Dianna Bartsch

Dianna Bartsch

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am an adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer for the School of Psychology and Research Coordinator at the Borderline Personality Disorder Collaborative (BPD Co), SA Health. I am passionate about integrating science and practice in the field of psychology and within tertiary mental health settings. I strongly advocate for consumer-focused service-provision and access to high quality evidence-based psychological therapies.

My current research aims to evaluate stepped care for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. I have particular interest in early intervention strategies targeting suicide/self-harm, group therapy, psychometric assessments for personality disorders, stigma and staff attitudes, personality disorder and parenting, carer and family interventions, youth mental health, and prevalence of BPD in the criminal justice system. I am interested in a broad range of psychotherapy approaches including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mentalization based therapy (MBT), General Psychiatric Management (GPM) and Schema Therapy, administered in different modalities (e.g. face-to-face vs. video-conferencing).

Finally, I also have additional research interests relating to other chronic and complex mental health conditions (e.g. psychosis, trauma), children of parents with a mental illness (COPMI), leadership in clinical psychology.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2013 Principal Clinical Psychologist Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
    2012 - 2013 Acting Principal Clinical Psychologist Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
    2008 - 2013 Clinical Psychologist North East Psychology
    2007 - 2012 Clinical Psychologist Central Northern Adelaide Health Service
    2007 - 2010 Clinical Psychologist Central Northern Adelaide Health Service
    2006 - 2006 Psychologist SA Health
    2006 - 2006 Psychologist Central Northern Adelaide Health Service
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2004 Award Alumni Certificate of Achievement for Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) University of South Australia Australia
    2003 Achievement First Class Honours in Psychology (Honours) University of South Australia Australia
    2002 Achievement Chancellor's Merit List University of South Australia Australia
    2000 Achievement Dean's Merit List University of South Australia Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2020 The University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    2004 - 2006 University of South Australia Australia Master of Psychology (Clinical)
    2003 - 2003 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
    2000 - 2002 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Psychology
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2010 - 2010 Dialectical Behaviour Therapy - Intensive Training Program Behavior Tech Australia
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Mitchell, R., Roberts, R., Bartsch, D., & Sullivan, T. (2019). Changes in mindfulness facets in a dialectical behaviour therapy skills training group program for borderline personality disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75(6), 958-969.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS6
    2016 Bartsch, D., Roberts, R., Davies, M., & Proeve, M. (2016). Understanding the Experience of Parents with a Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Australian Psychologist, 51(6), 472-480.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6
    2015 Bartsch, D., Roberts, R., Davies, M., & Proeve, M. (2015). The impact of parental diagnosis of borderline personality disorder on offspring: Learning from clinical practice. Personality and Mental Health, 9(1), 33-43.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC4
    2015 Bartsch, D., Roberts, R., Davies, M., & Proeve, M. (2015). Borderline personality disorder and parenting: Clinician perspectives. Advances in Mental Health, 13(2), 113-126.
    DOI Scopus8
    2007 Bartsch, D. (2007). Prevalence of body dysmorphic disorder symptoms and associated clinical features among Australian university students. Clinical Psychologist, 11(1), 16-23.
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2009 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Clinical College Australia
    2008 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Australia

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