Psychology and Homelessness

Committee Information

Below are details of the current committee and vacancies. The APS is always on the look out for members who are interested in joining a Member Group committee, to help support and promote members, the profession, and the APS. For more information about joining a Member Groups committee, click here.

Have questions? Please feel free to contact committee members via PsyCommunity direct message here or reach out to APS Member Groups via [email protected].


Ms Erin Fearn Smith
I am a psychologist and rehabilitation counsellor, teaching at the University of Sydney, and undertaking PhD research with a focus on identifying cognitive impairment and brain injury among 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 and research, I operate a private practice delivering supervision to psychologists and other professionals working in homelessness, and supporting NGO providers towards best practice in service design, service delivery, data collection and impact measurement. I am passionate about homelessness resolution, and see a leading role for psychologists in this area.


Position vacant


Dr Kathryn Taylor
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 a PhD in Health Sciences (Public Health) from Swinburne University (2023). My research focus is trauma history and mental health among adults experiencing homelessness.

My current roles include providing psychological services for clients of Mission Australia through the Medicare Better Access initiative and Psychological Access Plus program, 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

Position vacant

Student Representative

Position vacant