Bradley Jones MAPS
B.Psych (Hons), M. Psych (Forensic)
Our Principal Psychologist, Bradley Jones, is endorsed by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Forensic Psychologist. Educationally he completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree and a Master of Psychology (Forensic) degree. Addtionally he has more than 34 years in the law enforcement and criminal justice system. Brad has experience in the law enforcement settings of the NSW Police Force and NSW Local Government before he embarked upon private practice.
In 2011 Brad entered private practice as the owner of Stephens & Bradley Forensic & Clinical Psychological Services. The combination of Brad's prior employment and his studies has given him extensive experience in the areas of law enforcement and it's inherent triggers for depression, anxiety and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); victims of crime and its many debilitating psychological and physical impacts; the motivations and causes of criminal offending behaviour and its legal implications; and offender incarceration and rehabilitation.
Consquently Brad has a thorough understanding of the forensic and clinical aspects of human behaviour, the impact upon human behaviour, and treating the clinical and foresnic outcomes of behaviour, that result in a down to earth, pragmatic and direct manner that many people find refreshing and honest.
Brad is well acquainted in giving evidence and undergoing cross examination in the NSW Local, District, and Supreme Court, the NSW Coroners Court, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) and the Federal Court of Australia. In August 2019 the NSW Supreme Court affirmed his qualifications and expertise to diagnose mental health conditions (Jones V Booth). Judge Johnson, of the NSWSC, found the approach adopted by a Local Court Magistrate, with respect to Brad's report, was erroneous in that it operated to exclude the report upon the flawed basis that a psychiatric report only was relevant. The NSWSC decision resulted in amendments to the NSW Local Court Bench Book with respect to inquiries under the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990. The decision to challenge a Local Court Magistrate's error is indicative of Brad's desire to comply with and support the accurate application of law with respect to psychology and psychiatry.
Brad is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), a Fellow of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists, a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL), and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse (ANZATSA).
Brad can be contacted at email@example.com
B. Psych (Hons) (Current)
Samantha joined the Stephens & Bradley practice in November, 2019 in an adminstrative role as part of Stephens & Bradley's commitment to supporting postgraduate students in securing work within the psychological/behavoural treatment profession. In June 2020 Samantha was promoted to Sydney Office Co-Ordinator to fill the role when our previous Sydney Office Co-Ordinator secured a behaviour treatment role with autism children. Recently Sam was promoted to Practice Manager when our previous manager undertook employment with children in forster care.
Samantha is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree and has the desire to complete a Masters of Forensic Psychology. Sam works works four (4) days a week whilst also attending her university studies.
Samantha can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org