Women and Psychology

Committee Information

APS Interest Groups support members with special interests, assist communication between members interested in similar fields and advise the APS on issues related to their area of interest. Interest Group membership is open to all APS members and Interest group committee members are volunteer roles.


Below are details of the current committee and vacancies. If you are interested in joining the committee, click here to complete an expression of interest/nomination form to be considered. Please feel free to contact Interest Group committee members or APS Member Groups ([email protected]) with any queries or suggestions about the engagement for members of this Interest Group around Australia.



Ms Heather Gridley
I am a community and counselling psychologist with more than thirty years’ experience in community health and higher education, as well as a decade within the APS National Office as Manager of Public Interest. I am currently an Honorary Fellow and sessional lecturer at Victoria University. The focus of my work over that time has been on maximising psychology's contributions to community wellbeing and social justice. I have a keen interest in supporting a new generation of feminist and community psychologists.


Ms Patricia Gallagher


Ms Alexandra Barry
Bmus, GradDipPsych, PostGradDipPsych, MProfPsych, AssocMAPS.
Alex is a provisional psychologist working as a counsellor / advocate with the Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre in Geelong (formerly Barwon CASA), where she provides trauma informed counselling to victim survivors of sexual assault and family violence. Prior to relocating to the surf coast, Alex commenced her 5+1 internship as a Functional Family Therapist (FFT) within OzChilds evidence-based services team. Alex has a strong intersectional feminist, human rights and system based lens to her work that is constantly evolving through partnership with social workers, community psychologists and many years of multidisciplinary involvement. Alex hopes to remain in the NFP and public sectors post registration.

Committee Member NT

Dr Brona Nic Giolla Easpaig
Research Fellow,
NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Implementation Science in Oncology,
Australian Institute of Health Innovation,
Macquarie University

Committee Member NSW

Ms Erica Hatfield

Committee Member VIC

Mrs Bernadette Durkan
BSoc (Psych), BSocSc Hons (Psych), MBA, MAppPsych (Community), MAPS

Studied at Victoria University and has worked with a wide range of communities including people impacted by societal barriers connected to their living situations, health, identity, relationships and community.
Recently worked in the perinatal field offering low cost bulk build services for pregnant mothers and new parents.

Committee Member QLD

Ms Ann Aboud

Committee Member

Position vacant

Student Representative

Position vacant