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 Jessica Paynter
Dr Jessica Paynter, PhD (Clinical Psychology), FAPS, is a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Gold Coast. She teaches lifespan development and psychometric assessment. Jessica’s clinical interests include working with children on the autism spectrum 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 on the spectrum with a focus community-based interventions.

Deputy Chair

Ms Matilda Mandic
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 Ruth Armstrong
Ruth is a registered psychologist endorsed by AHPRA as a Clinical Psychologist; a member of the APS; and Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Ruth specialises in the treatment of trauma across the lifespan, including adults still troubled by exposure to trauma as children. She is trained and experienced in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and has applied to become and EMDR consultant. She is also trained and experienced in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) including CBT for insomnia (CBT-i).

With a strong background in psychometric assessment, including the use of the Rorschach test, Ruth has extensive experience in providing medico-legal reports, both in Australia and the UK, where she lived and worked for some 20 years

In the UK, in the NHS Ruth was Head of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology in Greenock, Sutton in Surrey and East London, and had a Harley Street practice. She is currently in private practice on the Gold Coast.


Dr Moyna Glenn Goold
Phone: 0439 758 766
Dr Moyna Glenn-Goold (FAPS) 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

Mrs Stacey Hansen
Stacey is Secretary to the APS Gold Coast Branch. She is a Psychologist with over 15 years experience and is the Owner/Principal Psychologist of Your Psych Centre with two psychology clinics in the northern Gold Coast region. She is a Board-Approved Supervisor with a passion for supervision and mentoring early career psychologists. Stacey is also passionate about advocating for the mental health rights of vulnerable individuals in the community, particularly neurodivergent populations.

Committee Member

Mrs Anna Crichton

Committee Member

Mr Michael Lodewyk
Michael Lodewyk is a fourth year psychology student at Griffith University, Gold Coast. Michael has a strong interest working with the younger population, in particular he does voluntary work supporting children exposed to trauma, and dealing with grief and loss. Michael thoroughly enjoys both the research and practical side of psychology, and will likely continue further postgraduate psychology training after completing his psychology honours degree this year in 2020.

CPD Coordinator

Dr Matthew McKenzie

Committee Member

Ms Danielle Rancie

Student Representative

Ms Youmna Hassan
Youmna Hassan is a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) student at Bond University, set to complete her studies by December 2020. She has been enjoying her role as a student representative on the APS Gold Coast Branch committee since January 2019. Her interests include children and adolescent mental health. Following her Honours degree, Youmna strives to undergo further study by completing a Masters in Clinical Psychology.