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 Brendan Meagher
Phone: 0413 534 211
Brendan is the Owner and Principal Clinical Psychologist at Mind Health Care psychologists in Geelong. Brendan is the APS Clinical College national chair and a national committee member for over a decade.

Brendan's wider APS activities include two years on the APS Rural, Regional & Remote advisory group, clinical representative on the recent APS MBS Expert committee and Brendan has published in InPsych on mobile phone addiction. 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’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.

Chair Elect

Dr Lisa Chantler
Phone: 0403339438
I have been an APS member since 1988 and a clinical psychologist for 25 years. I was South Australian State Chair until I moved to the National role of Conference Chair for the Clinical College for 2018 and 2019. My experience is based in many years in both public and private systems, and teaching in the clinical programs of both Flinders and University of SA. I am a board approved supervisor. My interests include the professional training of clinical psychologists, advocating for clinical psychologists, and particularly future proofing the profession by encouraging the development of early career clinicians. I am committed to maintaining the professional standards of the broader profession of psychology and clinical psychology in particular. 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.

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: 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 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.

Conference Chair

Dr Diane Whiting
Phone: 0423132447
Diane provides clinical psychology services to individuals who have experienced a severe traumatic brain injury and undertakes clinical research in this area. She is currently leading a randomised controlled trial funded by the icare Foundation, comparing face to face delivery to video conferencing for an ACT intervention with individuals with a TBI.

Previously, Diane was employed in NSW Health for 13 years as 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. Diane has extensive experience in rehabilitation and worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in brain injury rehabilitation where she combined clinical work with research.

Diane has demonstrated a long commitment to the APS joining as a student and being a committee volunteer for more than ten years.

Social Media

Mr Aiden Tran
Aiden is a General Member of the APS Melbourne Branch Committee and 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.

CPD Chair Webinars

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.

E Newsletter

Dr Graham du Plessis
Graham has worked as a clinical psychologist in government, private practice, and academia for over a decade. He has a special interest in psychological strengths and positive psychology as well as in the training of clinical psychology students and interns. Graham also has a background in business and finance and frequently consults to organisations on psychology related topics.

He has previously lectured at the University of Southern Queensland and is presently lecturing in the Business School at the University of Queensland. Graham also works as a industry consultant on a variety of business and psychology topics. He maintains a private practice in Springfield Lakes, and a supervision practice in Chapel Hill.

Registrar Representative

Ms Brianna Morante
Brianna currently works in chronic pain management and is undertaking the clinical endorsement program. Prior to this, she studied a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Adelaide; her thesis explored psychologists' experiences of working with older adults and won the 2018 APS Elsie Harwood Award. Brianna's earlier 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.

Membership Engagement & Communication

Mr Anthony Merritt
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, communication and social media representative on the national committee

Chair Health Policy

Ms Jillian Harrington
Phone: 0417211308
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.

Education Liaison

Dr Dixie Statham
Dr Dixie Statham, Associate Professor and Discipline Leader of Psychology at Federation University is a Fellow of the CCLP, and a Member of the Division of Psychological Research Education and Training (DPRET).

Dixie is a member of the CCLP, Victorian Section and is the current Treasurer of the Ballarat Branch. Dixie has been actively involved in the College for many years: she was the Chair of the Queensland CCLP committee for 5 years (2013-2018), Chair of the Conference Committee for the 2017 National Conference, and a member of the Conference Committee for the 2018 National Conference.

Dixie's research is in substance misuse, trauma, anxiety and depression, and her research collaborations have produced 90+ co-authored papers. Her research and clinical interests are closely aligned, and 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.

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.

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+.

Early Career Representative

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.

Student Representative

Mr Matthew Cartwright
Matthew is currently completing the final year of his Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Charles Darwin University. Matthew's clinical interests include relational and personality difficulties, resilience, coping and the psychological experience of medical illness. In addition to his studies, Matthew has a keen interest in advocating for increased access to, and provision of, Clinical Psychology services and professional development within the Northern Territory.

In his role as National Student Representative, Matthew endeavours to support his fellow students through continued advocacy for study and professional supports at the National level, in addition to facilitating leadership skill development among his peers.

Matthew highly recommends students enrolled in a postgraduate clinical program to join the APS Clinical College, as it opens doors to professional development, leadership, advocacy and representation opportunities.

Chair
ACT

Dr Mike Barry
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.

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

Dr Cindy Wall
Cindy is a Clinical Psychologist with experience working across private, public health, and academic settings.

She has been an APS member since her undergraduate days, and has contributed to a number of APS committees and interests groups including those focussed on regional, rural, and remote issues, and accident and compensation matters. She previously represented the NT on the National Committee in the early 2000's and is proud to be part of a passionate group of NT Clinical Psychologists whose energy and drive led to formalising the NT as a college section in 2007.

Cindy's work has been primarily in the area of clinical health and injury managment, focussing on the interaction of personality and mental and physical health conditions.

Cindy is keen to support the work of current NT College members and, along with the Territory committee, contributing to the growth of the next generation of Clinical Psychologists.

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

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, men's mental health and the mental health of the LGBTIQ+ community.

In previous roles David has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health services within private hospital settings, and was previously a lecturer at Deakin University. Currently David works full time in private practice, however remains connected to research and teaching endeavours.

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).