DR Louise Hayes

DR Louise Hayes


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Youth mental illness and youth wellbeing)
  • Clinical Psychologist (Youth mental illness and youth wellbeing)



  • Louise is a clinical psychologist and academic with research interests in youth, child and parent mental health and well being. She is employed by Orygen Youth Mental Health as a lecturer in Graduate Education. Prior to this Louise was Senior Lecturer at the University of Ballarat.

    Louise has a background in applied behaviour analysis, and since 2004 has combined this with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Her expertise is working with children, youth and parents. She also has a strong interest in working with past trauma. Louise is also an ACT Trainer who is part of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) training community.

    For professionals interested in ACT. Louise works to develop treatments for adolescents. Recent key aspects of Louise’s work include being the principal investigator for research funded by beyondblue . This involved developing and testing ACT for adolescents with depression. It included training and supervision of mental health professionals from public mental health services and secondary schools, as well as direct delivery of group and individual treatment with adolescents.

    Prior to this, Louise was instrumental in the development of the CAMHS and Schools Together (CAST) service in the Grampians Region of Victoria. As team leader of this initiative, Louise developed treatment programs and protocols for children with disruptive behaviour disorders, their parents, teachers, and school personnel. Over the course of the program many hundreds of teachers and school personnel received CAST professional training. The CAST service was an initiative of the Mental Health Branch of the Department of Human Services. Originally developed as a three-year pilot, the CAST model is now a recurrent service and has been replicated as a model program across Victoria.   


Member of

  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. Charter member 2006 -
  • Australian Psychological Society. Clinical College 2004 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 2005
  • B.App.Sci (Hons), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 2000
  • B.A, University of Ballarat 1999



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Treatment research using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Frame Theory, or Contextual behavioural science