Prior to entering Parliament, Fiona worked as a psychologist, academic researcher and small businesswoman. As a practising psychologist Fiona worked with people across the lifespan and in a variety of settings providing assessments and treatments for a range of difficulties and psychological conditions. In 2006, Fiona founded her own psychology practice which grew over 13 years to become a multi-practitioner clinic across two sites. In 2008 she completed her Ph.D., which focused on improving the social functioning of young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
She has published research on people with intellectual disabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system and effective interview techniques for children’s eye-witness testimony. Fiona has previously worked as an expert consultant for a variety of organisations including Camp Quality, Only About Children, Safe Work NSW, Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation and Life Education.
At the 2019 Federal Election, Fiona was elected as the first female Member for Reid. In her first speech she spoke of bringing her experience as a clinician and researcher to government to help close the evidence - policy gap. She spoke of the need for innovative research and a strong policy agenda as one of our greatest opportunities and challenges in health care. Fiona is currently the Chair of the Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and is leading a strategic review of Mental Health services in Australia.