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."

Deputy Chair

Dr Sallie Gardner


Dr Laurance Robillard
Laurance became Secretary of the Gold Coast Branch of the APS in January 2016. She previously served as a committee member from 2010-2015. Laurance works in an academic capacity at CQUniversity, Brisbane campus, teaching into the clinical psychology masters program. Laurance also works part-time in private practice.


Mrs Dominika Ludvik

Committee Member

Ms Wendy Gollan
It is my privilege to serve as Treasurer for what appears to be one of the most proactive groups of the APS, the Gold Coast branch. Since moving up here from regional Victoria five years ago to continue my private practice of Goldwyn Lane, I have been excited to be part of a year-round flurry of activities designed to assist our members in gaining further professional development through branch meetings, workshops, forums and seminars. We also attend to the socialising needs of our psychologists with a couple of relaxed events each year. But what is most impressive about this branch is the enormous effort the committee members are prepared to dedicate to our festival held in National Psychology Week, and their keenness to spread the word to the public of how psychology can help the every day person with problems, big or small.
If you want to know any more please feel free to call me on 07 5564 2202.

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

Dr Sia Bandarian Balooch

Committee Member

Dr Moyna Glenn Goold
Phone: 0755229468
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

CPD Co ordinator

Dr Jessica Paynter
Phone: 07 5678 7058
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.

Committee Member

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, Sleeping Issues, Behavioural Concerns, and Parenting Support).

Student Representative

Mrs Natalie Risk

Student Representative

Mr Dale Rowland