Psychology and Ageing

Committee Information

The following members of the Interest Group Committee have been elected by the members of this Interest Group. Please feel free to contact the Interest Group Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for members of this Interest Group around Australia.

Convener

Prof Viviana Wuthrich
Phone: 02 9850 4866
Viviana Wuthrich is a clinical psychologist, and Professor of Psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is the Director of the Centre for Ageing, Cognition & Wellbeing, Macquarie University. Her expertise is in geriatric anxiety and depression. She has a particular interest in understanding the mechanisms underlying anxiety and depression in older adulthood, as well as developing and evaluating psychological treatments for these disorders.

Secretary

Dr Carly Johnco
Dr Carly Johnco is a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Emotional Health and Department of Psychology, Macquarie University. She is also the Deputy Director of the Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing at Macquarie University. Her research is focused on understanding mechanisms that underpin the development and treatment of anxiety and related disorders in childhood and older age.

Treasurer

Dr Bob Knight
Bob G. Knight PhD is Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. He also has a part time practice in Toowoomba with a focus on older adults.

From 1988 to 2015 he was on the faculty of the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Psychotherapy with Older Adults and co-author (with Nancy Pachana) of Psychological Assessment and Therapy wiht Older Adults.

Committee Member

Dr Yvonne Wells

Committee Member

Dr Leander Mitchell
Dr Leander Mitchell (DPsych, PhD, UQ) is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist based in Brisbane. Her area of focus is older adults. Primarily on the career path of lecturer and researcher, Leander also sees clients within both clinical and assessment contexts. Leander also volunteers for committee roles within both the APS Clinical College of Neuropsychologists and the APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group, as well as the national APS.

Committee Member

Prof Sunil Bhar
Sunil Bhar is an Associate Professor of Psychology and head of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology. He runs an active research lab focusing on the emotional wellbeing of older adults and the mechanisms of reminiscence and cognitive-behavioural therapies. He directs the education liaison portfolio for the APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Committee Member

Dr Colleen Doyle

Committee Member

Dr Julie Bajic Smith
Doctor Julie Bajic Smith is a registered psychologist who has worked in aged care for over a decade both as a clinician and a researcher. Her doctorate research examined wellbeing in home care workers and her postdoctoral research focused on supported decision-making in dementia. She has significant experience in assessment and the application of psychological treatments to older adults and facilitating award winning wellness workshops. Recently she published a book on enhancing emotional wellbeing in residential aged care. Julie is currently supervising postgraduate students and mental health professionals across a number of residential aged care facilities and delivers education and training to the aged care workforce.

Committee Member

Ms Jane O'Halloran

NSW Coordinator
NSW

Dr Julie Bajic Smith
Doctor Julie Bajic Smith is a registered psychologist who has worked in aged care for over a decade both as a clinician and a researcher. Her doctorate research examined wellbeing in home care workers and her postdoctoral research focused on supported decision-making in dementia. She has significant experience in assessment and the application of psychological treatments to older adults and facilitating award winning wellness workshops. Recently she published a book on enhancing emotional wellbeing in residential aged care. Julie is currently supervising postgraduate students and mental health professionals across a number of residential aged care facilities and delivers education and training to the aged care workforce.