Ashley is a Clinical Psychologist who commenced working at READ Clinic in 2007
Professor Craig is a registered clinical psychologist and has been involved in clinical work over the past 25 years in varied clinical contexts. For instance, he was Head, Department of Clinical Psychology, Prince Henry Hospital in 1985/86, and he has been an Honorary Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, Royal North Shore Hospital in the 1990s. He has worked as a consultant clinical psychologist in the READ Clinic since 2007. Presently, he holds the position as Adult Team Leader in the READ Clinic (since mid 2009). He has many years of experience in treating disorders such as the major depressive disorders, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, PTSD, social phobia, eating disorders, and the adjustment disorders, including disorders with co-morbid chronic pain and fatigue.
Dr Craig has specialised in treating secondary conditions such as depressive mood, anxiety, fatigue and pain in people with traumatic neurological disorders including spinal cord injury and brain injury. He has also spent many years treating stuttering, a neurological based fluency/ communication disorder in children and adults. Dr Craig co-authored the NSW State Spinal Cord Injury Service Psychosocial Rehabilitation Guidelines 2008 (updated in 2014) launched (October, 2009) for the NSW State SCI Service by the NSW Governor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, AC.
Dr Craig is experienced in a wide range of psychological and health based therapies including the cognitive behaviour and mindfulness therapies, trauma counselling, brief psychotherapies, family based therapies, biofeedback and interpersonal therapies. Dr Craig performs psychiatric mental health and medico-legal assessments including diagnostic assessments, psychometric assessments, and the psychological impacts of injury and disease.
Professor Craig has been involved in researching psychological and physical disorder over a period of 20 years. He held the position of Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Science, UTS from 2001 to 2005. He was the Professor of Behavioural Sciences in UTS from 1999 to 2007. Presently, Ashley holds the Professor of Rehabilitation Studies, Northern Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Sydney. In this position, his primary responsibility is to investigate improving outcomes following neurological and traumatic injuries.
Professor Craig has also served as an editorial consultant for the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, British Medical Journal, International Journal Psychophysiology, Biological Psychology, Perceptual Motor Skills, Psychophysiology, Brain and Behavioural Sciences, Social Science and Medicine, The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, Clinical Psychology Review, British Journal of Psychiatry, Paediatrics, and the Journal of Affective Disorders.
Professor Craig is also the Director of the Neuropsychophysiological Laboratory, in the Northern Clinical School (The University of Sydney), situated in the grounds of the Royal North Shore Hospital (Kolling Building), Sydney. He has won over $20 million in research funding from sources such as the Australian Research Council and NHMRC over the past 20 years. To date, he has published over 200 refereed journal papers and books / book chapters.
Ashley’s areas of interest include:
- Psychological trauma following traumatic injury such as brain injury, whiplash, back injuries and spinal cord injuries
- Psychological reaction to neurological degenerative disorders
- Mood Disorders (including Major Depressive Disorders, Bipolar)
- Anxiety Disorders (including Panic Disorder)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Chronic pain and fatigue
- Stress management
- Adults psychological disorders (18+ years)
- Sleep disorders
- Insurance related psychological problems
Ashley works: Tuesdays 9:00am – 5:00pm