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

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.

Chair-Elect

Position vacant

Secretary

Dr Michelle Andrews Luke
I am an educational and developmental psychologist and lecturer. I have spent the past two decades studying stress, coping, wellbeing, and learning. I have a clinical practice and I hold positions at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Korowa Anglican Girls’ School, and the University of Melbourne. I am a Psychology Board-approved supervisor of psychologists and provisional psychologists.

Treasurer

Mr Jake Kraska
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's clinical focus is on psychological assessment and differential diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders. Jake's PhD investigated the use of computer adaptive testing to measure intelligence.

CPD Coordinator

Position vacant

Office Bearer

Position vacant

Office Bearer

Position vacant

Early Childhood Intervention

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.

Registrar Representative

Ms Sarah Pearson
Phone: 0457560187
Sarah is an Educational and Developmental Psychology Registrar currently working as a School Psychologist at Copperfield College in Melbourne's Western suburbs. Sarah has over ten years experience working with adolescents in educational and community settings, and three years practical experience working as a psychologist within the public and independent school systems in Victoria. Sarah is passionate about school-based prevention and early intervention programs for mental health issues, and supporting and representing the interests of early career psychologists in the field.

Committee Member

Ms Sally-Anne Kenney
Phone: 0395786231
Holding a Master of Educational Psychology degree from The University of Melbourne, I have worked as a School Psychologist since 2005. I have worked in Catholic and Independent schools, having held my current role at Kilvington Grammar School since 2015. In addition to individual client work I am involved in broader areas of school management: contributing to policy development; staff professional learning; curriculum development and review; mental health education and promotion; parent education programs; and designing and implementing wellbeing initiatives. I have also supervised MEdPsych students since 2012 and am passionate about promoting Educational and Developmental Psychology as an area of specialisation.

Psychology and Older People

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.

Web Editor & Social Media

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 fifteen 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.

Online CPD

Dr Simone Gindidis
Dr Simone Gindidis is an educational and developmental psychologist with experience helping individuals across the lifespan achieve positive learning, relationships, and wellbeing. She is passionate about integrating digital solutions with psychological practice. Her PhD research evaluated the clinical use of smartphone apps in adolescent therapy.

Simone is the Clinical Lead at a software company producing evidence-based, digital assessment and intervention tools. She promotes ethical and quality digital healthcare solutions that are developmentally sensitive and engaging. In addition to working in private practice, Simone is a sessional lecturer and research supervisor at Monash University. Her research currently focuses on apps, MHealth, ethics, digital and professional competency development.

Student Representative

Miss Jessica Wator
Jessica is a provisional psychologist, in her sixth year of a MEDP/PhD degree at Monash University. Her PhD research is based on supporting females with ASD. Jessica is completing placement in a psychology clinic and a school, where she is providing psychoeducational assessments and intervention for people across the lifespan.

Student Representative

Miss Rachelle Thannhauser
Rachelle is in her sixth year of the Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology/ Doctor of Philosophy at Monash University. She completed her undergraduate degrees at Melbourne University and the Australian Catholic University. Her research currently focuses on ethical decision making and mature minors.

Rachelle is completing placement in a school and private practice, where she is training to integrate Animal Assisted Therapy into CBT and other Level I approaches.

Instagram @barneythetherapydog

Chair
NSW

Ms Frances Attard
I am an educational and developmental psychologist, working in the private sector as Portfolio Manager - Formalised Assessment & Early Intervention at SAL Consulting. I am a board approved supervisor.

I am focused on working with families at risk, and children and adults with and without disabilities who have complex trauma histories. This has included utilising standardised and dynamic assessment to understand emotional, educational and developmental needs of people I support; engaging with young people and their families in therapy; developing and facilitating parenting and young person’s groups; psycho-social assessments and parenting capacity assessments; neurodevelopmental, attachment and trauma informed behaviour support and applying therapeutic models within family preservation, disability and early intervention settings to create safety and build social and emotional wellbeing.

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

Miss Andrea Fairlie
I am an endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist, a Fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychology, and a board-approved supervisor. I am the current Chair of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychology South Australia Branch.

I am a College Psychologist at Mercedes College, a co-educational Reception to Year 12 College in Adelaide, and have previously worked in several roles within the Department for Education in both metropolitan and regional South Australia. I am passionate about supporting children to reach their potential and overcome challenges in their learning and wellbeing. I have a strong focus on evidence-based practice. I also enjoy supporting other psychologists in their professional endeavours.

I am happy to field any queries regarding CEDP membership in SA and NT.

Chair
TAS

Mr Paul Bertoia
Paul is an Educational & Developmental Psychologist who has worked across a wide range of settings. In schools he has been part of pre-Kinder programs through to Grade 12. He is currently a Senior School Psychologist with the Department of Education in Tasmania. He has also worked in health (in early assessment and intervention with children and child & adolescent mental health), and in community settings. He currently also has a private practice and he provides supervision for psychologists and other professionals.

Paul has been active in the Australian Psychological Society for many years through his local branch and he is a Fellow of the APS. He has served in a range of positions on the National Committee, and is a past Chair of the College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists.

Chair
VIC

Ms Camelia Wilkinson
Phone: 0439743818
Camelia Wilkinson is an endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist, a Fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychology and a board approved supervisor. Camelia is the current Chair of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychology Victoria Branch. She has worked in academia for the last six years, currently working as the practicum coordinator for the Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology at ACU. Camelia has spent the past two decades working with educators, families and children She is currently working as a practicing Educational and Developmental Psychologist within the private practice setting in Melbourne Australia.

Chair
WA

Miss Tara Hawkins