Rural and Remote Psychology

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 Judith Gullifer
Judith Gullifer is the Associate Dean (Partners and Quality) in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences at Charles Sturt University. Judith has spent over two decades dedicated to the practice of psychology and the application of psychological science in education and research in the higher education sector. She has been responsible for teaching and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Judith is a registered psychologist with a background in professional counselling in regional, rural and remote Australia. She has held various positions with the Australian Psychological Society, having been appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016 for her expertise in working, and advocating for, Regional, Rural and Remote Australia. She was a founding member of the Rural, Regional and Remote Advisory Group to the National Board of Directors and the convener of the Australian Psychological Society Rural and Remote Interest Group.

Secretary

Mrs Margi Johnson
Rurally practising Forensic Psychologist with a special interest in victims of crime, trauma and grief.

Treasurer

Dr Nicole Jeffery-Dawes
Dr Nicole Jeffery-Dawes BAppSci(Psych)(Hons), DPsych(Health)
Nicole is a registered Psychologist and Fellow of the College of Health Psychologists. She has spent most of her career living and working in some of the most remote locations in Australia with the Non-Government Organisations, State Government Health Services and the RFDS. Nicole has worked across the lifespan, providing psychological services and developing and delivering mental health and wellbeing programs, using co-design models that incorporate both evidence-based practice and the knowledge and wisdom of Indigenous Community members. She has been a strong advocate for improving equity in health and the social determinants of health in rural and remote Australia at both the State and Federal levels. Nicole has her own business providing Supervision to those working in rural and remote areas; developing and delivering workshops; and consulting to local, regional, state and national organisations.

Committee Member

Mrs Michelle Aniftos
Michelle Aniftos (Director, Mylne Street Mental Health) BSocSc; P.G.DipEd; MEd; MPsych (Clinical); GradCertClinNeuroPhys; MAPS; CCLIN

Michelle is a Clinical Psychologist, Educational Consultant, and Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner working in private practice in Toowoomba, Queensland. She has been an active member of the APS for over 10 years, is an elected Fellow of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia, and Chair of the Biofeedback International Certification Alliance – Australia. Michelle has completed Masters degrees in both Education (Special Education, Guidance & Counselling majors) and Psychology (Clinical) and has post-graduate certification in Clinical Neurophysiology. In addition to advanced cognitive and behavioural therapies, Michelle has completed training in ACT and IPT. Following 10 years of professional development and mentoring in applied neuroscience, Michelle also provides EEG assessments (qEEG & ERPs) and biofeedback therapies (EEG & HRV).

Committee Member

Dr Aileen Pidgeon

Committee Member

Miss Helena McCalman

Student Representative

Ms Reanna Clark