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 Lisa Chantler
Phone: 0403339438
An APS member since 1988 and a clinical psychologist for 25 years, I was the South Australian Clinical Chair until I moved to the National role of Clinical College Conference Chair. My experience is based in many years working in both public and private systems, and teaching in the Flinders and University of SA clinical programs. My interests include the professional training of clinical psychologists, advocating for clinical psychologists, and particularly future proofing the profession by encouraging the development of registrars and early career clinicians. I am committed to maintaining the professional standards of the broader profession of psychology and clinical psychology. 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.

Deputy Chair

Ms Jillian Harrington
A proud and active APS member for more than 20 years, and a member of the Clinical College since 2012, Jillian has been involved in APS activities at State and National levels for many years.

Jillian owns and runs a small group practice in Sydney, with areas of interest including complex trauma, and the integration of neurophysiological approaches with psychotherapy.

Jillian is passionate about health reform, and about equitable access to safe, high quality clinical services. An experienced Company Director, Jillian has served on a Primary Health Network Board and various advisory committees in the PHN space since 2012, and in 2018 was appointed to the Medicare Review Taskforce Mental Health Reference Group. As Chair, Health Policy, Jillian is keen to ensure that College members, the services we provide, and the communities we serve, are well-represented by the College and the APS.

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: 0418 256 256
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 an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at CSU Wagga Wagga campus and manages a part-time private practice in Wagga Wagga.

Conference Chair, On-line Peer Suport

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 28 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 CPD Committee

Dr Mike Barry
Phone: 0402 676 369
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.

Access and Inclusion Forum Moderator

Ms Nicole Hayes
Nicole Hayes is a registered psychologist & Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Nicole is passionate about delivering and promoting mental health services to Australians regardless of where they are situated geographically. Nicole has over 18 years of experience working in the field across the public and private sectors. Her experience includes providing psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with a range of complex mental health issues in a range of settings; university, refugee, hospital, private practice as well as having worked at the APS as its Snr Clinical Advisor. As a board-approved supervisor, Nicole currently provides supervision, as well as support and peer networking to clinicians of Emerge Psychology™ of which she is Founding Director.

Membership and Communications

Dr David Preece
David has been a registered psychologist since 2014. He is a Research Fellow at Curtin University, an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and a director at Black Swan Psychological Assessment & Therapy.

His main research and practice interests are in the assessment, understanding, and treatment of emotional disorders. He has developed several widely used measures of emotional functioning, including the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire (PAQ) and Perth Emotion Regulation Competency Inventory (PERCI).

Committee Member

Dr David Bakker
David is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Archer Street Health in Hobart. He is also a lecturer and research supervisor at the Institute for Social Neuroscience, which trains postgraduate psychology students in Melbourne. 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.

Policy Writing and Research

Miss Samantha Splatt
Phone: 0419 319 370
I am fortunate to be both a Counselling and Clinical Psychologist with a strong focus on public sector work, whilst maintaining a small private practice. I work in a Regional Centre and believe in the need for our profession to be skilled in a diversity of areas.

Social Media rep

Dr Mary Gregory
Phone: 0411 782 362
Dr Mary Gregory is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working across a wide range of settings in both public and private services. She currently runs PsychHelp, a telehealth psychology service. She also supervises clinical psychology students at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She completed a PhD through the University of the Sunshine Coast examining an online parenting intervention. Having trained and worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and here in Australia she has a broad range of knowledge regarding the profession of clinical psychology and an understanding of the different models of psychological services available in different countries. Mary has a strong interest in supporting students and colleagues to develop their clinical skills and to support them to have a long and enjoyable career as a clinical psychologist.

Education Liaison

Dr Dixie Statham
Phone: 0411560181
Dr Dixie Statham, Associate Professor & Head of Psychology at Federation University, Ballarat, Victoria, is a Fellow of the CCLP, & a Member of the Division of Psychological Research Education and Training (DPRET).

Dixie is also a member of the CCLP, Victorian Section and has been actively involved in the College for many years: as Chair of the Queensland CCLP committee for 5 years (2013-2018), Chair of the Conference Committee for the 2017 National Conference, & a member of the Conference Committee for the 2018 National Conference.

Dixie's research in substance misuse, trauma, anxiety and depression, has produced 90+ co-authored peer-reviewed papers. Her research & clinical interests are closely aligned, & 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 to develop their professional identity and careers in regional and rural communities.

Registrar Representative

Mr Matthew Cartwright
Matthew is a Clinical Psychology Registrar working in private practice in Darwin. Matthew has a keen interest in advocating for increased access to, and provision of, Clinical Psychology services and professional development within the Northern Territory and across Australia.

In his role as National Registrar Representative, Matthew endeavours to support his peers through developing Registrar-specific resources to support the next generation of Clinical Psychologists.

Student Representative

Mr Samuel Antoniades
Samuel is in the first year of a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. He is interested in hearing from students on the ways in which the role from student to clinician can be bridged and invites students to reach out and contact him with any ideas, queries, or suggestions. His research interests lie in the area of behavioural genetics, and his PhD will investigate the epigenetic mechanisms involved in the intergenerational transmission of stress. In addition to his role as National Student Representative, Samuel is also a part of the Clinical College Committee in South Australia.

Journal Editor

Assoc Prof Bethany Wootton

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+.

Chair
ACT

Dr Sally Bradford
Dr Sally Bradford is a clinical psychologist and National Director of Client Safety and Quality for Open Arms, Veterans and Families Counselling.

Sally has held several executive committee positions across the APS, including the early career representative on the APS Board and both student and early career representative for the ACT Section of the Clinical College. She is also currently a Board Director of Karralika Programs in the ACT.

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 CRC's 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.

Chair
NSW

Mr Alistair Barkl
Alistair is a Clinical Psychologist, having completed a Bachelor of Science – Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University in 2013 and a Masters of Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University in 2015. Alistair is an active Member of the Australian Psychological Society, having served as a representative on the NSW Clinical College Committee since 2015. Having worked in private practice, a virtual clinic, and in an employee assistance program provider, Alistair has an enduring interest in what constitutes evidence-based practice and how to deliver it across various contexts.

Chair
NT

Mrs Kassandra Payne
I am originally from Canberra, however I have lived and worked in Darwin for the last 10 Years. I completed my masters at CDU, as a member of the first cohort of the Masters program. I started out as the student rep for the committee and have enjoyed becoming secretary more recently. I work primarily in private practice working with clients across the life span. I have developed a passion for working with transgender, gender dysphoria, and non-binary clients as well as the broader LGBTQI+ community. I believe the Clinical college is important to support our profession and encourage our students and early career members be the best they can be. I see my role as helping the committee administratively as well as engaging in event planning and listening to members.

Chair
QLD

Assoc Prof Gavin Beccaria
Gavin Beccaria is an academic in the School of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Southern Queensland and a practicing clinical psychologist with over 27 years experience. Gavin has extensive supervision and teaching experience with psychology students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and he has provided clinical supervision for over 400 psychologists and psychologists in training. He also runs a private practice in clinical psychology. He previously worked at Qld health for 13 years across a wide variety of settings and across the lifespan.

Gavin has written book chapters on mental health assessment, diagnosis and disorders. He has also published in a wide range of topics including metal health, domestic violence, learning and teaching, work and career, clinical assessment, natural therapies, and Indigenous mental health in leading journals.

Chair
SA

Dr Nina Cook
Phone: 08 8445 0687
Nina is a Clinical Psychologist and co-director of Engaging Minds Clinical Psychology in St Clair, South Australia. Previously she has held clinical and supervisory roles in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Elizabeth SA and Jigsaw Youth Health in Geelong, VIC. She completed her Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Child Specialisation) at the University of Melbourne in 2006 and her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at The Flinders University of South Australia in 2003.

Chair
TAS

Dr David Bakker
David is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Archer Street Health in Hobart. He is also a lecturer and research supervisor at the Institute for Social Neuroscience, which trains postgraduate psychology students in Melbourne. 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 David Demmer
David is a clinical psychologist with a clinical and research background, and special interest in, the mental health of the LGBTQIAP+ community.

Dave is the founder and director of Wellington Street Psychology, a leading LGBTQIAP+ focused private practice in St Kilda. He is an advisor to City of Port Phillip council on LGBTQIAP+ matters, and is a subject matter expert for Movember. He is also active in research and teaching endeavours.

In previous roles Dave has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health services within private hospital settings, and was previously a lecturer at Deakin University.

Chair
WA

Mr Ozgur Yalcin
Phone: 08 9381 8868
Oz has worked extensively across multiple psychiatric settings in both clinical and management roles. He has a specialist interest in personality disorders, PTSD, and complex trauma, and uses a range of evidence-based treatments including EMDR and schema therapy within a broader framework of psychodynamic psychotherapy. In addition to operating a busy practice, he is a sessional academic teaching theory and clinical practice to psychology undergraduates and clinical master’s students.

Oz completed his Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours) at Curtin University and Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at Murdoch University. He is in the final stages of his PhD which is evaluating the clinical utility of the Young Schema Questionnaire (YSQ).