Newcastle

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.
 

Chair

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.

Secretary

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 CPD co-ordinator.

Treasurer

Miss Jessica Smith
Jessica is a Psychologist working in the Newcastle area. Jessica is an associate member of the APS and has been a member of the local committee since 2016. Jessica currently manages the committee Facebook page.

Committee Member

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.

Committee Member

Mr Malcolm Smith

Committee Member

Mr Christopher Gregory

Committee Member

Ms Bridget Davis

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.

Student Representative

Miss Alison Gosling

Student Representative

Mr Max Katz-Barber
Max is a Fourth Year Psychology student, with an interest in Biological Psychopathology of Anxiety disorders. He is currently researching the Microbiome (Gut brain & HPA axis), while also working in Public health as a Research Assistant.

Student Representative

Ms Jichun Hao
Jichun is currently completing a PhD that looks at university students' adjustment process in Australia and China. Via study in China, Australia, and the UK, she has conducted research in psychology with international collaborators and has held different voluntary and paid positions in counselling and psychology.
Jichun has been on the committee of the APS Newcastle Branch since 2015. She is passionate about mental health issues in different cultural and social groups and is working towards a career in clinical psychology.