A/PROF Andrea Phelps

A/PROF Andrea Phelps


  • Trauma, PTSD, posttraumatic dreams



  • Dr Andrea Phelps is the Deputy Director of Phoenix Australia. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in treating posttraumatic mental health problems. Dr Phelps has led a number of major Phoenix Australia projects including the development of the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (2007, 2013). She was also the executive lead on the Trauma and Homelessness Consortium project, which developed a framework and practitioner workbook for trauma informed care in homelessness populations. Dr Phelps has consulted to a range of industry partners and government on research, service development and policy issues regarding organisational responses to psychological trauma. Industry partners include Tracksafe Foundation, state rail organisations, state police, fire and ambulance services; Government departments include Veterans’ Affairs, Defence, Health and Human Services, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, and Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Dr Phelps has also led research into innovative treatments for trauma populations, including the evaluation of an online early intervention “wellbeing toolbox” for military personnel with adjustment and subclinical problems, and imagery rehearsal therapy for posttraumatic nightmares.   


Member of

  • Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Member 2004 - 2013
  • APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Member 1987 - 2013
  • Australian Psychological Society. Member 1987 - 2013


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2012
  • MPsych (Clinical), La Trobe University 1987
  • BA (Hons), University of Tasmania 1985
  • BA, University of Tasmania 1984