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.


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.

Chair Elect

Dr Angelo Contarino
Phone: 0412605175
Dr Angelo Contarino is a registered psychologist with endorsement in the area of Clinical Psychology. He has successfully completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology programme at UQ & worked with complex adult, child, couple & family presentations since 1993. Dr Contarino is a Fellow of the APS & the College of Clinical Psychologists (CCLP), having served in the roles of General Member, Chair and Secretary on the Queensland Section Committee since 2016; subsequently as a General Member on the National CCLP (as Conference Chair & Lead of the OPSG project), & currently he is the Chair Elect National CCLP. Dr Contarino has worked in numerous public & private sector environments including - mental health facilities, school/uni. settings, the disability employment sector & in private practice since 1997, increasing this to full-time in November 2015. In all roles he has valued the provision of clinical supervision, stressed its importance & currently provides supervision training for the APS.


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+.


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.

Office Bearer - CPD Chair

Dr Clair Lawson
Dr Clair Lawson is a clinical psychologist, private practice owner, and business mentor based in Perth, Western Australia. Clair has been working as a clinical psychologist in government and private practice settings for the past 21 years. Adopting a range of evidence-based approaches, Clair draws on her experience in child and adolescent mental health to inform her therapeutic approach when working with clients of all ages. Clair has a keen interest in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder across the lifespan. She established Lawson Clinical Psychology in 2007 and since then the practice has grown to 27 clinical psychologists and seven client relationship officers across two clinic sites. She is involved in the supervision of clinical psychology (registrars) and regularly contributes to the training of clinical psychology students as a Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Western Australia.

Office Bearer

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 - Social Media Manager

Dr Mary Gregory
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.

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.

Committee Member - Website Editor

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.

Committee Member - Registrar Rep

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
Sam is in the third 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. Sam is a part of the Clinical College Committee in South Australia and at the National level.

Committee Member - OPSG co-ordinator

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.

Committee Member - 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.

Journal Editor

Assoc Prof Bethany Wootton
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


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.


Ms Lea Crisante


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.


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.


Ms Elli Curtis
Phone: 0405 081 662


Dr David Bakker
David is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Archer Street Health in Hobart. He is also a lecturer and supervisor at the University of Tasmania. 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.


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.


Mr Ozgur Yalcin
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).