Psychology in the Public Sector

Committee Information


Dr Clare Ramsden
Dr Clare Ramsden works as a Clinical Neuropsychologist and A/Manager of Psychology Services in the Tasmanian Health Service, Hobart. She has been involved in establishing the Psychology in the Public Sector Interest Group, and is Secretary for the Tasmanian branch of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. Clare's clinical interests are primarily in neurorehabilitation and acquired brain injury.


Ms Joanna Cole
Phone: 0261747763
Jo Cole is a Clinical Psychologist based in the ACT. She has a background in infant, child, adolescent and family mental health and has worked in range of clinical and project roles in both the public and private sectors.

Her current role is as the Clinical Educator for Psychology in ACT Health, coordinating clinical placements for psychology students and supporting education and professional development for the psychology workforce. She has a particular interest in Clinical Supervision.


Ms Christine Miller
Christine is a Melbourne based clinical psychologist and the current Deputy Director of Psychology- Specialist Psychological Services with Monash Health Victoria.
Christine is committed to the improvement of program and systems responses in public health and has worked in the public sector for 20 years across a variety of services including Child Protection, Youth Justice, Mental Health and Community Health
Christine’s clinical interests are in trauma and forensic and problem behaviours in youth.

Committee Member

Dr Diana Perre
Phone: 0402780795
Dr Diana Perre is a Melbourne-based Clinical Neuropsychologist. She is a Senior Clinician in Psychology working both in a major metropolitan public health service and operating a private practice in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Her area of clinical and research focus includes gero-neuropsychology, rehabilitation, and psychiatry. In addition to her role in the APS CCN National Committee, Diana is also a committee member of the newly formed Psychology in Public Sector Interest Group.

Committee Member

Mrs Kerrie Counihan

Committee Member

Ms Dianne Knowles
Phone: 0400 811 383
Based in Melbourne at the Victorian Public Sector Commission, Dianne works on projects to strengthen the efficiency, effectiveness and capability of the Victorian public sector. With generalist registration as a psychologist, her career has been in organisational psychology and career development. Dianne established a peer group of psychologists working in organisational psychology across the Victorian public sector in 2011. Dianne is also a committee member of the newly formed Psychology in Public Sector Interest Group.

Committee Member

Mr Justin Carden
Justin is employed by Townsville Hospital and Health Service in Sub Acute Rehabilitation and Chronic Disease positions. He is currently undergoing a Clinical Psychology Registrar program and APS Supervisor Training modules. Justin graduated from Deakin University, Victoria in 2013 with a Masters of Psychology (Clinical). Prior to this, he has worked in the mental health and youth sector for 15 years in forensic, drug and alcohol and case management positions. He is a committee member for the Psychology in the Public Sector member group and is a member of Rural and Remote Psychology member group.

Committee Member

Assoc Prof Christopher Willcox

Committee Member

Ms Mary-Ann Barfod
Phone: 0418779137
Director, Department of Human Services Assessment Services.
Based on Gold Coast, Queensland.
Registered Psychologist with 25 years of counselling, clinical and organisational psychology practice.
Transformational leader and consultative manager in health and allied health services and employment services for 20 years.
Supervisor Griffith University Organisational Psychology Masters Program 2014 -2015.
Honorary Teaching Fellow, Bond University 2008 - 2010.