Gemma is a psychologist with experience working with children, adolescents and adults, both individually and as a family. She has expertise in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, as well as special interests in treating difficulties associated with emotional dysregulation, behavioural management and parent-child relational issues.
Gemma has trained and worked in a variety of health settings, including the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic at Macquarie University, the Rivendell Child, Adolescent and Family Unit and St George Community Mental Health Centre. Gemma is trained in, and uses, a variety of evidence-based approaches which are carefully tailored to individual needs, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based interventions, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and attachment-focused interventions. She has previously run group CBT programs for children with anxiety (the Cool Kids Program) and DBT skills groups for adults. She takes a supportive and collaborative approach in her work, and recognizes individuals and families needs, values, strengths and challenges to achieve their goals.
Gemma is in the final year of a PhD at the University of Sydney. Her research is investigating parent-child interactions associated with anxiety in children with asthma, and developing an evidence-based treatment for children with comorbid asthma and anxiety.
Gemma is currently completing the registration program for endorsement as a clinical psychologist. Prior to working as a psychologist, Gemma worked in finance. She was awarded a Class 1 Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Class 1 Honours degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. She holds an Australian Postgraduate Award and won the University Clinical Psychology Prize in 2011. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and an Associate Member of the Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT).
Gemma is currently on maternity leave.
Dudeney, J., Sharpe, L., Sicouri, G., Lorimer, S., Dear, B. F., Jaffe, A., . . . Hunt, C. (2017). Attentional bias in children with asthma with and without anxiety disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology,
Sicouri, G., Sharpe, L., Hudson, J. L., Dudeney, J., Jaffe, A., Selvadurai, H., . . . Hunt, C. (2017). hreat interpretation and parental influences for children with asthma and anxiety. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 89, 14-23.
Sicouri, G., Sharpe, L., Hudson, J. L., Dudeney, J., Jaffe, A., & Hunt, C. (2017). A case series evaluation of a pilot group cognitive behavioural treatment for children with asthma and anxiety. Behaviour Change,, 1-13.
Easter, G., Sharpe, L., Hunt, C. (2015). Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Anxious and Depressive Symptoms in Caregivers of Children With Asthma. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(7),, 623-632.
Sicouri, G. (2016). Parent-child interactions in children with asthma and anxiety. World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Australia,