Dr Astrid Birgden

Dr Astrid Birgden PhD - Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

Dr Birgden has over 30 years experience working in disability services, correctional services and the courts in SA, VIC and NSW. She first worked in disability services in the mid-1980s in Adelaide before moving to Melbourne in 1990 to establish the first of four Behaviour Interventions Support Team for clients with behaviours of concern. She then worked with forensic disability clients who had engaged in dangerous and anti-social behaviours. Since becoming a consultant in 2011, and in addition to designing and implementing Positive Behaviour Support Plans, Dr Birgden developed (and in 2018 revised) the Victorian Positive Practice Framework and has been engaged in initiating a competence framework and resource toolkit for behaviour support specialists for the NDIS.

Dr Birgden works with older adolescents and adults and has a particular interest in clients who are at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system. She has completed a Masters in Mental Disability Law through New York Law School and is published in the areas of intellectual disability, offender rehabilitation and human rights.