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.


Ms Virginia Ross
Virginia Ross is a Clinical Psychologist who works at the Centre for Psychotherapy, one of the services offered by the Hunter New England Local Health District. Virginia and the team at the Centre provide psychology therapies to people who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Eating Disorders. Virginia transitioned from an career as an artist to being a psychologist 10 years ago via study at Sydney University, Macquarie University and the University of Newcastle.


Mrs Elaine Bennett
Elaine is a Registered Psychologist with a background working in public mental health services and private practice. She has been associated with the APS since 2005 and has served on committees with both the Western Region branch and more recently the Newcastle branch, where her current role is Secretary.


Mr Christopher Gregory

CPD Co ordinator

Ms Justine Clark
Phone: 02 49245600
I work at the Hunter Brain Injury Service in a progressive transdisciplinary team as a clinical psychologist. Scuba diving, completing an MBA, pilates, bass guitar and raising 2 teenage boys are my other joys.
In 1998 started my career in genetic counselling, then as a psychologist worked in the disability sector, C & A, adult public and private mental heath in/outpatient services, university and had my own psychology group practice. Having worked in 4 states I am very happy to be back in my home town.
Member of APS since an undergraduate; I sincerely value and admire the society's ability to increase access to our professional services. State Chair of the Western Australian, APS College of Clinical Psychologists for a couple of years has been my most active role and I look forward to my first year on the Newcastle Branch Committee. My SMART goal is to advocate to bring the APS annual conference to Newcastle within 5 years. Looking forward to members support in this and other aims.

Committee Member

Mrs Erin Robinson
Erin is currently undertaking a PhD that focuses on father-child play interactions and the impacts on child behaviour and cognitive development. Outside of her PhD research and her committee service, Erin holds several volunteer positions across the Hunter region, and enjoys dancing in her spare time.

Committee Member

Ms Jichun Hao

Student Representative

Mrs Melissa Jackson
Melissa is currently undertaking a PhD that focuses on smoking cessation in pregnant women with substance use problems. She also works for Hunter New England Health as part of the Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services research team and has been serving on the committee of the APS Newcastle branch since 2014.

Student Representative

Mr Max Katz-Barber
Max is a Ph.D. (Anatomy) Candidate at the University of Newcastle. In my Ph.D. I aim to investigate how drugs of abuse increase HPA axis activity at both the cellular and molecular level.

Student Representative

Mrs Kaylene Kilham
Kaylene is a Clinical Masters student at the University of Newcastle, working towards a career in Child Psychology. Kaylene has been a member of the APS since 2014, and in addition to her committee service, holds several volunteer positions across the Hunter region.