Flinders NT extends farewell to Professor Tim Carey, Director of the Centre for Remote Health, who completed his duties with Flinders University on 8 August 2019.
Tim’s first role at the Centre for Remote Health was as the Mental Health Academic before he became the Director in 2014.
Prior to undertaking studies in psychology Tim worked in schools as a preschool teacher then a special education teacher and, finally, a behaviour management specialist. His PhD research topic was countercontrol and he investigated the extent to which 10 to 12 year old school children in a variety of schools reported countercontroling their teachers.
Between 2002 and 2007 he worked in the National Health Service in Scotland as a clinical psychologist in the area of adult primary care. In that time he developed and began evaluating an approach to psychotherapy called the Method of Levels which is based on Perceptual Control Theory (PCT). Tim is interested in the change process in psychotherapy and has used qualitative methodologies to investigate this process. He also completed an MSc in Statistics at the University of St Andrews while he was working in Scotland and has since completed a postgraduate certificate of biostatistics.
In central Australia Tim has worked as a clinical psychologist in the public mental health service, the alcohol and other drug service, the pain management service, and the social and emotional wellbeing service of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.
His interests in mental health include the importance of control to psychological wellbeing and service provision, improving access to services, and the historical development of our understandings of psychological distress and its treatment. In 2017, Tim received a Fulbright Northern Territory Senior Scholarship and his research has included the impact and cost of short-term health staffing in remote communities; exploring the reasons for alcohol and other drug use by young people in Alice Springs; and developing effective strategies for alcohol use with the NT Department of Health.
We wish Tim all the best with his continuing career.