APS College of Community Psychologists

Committee Information


College of Community Psychologists National Committee

The following members of the National College Committee have been elected by the members of the College of Community 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

Ms Helen Killmier
Helen is the founder, CEO and Principal Psychologist at Guidestar.

Guidestar is a NDIS registered service providing psychology and Positive Behaviour Support services to people with dual disability and mental health issues across Victoria. Guidestar is also a private clinic and provides specialised training.

Helen has extensive previous experience in executive leadership roles within the local government and NFP sectors including disability, homelessness, alcohol and other drugs, justice, forensic and mental health services.

An experienced board member, Helen has chaired several community services organisations and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her research interests are dual disability, sense of community, place attachment and community wellbeing.

Chair-Elect

Position vacant

Secretary

Position vacant

Treasurer

Dr Renzo Vittorino

CPD Coordinator

Position vacant

Secretary

Ms Monika Naslund
I am a registered psychologist (AHPRA) with endorsement in Community and Counselling psychology, and hold an ongoing position as Lecturer in Psychology at Victoria University (VU). At VU I provide a major teaching role in professional practice units within the Master of Community Psychology program and as Chair of the postgraduate counselling programs, provide counselling teaching and supervision. For 25 years, I have provided specialist services across a wide spectrum of trauma-related areas in international, national, regional and local settings. My special interests and experience include psycho-traumatology, psychosocial response in emergency settings and resilience. I have gained experience as a direct provider of psychological services, advocacy, training and policy development through various positions within the United Nations (The Netherlands), Public Health sector (Sweden), Non-Government Organisations and Tertiary institutions (Australia).
MAPS, MCCOMP, MCCOUNP

Office Bearer

Assoc Prof Dawn Darlaston-Jones
Dr Dawn Darlaston-Jones PhD FAPS, FCCOMP
BA(Psych)Hons, Grad Cert Ed (Tertiary)., MPsych(Community)/ PhD, Registered Psychologist
Dawn is Associate Professor of Behavioural Science at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle campus, and the former course coordinator. Her research interests lie in the areas of critical psychology with particular emphasis on resistance and emancipation, decolonisation, and education. The focus of her work is Indigenous education and the importance of embedding Indigenous knowledges and Indigenous psychologies into the curriculum. This approach challenges hegemonic constructions of knowledge and contributes to a decolonisation approach to psychology education. She was a chief investigator on the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) led by Professor Pat Dudgeon. Dawn is also the principle archetect on the Bachelor of Behavioural Science at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, which employs a decolonised curriculum.

Office Bearer

Position vacant

Committee Member

Prof Jenny Sharples
Professor Jenny Sharples currently teaches in the Master of Community Psychology program at Victoria University. She has over 25 years' experience in academic teaching, research, leadership and service at Victoria University.

She is a registered psychologist with endorsement in both Clinical and Community psychology.

Jenny's research and practice interests include, strengths based perspectives on mental health and wellness, migration and cultural research, and working with community organisations on evaluation and development of evidence base for programs and practice.

Committee Member

Ms Heather Gridley
Phone: 0419113731
I am a community and counselling psychologist with more than thirty years’ experience in community health and higher education, as well as a decade within the APS National Office as Manager of Public Interest. I am currently an Honorary Fellow and sessional lecturer at Victoria University. The focus of my work over that time has been on maximising psychology's contributions to community wellbeing and social justice. I have a keen interest in supporting a new generation of feminist and community psychologists.

Chair
NSW

Assoc Prof Meg Smith

Chair
QLD

Position vacant

Chair
VIC

Dr Peter Streker

Chair
WA

Prof Neil Drew
Neil is Director of the Australia Indigenous HealthInfoNet (www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. Prior to joining the HealthInfoNet he was Professor within the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Notre Dame Australia Fremantle Campus and Head of Behavioural Science. From 2009-2013 he was Deputy Head of the University of Notre Dame Broome Campus for Reconciliation. He has a background in social and community psychology with over 25 years of experience working with a diverse range of communities and groups. He was the program head and cofounder of the Aboriginal Youth and Community Wellbeing Program in the East Kimberley established in 2006 as a holistic approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community wellbeing. Since commencing work at the HealthInfoNet he has focused on further developing culturally appropriate methods for knowledge translation and exchange which unpin the core business of the HealthInfoNet.