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Associate Professor, Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne

Nicole Sadler joined Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health in July 2017 and she is the Head of Policy and Service Development. Nicole is a Clinical Psychologist with an in-depth understanding of issues and challenges for individuals working in high-risk organisations, and the systems and services to improve and maintain mental health and wellbeing. At Phoenix Australia, she has worked on mental health strategic reviews, policy and training development projects and research projects for police, emergency services and other government agencies at Commonwealth and State levels.

Prior to joining Phoenix Australia, she served in the full-time Army for 23 years as a psychology officer and she completed her career in the senior Army psychology position at the rank of Colonel. She also commanded the unit responsible for providing deployable mental health support to all Australian Defence Force operations, and throughout her career, she developed considerable experience in psychology service provision, training, research and evaluation, and leading multi-disciplinary teams. Nicole continues to serve as a Colonel in the Army Reserves and she is one of the Defence investigators on the joint Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne


  • 2005 
    Charles Sturt University , Masters of Psychology (Clinical)
  • 1992 
    Australian National University, BA Hons (Psych)