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Dean Spirou

Dean Spirou is a Clinical Psychologist and PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney. Dean’s clinical interests include working with children and families in the treatment of childhood behavioural and emotional problems. Dean has had experience working with and implementing evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents, and families with disruptive and developmental difficulties at Westmead Children’s Hopstial and Annie’s Centre. Dean has also received extensive training in the application of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy under the supervision of A/Prof Eva Kimonis at the University of New South Wales Parent-Child Research Clinic. Dean completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University and a Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Technology Sydney. Dean’s Honours project was a randomised controlled trial that demonstrated that social behaviours and strategies during virtual interactions differed between people who believed their partner was another human compared to those who believed their partner was computer-controlled. Dean is currently completing his PhD at the University of Technology Sydney and in partnership with Blacktown Hospital Metabolic and Weight Loss Clinic. His PhD research focuses on understanding the role of psychology in obesity and bariatric surgery. Dean is also a recipient of the University of Technology PhD Research Excellence Scholarship. Overall, Dean is passionate about translational research as well as early intervention and preventative approaches to child and adolescent emotional and behavioural difficulties.