Head of Practice


PhD Clinical Psychology (2006)
Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours (1999)


Adjunct Researcher Griffith University and Adjunct Research University of Queensland
Chair of the RAQ Research Advisory Committee

Areas of interest

Client outcomes, couple relationships, prevention and early intervention, transition to parenthood

Contact: jpetch@raq.org.au


Journal Articles

Petch, J., Murray, J., Bickerdike, A., & Lewis, P. (in press). Psychological distress in Australian clients seeking family and relationship counselling and mediation services. Australian Psychologist,

Petch, J. & Halford, W.K., Creedy, D.K., & Gamble, J. (2012). Couple relationship Education at the transition to parenthood: A window of opportunity to reach high risk couples. Family Process, online first, DOI: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2012.01420.x.  

Petch, J., Halford, W.K., Creedy, D., & Gamble, J. (2012). A randomised controlled trial of a couple relationship and co-parenting program (Couple CARE for Parents) for high- and low-risk new parents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology80(4),662-73,

Halford, W.K., Petch, J., Creedy, D., & Gamble, J. (2011). Intimate partner violence in couples seeking relationship education for the transition to parenthood. Couple and Relationship Therapy, 10(2),152-168.

Halford, W.K., Petch, J., & Creedy, D.K. (2010). Promoting a positive transition to parenthood: A randomised clinical trial of couple relationship education. Prevention Science, 11(1), 89-100.

Halford, W.K., & Petch, J. (2010) Couple Psycho-education for new parents: Observed and potential effects on parenting.Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 13(2), 164-180.

Petch, J., & Halford, W.K. (2008). Psycho-education to enhance couples’ transition to parenthood. Clinical Psychology Review, 28(7), 1125-1137. 

Books/Book Chapters

Halford, W.K., Petch, J., & Bate, K., (accepted 14.7.2012, in press). Chapter 13. Empirically-Based Couple Relationship Education, in Relationship Science and Couple Interventions in the 21st Century, Erika Lawrence & Kieran Sullivan (Eds.) New York: Oxford University Press.

Conference Presentations

Petch, J. (July, 2012). Predictors of Relationship Distress at the Transition to Parenthood. Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference. Perth, WA

Petch, J. (Oct, 2012). The prevalence of psychological distress in the not-for-profit community sector. Family and Relationship Services (FRSA) Annual conference. Darwin, NT

Petch, J. (Nov 2010). Couple Relationship Education: Who does it? And why? Psycho-education to Assist Couple Relationships Symposium Presentation for the Australian Psychological Society Relationships Interest Group (PORIG). Brisbane, QLD

Petch, J. (July, 2010). Couple CARE for Parents: Enhancing Couple Relationships across the Transition to Parenthood. Symposium Presentation for the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Melbourne, VIC 

Petch, J. (Dec 2007). Couple CARE for Parents: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Couple and Parenting Psycho-education. Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Health Conference. Gold Coast, QLD

Petch, J. (June 2007). Supervisor and Trainer Experiences in the Promoting a Positive Transition to Parenthood (PPTP) Study. PPTP Study Project Conference. Clear Mountain, QLD

Petch, J. (Nov 2006).Couple CARE for Parents: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Couple and Parenting Psycho-education.Presentation for the Australian Psychological Society Relationships Interest Group (PORIG). Brisbane, QLD