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 of Mind Health Care, a progressive private practice in Victoria dedicated to evidence based practice and routine outcome measures. Brendan has been college chair since the May 2019 AGM and has been on the national committee since 2009 including seven years as treasurer.

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.

Deputy Chair

Dr Lisa Chantler
Phone: 0882127740
I joined the APS as an MPsych student in 1988 and have remained a member ever since. I was first a committee member and then Chair of the South Australian Clinical College, before taking on the National role of Conference Chair. I believe it’s vital both for personal professional development, and for the strength of our profession that psychologists be part of the peak body representing clinical psychologists nationally and internationally.

I have operated Bridge Consulting Psychologists - a boutique clinical, forensic and consulting practice focussed on assessing and treating trauma, depression and anxiety - since 1993. At Bridge I offer internships, professional supervision and opportunities to psychology students and early career psychologists to encourage their professional development. I also teach in the Flinders University MPsych/PhD(clin) programs. When I'm not working or teaching, I enjoy Vinyasa, fine wine and gardening.

Secretary

Position vacant

Treasurer

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 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.

Course Approvals Chair

Position vacant

CPD Co-ordinator Rural and Remote

Mr Jason Pratt
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).

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.

Immediate Past 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

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.

Membership Engagement and Communication

Mr Anthony Merritt
Phone: 02 9517 1764
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 and communication representative on the national committee

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 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, 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.

Early Career 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.

Student Representative

Mr Matthew Cartwright
Matthew is currently undertaking his Master of Clinical Psychology at Charles Darwin University in Darwin. Matthew's research interests include traumatic stress, resilience, coping and chronic wound care. In addition to his studies, Matthew has a keen interest in advocating for increased access and provision of Clinical Psychology services across relevant sectors. In his role as National Student Representative, Matthew endeavours to represent the unique challenges faced by Clinical Psychology students in regional and remote Australia. Further, Matthew strongly encourages students enrolled in a postgraduate clinical program to email their concerns to ensure the National Student Representative raises contemporary, contextualised and relevant concerns to the College.

Chair
ACT

Dr Sara Quinn
Phone: 0468822075
Dr Sara Quinn is a Clinical Psychologist working as a senior psychologist with the Federal Government and in private practice. She is the Chair for the ACT Section of the CCLP. 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.

In 2016 Sara graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the ANU and won the APS Student Prize for the CCLP. Her research in developmental psychology has led to a research role at the ANU Language Lab, as an affiliate member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.

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

Dr Jon-Paul Cacioli
Jon-Paul is the Senior Manager of the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Service at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, an Aboriginal Community Controlled Medical Service. Part of his role is the continued development and delivery of psychological services to Aboriginal clients in central Australian communities and integration of such services into the primary health care setting.

Jon-Paul, in collaboration with the Centre for Remote Health, assists in the coordination and supervision of student psychology placements in Central Australia in order to support the growth of the profession in regional and remote areas.

Chair
QLD

Dr Angelo Contarino
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 26 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.

Acting 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

Dr Grace Couchman
Grace has held senior Clinical Psychology academic roles at Monash University and Cairnmillar Institute. She has worked extensively as a practitioner in the public and private sectors and has coordinated large clinical research programs at Inner West Area Mental Health Service, The Bouverie Centre and Monash University. She also consulted to the Childrens Court Clinic over many years. She currently works privately and takes part in volunteer programs in Bhutan.

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.