APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Tasmanian Committee Information

The following members of the College State Section Committee have been elected by members of the College of Clinical psychologists in a particular State. This is a sub-Committee of the College National Committee. Please feel free to contact the College State Section Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for members of this College in this State.


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 Bethany Lusk
Bethany is a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) experienced with clients in both public and private practice environments.

Bethany is ‘Secretary’ of the ‘Australian Psychological Society - College of Clinical Psychologists’ (Tasmania).

Bethany offers a range of clinical services in an individual or couples setting and has a particular interest working with trauma/PTSD, grief and loss, sexual disorders/dysfunction, or relationship troubles.

Bethany uses a range of evidence-based approaches including:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Eye-Movement Desensitation and Reprocessing
- Schema Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Psychosexual Therapy

Bethany is passionate about providing a space for people to feel safe, be treated with respect, and work together to help clients feel more empowered in their lives and relationships

Committee Member

Ms Robyn Yaxley

Committee Member

Miss Jessica Forward
Phone: 0447740021
Jessica Forward is a clinical psychologist, who completed her masters at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Jessica has had experience in working across a variety of settings including teaching and research, developing group based mental health programs for organisations and Non-government organisations (NGOs), private practice, community mental health and inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In her work Jessica uses a range of evidence based therapeutic techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). She tends to work with adult populations and has special interest in areas such as substance dependence, complex trauma, anxiety, anger management, depression, and interpersonal/attachment issues. Jessica currently works inprivate practice, teaches at UTAS and delivers and develops mental health based workshops and community events.

Committee Member

Dr Emma Richardson
Emma is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with experience working across a variety of settings. Emma is currently working in Hobart as the co-founder of Well Minds Work, a business that designs and delivers evidence-based and interactive workshops that teach psychological knowledge and skills, as a clinical psychologist at Eternal Women’s Health, and as a lecturer and supervisor at the University of Tasmania. Emma’s research, academic, and clinical psychology practice interests are focused on the intersection between physical and mental health, as well as psycho-oncology, perinatal mental health, women's health, complex trauma, and workplace mental health. Emma uses a number of evidence-based approaches as part of therapy, including CBT), ACT, and EMDR. Emma is passionate about helping her clients and she uses a collaborative and genuine approach to create strong therapeutic relationships and achieve client goals and positive outcomes.