Psychologists and Psychiatrists

Our Psychologists and Psychiatrists

  • Dr Renée Bittar

    BAppSc (Psych) (Honours), Dpsych (Clinical), MAPS

    Managing Director,

    Dr Bittar is the Managing Director of Precision Brain, Spine and Pain Centre. As a Clinical Psychologist, her interests encompass the treatment of a wide-range of psychological issues and life difficulties including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, stress, personality disorders, emotion regulation problems, and adjustment problems. 

    Having undertaken extensive clinical training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) at The Melbourne Clinic, she has a keen interest in utilising DBT principles and strategies to enhance life quality by improving the skills of individuals and groups in the areas of interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, attention control, and distress tolerance. Renée has completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with her thesis focussing on subjective wellbeing, quality of life and depression. Consequently, she has a special interest in Positive Psychology and the restoration of optimal levels of personal wellbeing. Renée remains actively involved in research on subjective wellbeing and depression as part of the Australian Unity Wellbeing Project at The Australian Centre on Quality of Life (ACQOL).

    Dr Bittar’s background includes senior management experience in the health and fitness industry, and her passion for physical and emotional well-being are critical motivational forces in her current position. She has taken the organisation from a single-specialty, traditional medical model, to an integrated, multidisciplinary organisation which is on a steep and exciting growth trajectory. 

    Dr Bittar’s integral role extends beyond the daily operational and financial management of the organisation, encompassing the evolution of our strategy, development of new and innovative services, shaping the culture of our compassionate and dynamic organisation, as well as playing a pivotal role in the design and project management of our new facilities.

    Dr Bittar’s focus is now on ensuring that Precision Brain, Spine and Pain Centre continues to grow in its ability to provide much needed pain management services to the community, and becomes the premier outpatient pain program in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Dr Linda Byrne

    BAppSc (Honours), MPsych, Dpsych

    Psychologist

    Dr Linda Byrne is a psychologist at Precision Brain Spine and Pain Centre. Dr Byrne specialises in the neuropsychological assessment of adults, children and adolescents with psychiatric, neurological, and educational difficulties.

    Dr Byrne has over 15 years of clinical, research and teaching experience in the areas of neuropsychiatric disorders, neurology, brain injury, geriatric medicine and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Currently, Dr Byrne shares her time between Precision Brain Spine and Pain Centre and her work as an academic at Deakin University. Linda has completed a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology and a PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology focussing on memory functioning in Schizophrenia. 

    Dr Byrne has recently published a book chapter on neuropsychological assessment of schizophrenia and another on the neuroscientific aspects of eating disorders. 

    Dr Byrne frequently presents her research at the national and international level and provides research and training workshops on psychological assessment.