Dr Vanessa Beavan


Dr Vanessa Beavan is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at ACAP and a clinical psychologist in private practice. Her Masters thesis investigated the psychological factors associated with chronicity in people diagnosed with psychotic disorders and her PhD was a general population study exploring the experience of “hearing voices”.

She is a member of the NSW Hearing Voices Network and of ISPS-AUS (Australian branch of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) and is on the Editorial Board for the academic journal Psychosis: psychological, social, and integrative approaches. 

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Expert Comment Topics

  • Psychosis and psychotic-like experiences
  • Peer workforce development
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Mindfulness

Research & Scholarships

Journal Articles

  • Goslett, M. & Beavan, V. (2017). Ngara Dyin: Listening to Aboriginal women of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 10 (1), pp 1-16.
  • Beavan, V., de Jager, A., & Dos Santos, B. (2016). Do peer-support groups for voice-hearers work? A small scale study of Hearing Voices Network support groups in Australia. Psychosis, DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2016.1216583.
  • Darby, M & Beavan, V. (2016), Grist to the Mill: A Qualitative Investigation of Mindfulness-Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Experienced Health Professionals. Australian Psychologist. DOI: 10.1111/ap.12215. 
  • Dos Santos, B. & Beavan, V. (2015). Qualitatively Exploring Hearing Voices Network Support Groups.  Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. 10 (1) pp. 26 – 38.
  • de Jager, A., Rhodes, P.,  Beavan, V., Holmes, D., McCabe, K., Thomas, N., McCarthy-Jones, S., Lampshire, D., & Hayward, M. (2015). Investigating the lived experience of recovery in people who hear voices. Qualitative Health Research. DOI: 10.1177/1049732315581602.
  • Beavan, V., Read, J., & Cartwright, C. (2011). The prevalence of voice-hearers in the general population: A literature review. Journal of Mental Health, 20, pp 281-292.
  • Beavan, V (2011). Towards a definition of “hearing voices”: A phenomenological approach. Psychosis, 3, pp 63-73.
  • Beavan, V. & Read, J. (2010). Hearing voices and listening to what they say: The importance of voice content in understanding and working with distressing voices. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198, pp 201-205.

Book Chapters

  • Moskowitz, A., Heim, G., Saillot, I., & Beavan, V. (2018). Pierre Janet on hallucinations, paranoia and schizophrenia, in Psychosis, Rediscovering Pierre Janet: His Relevance for Psychology, Psychotraumatology, and Psychoanalysis,edited by Giuseppe Craparo, Francesca Ortu, and Onno van der Hart. Publisher: Karnac, London.
  • Beavan, V., dos Santos, B., & de Jager, A. (2016). The Hearing Voices Network works: Moving from the anecdotal to the empirical through university community engagement. In C. Pratt (Ed.). The diversity of university-community engagement: An international perspective (pp. 126-136). Pinang, Malaysia: Asia Pacific University-Community Engagement Network.
  • Read, J. & Beavan, V. (2013). Gender and psychosis. In J. Read, R. Bentall, J. Dillon (eds) Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Schizophrenia. London: Routledge.
  • Read, J., Magliano, L. & Beavan, V. (2013). Public opinion: Bad things happen and can drive you crazy. In J. Read, R. Bentall, J. Dillon (eds) Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Schizophrenia. London: Routledge.
  • Beavan, V. (2011). Myriad voices, myriad meanings, in Experiencing psychosis: Personal and professional perspectives (eds. J. Geekie, P. Randal, D. Lampshire, & J. Read), Routledge, UK.
  • Moskowitz, A., Heim, G., Saillot, I., & Beavan, V. (2009). Pierre Janet on hallucinations, paranoia and schizophrenia, in Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation: Emerging Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology (eds A. Moskowitz, I. Schäfer and M. J. Dorahy), John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK.

Conference Presentations

  • Peerzone: Peer-led workshops in mental health and addiction. O’Hagan, M., McCook Weir, S., & Beavan, V. From DNA to Neighborhood: Relationship and Experience in Psychosis, New York City, 18-22 March 2015.
  • HVN support groups. Beavan, V., dos Santos, B., & de Jager, A. ISPS Australia inaugural conference: The experience of Listening, Melbourne, 28-29 May 2015.
  • The MODERN group therapy approach.  Beavan, V., Lampshire, D., & Windsor, N. Symposium for Mental Health Research, Adelaide, 4 December 2014.  
  • Power and privilege: Psychiatry’s monopoly on human distress. Beavan, V. ISPS: Best practice in psychological therapies for psychosis: A contemporary and global perspective, Warsaw, Poland 22-25 August 2013.
  • Sitting with the Shades of Grey. Making Sense of Psychosis Conference, Auckland 30-31 August 2012. 
  • Using subjective experience to understand and work with voices – a phenomenological approach. World congress of Psychotherapy. Sydney, Australia, 24-28 August, 2011.
  • The New Zealand Hearing Voices Network, Progress to Date. Intervoice Conference. Perth, Australia, 7 November 2008. 
  • Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa New Zealand. TheMHS Conference. Auckland, 2 September 2008.
  • The Phenomenology of Voices: Seeking out the essence of the voice hearing experience. Making Sense of Psychosis Conference. Auckland, 14-15 November, 2007.
  • Angels at our Tables: New Zealanders’ Experiences of Hearing Voices. 15th International Symposium for the Psychological Treatment of Schizophrenia and other Psychoses. Madrid, 13-16 June 2006. (Abstract published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 431 (114 supplementum), p 43.)
  • Making Sense of Voice Content. Making Sense of Psychosis Conference. Auckland, 18-19 October 2005. 
  • New Zealanders’ Experiences of Hearing Voices: An update of findings from this three-year project. New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Dunedin, 1-4 September 2005.

Professional Accreditation

  • Full registration with Psychology Board of Australia and endorsement in the clinical psychology area of practice
  • Member, NSW Hearing Voices Network.
  • Member, ISPS-AUS (International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis - Australian Branch)
  • Member, Australian Clinical Psychologists’ Association.