Psychology and Homelessness

Committee Information


Dr Kathryn Taylor
Phone: 0468 930 325
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in homelessness. I hold a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree from The University of Sydney (2006) and I am currently undertaking a PhD part-time at Swinburne University. My research considers trauma history and mental health among chronically homeless adults.

My current roles include providing psychological services for clients of Mission Australia through the Medicare Better Access initiative, and teaching psychology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney.

I began the APS Interest Group on Psychology and Homelessness in 2018 with a view to connecting individuals concerned with the mental health needs of people experiencing homelessness.

Committee Member

Ms Marlee Bower

Committee Member

Ms Elizabeth Beasley

Committee Member

Ms Erin Fearn Smith
I am a psychologist and rehabilitation counsellor, currently teaching and undertaking a PhD through the University of Sydney. My research focus is on identifying cognitive impairment and brain injury amongst people experiencing homelessness.

My experience working with people experiencing homelessness in clinical, service management and policy roles spans 20+years in not-for-profit and local government environments in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Locally I have been fortunate to contribute to the establishment of some key Sydney innovative Housing First programs, including Platform 70 and Common Ground.

Alongside teaching at the University of Sydney, I work across Mission Australia's Specialist Homelessness Services towards best practice service delivery and consistent data collection to effectively measure presenting population needs, intervention outputs and related impact. I am passionate about homelessness resolution, and see a leading role for psychologists in this area.

Committee Member

Ms Wendy Pailthorpe