Meet Our Team
The Northern Centre for Child Development is a multidisciplinary paediatric practice in Melbourne and North Eastern Victoria.
We work with families, children and schools.


 Amanda Abel is a paediatric psychologist, mum, and founder of Northern Centre for Child Development (NCCD). While she is not currently taking new clients in Melbourne, Amanda is part of the NCCD team which consults regularly in Beechworth in North-East Victoria.

Working directly and indirectly with hundreds of clients each year, Amanda’s mission is for every child to achieve their best outcomes by equipping families and educators with the tools they need to help kids thrive - and that’s house NCCD was born.

Amanda draws on her own experiences of being a parent along with her extensive training and well-honed skill set to get families thriving. She is Circle of Security Parenting® trained and is a registered SOS Feeding Therapist for children who are problem feeders.

Having worked with families for over two decades, as a psychologist for the past 15 years in a variety of settings, Amanda loves building the confidence of the adults in the lives of children so that they can connect meaningfully, help them reach their full potential, and live a life that reflects their values.
She has worked in a variety of settings in both the public and private sectors prior to founding NCCD, which has allowed her to gain extensive experience helping a wide range of clients. Amanda’s honours thesis investigated the social skills, friendship expectations and attention of high functioning children with autism, and this was presented in 2004 at the 3rd Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Forum, Melbourne.

Amanda frequently presents at both academic and parenting events, as well as many other events hosted by PR companies in Melbourne. Amanda is media trained, appearing on Channel 7 and 9 News and regularly features in print media and on ABC Perth Radio. In 2022 Amanda co-founded online parenting program ToddlerToolkit with paediatrician Dr Daniel Golshevsky, and in addition to her clinical and management work at NCCD, she provides consultation to child-centred brands to ensure their engagements with, and advertising to, children are responsible and ethical. 


  Kim McGregor is a registered Psychologist with a Master’s degree in Educational & Developmental Psychology. She has worked extensively with infants, children and their families in not for profit, early childhood, specialised school and government multidisciplinary settings providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment for their developmental, cognitive, social, emotional and learning needs.

While Kim enjoys working with and celebrating all children as they grow and develop, her experience and interests include understanding the specific strengths, abilities and support needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, intellectual disability and learning disabilities to reach their full potential through comprehensive assessment.

Her goal is to always work from a person centred and family focused partnership with parents providing clear communication, empathy and support throughout the journey of understanding and helping their child. She incorporates evidence based therapies to support skill development, having trained in CBT programs such as The Cool Kids Anxiety program (Cool Kids) and the Secret Agent Society program (SAS) and in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).

While Kim has spent most of her life in Sydney, she now enjoys all that Melbourne has to offer with her family and pets.


  Alex is a registered psychologist with a Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Within school-based and public mental health settings, Alex has experience in conducting comprehensive mental health assessments and delivering evidence-based psychological therapy for young people and adolescents with a range of behavioural, emotional, psychosocial, and neurodevelopmental challenges.

Alex is also committed to strengthening the confidence and capacity of caregivers to support their children’s development and overall wellbeing. Through his person-centred, empathic, and collaborative approach, Alex is dedicated to building and maintaining a trusting, safe, and supportive therapeutic environment for all his clients and their families to create lasting positive changes.  

Currently on maternity leave

  Christine is a psychologist having completed a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology. Christine has worked with a range of ages (children, youth and adults) in helping them understand mental health concerns including anxiety and depression, support with coping through stress and change, and setting and achieving goals. Christine also conducts psychoeducational and diagnostic assessments primarily for learning difficulties, autism and ADHD. Christine’s masters thesis explores how parents of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities have coped during the COVID-19 pandemic to make suggestions on how families can be supported better.

Using a strengths based approach and working with clients to find what works for them, Christine will often utilise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to explore and achieve client goals. Outside the clinic, Christine enjoys spending time with her puppy and eating cruffins (croissant muffins).


  Jennifer is an empathetic psychologist who enjoys supporting the mental health and well-being of children, adolescents, and their families. She aims to provide a warm and accepting therapeutic environment, exploring presenting issues in engaging and creative ways. She is passionate about early intervention and strives to work collaboratively with caregivers, schools, and other professionals to create long-lasting, positive change.

Jennifer brings a holistic and strength-based approach to her psychological practice, drawing from a range of evidence-based assessments and

therapeutic techniques to suit the needs of her clients. She has a particular interest in working with learning difficulties, building social skills and emotional regulation, behavioural difficulties, and neurodevelopmental disorders.


  Donna De Bortoli is a registered Psychologist with a Masters degree in Psychology who has recently returned to the profession after taking leave to raise her three daughters, who are now all young adults!

Donna has worked with a range of children and parents, helping to manage behavioural, social, emotional and educational concerns. She has worked across school settings, in private practice and in government sectors, conducting thorough assessments, developing intervention plans and working with children and their families to assist with implementation of strategies and programs. Subsequently, she helped establish the inaugural Parenting Research Centre, a Victorian government initiative, researching evidence-based best practice programs that demonstrated their effectiveness in achieving significant positive outcomes.

Drawing on her extensive experience and her commitment to evidence-based therapies, in conjunction with her own parenting journey, Donna is committed to helping parents and children achieve their therapeutic goals.


  Zoe Lazaridis is a dedicated and highly skilled psychologist with a strong background in clinical psychology. She holds a Master of Psychology (Clinical) and a Master of Psychology (Professional).

Zoe's passion for psychology began during her undergraduate years, where she completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at La Trobe University. Her commitment to excellence is evident in her clinical experience, where she has worked with diverse populations, including children with autism and individuals seeking mental health support.

Zoe's research expertise includes conducting systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials. She is also an experienced workshop facilitator, helping high school students build resilience and enhance their well-being. With a strong ethical foundation and a commitment to evidence-based practice, Zoe is a valuable asset to the field of psychology.


  Craig is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Fellow of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.

Craig completed his post-graduate training at the University of Melbourne, and has broad experience working with adolescents and their families as a psychologist, and previously as a teacher.

Craig has a calm, gentle and empathetic approach when working with clients, supporting them and their families through the process of treatment and assessment. He adopts a range of therapeutic approaches from an evidence-based perspective that is both neuro-affirming and trauma-informed. He has a particular interest in mood and anxiety disorders, neurodevelopmental differences, and personality and identify difficulties.

Craig is passionate about taking a client-centred approach to psychology to foster young people's ability to understand themselves and achieve their goals.

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