UTS site search

Alice Shires


Alice Shires is a Clinical Pychologist, Senior lecturer and Psychology Clinic Director at UTS. Alice heads the UTS Mindfulness Integrated Therapies Research Clinic (MTRC)  Prior to this position, Alice has been the Director of the Psychology Clinic at UNSW for 12 years and worked as Clinic Manager at The University of Sydney and as Consultant Clinical Psychologist in acute and specialist mental health services in the UK. Alice has been involved in the teaching, training and supervision of clinical psychologists and their field supervisors for many years.

Alice has been teaching and supervising cognitive behavioural therapies over the last 20 years. She has developed expertise in Mindfulness and its integration into Cognitive and Behavioural therapies and has assisted in the development of accredited training in Mindfulness integrated CBT (MiCBT) and continues as an established trainer in MiCBT. She continues to teach advanced Mindfulness training for mental health professionals via the Mindfulness integrated CBT Institute  http://www.mindfulness.net.au

Alice is involved in supervision of research in mindfulness integrated psychological therapies and is currently undertaking research projects investigating the possible effects of mindfulness training on anger, grief, experimental and chronic pain,

Alice was the Chair of the NSW Section of the APS Clinical College from 2006 to 2010 and a University representative on the Psychology Advisory Committee for the NSW Department of Health. She was a founding Board Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association ACPA from 2009 to 2012 and is currently the ACPA NSW section chair.


Affiliations & Memberships

Full registration with Psychology Board of Australia and endorsed in the clinical psychology area of practice

Chair, Australian Psychological Society, NSW College of Clinical Psychologists. APS 2007-2010

Member of National Executive of the Clinical College, APS 2007-2010

Australian Clinical Psychology Association.  Board Member. 2009-2012

Institute of MiCBT Accreditation and Training Board Member 2009-2015

NSW Institute of Psychiatry Lecturer 2008-2011

Chair Australian and New Zealand University Psychology Clinic Directors group.2003-2014

Chair Australian Clinical Psychology Association NSW Section 2014-2015

Member Psychology Advisory Council NSW 2010-2015

Fellow. Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) 2015

Image of Alice Shires
Clinic Director, Clinical Psychology
B. Psychology, M. Sc (Clinical Psychology)
+61 2 9514 7239

Research Interests

Clinical & Research Interests:

Clinical supervision processes and outcomes

Assessment of clinical psychology competencies

Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.


Stevens, B, Hyde, J, Knight, R ,Shires, A, Alexander, R  Competency-based training and assessment in Australian postgraduate clinical psychology education. Clinical Psychologist 2015.

Cartwright , C. Rhodes, P. King, R. Shires, A. Experiences of Countertransference: Reports of Clinical Psychology Students. Australian Psychologist. 49 (2014) 232-240

Gonsalvez, Craig J.; Bushnell, John; Blackman, Russell; Deane, Frank; Bliokas, Vida; Nicholson-Perry, Kathryn; Shires, Alice; Nasstasia, Yasmina; Allan, Christopher; Knight, Roslyn. Assessment of psychology competencies in field placements: Standardized vignettes reduce rater bias. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, Vol 7(2), May 2013, 99-111.

Gonsalvez, C. J., Shires, A., Allan, C. D., Knight, R., Nicholson-Perry, K., Blackman, R., Webster, R., Bushnell, J. A., Hyde, J. & Nasstasia, Y. (2011). A multi-site study on the assessment of clinical psychology competencies by field supervisors: Should vignettes replace rating scales?. Seventh International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision USA: Adelphi University.

Gonsalvez, Craig J., John A. Bushnell, R. Blackman, Frank P. Deane, Vida V. Bliokas, Yasmina Nasstasia, Kathryn Nicholson-Perry et al. "The use of vignettes to capture clinical psychology practicum competencies: vignette standardization and preliminary results." (2011): 31.

Shires, A and Miller, D.  An exploratory study into psychological variables associated with erectile dysfunction in gay and straight men. Journal of Sexual and Marital Therapy, Vol 11, no.2, 1996

Can supervise: Yes

The application of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies across the lifespan.

Clinical Psychology Supervision.

Assessement of clinical Psychology competency

Ethical and Professional Practice in Clinical Psychology.

Mindfulness integrated Cognitive behavioral therapy (MiCBT).

Journal articles

Shires, A., Vrklevski, L., Hyde, J., Bliokas, V. & Simmons, A. 2017, 'Barriers to Provision of External Clinical Psychology Student Placements', Australian Psychologist, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 140-148.
View/Download from: Publisher's site
Nicholson Perry, K., Donovan, M., Knight, R. & Shires, A. 2017, 'Addressing Professional Competency Problems in Clinical Psychology Trainees', Australian Psychologist, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 121-129.
View/Download from: Publisher's site
Claire Cartwright, a.n.d...A.l.i.c.e...S.h.i.r.e.s. 2015, 'A Pilot Study of a Method for Teaching Clinical PsychologyTrainees to Conceptualise and Manage Countertransference', Australian Psychologist, vol. 50, pp. 148-156.
View/Download from: UTS OPUS
There is evidence that therapists' countertransference responses can affect the therapeutic relationship. There is also evidence that trainee therapists can experience difficulty understanding and managing countertransference. This evidence suggests the need for greater focus on countertransference in the training of professionals, such as psychologists, for whom therapy is a core activity. However, little is currently known about the best way of providing such training or the impact of such training on recipients. This pilot study examined clinical psychology trainees' responses to a teaching and learning method for conceptualising and managing countertransference. The method was designed to be accessible to a range of psychology trainees including those in cognitive behavioural therapy programmes. This article outlines the method and its pilot evaluation. An anonymous online questionnaire was completed by 55 trainees pre-intervention and 40 post-intervention. Qualitative methods were used to examine changes in trainees' analyses of countertransference pre- and post-intervention, and their reports of understanding and managing countertransference. Trainees also rated the intervention. The majority of participants who completed the postintervention questionnaire reported that training increased awareness of or the ability to conceptualise countertransference. They reported strategies for managing countertransference, although they were less confident in this area.
Stevens, B., Hyde, J., Knight, R., Shires, A. & Alexander, R. 2015, 'Competency-based training and assessment in Australian postgraduate clinical psychology education', Clinical Psychologist, pp. n/a-n/a.
View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Gonsalvez, C.J., Deane, F.P., Blackman, R., Matthias, M., Knight, R., Nasstasia, Y., Shires, A., Perry, K.N., Allan, C. & Bliokas, V. 2015, 'The Hierarchical Clustering of Clinical Psychology Practicum Competencies: A Multisite Study of Supervisor Ratings', CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY-SCIENCE AND PRACTICE, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 390-403.
View/Download from: Publisher's site
Cartwright, C., Rhodes, P., King, R. & Shires, A. 2014, 'Experiences of Countertransference: Reports of Clinical Psychology Students', AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGIST, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 232-240.
View/Download from: Publisher's site
Gonsalvez, C.J., Bushnell, J., Blackman, R., Deane, F., Bliokas, V., Nicholson-Perry, K., Shires, A., Nasstasia, Y., Allan, C. & Knight, R. 2013, 'Assessment of Psychology Competencies in Field Placements: Standardized Vignettes Reduce Rater Bias', TRAINING AND EDUCATION IN PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 99-111.
View/Download from: Publisher's site
Bushnell, C.J., Gonsalvez, C.G., Blackman, R., Dean, F., Bliokas, V., Nicholson-Perry, K., Shires, A.G., Nasstasia, Y., Allan, C. & Knight, R. 2013, 'Assessing ourselves: Is the assessment of performance in Clinical Psychology field placements due to biased raters or defective rating instruments', Journal of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 1-9.
Shires, A. & Miller, D. 1998, 'A preliminary study comparing psychological factors associated with erectile dysfunction in heterosexual and homosexual men', Sexual and Marital Therapy, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 37-49.
Selected Peer-Assessed Projects
The Mindfulness integrated CBT Institute  http://www.mindfulness.net.au