Curriculum Vitae of Colby Pearce

(A) Tertiary Qualifications


Conferring Institution

Date Conferred

Bachelor of Arts

University of Adelaide

April 1990

Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Arts (in Psychology)

University of Adelaide

May 1991

Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice

University of South Australia

May 1993

Master of Applied Psychology

University of Adelaide

April 1995

(B) Employment History

Position Held



Research Officer Southern Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services August 1991 – November1995
Clinical Psychologist Family and Youth Services (Now Families SA) – Various Locations November 1995 – December 2002
Acting Chief Clinical Psychologist Family and Youth Services October 2001 – December 2001
Clinical Psychologist Family and Youth Services – Refugee Program January 2002 – May 2002
Principal Clinical Psychologist Secure Start August 2002 – Present
Founder and Inaugural Director Child Wellbeing Clinics October 2005 – July 2008
Lecturer in Child Clinical Psychology University of South Australia February 2006 – June 2006
Principal Psychologist Northern Kids Wellbeing – Adelaide Northern Division of General Practice January 2009 – April 2010

 (C) Professional Appointments

Registered Psychologist, September 1995 – (Current)

Endorsed Clinical Psychologist, 2010 – (Current)

Regulation 7 Officer, Family Court of Australia, October 2002 – (Current)

Panel Member, Australians Aiding Children Adoption Agency, February 2003 – April 2005

Panel Member, Adoption and Family Information Service, April 2005 – 2006

Private Provider, Families SA, July 2006 – (Current)

Family Consultant, Federal Magistrates Court of Australia, July 2006 – January 2008

Clinical Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, 2009 – (Current)

Member, Health Practitioner’s Tribunal (SA), August 2010 – January 2013

National Psychology Examination Committee, December 2012 – (Current)

 (D) Professional Affiliations

Member, Australian Psychological Society, July 2003 – (Current)

Member, College of Clinical Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society, November 2007 – (Current)

(E) Publications:

Pearce, C.M (2012). Repairing Attachments. BACP Children and Young People, 28-32

Pearce, C.M. (2011). A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children. London: Jessica Kingsley

Pearce, C.M. (2011). The Comeback Kid. Junior Magazine

Pearce, C.M. (2011) Attached to the Unattached. SEN Magazine

Pearce, C.M. (2010). An Integration of Theory, Science and Reflective Clinical Practice in the Care and Management of Attachment-Disordered Children – A Triple A Approach. Educational and Child Psychology (Special Issue on Attachment), 27 (3): 73-86

Pearce, C.M. A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2009

Pearce, C.M., Martin., G., & Wood, K. (1995). Significance of Touch for Perceptions of Parenting and Psychological Adjustment Among Adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 34 : 160-167.

Pearce, C.M., & Martin, G. (1994). Predicting Suicide Attempts Among Adolescents. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 90 : 324-328.[1]

Pearce, C.M., & Martin, G. (1993). Locus of Control as an Indicator of Risk for Suicidal Behaviour Among Adolescents. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 88 : 409-414.

 Pearce, C.M. (1992). An Evaluation of Education Department and Health and Welfare Agency Staff’s Perceptions of Southern CAMHS Interagency Workers Involved in the Interagency Referral Process. Adelaide : Southern CAMHS.

Allison, S., Pearce, C., Martin, G., Miller, K., & Long, R. (1995). Parental Influence, Pessimism, and Adolescent Suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 1 : 229-242.

Allison, S., Powrie, R., Pearce, C., & Martin, G. (1995). Continuing Medical Education in Marital and Family Therapy: A Survey of South Australian Psychiatrists. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 29 : 638-644

Martin, G., Rozanes, P., Pearce, C.M., & Allison, S. (1995). Adolescent Suicide, Depression and Family Dysfunction. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 92 : 336-344.

Martin, G., Clarke, M., & Pearce, C.M.. (1993). Adolescent Suicide: Music Preference as an Indicator of Vulnerability. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 32 : 530-535.

(F) Teaching and Training:

July 1997 – Present: Supervision of  Master of Clinical Psychology Students’ 45 – 54 day Child Clinical Placements (Comprising 37 completed student placements under direct supervision – 49 student placements in total)

February – June 2006: Lecturer in Child Clinical Psychology, University of South Australia

1999 – Present: Numerous workshops, lectures and presentations to student, professional and community audiences concerning:

  • Attachment and Attachment Disorder
  • Resilience
  • Trauma
  • Asylum Seekers

(G) Website:

(H) Blogsite:





[1] The findings of this article formed the basis of the assessment process in the video Youth Suicide: Recognising the Signs, produced by the Child Health Foundation as part of a nation-wide education program for GP’s.