APS College of Health Psychologists

Committee Information

The following members of the National College Committee have been elected by the members of the College of Health 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 Louise Roufeil
Louise is currently Professor of Psychology and Head of School at the Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne. She has had over thirty years experience in psychology including academia, policy, consultancy and private practice. Her consultancy work and private practice focused on the health and wellbeing of people living in regional, rural & remote Australia.

Chair-Elect

Position vacant

Treasurer

Dr Melissa Oxlad
Dr Melissa Oxlad is a Health and Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. She is currently the Master of Psychology (Health) Program Coordinator and the Academic Lead for Internships and Employability. In 2020, she was awarded the APS Early Career Teaching Award. Dr Oxlad also has many years experience providing clinical services in government, private practice and not-for-profit health services. Her PhD research examined psychological risk factors for adverse physical and psychological outcomes in cardiac surgery patients. Her current research focuses on the relationship between physical and mental health, including in relation to fertility and reproductive health, maternal health care, and men’s health. This includes how people make sense of, adjust to, and live with chronic illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and cardiac health issues. See https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/melissa.oxlad

Course Approvals Chair

Position vacant

CPD Coordinator

Position vacant

Office Bearer

Position vacant

Committee Member

Dr Amy Mullens
Dr Amy Mullens is a Health and Clinical Psychologist, as well as an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Queensland in the School of Psychology and Counselling. She has many years experience working as a clinician in both the public and private sector. Her areas of interest include improving health outcomes in vulnerable communities, chronic disease (screening, prevention, management), sexual health/HIV, Diabetes, COPD, Substance Use, Health Behaviour Change; Inter-professional learning, mentoring, teaching and supervision.

Committee Member

Dr Nicole Jeffery-Dawes
Dr Nicole Jeffery-Dawes BAppSci(Psych)(Hons), DPsych(Health)
Nicole is a registered Psychologist and Fellow of the College of Health Psychologists. She has spent most of her career living and working in some of the most remote locations in Australia with the Non-Government Organisations, State Government Health Services and the RFDS. Nicole has worked across the lifespan, providing psychological services and developing and delivering mental health and wellbeing programs, using co-design models that incorporate both evidence-based practice and the knowledge and wisdom of Indigenous Community members. She has been a strong advocate for improving equity in health and the social determinants of health in rural and remote Australia at both the State and Federal levels. Nicole has her own business providing Supervision to those working in rural and remote areas; developing and delivering workshops; and consulting to local, regional, state and national organisations.

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Dr Lauren Brown

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Ms Elizabeth Beasley

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Ms Rebecca Norwood

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Ms Emma Salt

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Miss Bernice Chong

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Dr Allison Clarke
I am a Health and Clinical Psychologist registered with the PsyBA. I have a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. My doctoral thesis examined the psychosocial impact of epilepsy on young people.

I have additional training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Clinical Hypnosis.

I work part-time in private practice and part-time in the Australian Public Service. I am particularly interested in:
the application of psychology to lifestyle risk factor modification;
treatment of psychosocial and lifestyle factors that impact chronic conditions;
increasing patient adherence to medical and lifestyle changes required for effective chronic disease management;
using psychological treatment for problems that often accompany ill health and injury; and
helping people cope with trauma, disability and rehab.

Contact: a: [email protected]

Early Career Representative

Position vacant

Chair
QLD

Dr Jacob Keech
Dr Jacob Keech is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Dr Keech’s primary research interests are the development of theory and interventions for reducing the effect of stress on physical and psychological health, and performance. Dr Keech is a Section Editor of the journal Stress & Health, and an Editorial Board Member of the journal Psychology & Health. For publications, please see jacobkeech.com

Chair
SA

Miss Karen Linehan

Chair
TAS

Ms Sabina Lane

Chair
VIC

Dr Rosemary Higgins