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Andrea Downie
BA (Psych), PG BEd, CertGiftedEd, MAppPosPsych
Cofounding Director / Facilitator

Andrea is the co-founding director of Project Thrive and an educator. She has diverse experience, particularly in the field of education, as a primary classroom teacher, school leader of Wellbeing, Learning Enhancement, Technology, Gifted Education and a Deputy Principal. She has a strong passion for the wellbeing and optimal functioning of individuals and groups and presents to professionals on personalising learning, metacognition, well-being science, neuroscience and the application of positive psychology in education. Passionate about education, she has also taught Wellbeing, Performance and Motivation at the University of Melbourne. Andrea loves meeting new people and making connections. She has a great love of travel and has been to 6 continents. She has also been a Trade Marketing Manager within one of the world’s largest and most successful privately owned companies, Mars, where she was first introduced to the Positive Psychology scientific study of strengths. Andrea is a former volunteer mentor at Baysa Youth Services in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. She has a Bachelor Degree majoring in Psychology, a Postgraduate Bachelor of Education, Certificate of Gifted Education and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne. Andrea and her husband have a divine little girl called Eve.


Nell is passionate about wellbeing and youth mental health. She has worked in corporate wellbeing in health promotion and wellness program manager roles at Bupa Australia, reaching over 7000 employees through her implementation of wellness products and services. She also held roles at the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne in Digital Education for youth and at the University of Melbourne in Student Development and Advice.

Nell has travelled to over 50 countries, lived and worked in Pennsylvania, USA at the International Sports Training Camp as a lifeguard and counsellor, and previously ran her own gym and personal training business in Point Lonsdale. She holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Certificate in Wellness and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology, with distinction).

Enthusiastic and energetic, Nell is a volunteer for the Brotherhood of St Laurence as a support worker and has volunteered at the Well School in Melbourne. She is currently Co-convenor of the Mental Health Committee at The Myer Foundation. Nell and her husband have a gorgeous baby son, Leo.

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Nell Golden
BAppScPsych, PGCert (Wellness), MAppPosPsych
Cofounder / Facilitator

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Dr Emily Hill
B.S.Sc. (Psych) PgDip (Psych) D.Psych (Clin.) M.A.P.S
Consultant / Psychologist / Facilitator

Emily has over a decade of clinical experience in both hospital settings and private practice, working with children, adolescents and adults as a clinical psychologist. She has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating anxiety disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, eating disorders, and disorders of childhood, including autism spectrum disorder. Emily has had years of experience using positive psychology in her work, to modify thoughts and behaviours and promote optimal functioning. Emily completed her clinical doctorate on cognitive inflexibility and a person’s tendency to become preoccupied with rumination, worry and perfectionistic thinking and how this relates to anxiety, depressive, and eating disorders. Emily has also written numerous magazine and newspaper articles on subjects such as perfectionism, academic performance and parenting. Emily and her husband, a school teacher, have two young sons and love travelling and keeping fit.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists, specialising in children, adolescents and the use of technology for mental health.
Michael works in private practice at Corporate and Personal Consulting in Melbourne. In 2015, Michael developed the Certificate of Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing with a team of experts. Delivered as a partnership between the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, the world-first certificate focuses on how technology can be harnessed to provide best practice mental health and wellbeing care in the youth sector.
Michael's training and approach incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness skills and interventions drawn from positive psychology research.
He sits on the Board of the 
Australian Psychological Society, The Family Peace Foundation, Project Rockit and Smiling Mind; is a Community Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Playgroup Victoria; is a member of the APS committee for the Special Interest group in ePsychology; a columnist for a number of publications including the Huffington PostGirlfriend Magazine; and is the resident parenting expert on Ch 7's Sunrise and psychologist for the top rating Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Fairfax Radio 3AW.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is an Ambassador of Project Thrive.

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Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
BA (Hons), MA, PhD, MAPS, Cert Child Internet Safety (UCLAN)