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Our Team

Building from our transformative learning experiences at ISN Psychology, our clinical staff are well placed within the field of Psychology and include experienced clinicians, clinical educators with evidence based credentials within a science practitioner model of care.

In addition to services provided by our psychologists below, ISN Clinic can provide no and low cost services options for clients who choose to be seen by our interns.  Our interns are all registered as Provisional Psychologist under the National governing body AHPRA. As part of their internship all interns are provided with daily supervision from our team of experienced psychologists. In addition to regular supervision, all interns have access to our academic staff and resources to provided them with timely and up to date information to ensure best client care.

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Professor Tony Paolini

Founder and CEO

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Professor Tony Paolini MPsych (Clin Neuro) PhD MAPS is a psychologist and internationally recognised neuroscientist. He has qualifications in psychology (MPsych – Clin Neuro) and in Neuroscience (PhD). Under the mentorship of Professor Graeme Clark, he lead the Auditory Clinical Neuroscience Unit at the Bionic Ear Institute.   He has published significant internationally peer-reviewed papers in many fields of neuroscience and psychology including medical bionics, sensory and cognitive neuroscience, and behavioural and social neuroscience.  With a research and clinical interest in the role anxiety plays in sensory perception, Professor Paolini is utilising his knowledge to help treat clients who have a heightened sensitivity to sounds and tinnitus distress.   He was Professor and Head of Psychology at RMIT University, Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, and holds adjunct positions at La Trobe University and The University of Melbourne.

Health and Wellness Centre

Human Performance  Clinic

Catherine Panayi

ISN Clinic Director

ISN Clinic Bundoora & Ivanhoe

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Catherine Panayi will oversee both ISN Clinic’s in Bundoora and Ivanhoe.  Catherine has, over the course of 15 years, developed experience in supervising provisional psychologists and early career psychologists.  She has worked in a range of public and private settings including public mental health in Geelong, Western GP Division, Back2Work and privately liaising and building working relationships with medical and non-medical professionals.

David Williams

Director of Clinical Services, ISN Human Performance Clinic, Kew

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David is a qualified and registered psychologist based in Melbourne, Australia. David specializes in sport and exercise psychology. David’s experiences in the field have consisted of working both locally and internationally with a range of different sports and athletes. At present David is the lead Psychologist for the Geelong Football Club and AFL Players Association, he has also consulted for the Malaysian Olympic cycling program, and as a result of having worked internationally been fortunate enough to build relationships with Football powerhouse FC Barcelona and the Manchester City group via consulting for Melbourne city FC.  Being influenced heavily by the latest neuroscience information David’s experiences include; assisting organisations to create enriched high performance environments; training athletes in all areas of high performance including, resilience, skill acquisition, attentional control, mindfulness, cognitive and behavioural change, performance under pressure, leadership, and high performance self-management.

Clinical Psychologist

Professor Sabine Hammond

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Professor Sabine Hammond, FAPS MAICD,  has extensive experience as a researcher, educator and practitioner in Australia, Europe and the United States, and has held leadership roles in both academic and professional settings. She is a past Honorary Professor of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and a former Head of the ACU National School of Psychology. As Executive Manager for Science, Education and Membership at the Australian Psychological Society she was responsible for a wide-ranging portfolio with strategic focus on supporting the discipline of psychology. Professor Hammond’s expertise includes governance, ethics, professional practice and regulation. Professor Hammond has been actively involved in initiatives aimed at reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples, especially in the areas of cultural safety, suicide prevention, and training a culturally responsive workforce.

A/Professor Renee Appaneal

Associate Professor in Psychology (Sport and Exercise)

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Renee is a multi-national professional who has promoted health and high performance for over 20 years in a variety of environments including academia, exercise, medicine, rehabilitation, as well as US collegiate and Australian Olympic/Paralympic sport. She developed and led an applied training program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the USA. At the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Renee was a Senior Sport Psychologist in the AIS Performance Psychology department (2013-2018) and an Implementation Specialist (2018-2021) with the AIS Athlete Performance Health team. She consults with athletes, coaches and staff in state, national and professional sport organisations, and she mentors early/mid-career professionals as part of the AIS Performance Psychology Supervisory Network.

Hita Mistry

Clinical/Forensic Psychologist

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Sport and Exercise, Psychologist,

ISN Human Performance Clinic, Kew

Dr Matt McGregor

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Matt is an experienced Psychologist with a 20 year history of working in the sports industry with individuals, teams and organisations, in both elite and sub elite domains and across a variety of sports including AFL, cricket, kayaking, rowing, swimming, hockey, tennis and equestrian. Endorsed in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and trained in Mental Health and Wellbeing, as well as Career Counselling, Matt has a broad clientele. With a PhD, Masters degree in Applied Psychology, and Certificate of Practice in Clinical Neuropsychotherapy, Matt has also lectured at undergraduate and post graduate level at UniSA, Deakin and Victoria Universities, and supervised students across field placements.

Hita is a Senior Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with 20 years experience working across forensic, public and private mental health sectors. Hita has held senior practitioner and management roles within these capacities and brings a wealth of clinical and supervisory experience to her current role. She has provided training workshops, professional development and consultancy to several organisations within forensic and public mental health service area and spoken at National and International conferences.

Hita has a strong clinical background, in particular, working with clients who present with trauma, personality disorder and attachment difficulties. She is trained in several theoretical frameworks including EMDR and is a member of the EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA). 

A/Professor Melissa Weinberg

Sports & Exercise Psychologist

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Dr Weinberg is an accomplished lecturer, researcher, and public speaker with a wealth of experience in both the research and practical aspects of psychology.

She completed her PhD at Deakin University and also holds a Masters in Applied (Sport & Exercise) Psychology. Melissa led the research component of the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index producing reports on the wellbeing of Australians, and was Senior Research Fellow at the Young and Well CRC. She is a registered psychologist specialising in athlete wellbeing and peak performance.

Melissa is a TEDx speaker and has appeared on various TV and radio programs where she discusses the science of happiness and what makes Australians happy. She has authored scientific articles and book chapters on the topic, and has presented at numerous academic and corporate conferences in Australia and internationally.

Additional Expertise

ISN also works with a large cohort of psychologists and clinical psychologists who engage with us.

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