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2018 APS Congress

The 2018 APS Congress will be held in Sydney from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 September 2018


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DPRET Forum Members

Representatives within the DPRET Forum are senior and early career psychological scientists and educators from across Australia who were appointed to the DPRET Forum following a call for Expressions of Interest.

They have a collective knowledge of and experience in a range of foci within the discipline. The DPRET Forum also has a secondary education representative who provides the perspective of secondary educators and informs DPRET on issues and areas of interest in secondary education curriculum.

DPRET Forum representatives

The DPRET Forum representatives have a strong interest and commitment to improving benefits for the APS membership they represent. The Forum is jointly chaired by a Board representative and the Executive Director of the APS and as such it gains direct communication access to them and through them to the Board.

Professor Lyn Littlefield (Co-Chair)

Lyn Littlefield is the Executive Director of the Australian Psychological Society. During Lyn’s tenure as Executive Director, the APS has become extensively involved in a number of Government mental health initiatives as a development partner and in an advisory role on mental health practice standards and service delivery.

Lyn is also a Professor of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology at La Trobe University. She was previously the Head of the School of Psychology at La Trobe University and responsible for the management of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programs across three campuses. Lyn was instrumental in establishing the professional Doctorate in Clinical Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology, the first of its type in Australia.

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. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a clinical psychologist for over 15 years in mental health hospital and community settings, and devoted much of her time to improving mental health services in these contexts.

Lyn sits on a number of Boards and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

Ms Maria James

Maria James is the Curriculum Manager for Science for Years Foundation-12 with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Her responsibilities include curriculum overview of VCE Psychology. She holds a Masters degree in Education (Curriculum) and has published secondary school textbooks for Junior Science and Senior Chemistry courses.

Maria has held a variety of positions in several independent schools including, Head of Science, Dean of Students and Head of Senior College. She is passionate about motivating and engaging students with science. A particular interest for Maria is encouraging students to apply their knowledge and skills in science and in other areas to take action in local and global contexts.

Professor David Kavanagh

David Kavanagh is a research professor at the Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation and School of Psychology & Counselling, Queensland University of Technology, and has adjunct chairs at the Universities of Queensland and Plymouth and at Griffith University. He is a clinical psychologist who completed training at the University of Sydney and Stanford, and has led a community health service, an academic department and research across a university faculty.

His current research is split between the evaluation and national use of e-Psychology tools and resources, and the testing of an imagery-based motivational intervention—an application of his theoretical and empirical work on cognitive processes underpinning desires. His leadership roles in the APS have included membership of the Council and of the Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training (DPRET), and convening the e-Psychology Interest Group. He is a Fellow of the APS and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Association of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (AACBT).

Awards for his research have included the APS Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science and Ian Mathew Campbell Prize in Clinical Psychology, Distinguished Career Award from AACBT, and Senior Scientist Award from the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs.

Professor Justin Kenardy

Professor Justin Kenardy is a clinical psychologist, and Fellow of the APS. He holds positions as Deputy Director of the Recover Injury Research Centre, Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, Affiliate Professor Centre for Child Health Research, and Director of Research for West Moreton Health and Hospital Service. Over 25 years of his academic career he has focused on the translation of applied psychology, more specifically clinical psychology, into novel cross- and interdisciplinary areas.  This has been through work at the interface between psychological and physical health, preventative, integrative and novel intervention technologies. This has led to research in diverse areas including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, pain and musculoskeletal disease and injury, burn injury, traumatic brain injury, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress across a broad age range from infants to older adults. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications, has over 9500 citations to his work, and has obtained national and international competitive research grants and contracts totaling over $50 million.

He serves or has served as consulting editor on a number of prestigious international journals including Journal of Traumatic Stress, Health Psychology, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, and Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy, and is past Editor of Clinical Psychologist. He has published one edited book, 17 book chapters, various computer programs and apps such as Bounceback, training programs such as the Teacher Training to Promote Recovery and Resilience in Schools program, and eleven research-based health websites. He helped to develop both the current NHMRC approved National Stroke Guidelines and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Guidelines and has been very active in the dissemination of these guidelines. He serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and is the Past President of the Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In 2008 he received the Ian Campbell Memorial Prize from the Australian Psychological Society for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Psychology in Australia and in 2015 was awarded the Australian Psychological Society President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia.

Dr Jason Lodge

Jason Lodge, PhD, is a psychological scientist and Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education and the Australian Research Council funded Science of Learning Research Centre, University of Melbourne. Jason’s research concentrates on the application of the learning sciences to higher education.

Specifically, he is interested in the cognitive and emotional factors that influence learning and behaviour and how research findings from the learning sciences can be better used to enhance design for learning, teaching practice and education policy. Jason is the coordinator of the APS Psychology Education Interest Group and 2014 recipient of the APS Early Career Teaching Award.

Professor Tony Machin

Professor Tony Machin became a member of the APS in 1989 and joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in 1992. He is currently a Professor of Psychology and the Head of the School of Psychology and Counselling at USQ and is also on the Executive of the Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology (HODSPA Inc.).

Professor Machin has consulted with a wide range of clients including Queensland Health, the Department of Public Works, Main Roads, Queensland Transport, the Department of Industrial Relations, Queensland Treasury, the Department of Emergency Services, and the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland. Professor Machin has been an Officer bearer for the APS College of Organisational Psychologists as well as Chair of the Toowoomba Branch of the APS and has represented the APS on accreditation visits to several Universities.

He is also the Australasian representative on Division 13 - Traffic and Transportation Psychology of the International Association for Applied Psychology. He has also been a reviewer for 31 refereed journals and an external examiner for 12 Universities. He has published 34 refereed journal articles, 19 book chapters and refereed conference papers, has 63 conference presentations and 101 industry reports.

Professor Jason Mattingley

Professor Jason Mattingley is an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow and Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at The University of Queensland. His research is directed toward understanding the behavioural and neural mechanisms of selective attention, in health and disease, with a particular focus on how attentional processes influence perception, learning and neural plasticity. His work has appeared in many of the world’s top journals, including Nature, Science, Neuron, Current Biology and Nature Neuroscience. Professor Mattingley is currently Associate Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, and is a serving member of the ARC College of Experts. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. In 2012 he was awarded the Australian Psychological Society’s Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award.

Professor Shirley Morrissey

Shirley Morrissey is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University, and a practising clinical and health psychologist. Her research strengths are in the areas of health and clinical psychology. Shirley has supervised 12 PhD students, 4 DPsychs, 12 Masters and more than 30 Honours students to completion. She also has particular expertise in ethics and professional practice and in interprofessional learning (IPL).

She is a chapter author and one of the editors of the 2nd Edition of the text Ethics and Professional Practice for Psychologists. She was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Leadership Grant for her work on preparing students for multi-disciplinary mental health practice. Shirley is the IPL lead for the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University and has been instrumental in ensuring psychology students have the opportunity to participate in IPL activities.

Shirley serves on the Australian Psychological Society’s Division of Psychological Research and Teaching committee, the APS Ethics Committee, the APS Program Development and Approval Committee, and is an Associate Editor for the Australian Psychologist. Shirley was appointed as a Director of APAC in July 2014, she serves on the APAC Assessor Committee and was awarded the APS Distinguished Award for Contribution to Psychological Education in 2015.

Professor Craig Speelman

Professor Craig Speelman received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from UWA in 1992. After a postdoctoral research fellowship at UWA, he held academic posts at the University of New England and Griffith University. He joined Edith Cowan University in 1997. He was Head of the School of Psychology and Social Science (2002-2011) and is currently the Associate Dean Research in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Craig Speelman conducts research in the general area of Cognitive Psychology, but much of his research has focussed on the topic of skill acquisition and transfer, including the effects of transfer on the shape of learning functions, the relationship between skill acquisition and implicit memory, and the specificity of skill acquisition and transfer. Speelman has applied this expertise to developing a training program for the acquisition of skin cancer detection skills, and the development of basic arithmetic skills, where he produced the commercial app Numbeat. He has been awarded ARC Large Grants/Discovery Grants previously to investigate the effects of different types of skill acquisition on the nature of expertise, and an ARC Linkage project to investigate ways of improving the financial literacy skills of Western Australian Police recruits. He is currently interested in the relationship between skill automaticity and transfer of training, and the impact of computer interfaces on cognitive load.

Professor Tracey Wade

Professor Tracey Wade completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology at the Australian National University in 1992, a PhD at Flinders University in 1998. Since 2000 she has worked in the School of Psychology at Flinders University in South Australia. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the APS journal Clinical Psychologist from 2010 to 2014 and is currently an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Eating Disorders. In 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, in 2016 she was made an Inaugural Honorary Fellow of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, and in 2018 she will be the president of the Eating Disorder Research Society.

Dr Wade has worked as a clinician in the area of eating disorders for almost 30 years and is the Academic Lead for the Statewide Eating Disorders Service in South Australia established in 2014. Her current research interests are in the aetiology (including genetic epidemiology), prevention and treatment of eating disorders and perfectionism. She has co-written 2 books on the treatment of perfectionism and has over 160 publications in peer reviewed journals.