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

Ms Tamara Cavenett
Tamara Cavenett is an experienced clinical psychologist currently working in private practice and supervising clinical registrars. She has previously held senior hospital management roles and clinical supervisory positions leading a team of allied health clinicians. Tamara has a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals and is a university advisory board member.

Having previously held national and state committee roles since 2010, in addition to other duties, Tamara has been involved in the development of the e-newsletter, online discussion forum, and social media profile of the College.

http://www.tamaracavenett.com.au/about

Secretary

Dr Diane Whiting
Diane is employed in NSW Health and has a dual role as 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. This is a new role as 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 involves managing communications including editing both the E Newsletter and the clinical college web pages.

Treasurer

Dr Brendan Meagher
Phone: 03 5242 8981
Brendan is the principal clinical psychologist at Mind Health Care a large private practice in Geelong, Victoria. He is an experienced clinical psychologist who worked in the public mental health system at the Royal Melbourne Hospital prior to moving into full-time private practice. Brendan has been an active member of the national committee of the clinical college since 2009 and has contributed to numerous submissions. Brendan was involved in the development of our e-newsletter, The College Paper. Brendan is a former APS Rural, Regional & Remote advisory group member. Brendan’s involvement with the APS is driven by a desire to advocate for greater access to affordable and accessible mental health care for all Australians.

http://www.mindhealthcare.com.au/brendan-meagher/

Course Approval

Prof Mary Katsikitis

Membership Recruitment and Retention

Dr Karl Wiener
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 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.

Technology

Mr Jason Pratt
Phone: 0242952407
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).

Marketing

Dr Rebekah Doley
Phone: 07 55951344
Dr Rebekah Doley has experience in recruitment, selection, training, personnel development and project management. She is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with a particular interest in the psychology of deliberate firesetting. In addition to lecturing in postgraduate psychology programs at Bond University, she works and researches in the areas of dispute resolution and mediation, medico-legal assessments and couples therapy. Dr Doley is Co-Director of The Centre for Forensic and Interpersonal Risk Management (C-FIRM; Bond University), addressing issues of interpersonal risk and safety. She has also been a military psychologist for nearly 20 years, including coordinating the Australian Defence Force Suicide Prevention Program.

CPD / Rural and Remote and Indigenous

Prof Timothy Carey
Phone: 0435073419
Professor Tim Carey is Director of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. He is a scientist-practitioner who has been developing and evaluating the transdiagnostic cognitive therapy known as the Method of Levels (MOL; www.methodoflevels.com.au) in Australia and the UK since the late 1990’s. Tim has worked in the NHS in Scotland as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist as well as in private practice and in the public mental health service in Australia. Prior to his work in Alice Springs he was the Course Convenor of the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology programme at the University of Canberra. Tim has over 100 publications including peer-reviewed empirical publications, books, and book chapters and regularly presents his work at national and international conferences. He has blogs on Psychology Today and Mad in America where he communicates ideas about promoting resilient mental health with the general public. He has also developed a mobile phone app called MindSurf.

Registrar Representative

Dr Belinda Bury
Belinda completed her PhD (Clinical Psychology) at Flinders University at the end of 2015, and has been working at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Murray Bridge, SA, since January 2016. Belinda completed the Registrar Program and gained endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist in July 2017. Her PhD research conducted under the supervision of Professor Marika Tiggemann was published in the journals Body Image and Eating Behaviors. Belinda is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and an Associate Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Conference Chair

Dr Lisa Chantler
Phone: 08 82127740
I joined the APS as an MPsych student in 1988 and then joined the College as soon as I was eligible. I believe it is essential for members of our profession to be part of the single largest organisation representing psychology. I was asked to stand for my local State as the Chair, and did so, because I thought I had something to offer back to the profession that I have enjoyed so much. I organise the highly successful South Australian Seminar Series for Clinical Psychologists at which many of our members enjoy networking and excellent teaching. I am also enjoying Chairing the 2018 National College Conference, to be held in Adelaide next April 27-29. I completed a DPsych(Clin) in 2011. For 25 years I have run a clinical and consulting practice in trauma, depression and anxiety. I teach part-time in the Flinders University MPsych(clin) program. When I'm not working I enjoy Vinyasa, fine wine and gardening.

Education Liaison

Assoc Prof Kathryn Nicholson Perry
Kathryn completed her clinical psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, and moved to Australia in 2001. Since then she has worked clinically in chronic pain management and spinal cord injury, completed her PhD at the University of Sydney, and had academic appointments at Western Sydney University and the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Currently Kathryn is the Professional Psychology Programs Coordinator at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She also provides approved supervisor training through the APS Institute and ACAP.

Health Reform

Dr Sally Bradford
Dr Sally Bradford is a clinical psychologist and Deputy National Practice Manager for Lifeline Australia. She is currently the Health Reform member for the National Clinical College Committee, Treasurer for the ePsychology Interest Group, and Early Career Representative on the ACT Section of the Clinical College Committee. She has previously been both the Student and Clinical Registrar representatives for the ACT Section of the Clinical College Committee.

Her research and clinical interests include e-mental health and innovations in mental health service delivery, working with young people, help-seeking, suicide assessment and crisis support. In 2015, she won the Cooperative Research Centres Association Early Career Researcher Showcase for her PhD, and in 2011 she received both the University of Canberra Medal and APS Honours Prize for her Honours thesis.

Journal Editor

Dr Richard Moulding

Forum Moderator

Dr Diane Whiting
Phone: 0403128447
Diane is employed in NSW Health and has a dual role as 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. This is a new role as 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 involves managing communications including editing both the E Newsletter and the clinical college web pages.

Student Representative

Ms Stella Mihailova
Stella is currently completing a DPsych (Clinical) at Monash University, where she is researching cultural differences in autobiographical memory during depression. She is passionate about clinical psychology, having made the transition to psychology following a career in policy with the Australian and Victorian governments. She is also passionate about advocating for the needs of postgraduate students and supporting their engagement with the College of Clinical Psychologists.

Chair
ACT

Dr Mike Barry
Phone: 0402 676 369
Dr Mike Barry is a clinical psychologist providing psychological services to the Canberra community, whilst also teaching and supervising students 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, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and stress, phobias and personality disorders, but specialises in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma related illness.

Chair
NSW

Ms Birgitta Osterberg
Phone: 02 8677 9777
Birgitta Osterberg is the founder and principal psychologist of Healthy Minds, Happy Kids. She has specialisations in Clinical, and Educational and Developmental Psychology. In past roles, Birgitta has worked as: a school psychologist in an independent school, a psychologist in Community Health, an educational psychologist advising numerous primary and secondary Catholic schools, and a guest lecturer for postgraduate psychology courses. She presents professional development workshop for psychologists on topics such as, cognitive behaviour therapy for young people and child psychometric assessment.
Birgitta is the current Chair of the College of Clinical Psychologists (NSW section) and the Treasurer of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (NSW section).

Chair
NT

Dr Mark Davis
I was trained in the United States: Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida; PhD from the University of Georgia; two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I have taught at the University of Georgia, Georgia Gwinnett College, the University of Macau (China), and Charles Darwin University. My most recent research interests have been in cultural factors related to psychological assessment, an interest that led to the publication of the edited book "Neuropsychology with Asians and Asian Americans: Practical and Theoretical Considerations" along with Rik D'Amato in 2014. I am currently a Clinical Psychologist at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress in Alice Springs.

Chair
QLD

Dr Dixie Statham

Chair
SA

Dr Lisa Chantler
Phone: 0882127740
I joined the APS as an MPsych student in 1988 and then joined the College as soon as I was eligible. I believe it is essential for members of our profession to be part of the single largest organisation representing psychology. I was asked to stand for my local State as the Chair, and did so, because I thought I had something to offer back to the profession that I have enjoyed so much. I organise the highly successful South Australian Seminar Series for Clinical Psychologists at which many of our members enjoy networking and excellent teaching. I am also enjoying Chairing the 2018 National College Conference, to be held in Adelaide next April 27-29. I completed a DPsych(Clin) in 2011. For 25 years I have run a clinical and consulting practice in trauma, depression and anxiety. I teach part-time in the Flinders University MPsych(clin) program. When I'm not working I enjoy Vinyasa, fine wine and gardening.

Chair
TAS

Ms Karla Milner

Chair
VIC

Dr Celeste Merrigan

Chair
WA

Dr Petra Skeffington
Phone: 08 9360 1273
Petra is an early career clinical psychologist in private practice and a senior lecturer at Murdoch University in Perth.