Psychologists in Schools

Committee Information

The following members of the Interest Group Committee have been elected by the members of this Interest Group. Please feel free to contact the Interest Group Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for members of this Interest Group around Australia.

Convener

Mr Ross Whitfeld
Ross has been a school counsellor/psychologist for 20 years. His experience has included work in the NSW Independent system, with the NSW Department of Education in Sydney and in western NSW, and internationally in Penang at the Uplands school. Ross is currently employed as Assistant Principal - Wellbeing at The Beach School, a selective high school for students with behavioural and emotional difficulties requiring an alternate school setting. Ross has been a member of the APS for 20 years and on the PiSIG committee for 3 years.

In addition to school counselling, Ross has worked in the Solmon Islands with development work, lectured in communications at UTS, taught in NSW and London, has been a Troop Commander with the Army Reserves and is currently a member of the Rural Fire Service.

Secretary

Mrs Kate Caldecott-Davis
Kate is an experienced psychologist and PsyBa-approved supervisor, who works as a school psychologist at an independent Pre-K-12 school in Sydney, and in private practice with children and adolescents. Kate holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Postgraduate Diplomas in Psychology and Applied Child and Adolescent Mental Health, a Master’s Degree in Research, and a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education (with Excellence). She is currently undertaking doctoral research investigating the motivational processes underlying children's development of social and emotional competence.

Treasurer

Mrs Cassandra Gist
Phone: 0428081172
Endorsed as a Health Psychologist, Cassandra currently works with children and adolescents in an Independent School. Previous experience includes her own consultancy business; hospital outpatients in public system; and university assessments.

Committee Member

Ms Rachel Weymouth

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Ms Jane Mosco
Jane has worked with children and young people in schools for over 23 years. Initially, she worked as a primary school teacher, and then as a psychologist. Focussing on children and adolescent wellbeing, she has worked both in multiple-disciplinary teams in clinics and schools, as well as in her successful private practice. Jane is interested in improving student wellbeing and experiences of school, through individual and systemic approaches, informed by the views of students. She is particularly interested in the nexus of learning and wellbeing at school and the idea of neurodevelopmental differentiation alongside respectful student-teacher relationships.

Jane currently works part-time as a psychologist in a K-12 school in regional NSW within the school‘s multi-disciplinary wellbeing team. Jane is also a PhD candidate at Southern Cross University with the Centre for Children and Young People researching student wellbeing and learning differences. Jane is a board-approved supervisor.

Committee Member

Mrs Emma Merlino
Phone: 0409 081701
Emma is a registered psychologist who has many years experience working for various government agencies and also in private practice. Emma has a particular interest in working with young people and has worked with NSW Health and headspace. Emma is the team leader of the school counselling team for the Catholic Schools Office in the Maitland Newcastle Diocese.

Committee Member

Ms Collette Caffrey
Collette is a Provisional Psychologist at Notre Dame College in Victoria. Her Honours thesis explored the subjective wellbeing of family members diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Collette holds a strong interest in the overall wellbeing of families and the impact this has on individual members. Collette has a long career in the education field working for 30 years in the state sector. Roles in the education field included primary teacher, reading recovery, Leader of English and Literacy, Primary Principal and Regional Literacy Coach. Collette has also engaged in early childhood, opening and leading the development of a childcare Centre as the Director. Until recently, Collette has been employed in educational settings navigating social and educational poverty including leadership of a number of initiatives. Additional to a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Collette holds the qualification of Masters of School Leadership, Bachelor of Psychology, and Bachelor of Education.

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Ms Vanessa Sleeman
Vanessa has been a Psychologist and APS member for over 20 years and a member of the PiSIG committee for the past 2 years. Her background includes work within various Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services across Sydney, Adult Mental Health Services and NSW Corrective Services, before moving into the education area.

Vanessa currently works at Rosebank College in Sydney and has been working in schools for the past 8 years. She is passionate about early intervention and prevention of mental health issues in young people and promoting student wellbeing using individual and school-wide approaches.