
2003 Schall UA, Halpin SA, Hunt SA, Beckmann J, Chenoweth B, Mah BL, et al., 'Neurocognitive profiles of young people at high-risk versus first episode psychosis: A follow-up study', Schizophrenia Research, Colorado Springs, CO (2003) [E3]
Citations Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Sally Hunt, Terry Lewin
2000 Carr VJ, Halpin S, Lau N, O'Brien S, Beckman J, Lewin T, 'A risk factor screening and assessment protocol for schizophrenia and realted psychosis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Melbourne (2000) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 56Web of Science - 43
Co-authors Terry Lewin
2000 Halpin S, Carr VJ, 'Use of quantitative rating scales to assess outcome in schizophrenia prevention studies', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Melbourne (2000) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2000 Carr VJ, Lewin T, O'Brien S, Halpin S, Beckmann J, 'Neuropsychological Profiles of young people at risk of psychosis compared to those experiencing their first psychotic episode', Schizophrenia Research, Davos, Switzerland (2000) [E3]
Co-authors Terry Lewin
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $102,833

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20171 grants / $7,597

Head and neck cancer patient experience of EAT: A new dietitian-delivered health behaviour intervention$7,597

Funding body: Calvary Mater Newcastle

Funding body Calvary Mater Newcastle
Project Team Miss Kristen McCarter, Professor Amanda Baker, Doctor Sean Halpin, Doctor Ben Britton, Doctor Alison Beck, Conjoint Professor Gregory Carter, Doctor Chris Wratten, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Associate Professor Judith Bauer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700913
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20141 grants / $44,436

Childhood Trauma and Growth: Efficacy of trauma interventions for promoting growth in adults exposed to childhood trauma$44,436

Funding body: Heal for Life Foundation

Funding body Heal for Life Foundation
Project Team Doctor Lynne McCormack, Doctor Linda Campbell, Doctor Sean Halpin
Scheme Postgraduate Scholarship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1400837
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20081 grants / $50,800

A layered ten-year audit of clients presenting to a community-based service for young people at increased risk of psychosis$50,800

Funding body: Australian Rotary Health

Funding body Australian Rotary Health
Project Team Conjoint Professor Vaughan Carr, Professor Ulli Schall, Mr Terry Lewin, Doctor Agatha Conrad, Doctor Sean Halpin, Ms Ketrina Sly
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188300
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current4

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.75

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Positive and Negative Wellbeing of Parents of Children with Antisocial Behaviour Disorders PhD (Clinical Psychology), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Implicit Versus Explicit Measures of Emotion Processing in People With Aggressive and Impulsive Tendencies and Those Who Use Pornography PhD (Psychology - Science), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD The Antidepressant Effects of of Exercise Among Young People: Pathways to Change; Mind, Body or Behaviour? PhD (Psychiatry), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD The Antidepressant Effects of of Exercise Among Young People: Pathways to Change; Mind, Body or Behaviour? PhD (Psychiatry), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Increasing the Implementation of Evidence Based Care for Head and Neck Cancer Patients PhD (Clinical Psychology), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD An Interpretative Phenomenological Investigation of Dementia from the Perspective of Families and System Caregivers. Stigma, Traumatic Loss, Psychological Growth, and Relational Social Engagement (RSE) PhD (Psychology - Science), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

Peace of mind on the Coast for those who need it most

April 26, 2017

A new psychology clinic at the University of Newcastle’s (UON) Ourimbah Campus will open its doors to the community this week, marking a significant step forward for mental health on the Coast.

Dr Sean Halpin

Position

Psychology Clinic Director
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science

Focus area

Psychology

Contact Details

Email sean.halpin@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6319

Office

Room W254
Building Behavioural Sciences Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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