Buddhism and Psychology

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 intersted 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.



Miss Emily Knowles
Emily is a Registered Psychologist, with a multidisciplinary approach to practice.

Buddhism weaves its threads through both Emily's professional life and personal outlook. The traditions influence her philosophy and her methodology; the Buddhist teachings inform her world view. In this way, she is an advocate for the integration of spiritual principles into the practice of psychology, and the ‘being a psychologist’. She strongly believes that this enables a more holistic view of wellbeing: towards ourselves, our clients, and within our profession. Emily is very passionate about the value creation –and potential– at the intersection of Buddhism and Psychology. Her professional and vocational pursuits are strongly aligned to this intersection

Emily is active in both the consulting and research communities

Emily looks forward to working collaboratively with the BPIG Committee to sustain and grow the offering of this Interest Group to BPIG Members, and welcoming new Members to the Group


Position vacant


Ms Lian Vandenberg
Lian is a Registered Psychologist and a Board Approved Supervisor with a Bachelor of Arts (Psych.), Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology and a Master of Counselling. She works in Private Practice in the inner north-western areas of Melbourne after having worked in the Community Health and EAP services.

Lian is drawn to understand and embody how Buddhist principles and practices can inform psychological practice and a deeper understanding of human nature and potential. This is done in service to support others work towards greater Whole-Self balance and wellness in daily life.

Lian is the current Treasurer of the BPIG.

Committee Member

Mr John Mercer

Committee Member

Dr David Indermaur

Committee Member

Position vacant

Committee Member

Ms Kara Child

Student Representative

Position vacant