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140 Princes Street Carlton North VIC 3054

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Our Experts

Vincent Papaleo & Associates comprises a team of the most highly recognised clinical experts in Australia. 

The director and clinical psychologist Vincent Papaleo; single expert and forensic psychologist Dr Ben Jones; clinical and forensic psychologist Dr Angela Sorotos; neuropsychologist Dr Cristina Omizzolo; clinical social worker Trevor Holland; forensic psychologist Dr Kate Jackowski; ed/developmental psychologist, Stephanie Lau; forensic psychologist Dr Sophie Reeves; and consultant psychologist Dr Timothy Di Stefano. 


Vincent Papaleo

BBSci (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), MAPS, AFCC Endorsed Report Writer
Director / Clinical Psychologist 

Vincent Papaleo is an internationally recognised expert in the clinical aspects of Family Law. Having commenced his career in the Dept of Child Psychiatry at the Austin Hospital, he moved into private practice, specialising in separated families. He has over 30 years’ experience, both in practice, though also as court witness, trainer, and consultant. He presents at events all over Australia and overseas, becoming a highly regarded contributor to professional development events. 

Dr Ben Jones

BAppSc(Psych), GradDipPsych, Doctor of Psychology (Forensic), AFCC Endorsed Report Writer
Director / Single Expert / Forensic Psychologist 

Ben Jones is a registered psychologist with doctoral training in forensic behavioural science. He worked in criminal law for almost a decade before coming to specialise in Family Law in 2009. He is particularly renowned for his work in cases where there is a substantial risk footprint – family violence, sexual abuse, and personality disturbance. He provides single-expert advice to the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, though is concurrently a prolific public speaker, as well as seminar convener. Dr Jones is recognised around Australia as one of the few AFCC Endorsed Report Writers, and has been invited to present on Family Law topics in many countries around the world.

Dr Angela Sorotos

BA (Psych/Crim) Hons, PGDipPsyc, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical/Forensic)
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

Dr Angela Sorotos is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist with over 15 years' experience in the criminal justice system. She has extensive forensic experience in the assessment and treatment of risk. Dr Sorotos has expertise in providing written and oral evidence in court on matters relating to risk of family violence, sexual violence and general violence, as well as risk of future child maltreatment. Dr Sorotos has extensive experience in assessing mental health, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) use and protective capacity of parents. She has worked for government, private and non-for-profit sectors carrying out hundreds of risk assessments on clinical and forensic clients, across both criminal and family jurisdictions. Dr Sorotos is also registered behaviour support practitioner and has experience working with complex, dual diagnosis clients with comorbid disability and mental illness. She has previously taught psychology and criminology units at Monash University and has extensive experience in the AOD sector.  

Trevor Holland

Clinical Social Worker 

Trevor has been working with children, adolescents and their families for over 35 years in a variety of senior clinical and therapeutic roles most notably with the Department of Community Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and both the West Australian Family Court and Victorian Family Court. He has been a single expert witness since 2003, providing family law assessments, counselling and mediation.

Dr Cristina Omizzolo

Doctor of Psychology (ClinNeuro)

Dr Cristina Omizzolo has doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology and specialises in the assessment of adults and children. She has extensive experience in evaluating cognitive and behaviour changes associated with traumatic brain injury, neurological conditions, neurodegenerative disorders, learning difficulties, and neurodevelopmental disorders. She works in both the private and public sectors. Dr Omizzolo is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Neuropsychologists and she is an accredited supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Stephanie Lau

BSoSci (Psych), GradDipPsych, MPsych (Educational/Developmental)
Ed and Developmental Psychologist

Stephanie is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Board Approved Supervisor who works with children and families over the developmental lifespan. She is experienced in neurodevelopmental disorders (i.e., autism, attention and learning difficulties, global developmental delay, intellectual disabilities), harnessed through extensive training and specialist paediatric roles. Stephanie has worked in a range of settings, including at the Children’s Court Clinic, Victoria, conducting family and neurodevelopmental assessments for at-risk children and families. 

Clare Nurse  

BSW, Cert IV (Community Services)
Social Worker

Clare is a consultant social worker and expert witness with over 15 years' experience in the assessment of complex cases involving vulnerable children, adolescents and their families. Clare is highly skilled in the provision of court reports and the assessment of risk of harm to young people (child maltreatment and parenting capacity assessments) and the assessment of suitable placement options. She has a strong history in leading Child Protection teams investigating complex matters such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse, family violence, parental substance misuse and severe neglect of children. Clare is also highly skilled in working therapeutically with young people who present with school refusal, parental separation, trauma and attachment issues, grief and loss, social difficulties, challenging behaviours and mental illness.

Dr Kate Jackowski

BAppSc(Psych), BCrim, GradDipPsych, Doctor of Psychology (Forensic)
Forensic Psychologist 

Dr Kate Jackowski is a registered Psychologist with a strong background in Forensic Psychology and Criminology. She completed a Doctorate in Forensic Psychology at Deakin University, Melbourne, is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society Forensic College and an accredited Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. Kate has produced Forensic reports for the Family and Criminal Courts and has given extensive written and oral evidence. She is well versed in the Family and Federal Circuit Courts and has expertise in the areas of risk assessment of sexual offending, mental health and childhood trauma. Kate is available to not only complete Family Reports but to undertake Risk Assessment for cases in which there are allegations of family violence, sexual abuse, mental health issues, and drug and alcohol problems. Kate also offers a range of therapeutic counselling for clients, as well as professional development and training for professionals within the family law arena and forensic field more broadly.

Dr Sophie Reeves

BA (Psych/Crim) Hons, PGDipPsych, Doctor of Psychology (Forensic), GradCert (Family Therapy)
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist 

Dr Sophie Reeves is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist and Board approved supervisor with family therapy training. She has 20 years’ experience completing forensic assessments and delivering treatment within adult and youth forensic and clinical settings. These include the Adolescent Forensic Mental Health Service (Royal Children’s Hospital), Forensicare’s Problem Behaviour Program for 14 years, Disability Justice, Department of Justice and Community Safety, Headspace, and the Children’s Court Clinic since 2016. Dr Reeves has expertise in the provision of court reports, including risk assessments, involving at-risk children and vulnerable families and individuals presenting with a range of mental health difficulties and associated problem behaviours, in particular sexual and family violence, substance abuse, threatening and stalking behaviour. 


Practice Management and Administrative Support 

Mary and Kirsty have worked in practice management and office administration over many years. They are the first point of contact people will have with our practice. They assist our clinicians with all areas of their work, including scheduling appointments, collating documents, welcoming clients, receiving payments, coordinating families on site, and distributing information to parties/legal representatives. They are an invaluable part of our team!


Practice Management and Administrative Support

Mary and Kirsty have worked in practice management and office administration over many years. They are the first point of contact people will have with our practice. They assist our clinicians with all areas of their work, including scheduling appointments, collating documents, welcoming clients, receiving payments, coordinating families on site, and distributing information to parties/legal representatives. They are an invaluable part of our team!

To discuss services, organise an appointment, or schedule an assessment, Please call Head Office intake on: 0422 153 802