The Board of Directors governs the Society and has overall responsibility for pursuing its Mission, determining the Strategic Plan and priorities, monitoring implementation and developing a resource base to enable its achievement. The Board is the ultimate decision-making and policy-setting body. It is also responsible for the financial viability of the Society and ensuring compliance with statutory requirements applicable to a company.
The President and all other non-executive Directors are elected by Members of the Society to act in what the Board considers are the best interests of the Society, being the interests of the membership as a whole. More information about the Board of Directors and its responsibilities to members is available in the Society's Constitution.
Directors (elected unless otherwise indicated):
Mike is Director of the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. Most recently, he worked for Swinburne University, where he was Director of the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre and led the National e-Therapy Centre. His areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, chronic health, cognitive-behavioural and self-based therapies. Mike has been a member of the APS since 1984 and has contributed to the APS in a broad range of leadership roles, including as a Director (2011–2013) and President-Elect (2014) on the APS Board and as National Chair of the College of Clinical Psychologists (2004–2006). He has also served on the Constituent Units Review Committee, the National Psychology Education and Training Reference Group, the Ethical Guidelines Committee, Health Workforce Committee, National Psychology Week Working Group, Conference Committees, DSM-5 Working Group and Australian Psychologist Editorial Group.
Lyn was appointed as Executive Director in 2001 and is a member of the APS Colleges of Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Community Psychologists and Organisational Psychologists. Lyn was previously the Head of the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University where she continues to hold a professorial appointment. She was the inaugural director of the Victorian Parenting Centre, and in 2001 received a medal of the Order of Australia for service to the welfare of children and families and the advancement of training in the field of child, adolescent and family psychology. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.
Michael is currently Director of the Australian College of Trauma Treatment and has over 30 years experience in counselling, education and training. He has worked clinically in the area of posttraumatic stress disorder for approximately 22 years and has published both nationally and internationally in this field. Michael was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the 2010 Australia Day Honours for service to psychology and to the community through the development of training and treatment protocols for trauma. Michael has been a member of the APS since 1990 and a member of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists since 1991. He has served on numerous APS Committees and also as the Chair of the Victorian Branch (1998-2002).
Tim lives in Alice Springs and is Professor in Mental Health at the Centre for Remote Health, a joint centre between Flinders University and Charles Darwin University. As a mental health academic in remote Australia, Tim contributes to research, community development, chronic disease, prevention and early intervention work in schools, and supervision and training. He also provides a psychology clinic for the Central Australian Mental Health Service. He has previously worked at the University of Canberra where he was the Course Convenor of the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology program. Tim was an inaugural member of the APS Regional, Rural and Remote Advisory Group and has served on the Private Practice Management Standards Working Group and as Chair of the ACT Branch of the APS.
Anthony has accrued 29 years’ experience as a psychologist across the broad primary, secondary and tertiary public mental health/hospital and independent private practice sectors, across three Australian States within both rural and metropolitan areas. He holds membership of three APS Colleges (Clinical, Health and Counselling). Anthony is the immediate past National Chair of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and also served as the National Secretary. He has co-chaired the last three highly successful Clinical College Conferences, and has also served on APS Committees such as the Periodicals Advisory Committee, the College Division Forum, the Private Practice Reference Group, and the Rural and Remote Psychology Taskforce.
Debbie has worked in the WA public sector for nearly 20 years in health and child protection settings, in both clinical and senior leadership roles, across rural and metropolitan settings. She is currently the Corporate Workstream Lead for the Perth Children’s Hospital Project. She has also been engaged as one of the category judges for the WA Premier’s Awards for Public Sector Excellence over the past two years. Debbie has previously worked in the tertiary education sector over a number of years, lecturing in undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programs and providing clinical supervision to Masters-level trainees completing their internal clinical practicum. Debbie has been a member of the APS for 20 years and has previously served in APS office bearer roles with both the WA Branch (now Perth Branch) and the College of Clinical Psychologists, currently provides advice on an as-needs basis to the APS regarding activity based funding/management, and is the incoming Chair of the APS Professional Practice Advisory Group. Debbie has postgraduate qualifications in clinical psychology and public administration.
Mary Magalotti is the Founder, Director and Principal Psychologist of Life Resolutions and Virtual Briefcase which include 30 branded Life Resolutions practices and support to a further 140 independently branded practices across Australia. Mary has regularly been a keynote speaker and presenter at psychology and business functions as well as being involved with various media opportunities on topics of psychology. She is a Committee Member of the APS Melbourne Branch, has previously served on the APS Professional Practice Advisory Group and is part of the APS Division of General Psychological Practice. Mary has also contributed to various APS working parties and Interest Groups.
Kate is Professor of Psychology at Charles Darwin University, a member of the APS Colleges of Organisational Psychologists and Health Psychologists, past President of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society and the Asian Psychological Society. Kate was a member of the APS Board from 2005-2010 during which time she was Chair of the Finance Committee and served on the Membership, Recruitment and Retention and Professional Development and Accreditation Committees. Her previous roles also include Treasurer of the APS Health College, past Convenor of the APS Relationships Interest Group, Director of the Mental Health Professionals Network among numerous other mental health committees. Her research interests include clinical, health and organisational issues with a special emphasis on psychosocial adjustment to mental and physical illnesses.
Nick practises as an organisational psychologist based in Sydney, and undertakes consultancy work nationwide. His continuing professional education has spanned different areas of the profession including many aspects of organisational psychology, assessment and counselling. Nick is a Fellow of the APS and has been a member for over 35 years. He has an extensive history of activities with the APS. Nick is currently the National professional development (PD) coordinator for the College of Organisational Psychologists, and serves on the Advisory Board for the APS Institute and the APS PD Advisory Group. He has previously served as Co-chair of the Program Committee for the 2008 IOP Conference, member of the APS Governance Review Steering Committee, National Chair of the College of Organisational Psychologists, and Secretary of the ACT Branch.
Debra is currently the head of clinical leadership and research for the headspace national youth mental health initiative. Prior to this she was Head of Department of the psychology program at the University of Canberra and has also worked in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and the Australian Institute of Criminology. Debra currently holds Ministerial appointments to the NHMRC Health Care Committee and the Australian Health Ethics Committee. She joined the APS in 1995 and became a Fellow in 2009, and has chaired the APS Working Group on Substance Use and the Working Group on Gambling, co-convened the Psychology and the Environment Interest Group, and served on the Public Interest Advisory Group, Advisory Group on Social Issues, and the Advisory Group on Health Issues.
Jill is a registered psychologist and clinical family therapist who has worked in private practice for 22 years. She has a graduate diploma in applied psychology from Swinburne University of Technology and a degree in politics and philosophy from Melbourne University. She is the founder, principal psychologist and executive director of Psychology Melbourne, a psychology organisation with more than 30 psychologists in the Melbourne CBD, Albert Park and other suburbs. Earlier in her career, Jill worked as a journalist with The Age newspaper and was a television news journalist for Channel 10 News and current affairs. Jill has contributed actively to a number of APS Committees, including the APS Melbourne Branch Committee.