Executive Team

Dr. Peter King Ph.D., Institute Director – Dr. King has extensive experience as a Senior Clinician & Educator on Melbourne CAT teams and is a sought-after consultant. Peter provides education and program development in specialty areas that include Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Psychiatric Emergencies, Somatic Trauma Therapy and Mindfulness-based approaches in mental health care. Peter has specialist training in CBT, DBT, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Mindfulness and his Ph.D. explores treatments for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and clinicians’ training needs. Peter has developed numerous adaptions of DBT for a variety of settings including “Dialectics at Work!“, public mental health services and Indigenous populations. Peter is also an Adjunct Lecturer with Griffith University and is the Consortium Chair of Meadowbrook and Beaudesert headspace.

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Dr. Claudia Herrera MD, Ph.D. (Candidate), Research Manager – Dr. Claudia is a medical doctor, psychotherapist, and DBT therapist with a Master’s in Public Health. Claudia has a range of clinical experiences in Colombia and Australia. Claudia’s research experience is with Harvard University, the Colombian DBT Institute, and the Australian DBT Institute in a variety of topics including Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT, ECT, catatonic presentations, and family function. Current research projects Claudia leads include the Australian DBT Institute’s research program which currently includes: Organisational based implementations of DBT; Adaption of DBT for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Using ANS regulation as a measure of therapeutic progress; Stabilization based therapy project; DBT telehealth and DBT phone coaching projects.


Dr. Julie King DPsych, Adolescent & Young Adult Programs – Dr. King is a clinical psychologist whose Doctorate examined the experience of intellectual giftedness in young people and is titled “The experience of intellectual giftedness as asynchrony”. Julie has spent the last 4 years working in secondary schools and co-ordinating well-being teams. Prior to that she worked for the Division of General Practice under the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care Initiative initiating and developing a voluntary treatment protocol for GPs involving youth and antidepressants. Julie is intensively trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder. She has modified and implemented a DBT program within a special accommodation for homeless youth.

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Institute Faculty

  • Dr. Peter King, Mental Health Nurse (DBT-TI, ATSI-DBT, RUSH, Emergency Psychiatry, Stabilisation, DBT for IPU, DBT Extended Day Program and DBT Training, DBT for PTSD & Trauma Populations).
  • Dr. Julie King, Clinical Psychologist (Youth DBT, DBT for Family & Friends and DBT Training)
  • Dr. Laura Sorbello, Clinical Psychologist (RUSH Program)
  • Naomi Ramsdell, Social Worker (Emergency Psychiatry, Stabilisation Based Approaches, and Crisis Intervention)
  • Brad Stolz-Brobusch, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist (Mindfulness-Based Approaches, AOD Adaptions in DBT, Supervision in DBT, DBT for IPU, DBT Extended Day Program and DBT Training)
  • Dr. Lilian Nejad, Clinical Psychologist (DBT Training)

Institute Clinical Staff – Essentia Health Brighton

  • Dr. Peter King, Credentialed Mental Health Nurse & Psychotherapist 
  • Dr. Julie King, Clinical Psychologist
  • Brad Stolz-Brobusch, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist
  • Dr. Lilian Nejad, Clinical Psychologist
  • Aoife McCann, Child Psychologist
  • Annabelle Waldron, Psychologist
  • Dr. Natasha Doulgeridis, Child Psychologist

Institute Clinical Staff – Gold Coast DBT Clinic

  • Dr. Peter King, Credentialed Mental Health Nurse & Psychotherapist 
  • Tim McIntyre, Clinical Psychologist
  • Jacklyn Whybrow, Credentialed Mental Health Social Worker
  • Noa Rotenberg, Psychologist & Clinical Psychology Registrar
  • Mudit Vashist, Psychologist & Clinical Psychology Registrar
  • Elizabeth Mahoney, Psychologist
  • Dr. Claudia Herrera, General Practitioner & Psychotherapist
  • Jennifer Ranieri, Counsellor & DBT Skills Coach

Institute Staff

  • Dianne Denny, Relationships & Business Manager
  • Soudthida ‘Thida’ Vilavongsa, Administrative Assistant
  • Teagan King, Research Assistant/Provisional Psychologist
  • Caitlyn King, Research Assistant

Institute Research & Ethics Committee

Human Research Ethics Committee of the Australian DBT Institute as of April 2021. Australian DBT Institute staff will continue to support the development of our HREC until full membership is established and then will relinquish membership to ensure the committee’s independence from the Australian DBT Institute’s research projects.

  • Dr. Peter King, Interim Committee Chairperson
  • Dr. Claudia Herrera, Interim Committee Secretary & Institute’s Research Coordinator
  • Brad Stolz-Brobusch, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist and Clinical Trials Investigator