Psychology and Substance Use

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 PSU members around Australia.

Convener

Dr Latha Nithyanandam
Latha Nithyanandam has 30+ years of experience as a Psychologist working as a Consultant, Faculty, Therapist, Supervisor and Research Head at various Hospitals, De-addiction Centres, Teaching Institutes, and Facilities in Australia and India. She did an internship in West Germany. Her doctoral thesis was on ‘Yoga as a Mind Body Approach for Well Being’. Presently she is the General Manager of Alcohol & Drug Foundation NSW- Kathleen York House a long term rehabilitation centre for women wanting to overcome their substance dependence

Secretary

Dr Matthew Smout
I have been an APS member since 2003 and a Clinical College member since 2006. I was the inaugural national convenor of the APS Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Interest Group. I am currently Program Director of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program at the University of South Australia and Clinic Director of the UniSA Psychology Clinic. I was formerly the Team Manager of the Centre for Treatment of Anxiety and Depression. I have worked across a range of private and public settings in adult mental health and addiction, and have worked as a guest lecturer in the Clinical Master’s programs of all South Australian universities. I have research interests in improving the practice of psychological therapies in real world settings. I represent the University of South Australia on the college committee and look forward to serving the professional interests and development needs of the community of South Australian clinical psychologists.

Treasuer

Ms Caroline Long
Phone: 03 9420 7609
Caroline Long started with the PSU in 2014. She is currently the Service Development Manager at Odyssey House Victoria, a specialist AOD treatment service.

Caroline has been working in the AOD/dual diagnosis sector across 28 years in research, clinical and management roles within academic, public and private services. Other areas of specialisation include anxiety, adult ADHD, domestic violence, trauma, psycho-oncology and post separation family functioning.

Committee Member

Dr Hollie Wilson
I have over 12 years of experience advancing the alcohol and other drug treatment field, in academic research, teaching, clinical, and leadership positions. I currently hold a position as Allied Health Manager at Metro North Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Service (Brisbane).
I hold a committee role in the ePsychology interest group and am the convener of the Psychology & Substance Use (PSU) interest group. Convening the PSU interest group allows me to network with others in the field across the country, and to initiate and pursue psychology related AOD sector priorities through a national forum.

Committee Member

Mr Darren Watts
Senior Psychologist, Drug and Alcohol Services, Richmond / Clarence Network, Northern NSW Local Health District. A Psychologist since 2004, Darren has a long background in Mental Health Services, including holding leadership and legal roles, as well as having functions in various specialist portfolio positions. A long period in a portfolio involving dual diagnosis further developed this area of interest eventually resulting in a movement to the Drug and Alcohol sector. Darren has only recently joined the PSU as a committee member.

Committee Member

Mr Steven Leicester
Dr. Steve Leicester has held clinical, research and leadership roles within youth mental health and in AOD for more than 20 years. Much of his career focused on the development of specialist programs for early psychosis. His research interests have included cognitive modelling associated with the development of schizophrenia. He has also held leadership positions in drug treatment agencies. In recent years he has worked at headspace national office in a number of roles, including national AOD manager, Head of Direct Clinical Services and currently as the Head of eheadspace.

Committee Member

Miss Laura Hughes

Student Representative

Miss Anchalee Wensinger

Student Representative

Mr Gerhard Grimm

Student Representative

Mr Nathan Akoka

Student Representative

Mr Lewis Munro