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

Chair Elect

Dr Brendan Meagher
Phone: 0413 534 211
Brendan is the director of Mind Health Care, a progressive private practice in Victoria dedicated to evidence based practice and routine outcome measures. He has been on the national committee since 2009 including seven years as treasurer. Currently Chair-elect, Brendan will serve as Chair for two years from the May 2019 AGM.

His wider APS activities include two years on the APS Rural, Regional & Remote advisory group and publishing in InPsych. 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 has skills in corporate governance and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

Secretary and Newsletter Editor

Dr Diane Whiting
Diane is 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 involves managing communications including editing both the E Newsletter and the clinical college web pages

Membership Secretary/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 Coordinator

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

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).

Social Media

Mr Aiden Tran
Aiden is the 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

Health Reform Chair

Miss Jane Randall
Phone: 0416207120
Jane has been practising as a Clinical Psychologist for 20 years and has been a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists for this time.
Jane currently holds the title of Clinical Director at One Door Mental Health, a state based charity organisation providing clinical, recovery and advocacy services to individuals with severe mental illness and their families. Jane has in interest in working with people with psychotic illnesses and other complex life situations. She is an approved supervisor with PsyBA and enjoys staying connected to the greater psychology industry through the NSW Clinical College Committee and the Psychosis Interest group.

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 and psychologists nationally. I was asked to stand for my local State as Chair, and did so, because I thought I had something to offer the profession that I have enjoyed so much. I Chair the highly successful South Australian Seminar Series for Clinical Psychologists at which many psychologists beneift from networking and excellent teaching. I am enjoying Chairing the 2019 National College Conference, to be held in Melbourne. For 25 years I have operated Bridge Consulting Psychologists which is a clinical and consulting practice focussed on assessing and treating trauma, depression and anxiety. I teach part-time in the Flinders University MPsych/PhD (clin) program. When I'm not working I enjoy Vinyasa, fine wine and gardening.

Education Liaison

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 Professor and Chair of Discipline (Psychological Science) at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She also provides approved supervisor training through the APS Institute and ACAP.

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 Research Fellow at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) of Monash University, Victoria. Dr Sharp's research focuses on genital self-image concerns, 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. She continues to work clinically in private practice in Victoria and her primary 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 Brianna Morante
Brianna Morante is currently studying a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Adelaide. Prior to this, her 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. Brianna's current research project explores psychologists' experiences of working with older adults with the aim of advancing understanding about nuanced clinical issues that may arise in practice with this client group.

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.

Acting Chair
QLD

Dr Angelo Contarino
Phone: 0412 605 175
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.

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
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.