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 Wendy McKenzie
Wendy is a registered Educational and Developmental psychologist, with a focus on helping people to 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 led to opportunities to apply this expertise to psychological practice, and in particular supporting the wellbeing of older adults.

Treasurer

Mr Jake Kraska
Jake is a registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist with experience in a range of private and public settings. Jake's clinical focus is on psychological assessment and differential diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders. Jake's research focuses on cognitive ability, computer adaptive testing, and integration of technology into psychological practice.

CPD Coordinator

Position vacant

Journal Editor

Dr Kelly Allen
Dr Kelly Allen is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Senior Lecturer at Monash University and Senior Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Wellbeing Science, University of Melbourne. Her research underscores the importance of a sense of belonging as a universal human need and she has built an international reputation for her work in the area of school belonging. She is the Lead-director and founder of the international consortium, the Global Belonging Collaborative and is the current and founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Belonging and Human Connection. The quality of her research has been acknowledged through several awards, including recognition by The Australian’s data-science partner, The League of Scholars as Best In Field for her research contributions. Dr Allen is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and Editor-in-Chief of the College of Educational Psychologist's flagship journal, the Educational and Developmental Psychologist.

Chair 2023 Biennial Conference

Miss Kathryn Kallady

Office Bearer

Position vacant

Registrar Rep

Ms Sarah Pearson
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.

Early Childhood Representative

Ms Caroline Keating
Caroline is an educational and developmental psychologist with experience working in research, schools, and early childhood intervention including managing a transdisciplinary team in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Caroline is particularly interested in family centred approaches to child developmental assessment and care, and supporting vulnerable children and families.

Committee member

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 involved in courses including Professional Education and Training, Special Educational Needs, Teacher Education (Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary) and Child Protection. She is a former Chair of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (Victoria), a member of the National Committee of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists and Convenor of the CEDP Advocacy Working Group subcommittee.

Committee Member

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

Committee Member

Miss Jessica Wator
Jessica is completing her Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at Monash University. Her PhD research is based on supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

Online CPD

Dr Simone Gindidis
Dr Simone Gindidis is an Educational and Developmental psychologist helping people 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 was the first Clinical Lead at a leading 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. Her research currently focuses on apps, MHealth, ethics, digital and professional competency development.

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

Ms Elizabeth Anderson

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.
Between 2014 to early 2022, she has worked in academia in the Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology programs at the University of Melbourne first and then for ACU.
Camelia is currently working on her PhD research at Swinburne University, looking at the area of transition support for Autistic students.
Camelia has spent the past two decades working with educators, families, and children on issues related to disability, learning, relationships, achievement, adjustment, and growth. She is currently working as a practicing Educational and Developmental Psychologist within the private practice setting in Melbourne Australia.

Chair
WA

Position vacant