APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Committee Information

Below are details of the current committee and vacancies. The APS is always on the look out for members who are interested in joining a Member Group committee, to help support and promote members, the profession, and the APS. For more information about joining a Member Groups committee, click here.

Have questions? Please feel free to contact committee members via PsyCommunity direct message here or reach out to APS Member Groups via [email protected].

Chair

Dr Angelo Contarino
Phone: 0412605175
Dr Angelo Contarino has worked with complex adult, child, couple & family presentations since 1993. He has served on the National Committee as Conference Chair, QLD Chair, & Chair Elect. He was also General Member, Chair & Secretary on the Queensland Section Committee. Dr Contarino has worked in numerous public & private sector environments including – mental health facilities, school/university settings, disability employment, & in private practice since 1997. In all roles he has valued the provision of clinical supervision, stressed its importance associated with improving clinical competence & client outcomes, & currently provides supervision training & Masterclasses for the APS. Dr Contarino is a compassionate psychologist who will strive to work professionally with the National CCLP committee & the APS in order to successfully implement the APS strategic plan & promote unity, while advocating for clinical psychologists across Australia & delivering exceptional member services.

Deputy Chair - Health and Strategy

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
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

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.

Office Bearer

Dr David Preece
Dr David Preece is a clinical psychologist and academic. He is a clinical lecturer at Curtin University where he is the Director of the Perth Emotion & Psychopathology Lab. He also runs a private practice called the Psychology Centre of Western Australia. David’s main research and practice interests are in the assessment, understanding, and treatment of emotional disorders, with a particular focus on the role of emotional awareness (alexithymia) and emotion regulation difficulties. He has developed several widely used measures of emotional functioning, including the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire (PAQ) and Perth Emotion Regulation Competency Inventory (PERCI). These questionnaires have now been translated into over 15 languages. David has been a member of the APS since 2015. He is the lead for the Membership Portfolio within the national APS Clinical College committee, and is the Chair of the WA APS Clinical College committee.

Committee Member - Social Media Manager

Dr Mary Gregory
Phone: 0420741938
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 psychology students at Victoria University and research students at Southern Cross University. 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.

Committee Member - Conference

Assoc Prof Petra Skeffington
Petra is a clinical psychologist in private practice and Director of Postgraduate Psychology at Murdoch University in Perth.

Petra has been registered as a psychologist since 2008, and works with complex trauma issues, including developmental trauma, first responder and veteran issues, refugee and torture trauma.

Journal Editor

Assoc Prof Bethany Wootton
Phone: 02 9514 3942
Dr Bethany Wootton is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology in the Graduate School of Health at the University of Technology Sydney.

Clinically, Dr Wootton focuses on the treatment of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Dr Wootton's research primarily focuses on improving the assessment and identification of these conditions, as well as the development and evaluation of remote psychological treatments, with the goal of improving access to evidence-based treatment for individuals with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum conditions.

Dr Wootton is the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Psychologist

Committee Member - OPSG co-ordinator

Miss Samantha Splatt
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.

Committee Member

Dr Zoe Hazelwood
Phone: 07 3138 4760
Dr Zoë Hazelwood is a Fellow of the APS and a passionate psychology educator. She is Director of Clinical Psychology Services at the QUT Health Clinic and is a senior lecturer at QUT, coordinating the professional Masters training programs for the School of Psychology and Counselling.

Zoë is a clinical psychologist and Board-approved supervisor with over 20 years’ experience as a psychologist and academic. Her practice has a focus on working with couples or individuals experiencing relationship distress, primarily using an emotionally focused therapy lens. She has also completed the Circle of Security intervention training and will utilise elements of ACT or CBT with her clients.

Zoë has won teaching awards for her work on teaching reflective practice to psychology students and she has been on successful category 1 competitive grant projects that explored the embedding of graduate attributes in the psychology curriculum.

Committee Member - CPD Coordinator

Dr Catherine Hart
I am a Clinical Psychologist and have been working in the field of mental health for over 25 years. I am passionate about improving access to psychological services and supporting clinicians in the psychology field. I enjoy utilising third wave psychological therapies and am trained in the use of EMDR.

I love supervising psychologists at all stages of their careers but especially early career and clinical registrar psychologists.

I am currently a CPD co-ordinator for the Clinical College and always happy to hear suggestions for future CPD opportunities that would be of benefit to members.

Committee Member

Prof Dixie Statham
Phone: 03 5327 6158
Dr Dixie Statham, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Federation University, Ballarat, Victoria. She is a Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists (CCLP), a member of the National CCLP Committee, & a member of the CCLP Committee for Victoria.

Dixie has a strong interest in the education of psychologists and in supporting students and early career psychologists to develop their professional identity, careers, and leadership skills in regional and rural communities.

Her research in substance misuse, trauma, anxiety and depression, has produced 100+ co-authored peer-reviewed papers, which are closely aligned with her clinical interests. In clinical practice, Dixie works with CBT & Schema Therapy to provide assessment and treatment of complex, co-morbid disorders. She also has a strong interest in neurodiversity and the parenting challenges for mothers with autism & ADHD.

Registrar/Early Career Representative

Ms Hannah Bowman
I currently hold the position of Clinical Psychology Registrar at Sydney Clinical Psychology, working across their Inner City and Western Sydney offices. I completed my Bachelors at the University of Newcastle, and my Masters at Western Sydney University.

My keen interest in health populations has meant that my clinical work focuses closes on chronic pain management, so I am often working in a multi-disciplinary team environment with Doctors and Physiotherapists. The therapeutic modalities I namely use are CBT, ACT, DBT and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). Like any early career psychologist, I am still figuring out the modalities that fit me best, though I am planning to pursue further training in CFT.

I enjoy giving back to the community - both students pursing careers in psychology, and those affected by Mental Health. I am also a keen traveller and recently ticked off a bucket list item of visiting Scotland!

Student Representative

Ms Rachael Brice
Rachael is currently completing her Masters of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland, after successfully completing her Honours and undergraduate degrees at the Flinders University of South Australia, and the University of Adelaide. Rachael is particularly interested in a breadth of practice, working across the lifespan in a range of therapeutic styles. She is also committed to rural and regional services; having relocated to regional Queensland to complete her masters, and with a plan to return to country SA to work as a clinical psychologist.

Chair
NSW

Ms Suzanne Gibson
Suzanne is a Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing in private practice since 2019 and has a keen interest in providing psychological interventions for chronic pain and trauma. Prior to working in clinical settings, Suzanne worked for 15 years in the occupational rehabilitation industry, assisting people facing work-related mental health issues, injury and trauma and those managing chronic pain. In this field, she led teams of health professionals and oversaw the clinical supervision of many provisional psychologists. Suzanne is interested in how Clinical Psychologists can apply their skills in a wide variety of settings and is passionate about mentoring and supporting the development of new psychologists.

Chair
NT

Mrs Kassandra Payne
Phone: 0412703928
I am originally from Canberra, however I have lived and worked in Darwin for over 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 working across a number of roles and now NT Chair. I work 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

Dr Daniel Brown
Hi, I'm Daniel (he/him).
I'm a Clinical Psychologist with a PhD focusing on the area of health psychology/behavioural medicine.

I currently run a private practice in Brisbane and have a particular interest in working with people with regard to relational and attachment problems.

I work from a relational/dynamic framework and love engaging with clients on their personalised therapeutic journey.

I also love whippets, navel-gazing, and buying books I'll never get around to reading.

Chair
SA

Position vacant

Chair
TAS

Position vacant

Chair
VIC

Dr Kelly Murray
Dr Kelly Murray is a Clinical Psychologist, working full time in private practice in Melbourne. Kelly enjoys working with clients across the lifespan, and is particularly interested in anxiety, executive function and ADHD, and parenting. She also has an interest in early intervention and supporting healthy development of emotional competence in children and young people.
She volunteered with the State Section in 2019 and wishes to contribute to the profession and more broadly support psychologists working in Victoria.

Chair
WA

Dr David Preece
Dr David Preece is a clinical psychologist and academic. He is a clinical lecturer at Curtin University where he is the Director of the Perth Emotion & Psychopathology Lab. He also runs a private practice called the Psychology Centre of Western Australia. David’s main research and practice interests are in the assessment, understanding, and treatment of emotional disorders, with a particular focus on the role of emotional awareness (alexithymia) and emotion regulation difficulties. He has developed several widely used measures of emotional functioning, including the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire (PAQ) and Perth Emotion Regulation Competency Inventory (PERCI). These questionnaires have now been translated into over 15 languages. David has been a member of the APS since 2015. He is the lead for the Membership Portfolio within the national APS Clinical College committee, and is the Chair of the WA APS Clinical College committee.