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 John Roodenburg

Chair-Elect and Newsletter Editor

Dr Vicki McKenzie

Secretary

Mr Gerald Wurf

Treasurer and Social Media

Dr Kelly Allen
Dr Kelly Allen is an endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Fellow of the University of Melbourne. She is nationally and internationally recognised both as a researcher in social connectedness and school belonging and for her translation of these expertise as a practitioner within a school setting. Dr Allen holds sessional academic positions within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, and the School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University and provides professional supervision to psychologists at different stages of their career. Dr Allen’s professional standing is verified by her full membership and professional service to the American Psychological society's Division 15 (Educational Psychology) and the Australian Psychological Society's College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists where she currently holds the position of National Treasurer.

Twitter: @drkellyallen
Academia: https://unimelb.academia.edu/DrKellyAllen

Course Approvals and Early Career

Dr Zoe Morris
Zoe is an educational and developmental psychologist who lectures at Monash University in a range of areas, highlighting her broad interests in adolescent learning and development, mental health, quantitative statistics, and psychological assessment.

Zoe has experience as a psychologist in public schools providing counselling, assessment, and intervention to students in both mainstream and specialist settings. She is passionate about supporting learning and wellbeing in schools, particularly through evidence-based programs and teacher professional development.

As a researcher, Zoe is interested in ethical and professional issues. Her PhD study “Teacher professional boundaries: Online and offline” was the first to measure conceptions of professional teacher-student interactions among secondary preservice and early career teachers in Australia.

Coordinator Course Leaders

Dr Louise McLean

Media and Promotions

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.

Ageing

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.

Early Intervention and NDIS

Mrs Janene Swalwell

Student Representative

Ms Simone Gindidis
Simone is a Monash University Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)/PhD candidate with a research focus investigating the experience that clinicians and adolescents have with the use of Apps in educational and mental health support settings. Simone is extremely passionate about the integration of new technologies with psychological services, interventions, research and education. She is equally passionate about advocating for the contribution that Educational and Developmental psychology makes to all facets of learning and wellbeing across the lifespan. She believes that the future of Educational and Developmental psychology is contingent upon involvement with the CEDP as it provides an avenue through which future graduates and practitioners can continue to grow, learn, network and further advocate for the relevance of their specialised training. In the interest of best representing student views, students are encouraged to contact Simone with their ideas and feedback.

Chair
ACT

Position vacant

Chair
NSW

Mrs Jita Gupta
Jita is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist with diverse experience working with children and adolescents. Currently, she is part of a multidisciplinary diagnostic assessment team in the Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she is involved in assessing and understanding the functioning of children with complex, tertiary level presentations and comorbid intellectual disability. Jita has previously practiced in a range of settings including private practice, schools and research. She has co-authored a report to the NSW Ministry of Health in 2012 discussing the evidence and providing recommendations for a tiered model of reading intervention and assessment to inform practices of the NSW Centre for Effective Reading. Jita’s main professional interests centre around psychometric assessment, including intellectual, emotional and behavioural assessment.

Chair
NT

Position vacant

Chair
QLD

Mrs Janette Atchison

Chair
SA

Dr Tim Connell

Chair
TAS

Mr Darren Stops

Chair
VIC

Ms Vivienne Seidner

Chair
WA

Dr Robin Harvey