Alice Shires is Director of the Psychology Clinic and Senior lecturer, Graduate School of Health, University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to this she was the Director of the Psychology Clinic for several years at University of New South Wales and has also worked as Clinic Manager at The University of Sydney and as Consultant Clinical Psychologist in acute and specialist mental health services in the UK. Alice has been involved in the teaching, training and supervision of Clinical Psychologists and their field supervisors for many years. She is involved in research on the process of supervision and assessment of competencies in Clinical Psychology and has developed a joint University of NSW and University of Sydney University Supervisors Training Program.
Alice was the Chair of the NSW Section of the APS Clinical College from 2006 to 2010 and is currently a University representative on the Psychology Advisory Committee for the NSW Department of Health. She was a founder Board Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association ACPA from 2009 to 2012. Alice has developed a keen interest in Mindfulness and its integration into Cognitive and Behavioural therapies since 2002. Her interest grew as a response to an increasing frustration and awareness of the limitations of standard CBT. Alice attended ACT training with Stephen Hayes and regular MiCBT training with Bruno Cayoun.
Since 2007, Alice has implemented MiCBT with clients, taught MiCBT to professionals and supervised clinicians during the course of their MiCBT training. She has been hosting a Mindfulness interest group for clinicians who are interested in the application of Mindfulness in Psychological therapy. Alice is particularly interested in the accreditation process that supports high standards of content and training, and has been involved in the MiCBT Vocational Graduate Diploma course construction.
Alice is currently undertaking a PhD research project at the University of Sydney in Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Professor Louise Sharpe (USYD), investigating the possible effects of mindfulness training on neurological plasticity particularly its effects on the hippocampus of Multiple Sclerosis sufferers.