Psychology and Homelessness

Committee Information

APS Interest Groups support members with special interests, assist communication between members interested in similar fields and advise the APS on issues related to their area of interest. Interest Group membership is open to all APS members and Interest group committee members are volunteer roles.


Below are details of the current committee and vacancies. If you are interested in joining the committee, click here to complete an expression of interest/nomination form to be considered. Please feel free to contact Interest Group committee members or APS Member Groups ([email protected]) with any queries or suggestions about the engagement for members of this Interest Group around Australia.



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 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 Elizabeth Beasley

Committee Member

Position vacant

Student Representative

Position vacant