Dr. Grace Hancock DPsych (clin), MAPS, FCCLP
Grace Hancock is a Clinical Psychologist with a keen interest in child and adolescent psychology. She has experience in toddler, child, adolescent, and adult mental health and development; within public, private, and not-for-profit organisations. This has involved supporting individuals with a wide range of emotional difficulties (e.g. anxiety, sadness, stress), social wellbeing, and developmental difficulties, and their families.
Grace completed her Doctor of Psychology (clinical) qualifications through Deakin University and has completed further specialised training in Autism, including in diagnostic assessment through the renowned Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC).
Grace's interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) developed while working within an autism-focused early intervention centre where she conducted psychological assessments and provided a range of therapeutic interventions for young children. Grace has also worked within a multidisciplinary ASD assessment team at CAMHS. Here she additionally provided assessment and therapy for children and adolescents with a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, bullying, and academic stress.
Grace is involved in research projects supported through Deakin University. These are currently focused on better understanding how the experiences of initiating, developing, and maintaining relationships can be different for individuals on the autism spectrum. Publications listed here.
Outside of work, Grace is also a mum to two children. Having always lived in Melbourne's West, she has good local knowledge and established networks with the local schools, support services, and the community.
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Grace currently consults in Williamstown (assessment and therapy) and also as part of the Melbourne Autism Assessment Clinic (MAAC).
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