Richard has worked in the mental health field as a clinician, researcher, manager and academic in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. He originally trained as a nurse and latter as a psychotherapist. He has primarily worked with people with complex needs as a psychotherapist, in acute care and in community settings.
Richard has a diverse portfolio of research interests. Projects have included how people deal with trauma, mental health programme evaluation, mental health recovery, stigma and discrimination, how people recover from suicidal crisis, and surveys relating to professional competency in psychotherapy.
Richard has a similar complex portfolio of teaching and currently co-ordinates the SCU online post graduate mental health programmes. He has developed and taught courses to homeless sector workers, peer support organisations (e.g. GROW), and a wide variety of health professionals
Richard is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses