NSW North Coast

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.


Mr Carl Moore


Ms Alex McCord
Alex is a psychologist working in both private practice and the public health system. She completed her BA summa cum laude at City University of New York, followed by Honours and a Master of Professional Psychology at the University of New England. Her honours thesis was awarded the 2019 Elsie Harwood Award by the APS Psychology and Ageing Interest group and published in the July 2020 issue of Computers in Human Behaviour. It investigated the impact of action video game play on domains of executive function with older adults aged 80-99. Her areas of experience include older adults as well as youth and family mental health in counselling, assessment, intervention and psychometric testing.


Ms Caroline Raphael
Caroline Raphael has been practicing as a psychologist since 2000 and has been an active member of the North Coast Committee and of the IG Psychology and Complementary Therapies, both of which she has found very enriching and rewarding. She loves the profession of psychology and finds being on APS Committees a great way to give back and support the development of the profession. She encourages all members to contribute in any way they can, because with us all we can only be greater.

Committee Member

Dr Louise Horstmanshof
Louise joined the APS as a student in 1993, and has been a full member for over 20 years. She works as a psychologist engaged in a variety of roles, mostly as academic and researcher.
Louise has served as a committee member of the North Coast Branch for over 10 years and is a member of the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group of NSW.
Her research interests and publications cover a range of topics that include the Management of loneliness in Aged Care Residents, Deaf people communicating via SMS, Hearing loss and its impact on residents in long term care facilities, Older adults who move into independent living units, and the evaluation of a regional Dementia Health Literacy Project. She is a reviewer for several national and international peer reviewed journals.

Louise is on the steering committee of the Ballina Dementia Friendly Alliance, serves on the Regional Executive of the North Coast UPA and is Director of Postgraduate Education, School of Health & Human Sciences at SCU.

Committee Member

Ms Melissa Allen

Committee Member

Mr Eric Belling

Committee Member

Ms Justine Guttridge