Jennifer McIntosh


Jennifer (better known as Jenn) is a clinical child psychologist, family therapist and research consultant. She is the director of Family Transitions.

Jenn is adjunct Professor at La Trobe University. She is on the Editorial Boards of the Family Court Review and the Journal of Family Studies. Jenn has a high profile in national training and conference forums, in the mental health, welfare and legal sectors. She is highly regarded for her ability to articulate and advocate for the psychological wellbeing of children.

Jenn has directed several research studies for the Australian Government Attorney General's Department and Family and Community Services, including a current longitudinal study of child consultation in family law mediation. Jenn has conducted three studies into the Family Court of Australia’s reforms. Jenn is also a Fellow of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, working on the Generation 3 cohort studies, within the Australian Temperament Project.

Uniquely, Jenn is both a clinical specialist and researcher, with a particular interest in making developmental theories "user friendly", enabling parents, carers and professionals to consider the experience of children more sensitively, and to act on this within systems and structures where a child focus has traditionally been difficult to achieve.

Most importantly, children love talking to Jenn!

   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) First Class Honours (Psychology). University of Melbourne. 1984.

•    Clinical Psychology Graduate Program (Austin Hospital). 1988-1989.

•    Child Clinical Psychology (Post-Masters program, University of Melbourne) 1992-1993.

•    Ph.D  Department of  Psychology, University of Melbourne and Tavistock Clinic, London.1994-1996.

•    Membership of the Clinical Board of the Australian Psychological Society since 1990.

  1.    Clinical Member of the Victorian Association of Family Therapists (VAFT) since1990