advisory board.

Kris Sargeant

Kris has over 25 years of experience working in mental health and wellbeing. Amongst her many qualifications, Kris holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), a Master of Arts (Psychology) and a Master of Business Administration specialising in Human Resource Management.

Kris has held leadership positions in community, mental health, aged care and disability organisations in New South Wales and Queensland including the role of Deputy CEO with the Richmond Fellowship NSW, General Manager of Macarthur Disability Services and CEO of Open Minds Australia from 2011–2015.

Kris started her career in youth mental health and remains passionate about the promotion of health and wellbeing, and the provision of evidence-based services to support the community. Kris has been a board member and vice president for the Mental Health Coordinating Council from 2006–2009 and the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health 2012–2015. Kris is currently the Director of Community Care and Inclusion with Wesley Mission Brisbane.

Dr Lars Madsen

Dr Lars Madsen is a clinical psychologist who has worked in both the United Kingdom and Australia in community and hospital settings.

As well as his particular experience in working with anxiety (generalised anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder), trauma, sexual dysfunction and behaviour problems, Dr Madsen also has a keen interest in self-worth issues and specialises in the treatment of low self-worth.

Prior to working in Australia, he worked within the National Health Service in England with clients with complex needs. He has published research in academic journals as well as presented at international conferences, and is a member of the APS College of Clinical and Forensic Psychologists. Dr Madsen completed his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in Australia before obtaining a Ph.D. in Psychology at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England.

Dr Simon Rosenbaum

Since graduating the University of New South Wales, Simon has become the first exercise physiologist in Australia to be awarded a PhD in the area of mental illness (USYD). Simon conducted the first ever clinical trials using exercise in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working on a multi-disciplinary project aiming to improve the physical health of people with serious mental illness (the ‘Keeping the Body in Mind’ program).

Simon has worked in various mental health settings including private and public hospitals, community facilities and general practice. Simon has presented both nationally and internationally on the role of exercise in the treatment of mental illness and is a National Director of Exercise and Sports Science Australia. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications across the areas of psychiatry, physical rehabilitation, public health and clinical science and has previously written for The Conversation. As part of his research Simon collaborates closely with international experts including researchers from Europe and the United Kingdom, and adds a whole new dimension to the direction of The MindShift Foundation.