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Yolanda van der Kruk

Psychologist (Neurodevelopmental Consultant)

Yolanda is a paediatric development-focussed psychologist by training with over 15 years of clinical experience and is passionate about working with children and their families. Committed to ongoing professional development, she is currently in the final stages of completing a PhD at the University of Queensland, developing better ways to support our students on the Autism spectrum in mainstream education. Yolanda is also a busy mum of three, and enjoys spending time with her family, and anything that involves being outdoors.

Following undergraduate training in Social Pedagogical Work, Pedagogics, and Orthopedagogics (Neurodevelopmental disorders), Yolanda completed postgraduate training in Orthopedagogics (Neurodevelopmental Disorders) and Clinical Neuropsychology in The Netherlands. She gained extensive experience in working with families and children, particularly those impacted by a developmental disorder and trauma.

Yolanda spent five years in South Africa, where she worked as a neuroconsultant to a private neurorehabilitation clinic in Johannesburg, an educational psychologist (Registrar) in a Johannesburg-based primary & secondary school for girls, and as psychologist at the Aurum Institute in rural Eastern Cape, working with disadvantaged communities. She went on to study MSc Medicine (Paediatric Neurodevelopment) at the Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, before moving to Australia in 2013. Since then, Yolanda has worked as a lecturer and researcher with the College of Medicine & Dentistry at James Cook University, and as a psychologist with JCU Student Wellbeing. She has also held a mental health clinician position with Headspace, as well as the role of Regional Coordinator Mental Health with Primary Health Network (PHN) QLD, providing her with invaluable insight into, and connections with, our regional mental health community.

Over the past 15 years Yolanda has gained skills and experience in the psychological and neurodevelopmental assessment of children, and a broad range of interventions such as CBT, ACT, neurofeedback therapy, EDMR therapy, family and play-based therapy. Yolanda is a registered psychologist (with Provisional Registration) with AHPRA, and holds (associate) memberships with EMDR Association Australia (EMDRAA), Australian Psychology Society (APS), Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), and Australian Brain Alliance and Community of NeuroScientists at JCU (CNS@JCU), a network of academics and health professionals interested in neuroscience and brain research.

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