APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Committee Information

The following members of the National College Committee have been elected by the members of the College of Clinical psychologists. Please feel free to contact the College Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for members of this College.

Chair

Dr Brendan Meagher
Phone: 0413 534 211
Brendan is the Owner and Principal Clinical Psychologist at Mind Health Care psychologists in Geelong. Brendan is the APS Clinical College national chair and a national committee member for over a decade.

Brendan's wider APS activities include two years on the APS Rural, Regional & Remote advisory group, clinical representative on the recent APS MBS Expert committee and Brendan has published in InPsych on mobile phone addiction. Brendan has been active outside the APS in promoting the role of psychologists to the wider community and has served on various committees and advisory groups.

Brendan’s APS involvement is driven by a desire to advocate for greater access to affordable and accessible mental health care for all Australians.

When not working Brendan enjoys running, reading and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

Chair Elect

Dr Lisa Chantler
Phone: 0403339438
I have been an APS member since 1988 and a clinical psychologist for 25 years. I was South Australian State Chair until I moved to the National role of Conference Chair for the Clinical College for 2018 and 2019. My experience is based in many years in both public and private systems, and teaching in the clinical programs of both Flinders and University of SA. I am a board approved supervisor. My interests include the professional training of clinical psychologists, advocating for clinical psychologists, and particularly future proofing the profession by encouraging the development of early career clinicians. I am committed to maintaining the professional standards of the broader profession of psychology and clinical psychology in particular. I value opportunities to engage with Government representatives on Health Policy, and to use my broad experience to liaise with other Colleges for the betterment of the profession.

Secretary

Dr Kylie Henderson
Phone: 0408991104
Dr Kylie Henderson is a clinical psychologist and the Founder and Managing Director of The Better Health Generation Australia & UK.

The Better Health Generation (TBHG) is an organisation of thought-leading health professionals bound together by their commitment to quality and care.
Dr Henderson has more than 20 years of experience in mental health and the employment services industry having worked for large, national employment services providers overseeing their health and employment programs. She holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, is an adjunct research fellow of the USQ, a committee member of the APS Clinical College QLD, a fellow member of the Institute of Employability Professionals (UK), a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

TBHG comprises the brands Aim2Work, Assessment Squared, Back2Work, Care Squared, Care Squared Kids, Generation Care, Me&Work, YourHealth+.

Treasurer

Dr Karl Wiener
Phone: 0418256256
BSc (Auckland University), Diploma Applied Psychology (Flinders University), MA (University of Queensland), PhD (University of Canberra)

Since 1985 Karl has been working as a psychologist in forensic, organisational and clinical settings as both co-ordinator/manager and clinical service provider. Karl has gained numerous managerial and clinical experiences from working in different professional employment settings. He worked in both public and privately managed prisons in NSW and Queensland, and for the Victorian Health Services and Queensland Health as Clinical Psychologist. Most recently he worked as a Mental Health Services Coordinator with the Murrumbidgee General Practice Network (MGPN).
Karl now works full time as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at CSU Wagga Wagga campus, and manages a part-time after hours and Saturday private practice in Wagga Wagga.

CPD Coordinator

Position vacant

Conference Chair

Dr Diane Whiting
Phone: 0423132447
Diane provides consulting clinical psychology services to individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury and undertakes clinical research in this area. This is a recent career move after a long period of employment in NSW Health where she was the Principal Psychologist of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and the Manager of Mindset, a child, youth and family counselling team in Community Health. Previously, Diane worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in brain injury rehabilitation where she combined clinical work with research, completing her PhD with a clinical trial of ACT for individuals with a severe traumatic brain injury. Diane's role on the committee is the Conference Chair for 2020-21.

E Newsletter

Mr Jason Pratt
Phone: 0407930923
Jason is currently employed with the NSW Health and is the Acting Psychology Head of Discipline for Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. He is the Clinical Psychologist for a acute inpatient unit at a public hospital. He has worked in a Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit, Community Mental Health setting (CAYMHS & adult services),and in the NGO sector (foster care providers & Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation service) and ran a private practice before returning to Heath. Jason studied and trained at the University of Wollongong, he has completed leadership courses with NSW Health & is a Mentor for the Effective Leadership in Health Program. His areas of interest are ePsychology, Psychosis and improving workplace culture. He is the current Chair of the Illawarra Branch, Secretary of the ePsychology interest group and has just been appointed to the APS Technology Advisory Group to the Board. He is a member of the APS Collage of Clinical Psychologists (State & National Committees).

Registrar Representative

Ms Brianna Morante
Brianna currently works in chronic pain management and is undertaking the clinical endorsement program. Prior to this, she studied a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Adelaide; her thesis explored psychologists' experiences of working with older adults and won the 2018 APS Elsie Harwood Award. Brianna's earlier work and volunteer roles included facilitating mental health support groups across Ramsay Health Care's three locations in South Australia, supporting people with AOD issues, and supporting people bereaved through suicide.

Social Media

Mr Aiden Tran
Aiden is a General Member of the APS Melbourne Branch Committee and National Social Media Representative for the College of Clinical Psychologists. He is currently a Psychologist with Peninsula Health, and a Clinical Supervisor with the Masters of Counseling Program at Monash University.

CPD Chair Webinars

Dr Mike Barry
Dr Mike Barry is a clinical psychologist providing psychological services to the Canberra community, whilst also teaching as an Honorary Fellow in the clinical program at the Australian National University.

Prior to becoming a psychologist, Mike served for 28 years in a range of command, regimental and staff appointments in the Australian Army, deploying twice on active service and reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before leaving the Army at the end of 2006 to undertake his Doctoral studies at ANU.

In his clinical practice, he focuses on the treatment of adults and has broad experience working with military, veterans and emergency service personnel. He provides treatment for depression, anxiety and stress, but specialises in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma related illness.

Membership Engagement & Communication

Mr Anthony Merritt
Tony Merritt has been a clinical psychologist for seventeen years and has extensive experience working in the public and private systems. He currently runs Sydney Clinical Psychology and Sydney DBT. He has been involved with PHNs at a board level since they began, and previously with medicare locals. He also been on the board of several other professional organisations. Tony is a lecturer in the Masters of Clinical Psychology programmes at UNSW, UWS and ACU, and a board approved supervisor. His interests include mental health advocacy and reform, professional standards within psychology, professional training of psychologists, and representing the profession to the broader health and mental health community. He is currently the member engagement, communication and social media representative on the national committee

Chair Health Policy

Ms Jillian Harrington

Education Liasion

Dr Dixie Statham
Dr Dixie Statham, Associate Professor and Discipline Leader of Psychology at Federation University is a Fellow of the CCLP, and a Member of the Division of Psychological Research Education and Training (DPRET).

Dixie is a member of the CCLP, Victorian Section and is the current Treasurer of the Ballarat Branch. Dixie has been actively involved in the College for many years: she was the Chair of the Queensland CCLP committee for 5 years (2013-2018), Chair of the Conference Committee for the 2017 National Conference, and a member of the Conference Committee for the 2018 National Conference.

Dixie's research is in substance misuse, trauma, anxiety and depression, and her research collaborations have produced 90+ co-authored papers. Her research and clinical interests are closely aligned, and her clinical practice focusses on treatment of complex disorders.

Dixie has a strong interest in the education of clinical psychologists, and in supporting registrars and early-career clinicians.

Early Career Representative

Dr Sara Quinn
Dr Sara Quinn is an Early Career Clinical Psychologist working for the Federal Government and AFP. She won the APS Student Prize for the CCLP, held a research role with the ANU Language Lab, and is currently a session lecturer within ANU’s postgraduate psychology program. Within the Clinical College, she is the National Early Career Rep and Discussion Forum Moderator and current ACT Chair. Sara has just been appointed to the APS’ Early Career Advisory Group to the Board and is on the committee of the Military and Emergency Services Interest Group and ACT State Branch. Her specific clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, and relationship issues across the lifespan, in addition to promoting effective leadership and organisational wellbeing in non-for-profit, public, and private sectors. She is passionate about the health and wellbeing of first responders and has experience working at an individual, organisational, and community level.

Journal Editor

Dr Richard Moulding
Dr Richard Moulding is an academic and clinical psychologist whose research interests include evidence-based conceptualisations of psychological dysfunction and an understanding of its etiology, including self-concept and emotional regulation. Dr Moulding completed his PhD at The University of Melbourne in 2007. Through his research and clinical work Dr Moulding has developed a sound research profile in the area of anxiety disorders and their treatment, including gaining a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant to examine online treatment for OCD. He is a co-editor on the Cambridge University Press book, "The Self in Understanding and Treating Psychological Disorders". More recently he has been working with individuals with hoarding, and doing work examining the role of emotion regulation in clinical disorders. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the journal of the CCLP, Clinical Psychologist, and a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University in Victoria.

Website Editor

Dr Kylie Henderson
Dr Kylie Henderson is a clinical psychologist and the Founder and Managing Director of The Better Health Generation Australia & UK.

The Better Health Generation (TBHG) is an organisation of thought-leading health professionals bound together by their commitment to quality and care.
Dr Henderson has more than 20 years of experience in mental health and the employment services industry having worked for large, national employment services providers overseeing their health and employment programs. She holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, is an adjunct research fellow of the USQ, a committee member of the APS Clinical College QLD, a fellow member of the Institute of Employability Professionals (UK), a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

TBHG comprises the brands Aim2Work, Assessment Squared, Back2Work, Care Squared, Care Squared Kids, Generation Care, Me&Work, YourHealth+.

Forum Moderator

Dr Sara Quinn
Phone: 0468822075
Dr Sara Quinn is an Early Career Clinical Psychologist working for the Federal Government and AFP. She won the APS Student Prize for the CCLP, held a research role with the ANU Language Lab, and is currently a session lecturer within ANU’s postgraduate psychology program. Within the Clinical College, she is the National Early Career Rep and Discussion Forum Moderator and current ACT Chair. Sara has just been appointed to the APS’ Early Career Advisory Group to the Board and is on the committee of the Military and Emergency Services Interest Group and ACT State Branch. Her specific clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, and relationship issues across the lifespan, in addition to promoting effective leadership and organisational wellbeing in non-for-profit, public, and private sectors. She is passionate about the health and wellbeing of first responders and has experience working at an individual, organisational, and community level.

Student Representative

Mr Matthew Cartwright
Matthew is currently completing the final year of his Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Charles Darwin University. Matthew's clinical interests include relational and personality difficulties, resilience, coping and the psychological experience of medical illness. In addition to his studies, Matthew has a keen interest in advocating for increased access to, and provision of, Clinical Psychology services and professional development within the Northern Territory.

In his role as National Student Representative, Matthew endeavours to support his fellow students through continued advocacy for study and professional supports at the National level, in addition to facilitating leadership skill development among his peers.

Matthew highly recommends students enrolled in a postgraduate clinical program to join the APS Clinical College, as it opens doors to professional development, leadership, advocacy and representation opportunities.

Chair
ACT

Dr Sara Quinn
Phone: 0468822075
Dr Sara Quinn is an Early Career Clinical Psychologist working for the Federal Government and AFP. She won the APS Student Prize for the CCLP, held a research role with the ANU Language Lab, and is currently a session lecturer within ANU’s postgraduate psychology program. Within the Clinical College, she is the National Early Career Rep and Discussion Forum Moderator and current ACT Chair. Sara has just been appointed to the APS’ Early Career Advisory Group to the Board and is on the committee of the Military and Emergency Services Interest Group and ACT State Branch. Her specific clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, and relationship issues across the lifespan, in addition to promoting effective leadership and organisational wellbeing in non-for-profit, public, and private sectors. She is passionate about the health and wellbeing of first responders and has experience working at an individual, organisational, and community level.

Chair
NSW

Dr Julie McConaghy
Phone: 0409 929 108
Julie originally completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of Adelaide in the area of Cognition; her thesis titled "Analogical Reasoning and Intelligence". She then worked as a Tutor (full-time) in Psychology at both the University of Adelaide and Flinders University, and then at the CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition as Post Doctoral Research Fellow, investigating ways to change the dietary habits of the general public to improve population health outcomes. Julie then worked in a number of management and administrative roles in schools in a voluntary capacity. Julie has been a member of the APS since 2002, the APS NSW College of Clinical Psychologists since 2015, and joined the committee late in 2015. Julie continues to advocate for the role of Clinical Psychologists in the profession and the wider community.

Chair
NT

Mr Justin Carden
Phone: 0406396999
Justin is a clinical psychologist with The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) based in Alice Springs. The role sees Justin deliver psychological interventions within a town-based primary health service, a men's health service, an AOD residential service, and a remote indigenous community clinic.

Justin graduated from Deakin University in 2013 with a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) and is an accredited supervisor.

Previous experience includes 4 years with Townsville Hospital as a psychologist, and 10+ years in various mental health case management and clinical support roles across the youth, juvenile justice, and drug and alcohol sectors.

He was a committee member for the APS Psychology in the Public Sector Interest Group in 2016 and continues to have a special interest in regional and remote mental health, AOD recovery, trauma, men’s health and SEWB psychology.

Justin is excited to be recently elected to the position of NT Chair of the Clinical College.

Chair
QLD

Dr Angelo Contarino
Phone: 0731865288
Dr Angelo Contarino is a registered psychologist & Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, serving as a member of the Queensland Area Branch Committee since early 2016. He has a BA, a PG Diploma & a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, all from the University of Queensland. Angelo has over 27 years of experience working as a psychologist across a number of organisations in both the public & private sector. His experience includes working with children, adolescents & adults with a range of complex mental health issues in a range of settings; in mental health services, as a guidance counsellor in the catholic school system & in various management positions as a supervisor & trainer with MAX Solutions. He has also maintained a part-time private practice since 1997, increasing this to be his primary employment since November 2015. He provides supervision, has developed and delivered presentations for various audiences, & provided intervention services both in English & Italian.

Chair
SA

Dr Matthew Smout
I have been an APS member since 2003 and a Clinical College member since 2006. I was the inaugural national convenor of the APS Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Interest Group. I am currently Program Director of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program at the University of South Australia and Clinic Director of the UniSA Psychology Clinic. I was formerly the Team Manager of the Centre for Treatment of Anxiety and Depression. I have worked across a range of private and public settings in adult mental health and addiction, and have worked as a guest lecturer in the Clinical Master’s programs of all South Australian universities. I have research interests in improving the practice of psychological therapies in real world settings. I represent the University of South Australia on the college committee and look forward to serving the professional interests and development needs of the community of South Australian clinical psychologists.

Chair
TAS

Dr David Bakker
David is a clinical psychologist at private practices Archer Street Health and Salamanca Psychology in Hobart. He is passionate about engaging the broader public in evidence-based psychological strategies and therapies, and is the founding director of MoodMission - a free CBT-based mobile app for low moods and anxiety. He has previously worked in disability support, rural mental health outreach, youth health, hospitals, and Melbourne private practices. He has taught psychology and counselling at Monash University, where he has also researched and developed mental health mobile apps as part of his Doctor of Clinical Psychology.

Chair
VIC

Mr David Demmer
David is a clinical psychologist with a clinical and research background, and special interest in, men's mental health and the mental health of the LGBTIQ+ community.

In previous roles David has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health services within private hospital settings, and was previously a lecturer at Deakin University. Currently David works full time in private practice, however remains connected to research and teaching endeavours.

Chair
WA

Dr Petra Skeffington
Petra is a clinical psychologist in private practice and Head of Psychology, Exercise Science, Chiropractic and Counselling at Murdoch University in Perth.

Petra has been registered as a psychologist since 2008, and works with complex trauma issues, including developmental trauma, first responder and veteran issues, refugee and torture trauma.