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
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
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).


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 Sia Bandarian Balooch

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’s clinical focus is primarily with adolescents and adults; particularly those with anxiety disorders; including PTSD, impulse control problems, eating disorders, and personality disorders. Brad also has a clinical interest in family relationship difficulties. Brad works primarily from a CBT perspective with a particular focus on behavioural change and schema-focussed strategies.
Brad also values community psychology perspectives, and believes strongly in the importance of mental health interventions at levels other that individual psychotherapy.

Committee Member

Dr Bob Montgomery

Student Representative

Ms Alice Treloar

Student Representative

Miss Shyan Juang Low