Our Team, Collaborators, and Research 


Research with us

The UWA Mediation Clinic is premised upon building an evidence-based practice of mediation.

Research is paramount to the clinic and is conducted at every stage of the process.

We invite collaborators to actively work with us towards the common goal of improving mediation and dispute resolution practice.

Our Team

A/Professor Jill Howieson

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Jill Howieson, PhD (Law), LLB (Hons), BA (Hons) (Psych), BA (English) is an Associate Professor in the Law School at the University of Western Australia. Jill is the Director of the UWA Mediation Clinic and is the coordinator of the Negotiation and Mediation, and Dispute Resolution courses in the School.

Jill researches, practises and teaches in these areas, and is the co-author and author of numerous international and national dispute resolution, negotiation and mediation publications.

The UWA Mediation Clinic is a research-intensive clinic that offers free mediation services. The Clinic is currently conducting theoretically grounded research into mediating with family violence taking a mentalization-based treatment approach (MBT-M).

Dr Darren Moroney

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Darren works as a psychologist and academic, and is a nationally accredited mediator. Currently based in the University of Western Australia’s Mediation Clinic, Darren conducts mediations and training seminars. He is also undertaking research and evaluation projects with the aim of contributing to the evidence base for the field. As a practitioner, Darren has worked with a variety of clients across the lifespan utilising a mentalizing therapeutic framework.

As an academic, Darren has taught and coordinated units at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level within the Schools of Psychology and Public Health at Curtin University. He has also supervised numerous Masters-level Dissertations.

Dr Matthew Ruggiero

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Matt is a joint director of the Lifespan Psychology Centre in Perth, which offers developmentally focused treatments, including MBT. He lectures in developmental psychology at Curtin University and supports MBT-based mediation practice and research at the University of Western Australia.

He is an Anna Freud National Centre accredited practitioner and supervisor in MBT. Matt has consulted with CAMHS WA for the past three years to embed mentalizing as a common language framework within the organisation. He also sits on the WA Health Department Personality Disorder steering committee.

Find out more if you are interested in researching with us, or interested in further information on our current research projects.

Research with us