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
I am a Psychologist with Clinical endorsement, and I work at the Centre for Psychotherapy, Hunter New England Local Health District. The Centre provides intensive therapy to people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Eating Disorders. I transitioned from an career as an artist/lecturer at Sydney University 11 years ago, via psychology studies at Sydney University, Macquarie University and the University of Newcastle. I have been a member of the APS since 2008, and regard the APS as vital in enacting and maintaining broad community access to best-practice psychology services across Australia.

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 Secretary.

Treasurer

Mr Christopher Gregory

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 Zoe Semmler
Zoe is a Registered Psychologist working at Family Planning NSW. Her areas of interests are in the field of relationships and sexuality. Zoe is currently studying her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with Charles Sturt University and serves on our Newcastle Branch Committee. Outside of this Zoe enjoys playing the guitar, listening to music, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Student Representative

Miss Branagh Hender
?I am completing my honours thesis at the University of Newcastle. Under the supervision of Dr Linda Campbell, I am investigating the experiences and needs of parents of children with a 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22Q11.2DS) diagnosis. We aim to use the findings from this project to inform both future research and the development of supports for families effected by 22Q11.2DS.
My areas of interest include developmental, biological, and behavioural psychology. I am working towards clinical registration and am currently employed as a mental health worker. In my role, I provide day to day support for persons with various diagnoses such as schizophrenia, addictions, developmental delay, and acquired brain injuries.

Student Representative

Miss Megan Son Hing
Megan is a psychology student at the University of Newcastle, with a particular interest in the implications of childhood traumatic experiences on one’s psychological and physical wellbeing across the lifespan. She is also passionate about contributing to the development of international protocols and intervention strategies to protect children from childhood abuse and neglect.

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

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.

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.