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.
Ms Ros Knight
Ms Tamara Cavenett
Adelaide Clinical Psychologist
Dr Brendan Meagher
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 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.
Assoc Prof Sunil Bhar
Sunil Bhar is an Associate Professor of Psychology and head of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology. He runs an active research lab focusing on the emotional wellbeing of older adults and the mechanisms of reminiscence and cognitive-behavioural therapies. He directs the education liaison portfolio for the APS College of Clinical Psychologists
Dr Rebekah Doley
Phone: 07 55951344
Dr Rebekah Doley has experience in recruitment, selection, training, personnel development and project management. She is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with a particular interest in the psychology of deliberate firesetting. In addition to lecturing in postgraduate psychology programs at Bond University, she works and researches in the areas of dispute resolution and mediation, medico-legal assessments and couples therapy. Dr Doley is Co-Director of The Centre for Forensic and Interpersonal Risk Management (C-FIRM; Bond University), addressing issues of interpersonal risk and safety. She has also been a military psychologist for nearly 20 years, including coordinating the Australian Defence Force Suicide Prevention Program.
CPD / Rural and Remote and Indigenous
Prof Timothy Carey
Professor Tim Carey is Director of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. He is a scientist-practitioner who has been developing and evaluating the transdiagnostic cognitive therapy known as the Method of Levels (MOL; www.methodoflevels.com.au) in Australia and the UK since the late 1990’s. Tim has worked in the NHS in Scotland as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist as well as in private practice and in the public mental health service in Australia. Prior to his work in Alice Springs he was the Course Convenor of the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology programme at the University of Canberra. Tim has over 100 publications including peer-reviewed empirical publications, books, and book chapters and regularly presents his work at national and international conferences. He has blogs on Psychology Today and Mad in America where he communicates ideas about promoting resilient mental health with the general public. He has also developed a mobile phone app called MindSurf.
Dr Belinda Bury
Belinda completed her PhD (Clinical Psychology) at Flinders University at the end of 2015, and has been working as a Clinical Psychology Registrar at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Murray Bridge, SA, since January 2016. Her PhD research conducted under the supervision of Professor Marika Tiggemann has been published in the journals Body Image and Eating Behaviors. Belinda is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and an Associate Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Mental Health Reform Chair
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.
Dr Mike Barry
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 also 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.
Ms Birgitta Osterberg
Phone: 02 8677 9777
Birgitta Osterberg is the founder and principal psychologist of Healthy Minds, Happy Kids. She has specialisations in Clinical, and Educational and Developmental Psychology. In past roles, Birgitta has worked as: a school psychologist in an independent school, a psychologist in Community Health, an educational psychologist advising numerous primary and secondary Catholic schools, and a guest lecturer for postgraduate psychology courses. She presents professional development workshop for psychologists on topics such as, cognitive behaviour therapy for young people and child psychometric assessment.
Birgitta is the current Chair of the College of Clinical Psychologists (NSW section) and the Treasurer of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (NSW section).
Dr John Davis
I was trained in the United States: Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida; PhD from the University of Georgia; two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I have taught at the University of Georgia, Georgia Gwinnett College, the University of Macau (China), and Charles Darwin University. My 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. I am currently a Clinical Psychologist at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress in Alice Springs.
Dr Lisa Chantler
A member of the APS since 1995, having completed my clinical training (MPsych) in 1990 at Flinders University of South Australia, I have always combined private clinical practice (Bridge Consulting Psychologists) with public sector work in mental and community health, brain injury and clinical supervision within MPsych programs. As well as providing therapy to adults with a range of mental health problems I also provide independent psychological opinions in relation to legal matters including Victims of Crime, Motor Vehicle Accidents, the impact of institutional abuse
and International Adoption. When not working I enjoy Vinyasa, fine wine and gardening.
Dr Petra Skeffington
Phone: 08 9360 1273