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

Dr Colleen Doyle

Tas Coordinator

Mr Adam Micallef

Qld Coordinator

Dr Leander Mitchell
Phone: 0730408464
Dr Leander Mitchell (DPsych, 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. She is currently completing her PhD on the topic of wisdom in older adults and spends the remainder of her time volunteering for committee roles within both the APS Clinical College of Neuropsychologists and the APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group.

NT Coordinator

Mr Michael Tyrrell

NSW Coordinator

Dr Julie Bajic Smith

Vic Co ordinator

Dr Judy Tang
Phone: 03 9478 1810
Judy is Director and a Clinical Neuropsychologist with Jurmaine Health, which provides neuropsychological assessments and neuro-musculoskeletal treatment. She provides neuropsychological services for medico-legal and community settings, workshops and seminars both to her professional peers and wider community, as well as advocacy in the areas of health and community care.

Simultaneously, She also works with the Lincoln Centre for Research on Ageing, researching persons with dementia and their carers, as well as the ACAS evaluation unit. Her mastery of quantitative research has been utilised on the state and national level for its Aged Care Assessment Program.

Among numerous organizations, she is an executive member of the Australian Association of Gerontology’s Victorian branch (AAG), a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN), and the Victorian Police and Multicultural Advisory Committee.

Secretary

Dr Bob Knight

Treasurer

Dr Leander Mitchell
Dr Leander Mitchell (DPsych, 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. She is currently completing her PhD on the topic of wisdom in older adults and spends the remainder of her time volunteering for committee roles within both the APS Clinical College of Neuropsychologists and the APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group.

Committee Member

Assoc 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

Mrs Carol Hunter

Committee Member

Prof Nancy Pachana
Nancy is a clinical geropsychologist, neuropsychologist and professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland, and is co-director of the UQ Ageing Mind Initiative. She has an international reputation in the area of geriatric mental health, particularly with her research on late-life anxiety disorders. She has published over 180+ peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books on various topics in the field of ageing. She serves on the editorial board of the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Science, one of the top two journals in the world for publication of research in the science of the psychology of aging. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2014. She is co-developer of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory, a self-report late-life anxiety measure. Her main research interests include anxiety in later life, psychological interventions for those with Parkinson’s Disease, nursing home interventions, driving safety and dementia.

Committee Member

Dr Viviana Wuthrich

website editor

Dr Harriet Radermacher