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 and Newsletter Editor

Dr Diane Whiting
Diane is employed at the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC), part of the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) located at the University of Wollongong and is also working clinically in a private capacity with individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury. 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 involves managing communications including editing both the E Newsletter and the clinical college web pages.

Treasurer and Deputy Chair

Dr Brendan Meagher
Phone: 03 5242 8981
Brendan is the principal clinical psychologist at Mind Health Care a large private practice in Geelong, Victoria. Brendan 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
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 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/Rural and Remote

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).

Office Bearer

Position vacant

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/Technology/ Forum

Dr Sally Bradford
Dr Sally Bradford is a Clinical Psychologist and the Service Implementation and Evaluation Manager for Lifeline Australia. She is currently the Health Reform Member and Online Forum Moderator on the National Committee for the College of Clinical Psychologists (CCLP), Treasurer for the ePsychology Interest Group, and member on the APS Technology Advisory Group and the ACT Section of the CCLP. She is also a Board Director of Karralika Programs in the ACT. Sally has previously been both the Student and Clinical Registrar representatives for the ACT Section of the CCLP.

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.

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.

Early Career Representative

Dr Gemma Sharp
Dr Gemma Sharp is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow at the Jean Hailes Research Unit of Monash University, Victoria. Dr Sharp's research focuses on genital cosmetic surgery, a topic she started investigating during her PhD at Flinders University in South Australia. After completing her PhD in 2016, Dr Sharp spent just over a year in Western Australia working as a researcher and academic at Curtin University, and also a Clinical Psychologist Registrar at a private practice. Her primary clinical interests are body image issues and eating disorders.

Student Representative

Mrs Bethany Sinclair
Beth is a registered psychologist, a clinical registrar and a PhD (Clinical Psychology) candidate at the Australian National University. She has experience working with a range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, psychosis, general distress and difficulty coping.

Beth enjoys working with people across the age spectrum, from children through to older adults.
Her primary theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), however she also has experience with acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, trauma-focused CBT and CBT for psychosis. She enjoys working with her clients to select the treatment option that is most appropriate for them, given their presentation and the evidence base available.

In additional to her clinical practice, Beth is currently completing her PhD, which is exploring the impact of stress and coping style on mood disorders in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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/Chair-Elect
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 NSW College of Clinical Psychologists committee in November 2015 as Secretary. During her time in this role, she has been actively involved in delivering quality Professional Development events to NSW members, in addition to fulfilling her duties as Committee Secretary.

Chair
NT

Dr John Davis
(John) Mark Davis is a Clinical Psychologist at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress in Alice Springs. He was trained in the United States, completing a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and PhD from the University of Georgia. He then completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Prior to his role at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Mark taught at the University of Georgia, Georgia Gwinnett College, the University of Macau (China), and Charles Darwin University. His 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.

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
Karla Milner is a clinical psychologist who has worked for the Dept of Human Services and in private practice in Qld. She is currently working in Tasmania in an AOD residential rehabilitation unit, conducting mental health assessments, trauma counselling, facilitating groups, providing supervision to staff and training on trauma and treatment for PTSD and Complex Trauma.
Karla also works in private practice treating individuals with a range of issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Trauma, Couple counselling, Gender transitioning, Immigration stress, she sees clients referred through an EAP and conducts Staff Wellbeing Assessments.
Karla is a supervisor of university students on placement, 4+2 and 5+1 students and clinical psychologist registrars.
Karla is extremely interested in the use of EMDR for trauma in AOD rehabilitation settings.

Chair
VIC

Dr Grace Couchman

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.