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The PPI team consists of Registered Psychologists, Coaching Psychologists, researchers, and educators. Please find our profiles presented below.

     


Dr Paula Robinson, PhD – Managing Director



Registered Psychologist (Medicare Provider No. 4154301F)
– Specialising in Organisational Psychology and Mental Fitness

  Paula is a Registered, Consulting & Coaching Psychologist and a leading expert on mental fitness, well-being and Positive Psychology theory, research and practice. Paula holds a Bachelor of Science (with Distinction), an Honours degree in Psychology (1st Class), an Australian Postgraduate Award and a PhD conceptualising and measuring ‘Mental Fitness’.
 
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     Anne Bunt – Regional Director, Hunter



Registered Psychologist 
– Specialising in Coaching Psychology
 

   Anne is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters Degree in Coaching Psychology. Anne is an experienced psychologist with 10 years providing individual and group psychological services within the NSW Health Service and in the private sector. Anne conducts seminars and workshops on how to achieve personal and professional goals, maintain and enhance mental health and well-being, build resilience to manage stress and navigate change.
 
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     Dr Justin Coulson – Senior Associate



Researcher, Presenter and Author 
– Specialising in Parenting and Happiness
 
 

 Justin is a parenting researcher and author. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Sydney Business School and he has received his PhD, researching parenting and happiness, from the University of Wollongong. Justin has been nominated for teaching excellence for his lectures in psychology of wellbeing, and has had his research published in academic journals, and peer reviewed books.


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  Kelly daCosta – Senior Associate



Registered Coaching and Clinical Psychologist
– Specialising in Executive Coaching, Strengths and Leadership
  Kelly is a Registered Clinical and Coaching Psychologist with over 15 years experience in a variety of settings.  She has a wide and varied background including working with the corporate sector, the public service, education (both at secondary and tertiary levels) and the community. 
 


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     Anne Lucas – Senior Associate



Registered Psychologist (Medicare Provider No. 4061604X) 
– Specialising in Forensic Psychology, Strength-based assessment and Positive Psychology for psychological distress 


Anne Lucas holds a Bachelor of Arts Psychology, a Master of Arts Psychology and a Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy. She is a Registered Psychologist with an endorsed speciality in the area of Forensic Psychology and is accredited to provide services under Workcover NSW. Anne has worked as a Psychologist for over 15 years and has extensive experience in a variety of public and private settings. Her areas of special interest are in strength-based assessment and the application of Positive Psychology approaches in the treatment of psychological distress.

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     David Runge – Senior Associate



 
Educator
– Specialising in Positive Education
  David is an educator experienced in development and delivery of Positive Education programs in schools. David was part of the world first Geelong Grammar School Positive Psychology program where he was trained in the principles of Positive Psychology by some of the leading academics in the field.
 
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 Emily Scanlan - Senior Associate



Registered Psychologist
– Interests include resilience in adolescents and mindfulness

  Emily is a Registered Psychologist who is trained in evidenced-based models of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy. She joined PPI after finding that many of her clients made the strongest recovery after working with their strengths as well as their difficulties. She is passionate about building resilience in individuals and couples, as well as preventing corporate burnout.

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  Peter Webb – Senior Associate



Registered Psychologist
– Specialising in Organisational and Leadership Capability
  Peter is a Leadership Capability Coach with an applied research focus in the psychology of wisdom, helping leaders make difficult choices in business and in life. He has coached Managers, Executive Managers, Directors, and Partners across a diverse range of commercial and government enterprises, and has trained hundreds of consultants, coaches, and managers as coaches.
 
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  Steve Zolezzi – Senior Associate



Registered Psychologist 
– Head of Positive Education at Knox Grammar School

 
   Steve has 25 years experience in Education and Psychology and is a leading expert on School well-being and Positive Psychology practice. Steve also provides educational strategic planning approaches aligned to key organisational objectives.
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    Kari Sutton – Senior Associate



Specialist in Positive Education

– Specialising in the implementation of Positive Education within special education.   

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