Mary Barnao

Clinical Practice Adviser
School of Psychology


MA (Applied) in Clinical Psychology (Victoria University of Wellington)

PhD (Deakin University)

Current role

As a Clinical Practice Advisor, Mary provides clinical supervision for postgraduate clinical psychology students working in the Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington Clinical Psychology Centre. She also provides teaching for postgraduate clinical psychology students, and supports them in their clinical placements and internships.

Mary is a Registered Psychologist in the Clinical Psychologist Scope of Practice with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.


Mary has practised as a clinical Psychologist for over 30 years. She has worked extensively with adults of all ages with a broad array of emotional, psychological and psychiatric problems, and held senior appointments in public mental health services including the speciality of forensic mental health. In addition, she has worked in private practice for many years and undertaken work for the corporate sector.

Her areas of clinical interest and expertise include Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness. She also has an interest in the application of ethical concepts and principles to professional practice, and the Good Lives Model (GLM) of Offender Rehabilitation.

She has recently completed a PhD which explored the application of the GLM to forensic service users. She was nominated for the Alfred Deakin Medal for doctoral theses. Since completing her PhD she has been invited to Ghent, Belgium, on several occasions to speak about her research and carry out training on the GLM. She has also provided consultations to local DHB intellectual disability services on the implementation of the GLM with individuals who have offended.

She has a strong interest in research and training pertaining to quality improvement in mental health service provision.


Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists


Selected publications