Dr. Qusai Hussain
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
BA, LLB(Hons), MA (Forensic Psychology), DPsych (Melb), MAPS, MCCLP, MCFP
Dr. Qusai Hussain is the foundation director of Psylegal and is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. He is a Board endorsed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. He is trained both clinically and legally and practices in the specialist areas of clinical and forensic psychology.
Dr. Hussain received his Law Degree from the National Law School of India after which he practiced as a criminal defence lawyer. He pursued postgraduate studies in New York, U.S.A receiving his M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He received his Doctorate Degree in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. His post-doctoral work has lead him to work as a clinician in prisons and in general and forensic mental health and he has conducted numerous forensic psychological evaluations and has been an expert witness in a number of cases.
Dr. Hussain consults extensively with the legal community to provide executive coaching and strategies to improve workplace performance and reduce the incidence of mental health problems in the legal industry. He is a Certified Trainer of the Emotions & Behaviour at Work, Emotional Intelligence Model and has developed the Juricognetics™-EI program and Juricognetics™ – SR program driven by evidence based research on performance enhancement specifically for lawyers. The program develops increased cognitive performance and reduces the impact of mental health issues in the work-place using a combination of cognitive and emotional intelligence and mindfulness based techniques.
Dr. Hussain has extensive clinical experience and specialises in the treatment of Anxiety, Phobias, Depression, Trauma and Behavioural Compulsions. He is particularly interested in helping individuals address these mental health issues to improve life satisfaction, workplace performance and overall personal well-being. In addition to running various workshops (legal and corporate) he also runs Group sessions for Anxiety and Depression using a combination of Cognitive Behavioural therapy and Mindfulness techniques.
Dr. Hussain also works extensively in the Forensic area conducting psychological evaluations for courts and providing expert testimony. His areas of specialty are violent and sex offenders and his legal knowledge assists in providing informed psychological reports to the courts. Dr. Hussain provides psychological reports for Violence risk assessment, Sex offender risk assessment, Pre-Sentence Evaluation, Treatment suitability Evaluations and Victims of Crime Evaluation and Counselling.
Dr. Hussain is a member of many professional organizations including the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), College of Forensic Psychologists, College of Clinical Psychologists, Board Endorsed Clinical Psychologist and Forensic Psychologist, Australian and New Zealand Association for Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and Clinical Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse. Dr. Hussain lectures in Forensic Psychology, Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Issues and has published several articles on the confluence between law and psychology.
Dr Karla Lopez
BBehavSc (Hons), DPsych (Forensic)
Cert IV (Workplace Assessment and Training)
Dr Karla Lopez is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a Clinical Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and the College of Forensic Psychologists. Dr Lopez received her Doctorate Degree in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. She is also an accredited workplace trainer.
Dr Lopez has practiced and consulted extensively primarily in the area of forensic psychology, having worked in correctional, police as well as community mental health settings for the last 16 years. She has been involved in therapeutic, program development and community supervision roles pertaining to a range of offender groups including sex and violent offenders as well as youth, females, intellectually disabled and other complex, high risk adult offenders. Dr Lopez has provided numerous risk and clinical evaluations for the courts and provided expert testimony in matters involving dangerous offenders under the Serious Sex Offender (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009.
Dr Lopez is an experienced therapist and group facilitator with a particular interest in evidence-based risk assessment of offending and compulsive behaviours and their management. She is therefore dedicated to the effective treatment of associated problems such as substance misuse, emotional regulation, social anxiety and anger management. She has also treated issues of depression, pain management and anxiety.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr Lopez’s recent research pertains to the development of a risk assessment tool for the use of non-clinical personnel and she consults broadly on its use across Australian jurisdictions. As an accredited trainer and supervisor and has consulted on matters of workplace health, providing training and coaching to a range of private organisations.
Dr Karen Scally
BA, Psych(Hons), DPsych (Clinical Neuro)
Dr Karen Scally is a registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) who is endorsed in both Clinical Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology. She completed a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology, with a specialisation in Forensic Psychology at Monash University.
Dr Scally has experience in undertaking forensic, medico-legal and clinical neuropsychological assessments and providing interventions relating to psychological, behavioural and cognitive functioning in both prison and community settings. She has a keen interest in increasing community access to Clinical Neuropsychological assessment and treatment and advancing the practice of Forensic Neuropsychology as a discipline within Australia.
She has undertaken research into driving safety in clinical populations such as Parkinson’s disease and Traumatic Brain Injury. She also has an extensive background working as a personal carer for people with physical disabilities. She is a member of the advisory committee for Mental Health Week.