Our Team

Lojic Institute has one of the largest cohorts of board certified behaviour analysts in the country. Our specialist team are both guided by and influence international best practice.

  • Carl Patterson

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    Carl Patterson


    Carl Patterson is the founding and current Chief Executive Officer of Lojic Institute.  Carl is a registered Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience working with people with a disability.

    He has worked in government, holding senior operational management and policy and program development positions. He was significantly involved in the development and introduction of the Restrictive Practice regulations in the disability sector in Queensland. Carl has expertise in clinical governance. He was the senior clinician responsible for the formal review of the Clinical Governance arrangements for the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS), and then also led the implementation of the recommendations of that review for the South East Queensland Region of DCCSDS.

    In addition to his experience in government, Carl has substantial experience in the not-for-profit sector, working in senior management roles in disability service providers and broader human service organisations. This includes experience includes working with children in out of home care, people with mental illness, social enterprises, women leaving domestic violence, people experiencing homelessness, older Australians with cognitive disorders, community housing, Aboriginal Health and Well Being services.

    His experience also includes working across multiple jurisdictional settings, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom.

    His particular passion is working with individuals with intellectual disability whose behaviour challenges their informal and formal support networks.

  • Dane Jacka

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    Dane Jacka

    Manager Practice Excellence

    Dane is a passionate advocate for human rights and helping people achieve their highest quality of life. Dane helps link organisational systems and support people to create outcomes for clients. 

    Dane has held senior roles in the human service sector, and has also coached and consulted in change management for NGOs. His 20 years of experience encompass disability services, family support services, out-of-home care, mental health support, and housing and homelessness services.

    Dane has experience designing innovative service models, developing overarching practice frameworks, reshaping HR systems and business development. He holds qualifications in management and project management. 

  • Megan Borlase

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    Megan Borlase

    Ph.D., BCBA-D Manager – Behaviour Support

    Megan has post graduate degrees in Psychology and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). She has spent her adult life working in disability support services in England, New Zealand, USA, and Australia. She completed her doctorate in ABA in 2015 at Caldwell University, New Jersey USA and has been a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) since 2013.

    Megan has worked with a wide range of behaviours of concern, skill deficits, and age groups. She is an experienced presenter and has worked as a supervisor and trainer for over five years. Megan has presented her research at international conferences and has research published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She loves applying her expertise to helping individuals realise their potential and improve their quality of life.

  • Peter Mewett

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    Peter Mewett

    National Manager Business Sustainability Consultancy

    Peter is an experienced senior executive and CEO in community and government organisations. He has over 30 years’ leadership experience in the disability sector, in senior executive roles with Lojic Institute, Cootharinga North Queensland, CPL Choice – Passion – Life, Spinal Life Australia and the Queensland and Commonwealth governments’ disability programs.

    Peter has a long-held passion to enable practical social and economic participation for people with a disability. He is determined to influence an environment that empowers and recognises every person’s contribution to community life.

    Peter is a proven achiever in innovating, developing and growing new business, creating efficiencies in service delivery, and shaping the external business environment. He brings significant expertise to coaching and mentoring senior executives, as well as developing sustainability strategies for evolving business environments. 

  • Natalie Garbutt

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    Natalie Garbutt

    Behaviour Specialist

    Natalie has over 17 years’ experience working in the disability support industry. During this time, she has overseen support staff, implemented behaviour support, and worked as a clinician and specialist. 

    Natalie works in transdisciplinary therapy teams to support an individual’s varied needs. She has specialist skills in family support and preservation, including out-of-home care environments. Natalie enjoys working on strategies that can be applied to an individual as well as across a broader environment.

    Natalie holds a Bachelor of Community Services, majoring in service coordination. 

  • Mariah Gardiner

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    Mariah Gardiner

    Associate Behaviour Specialist

    Mariah has a background in out-of-home care, working as a youth worker, team leader and caseworker in residential disability services. With a childhood background of trauma and foster care, she’s passionate about providing support to vulnerable children and young people.

    Mariah holds a Diploma in Community Services and a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and philosophy. She has also completed postgraduate courses in Family Diversity and Family-Centred Practice through the University of Newcastle.

    Mariah has achieved TCI Trainer certification and is currently enrolled in a Master of Education (specialising in ABA) at Monash University.

  • Tessa Schonrock

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    Tessa Schonrock

    Associate Behaviour Specialist

    Tessa has been interested in understanding challenging behaviour since her own childhood, often questioning why some of her classmates would call out in class or talk back to the teacher. She was first introduced to Applied  Behaviour Analysis while completing her undergraduate degree. Following her graduation, she started working with children with autism in childcare before moving to an early intervention centre for children with Autism.  Tessa’s special interests include early intervention and teaching replacement behaviours. She is drawn to the field to help individuals advocate for themselves and their needs through means more appropriate than challenging behaviour.

    Tessa has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology), Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies and is set to complete her Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis by September 2020. Tessa is working towards becoming a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with the guidance of John Wooderson (BCBA)

  • Chris Murray

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    Chris Murray

    Associate Behaviour Specialist

    Chris holds qualifications in psychology and has experience managing residential facilities and community outreach programs in the disability and mental health sectors. 

    Over the last ten years, Chris has supported individuals with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour. This includes working with individuals whose behaviour presents a significant safety risk to themselves and others. During this time, Chris has developed a grounded understanding of how behavioural science can be used to significantly change a person’s quality of life. 

    Chris is also a highly experienced trainer of human services staff. He delivers training in key management skills as well as hands-on therapeutic and trauma-informed service delivery. Chris is a passionate advocate for the rights of all people.

  • Esther Syred

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    Esther Syred

    Associate Behaviour Specialist

    Esther has over 11 years’ experience working with children and people with disability. Her specific expertise includes the NDIS and out-of-home care for children, young people and adults.

    Over the last five years, Esther has focused her passion and work on positive behaviour support for people with challenging behaviours. In 2017, she moved from New Zealand to Australia in accepting a behaviour specialist role at Lojic Institute. 

    Esther holds a Bachelor of Psychology and is currently completing her Master of Psychology in Applied Behaviour Analysis. 

  • John Wooderson

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    John Wooderson

    Senior Behaviour Analyst

    John has qualifications in education, including a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Queensland. He has extensive clinical experience designing and implementing positive behaviour interventions.

    John has previously worked with the Centre of Excellence in Behaviour Support, including acting as their Director of Learning and Development. In this role, he co-ordinated the development and delivery of the Functional Assessment and Positive Behaviour Support Training package, which supports staff and parents in developing positive behaviour support plans.

    John has published in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. His research interests include positive behaviour support and organisational behaviour management in human service settings.

  • Nicole Pulsford

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    Nicole Pulsford

    Associate Behaviour Specialist

    Nicole has over 10 years of experience in statutory child protection services including management roles in both the secondary and tertiary child protection sector and Intensive Family Support Services. She is skilled experience in evidence-based behaviour assessments, with well-developed case management and analytic skills.

    Nicole holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Behaviour Management, from Griffith University.

  • Elizabeth Kuzmanovska

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    Elizabeth Kuzmanovska

    Behaviour Specialist

    Elizabeth has broad experience across clinical, education, managerial and social policy as well as being instrumental in developing social policies on social justice and issues affecting people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.  Having served on a number of health advisory committees and boards of management of community-based organisations, she is an activist who advocates for the meaningful participation of vulnerable people in decision-making processes at all levels.  She has been involved in the successful accreditation of hospitals, community mental health and aged care services and has developed clinical policies in the areas of mental health and aged care.  

    Elizabeth holds degrees in Health Sciences, Nursing and a Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales.  She is registered with AHPRA and is currently studying a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis. 

  • Louise Davis

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    Louise Davis

    Child, Youth & Family Specialist Lead

    Louise is a qualified Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working in the human services sector. Louise is committed to ethical and evidence-based practice that maximises better outcomes for clients. Louise’s experience in Australia, United Kingdom and Japan includes working with children, young people and adults in mental health and therapeutic services; child protection and out of home care services; homelessness and domestic violence services.

    Louise has led a range programs and services both in statutory and non-statutory services and was Chair of the Windsor and Maidenhead Parenting Collective Committee and a member of the Windsor and Maidenhead Critical Incident Response Team. Louise is currently completing her Masters of Leadership and is passionate about supporting leaders to maximise their impact in the workplace.

  • Leesa Moore

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    Leesa Moore

    Associate Behaviour Specialist

    Leesa has over 20 years’ experience in child and young people services, youth homelessness, refugee and migrant settlement services, community development and education. Her more recent experience in the field of education includes, lecturing and small group facilitation, supporting families to access and attend school and classroom teaching. She has worked in a range of settings including in the independent and public schools and community-based services, in regional and rural North West and New England Region of NSW.

    Leesa has qualifications in design, welfare and education, including a Master of Teaching (Primary) and a Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare. She is an advocate for approachable and accessible behaviour services, to support individual needs and improve quality of life.

  • Carly Chilby

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    Carly Chilby

    Associate Behaviour Specialist

    Carly provides behaviour support in the Illawarra region, working with a wide range of clients, whom exhibit a range of different behaviours of concern and skill deficits. She is passionate about working closely with, and making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals living with a disability, and has a particular interest in advocating for the rights of these individuals.

    Carly graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Laws. She is also working towards post graduate study in the Behaviour Sciences.

  • Oliver B Roschke

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    Oliver B Roschke

    M.A., BCBA – Behaviour Analyst

    Oliver has worked in education- and residential childcare providers across Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.

    Over the past 15 years, he gained valuable learning experiences and insights by holding positions such as senior support worker, part-time teacher, transition facilitator, assistant residential house manager and behaviour support leader.

    Oliver’s passion and commitment to supporting individuals who portray significant behaviour challenges led to a growing interest in functional assessment and effective treatment of severe problem behaviours, including responsibilities that involved the design and implementation of school- and organisation-wide positive behaviour support systems.

    Oliver completed a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis at the University of South Florida and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

    He also drinks heavily peated Scotch single malt whisky while listening to Japanese free jazz on sunny Saturday afternoons.

  • Rebecca Garnett

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    Rebecca Garnett

    Associate Behaviour Specialist

    Rebecca has over twenty years’ experience working with children and their families in a range of settings; having worked in children’s services, mental health services, early intervention services and in the disability sector.

    She is passionate about delivering evidence-based interventions that make a difference to the lives and well-being of individuals and their families based on the belief that everyone has the right to reach their potential and live a life that is rich and meaningful

    She holds a Bachelor of Social Welfare and is enrolled in Masters program in Behaviour Analysis.

  • Niamh Hearne

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    Niamh Hearne

    Behaviour Specialist

    Niamh has extensive behaviour experience gained from her work in early intervention, disability services and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder both in Australia and Ireland. In addition to her clinical skills she is a confident trainer in the fields of positive behaviour support and person centred approaches.

    Niamh holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Social Studies in Social Care(BA Honours), a Diploma in early childhood and education and is currently enrolled with Florida Institute of Technology working towards to Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

  • Kate Rippingale

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    Kate Rippingale

    Practice Support Specialist

    Kate has worked in the disability sector for both Government and Non-Government organisations for 13 years.  She has provided direct support to adults and children with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities and coordinated support services. She has coached and mentored support teams to implement Behaviour Support plans and has developed resources to support and enhance practice. 

    Kate is passionate about the rights of vulnerable people in our community and wants to empower people to live their best lives, have access to opportunities and achieve good outcomes.

  • Jessica Hou

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    Jessica Hou

    Associate Behaviour Specialist

    Jessica is a provisionally registered psychologist and has an honours degree in Psychology. Jessica has previously worked with children and young people in the out of home care sector, and has experience working with people with disabilities, cognitive disorders, and those with complex behaviour issues and needs. Jessica is particularly passionate about working with children and their families to improve their quality of life. She enjoys seeing clients make positive gains by providing both psychological and behaviour support to her clients.

  • Ryan Breslin

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    Ryan Breslin

    Associate Behaviour Support Practitioner

    Ryan has experience in supporting people with a disability in a variety of settings. With a particular interest in supporting children with ASD and ADHD.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at the University of Wollongong.

  • Ellen Motley

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    Ellen Motley

    Associate Behaviour Specialist

    Ellen has experience working with children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of needs, in addition to assisting those seeking support for separation and divorce, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health concerns, drug and alcohol abuse, child protection concerns and navigating the family law system.  

    Ellen enjoys supporting individuals and their families to reach their goals and improve their quality of life, and is specifically interested in the reasoning and functions behind human behavior and the role these play in each individual’s life

    She holds Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) from the University of Queensland.

  • Nina Ruzsicska

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    Nina Ruzsicska

    Associate Behaviour Specialist

    Driven by a passion for understanding human psychology and a desire to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities; Nina is dedicated to investigating how behaviour support can be designed to meet individuals’ needs and uphold their human rights.

    Nina specialises in assessing the motivators that drive behaviour and is supported by a depth of industry experience within behavioural consultation for large-scale, sustainable, positive change. Nina provides positive behaviour support across North Brisbane with a focus on empathetic and ethical approaches.

    Nina holds a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours) from the University of Queensland, and is working towards post-graduate studies in the Behaviour Sciences.

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