Psychology and Yoga

Committee Information

Below are details of the current committee and vacancies. The APS is always on the look out for members who are interested in joining a Member Group committee, to help support and promote members, the profession, and the APS. For more information about joining a Member Groups committee, click here.

Have questions? Please feel free to contact committee members via PsyCommunity direct message here or reach out to APS Member Groups via [email protected].


Dr Kaitlin Harkess
Dr. Kaitlin Harkess is a registered Clinical Psychologist, Supervisor and Senior Yoga Instructor who is passionate about supporting individuals to cultivate healthful and meaningful lives. Kaitlin is particularly interested in integrative psychology approaches and completed PhD research exploring the practice of yoga as a tool to support individuals experiencing chronic stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Kaitlin is passionate about making tools of psychological wellbeing accessible. She runs a private psychology practice in Adelaide SA ( and hosts the weekly Wisdom for Wellbeing podcast (


Miss Jacqueline White
Jacqui is a Board approved Supervisor and a Psychologist in Private Practice in Ballarat. Jacqui is a facilitator for Tackle Your Feelings and loves promoting ways to help people to reach their potential.

Previously she has worked for the Commonwealth Government (Royal Australian Airforce, Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service, and Centrelink), the Northern Territory Insurance Office, a Primary Health Network, headspace, and been a CEO of an Employee Assistance Program.

She has been an active member of the APS and currently the Ballarat Branch Secretary and also the Secretary of the APS Psychology and Yoga Interest Group (IG). She is a member of the EMDR IG. She has held many volunteer positions in the APS and is open to any suggestions or feedback about how the Branch or IGs can make this year even better for our membership.

She combines passions and weaves these into work - with Yoga, Qi Gong, Animal Assisted Play Therapy and Animal Handler training and qualifications.


Ms Kylie Di Battista

Committee Member

Miss Emily Knowles
Emily is a Registered Psychologist, with a multidisciplinary approach to practice.

Buddhism weaves its threads through both Emily's professional life and personal outlook. The traditions influence her philosophy and her methodology; the Buddhist teachings inform her world view. In this way, she is an advocate for the integration of spiritual principles into the practice of psychology, and the ‘being a psychologist’. She strongly believes that this enables a more holistic view of wellbeing: towards ourselves, our clients, and within our profession. Emily is very passionate about the value creation –and potential– at the intersection of Buddhism and Psychology. Her professional and vocational pursuits are strongly aligned to this intersection

Emily is active in both the consulting and research communities

Emily looks forward to working collaboratively with the BPIG Committee to sustain and grow the offering of this Interest Group to BPIG Members, and welcoming new Members to the Group

Committee Member

Mrs Michelle Choma

Committee Member

Dr Jennifer Sangster
Dr Jenni Sangster is a registered Clinical Neuropsychologist currently working in private practice in Sydney. Jenni specialises in working with children and young people, providing assessments to explore neurodevelopment and inform ways to work with our nervous system to promote wellbeing.

Prior to the move to the private sector, Jenni worked for 13 years in child and adolescent mental health services in Western and Northern Sydney, providing care for children and families experiencing complex mental health needs. Jenni is also a casual lecturer at UTS for the Child Clinical Psychology program.

Jenni is passionate about yoga and the application of yoga wisdom in supporting individual wellbeing. While not a trained yoga teacher (yet), Jenni has completed a range of training offerings and professional development in yoga and mental health.

Committee Member

Position vacant

Student Representative

Position vacant