Dr Rachael Macdonald
B.A.; M.Litt.(Clin.Psych); M.Psych.Ed.; D.Psych.Ed.

0412 189 913

Dr Rachael Macdonald

B.A. (Psych); M.Litt. (Clin.Psych); M.Psych.Ed; D.Psych.Ed., BCN


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Dr Rachael Macdonald's personal practice Philosophy aims to integrate cutting-edge neuroscience and psychotherapeutic techniques with traditional mindfulness-based healing traditions.

Dr Rachael Macdonald offers:

  • Treatment in the exciting new field of Neurotherapy, where patients learn to self-regulate their own brain activity. Click for more information on Neurotherapy.
  • Comprehensive intervention programs and counselling that include a holistic approach to, if at all possible, non-drug related treatments.
  • Over 25 years of experience providing comprehensive psychological assessments, using the latest assessment systems.

Work Experience

Dr Rachael Macdonald has worked as a psychologist across a variety of settings, including:

  • Royal Children’s Hospital (Brisbane) – Dr Rachael worked at the RCH for 13 years, including 9 years as the Senior Psychologist and Head of Department for the Outpatients Department Psychology Service.
  • Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service – A service for children with acquired brain injuries.
  • Adolescent Mental Health Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital – a service for young people with acute mental health issues.
  • Queensland Cerebral Palsy League – A service for children with cerebral palsy and other severe disabilities.
  • Numerous schools and pre-schools – Consultation and diagnostic assessment
Dr Rachael Macdonald has also been a co-researcher and co-author on numerous research projects undertaken at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and has also been involved in numerous University-based research projects.

Since moving to Ballarat in 2010,
Dr Rachael Macdonald has worked for:

  • Pearson Clinical and Talent Assessment – Dr Rachael was a major contributing examiner for the Australian and New Zealand WISC-V and WIAT-III norming and standardisation project to develop new cognitive and educational assessments for use by psychologists. (Dr Rachael was also involved in the WISC-IV standardisation project whilst working at RCH).
  • The Victorian Transport Accident Commission in client services.
  • Private Practice, including extensive outreach to rural areas in Western Victoria.

Training and Education

Dr Rachael has completed extensive University training including:

  • Doctor of Educational Psychology (2006) - University of Queensland
  • Master of Educational Psychology (2001) - University of Queensland
  • Master of Letters (Clin. Psych) (1994) - University of New England
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (1991) - University of Queensland

Dr Rachael has recently completed post-Doctoral training and research in Applied Cognitive Neuroscience, using EEG-based neurodiagnostic assessment and intervention techniques. She is currently completing the Internationally recognised BCIA-A Certification.

Dr Rachael has also completed training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and other psychotherapeutic techniques.

Professional Associations

Dr Rachael Macdonald is a member of the following professional organisations:

  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Fellow of APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (FCEDP)
  • Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA)
  • International Society for Neurofeedback & Research (ISNR)
  • EEG Education and Research (EEGer)

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