Meet the BRAVE team

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BRAVE is an online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program designed for children and teenagers suffering from anxiety. The Program is backed with over 15 years of research and in collaboration with various universities and organisations across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. BRAVE was developed based on both theoretical and empirical research related to psychosocial determinant of child anxiety.



sue-spence-photoSusan Spence is a Professor in the School of Applied Psychology and Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. She previously held the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at Griffith University, after a term as Pro Vice Chancellor (Quality and Student Outcomes). Her research interests lie in the causes, assessment, prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression in young people. She is on the editorial boards of several international journals and has also been a member of numerous State and Commonwealth advisory committees and granting bodies in Australia, in the area of mental health.

Academic profile and publications



Dr Caroline Donovan is a clinical psychologist and has been a lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. She specializes in child anxiety disorders with additional interests in adolescent depression and eating issues. Caroline has a particular interest in the development, empirical testing, and dissemination of, internet-based therapy and in particular, the BRAVE-ONLINE programs for youth anxiety. Behind her interest in the youth area, is a strong belief in the value of prevention and early intervention. Through preventing and treating psychological disorders in youth, problematic trajectories towards adult mental health issues can be averted.

 Academic profile and publications



Dr Sonja March is a research fellow at University of Queensland, member of the Psychologist’s Board of Queensland, of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions, and of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She specialises in posttraumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents following accidental injury, child and adolescent anxiety disorders, and internet-based psychological interventions for parents of preschoolers with anxiety, and is heavily committed to her research on internet-based CBT for treating anxiety in young people.

 Academic profile



Sue, Caroline and Sonja also have the support of Professor Justin Kenardy from the University of Queensland (discover his academic profile and publications) and Dr Jane Coleman. Dr Coleman is an Australian-based health professional. She is trained as a Clinical Psychologist and has a practice located in Brisbane, Australia.