APS College of Health Psychologists

Queensland Committee Information

The following members of the College State Section Committee have been elected by members of the College of Health 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.

Chair

Dr Kyra Hamilton
Dr Kyra Hamilton is an Associate Professor in health psychology and behavioural medicine in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Australia. She has both psychology and nursing qualifications and over 25 years’ experience in the health field. She has particular research interests in health behaviour motivation, self-regulation, and change. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief Psychology & Health and Associate Editor International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Executive Editor Health Psychology Bulletin, and Editorial Board member Health Psychology Review, British Journal of Health Psychology, and Stress & Health. Dr Hamilton is the State Chair (Queensland) of the Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists and the Australian National Delegate to the European Health Psychology Society. She is also founder and director of the Health and Psychology Innovations (HaPI) research laboratory (see https://hapiresearchlab.com/).

Chair-Elect

Position vacant

Secretary

Dr Amy Mullens
Phone: 07 3812 6153
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.

Treasurer

Prof Shirley Morrissey
Phone: 0431344998
Dr Shirley Morrissey is a Health and Clinical Psychologist. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Griffith University. Shirley has particular interest in ethics and professional practice, and interprofessional learning (IPL). She was awarded an ALTC Leadership Grant for her work on preparing students for multi-disciplinary mental health practice. Shirley is co-editor of the 2nd Edition of Ethics and Professional Practice for Psychologists, and a co-editor for Teaching Psychology Around the World (Vol 5) due to be released this year. Shirley was awarded the APS Distinguished Award for Contribution to Psychological Education in 2015 and 'retired' from her university position in Dec 2019. Shirley is currently an assessor for the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and is the events co-ordinator for the APS Gold Coast Branch, Treasurer for the Psychology and Education Interest Group, and Treasurer for the College of Health Psychologists (Qld section).

Committee Member

Dr Jacob Keech
Dr Jacob Keech is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences at 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 also on the Editorial Board of the journal Stress and Health. For publications, please see jacobkeech.com

Student Representative

Ms Stephanie Smith
Stephanie Smith has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and is currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Stephanie has a strong interest in Health Psychology, health behaviour, and the application of psychological principles for preventing ill-health and improving people’s lives. Stephanie's PhD research focuses on oral hygiene behaviour in preschoolers, and the self-regulatory processes involved in regular and consistent parental supervision of this behaviour.

Student Representative

Miss Kirstie Daken
Phone: 0466680879
Kirstie Daken has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), and is currently completing her Masters of Psychology (Clinical)/PhD program, as well as being a Research Assistant/Project Manager at the University of Southern Queensland. Her key areas of interest include communicable diseases, chronic illness and public health.