APS College of Clinical Psychologists


Significant Dates in the Early History of Clinical Psychology in Australia & Internationally

1896 First psychological clinic and course in Clinical Psychology at University of Pennsylvania.
1901 British Psychological Society founded and included a division/section of ‘Medical (later Clincal) Psychology’.
1917 American Association of Clinical Psychology separated from the American Psychological Association, re-joined as a Division in 1919.
1920s First government appointments of psychologists in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.
1929 First Australian Professor of Psychology appointed at University of Sydney.
1930 Australia's first BA in Psychology established at University of Western Australia. 
1944 Foundation of the Australian Branch of the British Psychological Society (44 members)
1949 Boulder Conference defined ‘Scientist-Practitioner’ model of training, and established PhD as necessary for practice of Clinical Psychology in North America.
1956 University of Western Australia introduced an Australian first, a fourth year Diploma in Clinical Psychology.
1965 Victoria enacted Psychological Practices Act.
1963 Division of Clinical Psychology established in the Australian Branch of British Psychological Society with 41 members, and continued as the first Division of a specialisation of Psychology within the APS.
1966 Foundation of the Australian Psychological Society (941 original members)
1966 University of Western Australia commences the first Australian two year professional Masters in Clinical Psychology Programme
1968 First Specialist Title Registration for Clinical Psychologists commenced in Western Australia’s Psychologists Registration Act.
1967  Division of Education Psychologists commenced
1972 Division of Occupational Psychology commenced
1977 Division of Counselling Psychology commenced
1983 Board of Clinical Psychologists formed
1993 College of Clinical Psychologists formed
1990s First professional Doctorates in Psychology introduced in Western Australia
2010 National Registration and Endorsed Area of Practice in Clinical Psychology commenced
2010 Clinical College represents over 50 percent of all APS college memberships and around 20 percent of APS membership.


Chairs of the APS National College of Clinical Psychologists

  • 2019 - Current Dr Brendan Meagher, FAPS
  • 2017 - 2019 Ms Tamara Cavenett, FAPS
  • 2014 - 2017 Ms Ros Knight, FAPS
  • 2010 - 2014 Mr Anthony M Cichello, FAPS
  • 2006 - 2010 Dr Deborah Wilmoth, FAPS
  • 2004 - 2006 Professor Michael Kyrios, FAPS
  • 2002 - 2004 Mr Clifford Leong, FAPS
  • 1999 - 2002 Dr Susan Ballinger, FAPS
  • 1997 - 1999 Assoc Prof Alan Ralph, FAPS
  • 1995 - 1997 Professor Michael Nicholas MAPS
  • 1993 - 1995 Assoc Prof Rocco Crino MAPS
  • 1990 - 1993 Professor Henry Jackson
  • 1983 - 1990 Dr David List, MAPS 
  • 1979 - 1982 Professor Jeanette Milgrom, FAPS