Ms Kelly Watt-McMahon

Senior Lecturer and Coordinator - Master of Professional Psychology

MPsychClin BBSc(Hons) MAPS FCCLP
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Teaches in Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Kelly Watt-McMahon is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with over 25 years experience.  She currently lectures and supervises at Cairnmillar Institute and, as a private practitioner, provides treatment, supervision and consultation to complex, high risk cases.  Kelly has worked extensively in mental health services, including crisis assessment teams, inpatient units, and continuing care, and has been in private practice for 15 years.  Kelly’s specialization is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), it’s treatment and management.  She held leadership roles at Spectrum (Victoria’s state-wide personality disorder service) for over a decade, is a published author in the field, and has provided training workshops throughout Australia to other professionals regarding working with BPD.  Her particular interest is the management of self-harm and chronic suicidal presentations in BPD, and she is currently leading a large research project at Monash Health aimed at improving practices in this area.

Expertise

Borderline Personality Disorder; Self-harm and Chronic Suicidality; Mindfulness; Severe adult psychopathology; Complex trauma.

Kelly’s specialisation is in the assessment and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  She worked in senior roles at Spectrum, the personality disorder service of Victoria for over a decade, and continues to run training workshops for mental health workers nationally regarding this very challenging area of work.  She is an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University School of Psychology, and has provided specialist input there on BPD.

Research

Kelly is continuing her PhD in 2018, in which she is evaluating a model for assessing and managing chronic suicide risk in BPD.  Her research interests align with her expertise listed above.

Publications

  • Watt-McMahon, K.  (2014)  Understanding & managing anger & aggression from people who self-harm.  Safe & Secure Hospitals Conference, Sydney, 14th October 2014.
  • Watt-McMahon, K (2014)  Working with people who have borderline personality disorder.  Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium, Albury, 12-14 November 2014.
  • Milton, I. & K. Watt-McMahon (Eds) (1999). Guidelines for Effective Treatment of People with Severe Personality Disorder [should be italics]. Psychoz: Melbourne.