Melinda attended Sydney University for undergraduate and post graduate studies and the University of Western Sydney for post graduate studies and was fully registered as a Psychologist in 2005. Melinda has held senior staff positions in both public and private hospital settings and has had a private practice since 2009. Most recently Melinda was the Chief Psychologist for Mosman Private Hospital until 2018 and then Chief Psychologist and Allied Health Manager for the Northern Beaches Hospital: playing an integral part in the establishment, setup and opening of the public-private mental health units and a hospital-wide psychology department. Since late 2020, Melinda has returned to private practice, teaching, writing, supervising and lecturing. Ms Barone is a guest writer on the on-line eJournal; Mindcafe and has also been published in peer reviewed journals on addiction and neuroscience. Ms Barone is currently a visiting lecturer at Avondale University – lifestyle medicine school - after being a visiting lecturer at the Woolcock Institute and the Brain Mind and Research Institute for many years. Melinda works with the adult population (18+) and has expertise and endorsements in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Psychological First-Aid, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (M-CBT), Brain Based Therapy (BBT), Schema Therapy, Critical Incidence, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cannabidiol therapies. Ms Barone works with issues and diagnosis that include mood & anxiety disorders, personality disorders, addiction disorders, PTSD, sleep Issues, Autism, ADHD, Workers Insurance and medico-legal. Ms Barone is also a certified Australian Smoking Cessation Specialist; endorsed by the University of Sydney and the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals. Ms Barone is an Integrative Psychologist who uses a Neuropsychopharmacological and lifestyle approach (which includes diet, exercise, sleep) for a whole-person approach to treatment. Ms Barone’s special interests include addiction, personality, neuroscience, and forensic psychology.