About Us


Brain and Mind Training

Brain and Mind Training is a leading training institution led by a group of Australian and internationally trained health professionals. With a shared commitment to boosting mental health education and intervention, our diverse team aspires to make a lasting impact on mental health education and intervention.

An Expert Team with a Diverse Background

Our combined knowledge covers clinical work, teaching, research, advocacy, and more, making us strong experts in our fields. We value the power of our diverse backgrounds in addressing mental health issues, and we’re fully committed to promoting mental well-being. From Psychiatry to Social Work, our team covers a wide range of professional fields, reflecting our holistic approach to mental health. This expertise equips us to cater to the multifaceted needs of individuals and communities, aligning with our mission to make a lasting impact on mental health education and intervention.
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Our Principal Consultant

Professor Thiagarajan Sitharthan (Raj)

Our Goals and Specific Focus

Our goal is to improve the Knowledge, Skills, and Confidence among the workforce, students, and the public in Asia, South-east Asia, and India; to effectively engage in the Prevention, Early Identification, and Early Intervention of mental disorders in their respective settings.

To achieve this goal in a cost-effective manner, we provide state-of-the-art, practical, easy to understand and apply, evidence-based clinical training, embracing a culturally relevant education and training model.

Workforce from health, education, government, non-government, and industry sectors.

Students from the medical, health sciences, social sciences, education and law.

Parents, carers, and the public who wish to be well-informed.

Who will
benefit from our training?

Expected Benefits of Our Training

Learn from experienced leaders in the field who emphasize a culturally relevant education and training model.
Improve your knowledge, skills, and confidence.
Be a leader and champion, promoting mental wellness in your community.
Improve your network.

Professor Thiagarajan Sitharthan (Raj)

Prof Sitharthan is an experienced Senior Clinical Psychologist and Educator / Trainer who has worked in the broad area of Mental Health and Health Promotion.

He received his training in Clinical Psychology from the University of Sydney (1985). He has extensive experience in leadership roles across a range of large organizations. His former titles include Senior Clinical Psychologist (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital), Clinical Associate Professor (University of Sydney), Director of Clinical Programs Development (WSAHS), Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology (UWS), and Honorary Professor with the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney.

He has visited the following Centers of Excellence to further his clinical, teaching, training, and research skills: Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (Toronto), Harvard University (Boston), Addiction Research Foundation (Toronto), Research Institute on Addictions (NY), and University of Hawaii.

Based on his vast experience over many years, Prof Sitharthan has been conducting training programs that are Evidence Based, Cost-Effective, and Culturally Relevant, mainly to students & trainees from health sciences, social sciences, education, and the workforce.

As a researcher he has received over $6.5 million in grants and has published in several International and Australian professional Journals which have a High Impact Factor , e.g., “Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology”, “Addiction”, “Journal of Affective Disorders”, “Cochrane Review”, “Current Opinion in Psychiatry”, “Behavior Therapy”, “Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry”, “Journal of Clinical Psychology”, “Australasian Science”, “Drug and Alcohol Dependence”, etc. Details available upon request.

Prof Sitharthan is passionate about planning and disseminating clinical training programs and projects to reduce the burden of mental illness AND promote mental wellness in developing nations, and assist local agencies to apply for grants from funding organizations.

He has trained health practitioners from developing nations and has received funds from the Government of Australia (AusAID grants), for e.g.:
(1) Reduce infant mortality – “Building Bridges: A program to reduce infant mortality”. (AusAID: $ $13,247).
(2) Improving Maternal Health – “Making a difference: A pilot leadership development program to promote maternal and child health in Myanmar”. (AusAID: $238,740).
(3) Reducing HIV – “Mapping for change: From government to grassroots to reduce the spread of HIV”. (AusAID: $416,311).

Prof Sitharthan is passionate about disseminating health related information to the public. To-date, he has presented over 250 media interviews (in print media, radio, and TV); some examples: Sydney Morning Herald (17 August ’87), Sydney Morning Herald (30 March 1995), Daily Telegraph (13 June 1998), Australian Financial Review (23 August 2005), The Age (1 October 2005), Sydney Morning Herald (8 December 2005), Sydney Morning Herald (17 July 2008), Prevention Magazine (12 January 2011), Sydney Morning Herald (12 February 2011), The Age (31 December 2012), Sydney Morning Herald (6 January 2010), ABC TV 7.30 Report (9 May 2012). Details available upon request.

He has been an invited speaker at international conferences and professional meetings (over 150 presentations) in Australia and overseas (Norway, Canada, USA, Denmark, Mexico, India, Myanmar, and Malaysia).
PhD (University of Sydney), M. Psych. (University of Sydney); M.Phil. M.A. (Hons) (Uni. Madras).
  • Member Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Fellow Division of Clinical Psychology, Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member Division of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law (ANZAPPL)
  • Member Association for Scientific Advancement in Psychological Injury and Law – USA (ASAPIL)
English and Tamil.