Buddhism and Psychology

Committee Information

The following members of the Interest Group Committee have been elected by the members of this Interest Group. Please feel free to contact the Interest Group Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for members of this Interest Group around Australia.


Miss Emily Knowles
Phone: 0438467549
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


Mrs Maria Vescan


Ms Lian Vandenberg
Phone: 0402 543 970
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 Christopher Brown
Phone: 0422061228
I am a Psychologist with general registration and a student in the Clinical Psychology Masters program. I work in the private sector as well as in the disability support sector. I am a forever student of Buddhist concepts and Psychology and how the two can be interwoven with the ultimate aim of developing meaning, responsibility and growth in myself and others.

Committee Member

Assoc Prof Ross Wilkinson

Committee Member

Mrs Anna McKay

Committee Member

Mr John Mercer

If you would like to join the Committee there are vacant positions for QLD, WA, SA and NSW Co-ordinator Roles - please contact Penny Fenner if you are willing to take on this much needed role.