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 Mark England


Ms Sandra Scott
A member of the College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists, most of my career has been at the coalface of child and adolescent mental health, in primary and secondary schools.

I have a strong interest in the application of neuroscience and the burgeoning evidence base of non-pharmacological treatments for psychiatric conditions.

I believe that the skills of psychologists are under-recognised across Australian society in education, health, justice and many other sectors. Our scope and our challenge is enormous. Through APS we may collectively advance the utility and cause of our profession, reduce the stigma of mental illness and showcase the wide applicability of psychology. I feel passionate about the APS Believe in Change campaign. My belief in change is the reason I decided to study the brain, mind and human potential.

Through my role as Secretary of Sydney Branch I aim to support communication, and our strength as a united profession.


Ms Kathleen Pearce
Registered as an intern in 2005 and fully registered in 2007, I am relatively new to the profession. My internship included paid work in a private treatment hospital for 12 months. I have worked in both men's and women's residential settings (AOD), a women's refuge, rape crisis in a public hospital, and mental health telephone triage for a private company. I worked in telephone counselling for over eight years before it became commonplace, and is now considered leading edge in providing mental health services to isolated areas across Australia.
I currently run two private practices, in Dee Why (Sydney northern beaches) and Bondi Junction (East Sydney).
I believe that maintaining professional development is essential. Please contact the committee Secretary if you wish to suggest CPD events which may benefit the Branch.

Committee Member

Ms Rose Evans
I have recently completed my 4+2 internship and gained registration. Because of my experiences as a provisional psychologist I am passionate about my role as Early Career Psychologist Representative for the Sydney Branch. I present regular PD for provisional psychologists on Surviving the National Psychology Exam and can often be found on the facebook forums for provisional psychs if you have a question about the registration process.

I also love assessment and I am the National Supervising Psychologist for Australian Mensa.

I have had previous careers in wine marketing and teaching high school. I have 4 children, 2 beagles and a husband. I enjoy pottering in the garden with my chickens, though I have a black thumb, reading science fiction, doing jigsaw puzzles and I am teaching myself how to code to make an iPad app for psychologists.

Please email me if you have any registration or early career questions or suggestions for PD.

CPD Co ordinator

Miss Catherine Broomfield

Committee Member

Dr Maala Lal
Maala has been a member of the APS since 2001 and became a committee member in January 2017. She is a Clinical Psychologist and completed a PhD at The University of Sydney in Eating Disorders. Maala works in private practice in the CBD and Bondi Junction. She has previously worked in a private psychiatric hospital (specialising in eating disorders), Juvenile Justice, and The Salvation Army. Maala will be working on making the APS more accessible through its Facebook page. Please refer to this page for upcoming events and other useful information.

Committee Member

Dr Terence Kirkpatrick

Committee Member

Dr Henry Luiker