Dr James Collard

Lecturer & Supervisor

DPsychHealth GDipPsych BCom/BSci MAPS CCLIN
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Dr Collard has worked in mental health for over 10 years, with experience in both the private and public sectors, including hospitals and community health settings. He is a registered psychologist with endorsement in the area of clinical psychology. Currently he also works in private practice, working with children and adults. He is a member of The Australian Psychological Society (APS) and its Clinical College. Dr Collard received his doctorate from Deakin University in 2010 with a thesis examining the role of positive irrational beliefs in mental health and wellbeing. Dr Collard has also been involved in research with Deakin University and Australian Unity studying the wellbeing of Australians, and in research into the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy within private practice. Dr Collard has expertise in clinical and health psychology. He has undergone advanced training in cognitive behavioural therapy, including the traditional models of Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and the more recent “third wave” models.

Expertise

The Role of Functional and Dysfunctional Negative Emotions, Resilience and Mindfulness in Wellbeing; An Examination of Mindfulness, Rumination and Depressive Symptoms; Relationship Styles and Emotional/Cognitive Dynamics; Early Maladaptive Schemas and Risky Levels of Alcohol Use; The Role of Anger and Forgiveness in the Postnatal Experience; A Critical Review of the HeartMath Solution for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Research Interests

Dr Collard’s research interests include mental health, cognitive behavioural theory and practices, health psychology and the interaction of physiological and psychological factors, subjective wellbeing, and, the enhancement of therapy with technology.

Recent Publications and Presentations

    • Collard, J.J. & Cummins, R.A., & Fuller-Tyskiewicz, M. (2015). Measurement of Positive Irrational Beliefs (Positive cognitive biases). Journal of Happiness Studies. DOI 10.1007/s10902-015-9632-x.
    • O’Kelly, M., Gilson, K., Collard, J., Pietrzak, T., & Torres, A. (2013). Is treatment of clients using CBT in private psychology practice under government funded initiatives efficacious. Presentation at the 7th World Congress of Behavioral & Cognitive Therapy.
    • Cummins, R. A., Woerner, J., Weinberg, M., Collard, J., Hartley-Clark, L., & Horfiniak, K. C. (2013). Australian Unity Wellbeing Index: – Report 30.0 – The Wellbeing of Australians –Social media, personal achievement, and work. Melbourne: Australian Centre on Quality of Life, School of Psychology, Deakin University.
    • Cummins, R. A., Woerner, J., Weinberg, M., Collard, J., Hartley-Clark, L., & Horfiniak, K. C. (2013). Australian Unity Wellbeing Index: – Report 29.0 – The Wellbeing of Australians Two extra hours, mother and mothers-in-law. Melbourne: Australian Centre on Quality of Life, School of Psychology, Deakin University.
    • O’Kelly, M. & Collard, J. (2012). Chapter 2: Using Mindfulness with Couples. In Vernon, A. (Ed.) Cognitive & Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy with Couples: Theory & Practice. New York: Springer.
    • Collard, J. & O’Kelly, M. (2011). Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: A positive perspective. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 29 (4), 248-256.
    • Collard, J. (2010). Assessing Positive Irrational Beliefs. Individual oral presentation at the International Conference of Applied Psychology, Melbourne.