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Belinda Friezer is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Education at Charles Sturt University. She is also a psychologist and art therapist who has worked in the field of infant mental health (birth to five-years) for 25 years.  She is co-founder of the Private Practice, Secure Beginnings, where she undertakes consultancy and training for early childhood educators, teachers, professionals and organisations working in the field of early childhood. Belinda also provides supervision and training to clincians working with families and their children (five to eight years of age).

Belinda’s research focuses on infant sociality and social development in similar aged peer groups. She was awarded a PhD from Charles Sturt University, Australia, where she worked across several research projects involving infant behaviour in long day care, and in laboratory-based settings. 

Prior to her involvement in early childhood, Belinda was as an experienced infant-parent psychotherapist, Guest Lecturer in the Infant Mental Health Program at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry, and Associate Lecturer in Art Therapy at the University of Western Sydney.  She has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Macquarie University, a Masters of Arts (Art Therapy) and a Master of Arts (Psychology) (Family Therapy) from the University of Western Sydney. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Children's Services, Doctor of Philosophy, How do Infants Interact in Groups in Long Day Care Across the First Two Years of Life

26 Jan 201326 Mar 2022

Award Date: 09 Sept 2022

Psychology (Family Therapy), Master of Arts, University of Western Sydney

Award Date: 06 Jan 1999

Art Therapy, Master of Arts, University of Western Sydney

Award Date: 26 Mar 1997

Psychology, Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Award Date: 05 May 1988

External positions

Psychologist, Secure Beginnings

01 Jan 2011 → …

Subject keywords

  • child development
  • social development
  • early childhood education
  • behaviour analysis


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