Gold Coast

Committee Information

The following members of the APS Branch Committee have been elected by APS members in a particular geographical area. Please feel free to contact the  Branch Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for all APS members in this area.


Dr Leah Pischek-Simpson
Phone: 0418566998
Leah became Chair of the Gold Coast Branch of the APS in January 2016. She previously served as Secretary for over four years and has been on the Gold Coast Branch committee for over seven years. Leah works as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice at Burleigh Heads, Qld. She has a special interest in working with trauma, adult survivors of child sexual abuse, grief and loss, substance use disorders and dementia. Leah says: “I am very keen to be on this Committee – where we look after local psychologists with professional development programs and seminars as well as keeping local members informed about issues impacting our work. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me."


Dr Jessica Paynter
Dr Jessica Paynter, PhD (Clinical Psychology), MAPS, is a Lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Gold Coast, and is a registered psychologist in Australia. She currently teaches undergraduate subjects in lifespan development and assessment. Jessica’s clinical interests include working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, challenging behaviour, and assessment of intellectual and developmental disability. Jessica’s research focuses on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based practices for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities with a focus community-based interventions.


Ms Matilda Mandic
Phone: 0432668136
Matilda Mandic is a is a registered Clinical Psychologist working full-time in her private practice on the Gold Coast. She moved from Northern NSW in 2015. Matilda’s clinical interests include working with children and adolescents providing thorough diagnostic, assessment and therapeutic services for a wide range of presenting problems (ASD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Learning Difficulties, Behavioural Concerns, and Parenting Support). Matilda works primarily from a CBT perspective.


Dr Moyna Glenn Goold
Dr Moyna Glenn-Goold (MAPS) is a well qualified and highly experienced psychologist, whose mature age provides her with a vast amount of life experience. The latter equips her well in her professional roles both as a psychologist and marriage celebrant. She has worked with all age groups addressing wide areas of concern. Previously she was a secondary teacher, and a school counsellor working with teachers, parents and students aged 4 to 18 years.
She was an inaugural professional member of the ACT Psychologist Registration Board and has served many years on branch committees of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Her methods are eclectic but focus mainly on: CBT, ACT and Mindfulness.
Her special interests are:
• Management of chronic illness/pain
• Geriatric issues
• Veterans’ mental health issues
• Couples counselling
• Lesbian/gay issues
• Anger management
• Adjustment disorder
• Self esteem
• Significant life transitions, and
• Parenting skills

Committee Member

Dr Laurel Morris
Phone: 0418995270
Laurel has been a long-standing member of the Gold Coast Branch committee. She was on the committee when the branch first started and has served as Chair, Deputy Chair and Treasurer in past years. Laurel is in private practice in Southport and works part-time as a teaching fellow at Bond University where she supervises clinical and forensic interns in the Psychology Clinic.

Committee Member

Mr Brad Inglis
Brad became Chair of the Gold Coast Branch in January 2012. He previously served as Treasurer through 2010-2011 and was a Student Representative prior to this. Brad has worked part-time in private practice in Tweed Heads (Living Well Psychology) since completing his Master of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University, whilst also working at Griffith University and Southern Cross University within Student Services.

Brad is current serving as a committee member on the GC Branch.

Committee Member

Dr Bob Montgomery

CPD Co ordinator

Prof Shirley Morrissey
Phone: 0756788524
Shirley Morrissey is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University. Shirley is a clinical and health psychologist with a strong interest in ethics and professional practice, and in interprofessional learning (IPL). Shirley was awarded an ALTC Leadership Grant for her work on preparing students for multi-disciplinary mental health practice. She an editor of the 2nd Edition of the text Ethics and Professional Practice for Psychologists. Shirley serves on the Australian Psychological Society’s Division of Psychological Research and Teaching committee, the APS Ethics Committee, and the APS Program Development and Approval Committee. Shirley was awarded the APS Distinguished Award for Contribution to Psychological Education in 2015. In addition to the APS activities that she is involved with, she is also an assessor for the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Shirley is the events co-ordinator for the GC Branch in 2018.

Student Representative

Mr Dale Rowland
Phone: 0755529643
Mr Dale Rowland, BPsych Sc GCertHProfEd, is a student and staff member at Griffith University. He is currently completing his honours year in Psychology on the Gold Coast Campus. Dale is currently researching Mental Health Professional’s attitudes, behaviours towards and intentions to use digital interventions. In addition to his student representative role on the APS Gold Coast Branch Committee, he also sits on the Advisory Council and the Indigenous Psychology Advisory Group for the APS. In addition to his role as a Learning Assistance Officer in the GUMURRII Student Support Unit at Griffith university, he also is a sessional academic in the School of Medicine. Dale hopes to admit to a post-graduate clinical psychology program in 2019.

Student Representative

Ms Alice Treloar
Alice is completing her third year of Psychology with Honours at Griffith University. After completing Honours, she would like to complete a Master in Clinical Psychology. Aside from her studies, Alice is a member of the Griffith Honours College and also enjoys volunteering in the community.

Student Representative

Ms Shyan Juang Low
Phone: 0452472406
Shyan is a 6th year psychology student, pursuing her clinical master’s degree at Bond university. She moved from Singapore to Melbourne 5 years ago to pursue her passion in psychology, and has recently moved up to the Gold Coast last year to further her psychological education. Shyan’s clinical interest include ASD, ADHD, Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Learning Difficulties, Neuropsychological Dysfunction, Behavioural Concerns, Personality Disorders, and Complex Trauma and Abuse. Shyan has conducted research in areas of personality, psychological wellbeing, ASD, behavioural difficulties, and Functional Behavioural Analysis. Shyan is passionate about improving quality of life through the establishment of positive psychological wellbeing. Shyan says, “Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or just saying Hi.”