Ms Kelly Watt-McMahon

Senior Lecturer and Coordinator - Master of Professional Psychology

MPsychClin BBSc(Hons) MAPS FCCLP
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Teaches in Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Kelly Watt-McMahon has over 20 years experience in clinical psychology, psychotherapy, assessment and consultation.  She worked in public adult mental health services for a number of years, including inpatient units, community teams, crisis and assessment teams, and as senior clinical psychologist providing supervision, consultation and treatment for clients with complex, high risk psychiatric disorders.  She also has extensive experience in providing long term psychotherapy to people with a personality disorder.  Kelly has also worked in private practice for 15 years, including developing and running a multi-site psychology practice in Melbourne’s east.


Borderline Personality Disorder; Self-harm and Chronic Suicidality; Mindfulness; Severe adult psychopathology; Complex trauma.

Kelly’s specialisation is in the assessment and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  She worked in senior roles at Spectrum, the personality disorder service of Victoria for over a decade, and continues to run training workshops for mental health workers nationally regarding this very challenging area of work.  She is an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University School of Psychology, and has provided specialist input there on BPD.


Kelly is continuing her PhD in 2018, in which she is evaluating a model for assessing and managing chronic suicide risk in BPD.  Her research interests align with her expertise listed above.


  • Watt-McMahon, K.  (2014)  Understanding & managing anger & aggression from people who self-harm.  Safe & Secure Hospitals Conference, Sydney, 14th October 2014.
  • Watt-McMahon, K (2014)  Working with people who have borderline personality disorder.  Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium, Albury, 12-14 November 2014.
  • Milton, I. & K. Watt-McMahon (Eds) (1999). Guidelines for Effective Treatment of People with Severe Personality Disorder [should be italics]. Psychoz: Melbourne.