Clinical Advisory Group
Our Clinical Advisory Group is a diverse team of clinicians who advise us on best practices in mental health service delivery. Together, we design and refine features of the ReachOut service in response to trends and changes in mental health practice and policy, and identify opportunities to engage health professionals in our programs. Coming from professions including psychology, psychiatry, general practice, and social work, their diverse expertise helps us improve ReachOut’s positive impact on the mental health of millions of young people.
Sera Harris, BSW(Hons), BFA
Social Work Educator
Sera Harris is a social work educator and practice supervisor with 15 years’ experience working in the mental health and youth sectors. In partnership with the Young and Well CRC, she is undertaking a PhD at the University of Western Sydney, on the extent and role of digital technology used by social workers in direct practice settings. She has direct practice experience in the areas of residential care, community development and mental health. From 2003 to 2013 she was part of Mission Australia’s Creative Youth Initiative, an alternative education program for young people experiencing challenges such as homelessness and mental health issues.
Joe Tighe, BSc(Hons) Psychology, Dip. Coaching
Originally from Ireland, Joe Tighe is a Registered Psychologist and founder of Irish community development NGO, Cultúr – Celebrating Diversity. He is almost Australian now, and spent seven years working in mental health with a diverse client group in the Kimberley region of northwest Western Australia. Approached by Aboriginal parents to help tackle the plague of youth suicides in the region, Joe co-founded the award-winning Alive & Kicking Goals! suicide prevention project in 2008; a peer-education initiative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. His areas of interest include community-owned suicide prevention, peer-education, stigma reduction, empowerment and e-health. Joe is also interested in creative approaches to healthcare and innovative models to engage those in need.
Dr Felicity Waters, MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr Felicity Waters co-founded the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and is a senior staff specialist at Rivendell Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Services, where she provides both inpatient and outpatient treatment. She is a team leader on the Lawson Programme, a state-wide assessment and treatment service for young people with mood and anxiety disorders who have experienced difficulty attending school. Felicity is a clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney.