APS College of Forensic Psychologists

Committee Information

The following members of the National College Committee have been elected by the members of the College of Forensic 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 Bruce Watt
Phone: 0755952653
It is with great honour that I fulfil the position of APS CFP - Chair. I am dedicated to ensuring that the CFP continues to provide leadership in enhancing justice, assessing risk and reducing harm. I have worked as a forensic psychologist in various forensic contexts, including prisons, juvenile detention, rehabilitation programs, and forensic mental health services. Since completing my PhD in 2007, I have worked for Bond University, particularly teaching into the Master of Psychology (Forensic) program, until the program’s closure in 2017. Teaching forensic psychology has afforded me the opportunity to observe enthusiastic registered students and registrars progress to accomplished forensic practitioners. I have continued to conduct research, deliver training, and complete evaluations for various forensic contexts. Looking to the future, a key focus is ensuring forensic psychology as a discipline and a practice continues to thrive in Australia.

Deputy Chair

Dr Michael Davis

Secretary & Early Career Representative

Ms Elizabeth Treston
Currently working as an accredited Defence Force Recruitment Psychologist. Completed my Masters of Forensic Psychology at Bond University in 2018 and am in the process of obtaining my PhD. My Masters thesis involved the analysis of crime scene characteristics between mentally-disordered and non mentally disordered offenders which helped to gain perspective on the mindsets of offenders during homicides and how these were reflected in the crime scene. I’ve completed numerous placements in high-risk, high secure environments as well as communal organisations, such as Youth Justice. I’m genuinely passionate about how Forensic Psychology can contribute towards the dynamics of psychology as a whole and why it is so important as a discipline itself.

Treasurer

Dr Amanda White
Dr Amanda J White is a qualified Forensic Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She combines clinical and forensic expertise and research skills gained from working in a variety of settings including private practice, public hospitals, correctional facilities and academia. Her PhD investigated the role of cognition in fitness to stand trial assessments and she has several publications in this area. Dr White has extensive experience providing expert reports for both criminal and civil matters, and assessing clients with a wide range of conditions including acquired brain injuries, neurodegenerative and mental health disorders. She has a special interest in decision making capacity. She is an appointed authorised health practitioner with SIRA and a professional member of the Psychology Council of NSW. Dr White is regularly involved in providing training and seminars, she is a guest lecturer at the University of NSW and the President of the NSW Branch of ANZAPPL.

CPD Coordinator

Position vacant

Professional Practice Coordinator

Dr Greg Dear

Professional Development Coordinator

Ms Allana Osborne
Allana completed a Master of Psychology (Forensic) at Bond University in 2014 and is currently employed as the Manager, Clinical Intervention at Ravenhall Correctional Centre. Allana’s research to date has included examination of needs, treatment issues and the barriers and facilitators to effective rehabilitation for offenders with intellectual disability, as well as the examination of gender specific risk factors related to childhood trauma and offending. Allana’s experience includes leadership and direct service delivery with offender populations, including youth and adults, as well as treatment program design, research, and evaluation. Allana has worked with male and female offender populations, across minimum, medium and maximum-security correctional settings, as well as within community settings, across two jurisdictions. Allana is passionate about promoting change within correctional practice, to align with best practice principles of offender management and rehabilitation.

Membership Engagement & Comm / QLD Rep

Dr Timothy Lowry

Office Bearer

Position vacant

TAS Representative

Mrs Samantha Van Der Wijngaart

ACT Representative

Miss Leesa Morris

Committee Member

Ms Carol Manns
Phone: 0407 240 315
Carol has a Masters of Psychology (Forensic) with over 13 years experience as a registered psychologist working in clinical settings in the private and public sector. Trained in evidence based best practice protocols: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, as well as a Practice Certificate in Sleep Psychology.
Carol has worked in private practice for the past 13 years & currently has her own clinic. She focuses on treating a diverse range of presentations including anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, personality issues, pain management and sleep disorders. Carol also specialises in writing court reports, and neuropsychological assessments and reports.
Carol graduated from her Master of Psychology Degree with Distinction and was on the Dean's merit list for academic excellence. She is currently studying a Juris Doctor degree part-time.
Carol is registered to provide services under Medicare and NDIS.

Committee Member

Ms Carollyne Youssef

NSW Representative

Ms Caroline Hare
Phone: 0424717413
Caroline trained and qualified as a Forensic Psychologist in the UK, before relocating to Australia in 2012. After several years consulting for other Sydney-based practices, Caroline has set up her own private practice, primarily providing psychological reports to the Courts and other decision-making bodies. Caroline was previously a Supervisor at the UNSW Forensic Psychology Clinic. In 2019, Caroline commenced her PhD focussing on the area of protective factors in desistance of male sexual offenders. Caroline has been on the Committee of the NSW Section of the CFP since 2017.

WA Representative

Dr Tarmala Caple

SA Representative

Dr Jack White
Dr Jack White is a forensic psychologist based in private practice in Adelaide. He is a fellow of the APS and the College of Forensic Psychologists. Jack is a former National Chair of the College, and is currently chair-elect of SA Section of the CFP. With Professor Andrew Day he authored 2 books on ‘Writing Reports for Court” as well as presenting numerous workshops on this and other forensic psychology topic.

NT Representative

Ms Kerry Williams

Student Representative

Ms Maddison Riachi
Maddison graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Psychological Science (First Class Honours) in 2015 and was named a UQ Future Leader in her graduating cohort. Since completing her undergraduate degree, Maddison has worked as an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner in Victoria and as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science. Maddison is currently completing her Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic) at Swinburne University. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the role of parent-child relationship factors in assessing the risk of child maltreatment, with data being collected through the Victorian Children’s Court Clinic. Maddison has gained professional experience in clinical and forensic settings and is currently completing her placement at the Royal Children's Hospital - Gatehouse Centre (Centre for the Assessment and Treatment of Child Abuse).

Chair
NSW

Ms Caroline Hare
Phone: 0424717413
Caroline trained and qualified as a Forensic Psychologist in the UK, before relocating to Australia in 2012. After several years consulting for other Sydney-based practices, Caroline has set up her own private practice, primarily providing psychological reports to the Courts and other decision-making bodies. Caroline was previously a Supervisor at the UNSW Forensic Psychology Clinic. In 2019, Caroline commenced her PhD focussing on the area of protective factors in desistance of male sexual offenders. Caroline has been on the Committee of the NSW Section of the CFP since 2017.

NT Representative
NT

Ms Kerry Williams

Chair
QLD

Dr Timothy Lowry

Chair
SA

Dr Jack White
Dr Jack White is a forensic psychologist based in private practice in Adelaide. He is a fellow of the APS and the College of Forensic Psychologists. Jack is a former National Chair of the College, and is currently chair-elect of SA Section of the CFP. With Professor Andrew Day he authored 2 books on ‘Writing Reports for Court” as well as presenting numerous workshops on this and other forensic psychology topic.

TAS Representative
TAS

Mrs Samantha Van Der Wijngaart

Chair
VIC

Dr Michael Davis