APS College of Forensic Psychologists

Committee Information

Below are details of the current committee and vacancies. The APS is always on the look out for members who are interested in joining a Member Group committee, to help support and promote members, the profession, and the APS. For more information about joining a Member Groups committee, click here.

Have questions? Please feel free to contact committee members via PsyCommunity direct message here or reach out to APS Member Groups via [email protected].

Chair

Dr Michael Davis

Chair-Elect

Dr Timothy Lowry

Secretary

Ms Elizabeth Treston
Forensic Psychologist currently working for the Australian Federal Police in the ACT. I have previously worked as an accredited Defence Force Recruitment Psychologist and with the Forensic Liaison Service with ACT Health. 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.

Office Bearer

Position vacant

Committee Member - ACT Representative

Ms Leesa Morris
Leesa has been a registered psychologist since 2007 and an endorsed Forensic Psychologist since 2017. She has been in private practice since 2012 and works across criminal, family and civil jurisdictions providing assessment and intervention.

Committee Member - Early Career

Dr Maddison Riachi
Maddison Riachi is a Psychologist and current Doctoral Candidate completing her Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic) at Swinburne University and The Centre of Forensic Behavioural Science. Maddison completed her undergraduate and honours degree at the University of Queensland and has worked in and completed placements with several specialist forensic and clinical services including, Gatehouse (Royal Children’s Hospital), Forensicare (Thomas Embling Hospital and Dame Phylis Frost Centre), The Youth Forensic Specialist Service (YFSS), Alfred Hospital Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) and Child Protection. Maddison's research areas of interest include youth family violence, youth offending and child maltreatment.
Maddison is currently the National Early Career Representative for the Australian Psychological Society College of Forensic Psychologists and co-host of the podcast

Committee Member - WA Representative

Dr Tarmala Caple
Phone: 0419379648
Tarmala has been a registered psychologist since 1998 and an endorsed Forensic Psychologist since 2010. She has worked in community and custodial settings across three states conducting risk assessments and delivering group and individual interventions. She has extensive experience working with online and high-risk sexual offenders. In addition to her work in corrections, Tarmala is a former police officer and has worked as a Police Psychologist for many years, providing wellbeing support, psychological treatment, and crisis intervention services to police officers. She currently works in private practice preparing pre-sentence reports, providing forensic supervision to mental health professionals, and assessing and treating trauma in defence force members, veterans, police officers, and other emergency service workers.

Committee Member - NT Representative

Ms Kerry Williams

Committee Member - Professional Developm

Dr Greg Dear

Committee Member - PD 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.

Chair
NSW

Ms Panayiota Zingirlis
Yiota completed her undergraduate training in the UK before coming to Australia to obtain her post-graduate qualification in Forensic Psychology.
She has 18 years’ experience providing a range of assessments, treatment, individual and group therapy in a diverse array of settings. Her varied experiences include employment with Mental Health services in acute and community settings, Pain Clinics, drug and alcohol diversion treatment programs, high secure inpatient and community Forensic Mental Health Services, as well as private practice settings.
She currently works part-time for Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network and part-time in private practice.
Yiota has been on the Committee for the NSW branch of the CFP since 2018.

Chair
QLD

Mrs Rebecca Geddes

Chair
SA

Dr Loraine Lim

Chair
VIC

Ms Chris Kozar