APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists

Committee Information

The following members of the National College Committee have been elected by the members of the College of Education and Developmental psychologists. Please feel free to contact the College Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for members of this College.

Chair

Dr Vicki McKenzie
Phone: 0417556190
Dr Vicki McKenzie is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and is Coordinator of the Master of Educational Psychology, and Master of Educational Psychology/PhD. Dr McKenzie also has experience as leader of a multi-disciplinary team of school support personnel working with schools on systemic intervention in the areas of student and community wellbeing. In her PhD, Dr McKenzie studied the resources, resilience and coping skills of disengaged students. Dr McKenzie has presented at national and international conferences on building coping skills and resilience in young people. Training psychologists for professional practice in schools has been a central component of Dr McKenzie’s professional career, and she has also supervised many psychologists in gaining specialised status. She is currently Chair of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, and is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.

Chair-Elect

Mr Gerald Wurf
Gerald Wurf joined Monash University in 2017 as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to this he worked at Charles Sturt University and for the NSW Government as an educational/developmental psychologist. He has provided consultant services to NGOs, Catholic and independent schools in NSW, and international schools in Hong Kong. He is a registered psychologist and holds endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology with AHPRA.
For eight years Gerald worked in Hong Kong including teaching at The University of Hong Kong and The Open University of Hong Kong. He also worked at Hong Kong International School as a high school counsellor/senior social sciences teacher. He has had over fifteen years professional experience working with children, young people, and adults with intellectual disabilities and complex learning needs.
Gerald’s research interests include reducing school bullying, learning in multicultural classrooms, inclusive education, and promoting student engagement.

Secretary

Dr Michelle Andrews Luke
My name is Michelle Andrews Luke. I am an educational and developmental psychologist. I have spent the past two decades working as a clinician, researcher, educator, and writer in schools and universities, including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, ACU, The Scots College, and Kambala. I currently have a private practice in Melbourne, Australia, and I continue to work part-time at a school, Korowa Anglican Girls' School. I live in the Dandenong Ranges with my husband, Michael, and our three children.

Treasurer and Social Media

Dr Kelly Allen
Dr Kelly Allen is an endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Senior Lecturer at Monash University and Senior Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Kelly also provides professional supervision to psychologists at different stages of their career. Her research and writing interests are concerned with school belonging and belonging more generally across the lifespan.

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @drkellyallen

Course Approvals Chair

Position vacant

CPD Coordinator

Position vacant

Office Bearer

Mr Jake Kraska
Phone: 0410884308
Jake is a registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist with experience in a range of private and public settings. Jake currently acts as a primary supervisor for the Krongold Clinic at Monash University and works separately in private practice.

Jake has completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University and is currently a Doctor of Philosophy of candidate, investigating the use of computer adaptive testing to measure intelligence.

Office Bearer

Position vacant

Committee Member

Ms Sally-Anne Kenney

Committee Member

Dr Wendy McKenzie
My career focus is about helping people learn and achieve positive change across the lifespan. After many years as an educator and researcher in cognitive and educational psychology, completion of the Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) has enabled me to apply this expertise to psychological practice. I am particularly interested in the role of Ed & Dev psychologists in improving the wellbeing of older adults.

Committee Member

Dr Chelsea Hyde
Dr Chelsea Hyde, is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist currently working as a lecturer at the University of Melbourne and a school psychologist. Chelsea has over ten years practical experience working as a psychologist within government, catholic and independent school systems in Victoria and Queensland across both regional and metropolitan areas. Chelsea holds endorsement in the area of educational and developmental psychology and is a board approved supervisor. Chelsea's research focuses on adolescent mental health and help-seeking.

Committee Member

Mrs Janene Swalwell
As a professional psychologist my career has been largely in developmental psychology in provision and management of services for children and families, early childhood intervention for children with developmental delays and disabilities, disadvantage and trauma, and in educational psychology in schools. However, I have also worked with adults with emotional and learning concerns and in designing interventions for them.
As a researcher my interests have been predominantly in the social-emotional development of young children and in early years service provision to promote social-emotional competence and behavioural regulation in young children.
At present I work casually in the Faculty of Education Monash University, and also provide training in the Pyramid Model.
Together with Dr Tim Moore, I convene a network of psychologists working in early childhood intervention who have recently established an APS early childhood intervention interest group.

Committee Member

Mr Santo Russo
Santo has been a past Chair and Treasurer of the Brisbane Area Branch and Member of the National PPAG, as well as past Membership Secretary of the National Committee. He is currently a Member of the QUT Head of School Advisory Committee and Master Educational and Developmental Psychology Course Advisory Group. Santo has represented APS with in both education and health matters. Santo's qualifications include Bachelor of Education and Master of Psychology. With over thirty years experience working with children, adolescents and adults Santo believes that the benefits of being an active member of the Society is the only way to progress the development of the profession.

NSW & ACT State Rep

Ms Elisha Stanton
Elisha is employed within the Hunter New England Local Health District, in Newcastle. There she enjoys working as an Educational & Developmental Psychologist in the Child Development Team.

Having worked in an acute and sub-acute child protection role, she is mindful of the impact of adverse experiences on children and young people's general development and wellbeing.

With these experiences, Elisha is interested in the impact of adverse life-experiences on childhood development, and especially its presentation through child behaviour and development.

Elisha is passionate about promoting the skills and expertise of Educational & Developmental Psychologists, and the benefits the contribution they can make to the social, emotional, and developmental wellbeing of children, young people, and families.

Vic State Rep

Ms Louise Laskey
Louise Laskey is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who has experience working with children, families and adults in various educational settings from preschool through primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. She has also worked in private practice. Louise has been a long standing member of the Faculties of Education/Arts & Education at Deakin University where she has been teaching and researching in courses including Early Childhood Education, Professional Education and Training, Special Educational Needs, Teacher Education and Child Protection. She is currently A/Chair of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (Victoria).

WA State Rep

Mrs Sandra Joyce

SA/NT State Rep

Mrs Helen Broomhall
I am the Director of Learning Keys, a private psychology practice based in SA. I hold a Master in Applied Psychology from the University of Adelaide and I am a fellow of the CEDP. Prior to establishing Learning Keys I worked in a variety of Health, Educational, Disability and Social Service settings, providing therapeutic services to children and adults addressing a range of learning, social, emotional and developmental issues. I also had the privilege to work on the MindMatters Plus program seeking to improve mental health outcomes for secondary school students. In addition to working in Private practice I also teach at the Masters level in Psychology at the University of South Australia. I am happy to field any queries regarding CEDP membership in SA and NT.

Chair
ACT

Position vacant

Chair
NSW

Miss Katrina Newey
Katrina Newey is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate specialising in cyber bullying research, at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology (SSAP), University of Western Sydney (UWS). Research includes investigating the developmental trajectories of cyber bullying and the associated risk factors for involvement to provide recommendations to seed successful intervention. Katrina Newey is a specialist registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist, and has been appointed as the APS Educational and Developmental college NSW secretary. She currently tutors for SSAP teaching Human Behaviour and Developmental psychology. Katrina is also aligned with the School of Engagement (UWS), running cyber bullying psycho-educational workshops with students, teachers and parents.

Chair
NT

Position vacant

Chair
QLD

Mr Michael Duhig
Michael Duhig is an Educational and Developmental psychologist with the Centre for Clinical Trials in Rare-Neurodevelopmental Disorders and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Queensland Child Health Research Centre. Michael’s research interests include developmental disability and child and youth mental health. Michael has published several articles related to autism, childhood trauma and psychosis, hospital readmission and off-label pharmacological use. Michael is also a panel member of the Mental Health Scholarships Scheme for Allied Health Professionals.

Chair
SA

Mrs Helen Broomhall
I am the Director of Learning Keys, a private psychology practice based in SA. I hold a Master in Applied Psychology from the University of Adelaide and I am a fellow of the CEDP. Prior to establishing Learning Keys I worked in a variety of Health, Educational, Disability and Social Service settings, providing therapeutic services to children and adults addressing a range of learning, social, emotional and developmental issues. I also had the privilege to work on the MindMatters Plus program seeking to improve mental health outcomes for secondary school students. In addition to working in Private practice I also teach at the Masters level in Psychology at the University of South Australia. I am happy to field any queries regarding CEDP membership in SA and NT.

Chair
TAS

Mr Darren Stops

Chair
VIC

Ms Camelia Wilkinson

Chair
WA

Miss Tara Hawkins