Each year the APS recognises members who have made an outstanding contribution to the APS and to the advancement of psychological knowledge or practice by electing them as Fellows of the Society. Fourteen members were elected as APS Fellows in 2017.
Dr Eugene Aidman
Eugene Aidman has an international track record in performance psychology, with multinational projects and highly cited publications on high-stake selection in sport, psychological drivers in doping, cognitive fitness and fatigue countermeasures. Eugene has been a MAPS and registered psychologist for more than 26 years. He is a founding member of the APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists (CoSEP) and served as a member of the CoSEP National Executive between 2002 and 2016. He was Editor of the College’s National Newsletter, The Sporting Mind (2002-2007; 2010-2012) and College Deputy Chair (2011-2014). His career-long, high-impact contribution to the discipline and field of sport and exercise psychology was recognised by the CoSEP Award of Distinction announced at the APS Congress in 2016. Eugene has also served as National Secretary, Division of Research & Teaching (2004-2006) and a member of the Public Interest Advisory Group (PIAG) to the APS Board (2007-2011).
Eugene is an expert in new-generation psychological test development. His pioneering work in computer-game-embedded testing, non-verbal implicit attitude assessment and simulation-embedded cognitive testing has been influential and innovative. He represented the APS as a member of the International Testing Commission (ICT) Reference Group that produced the ITC Online Testing Guidelines.
In his current role as Principal Scientist (Applied Cognition) at the Defence Science and Technology Group, he focuses on cognitive fitness underpinning human performance, and on methods to assess, protect, and enhance performance through selection, training, and assistive technologies. This has application in some of the most challenging contexts – ranging from defence to emergency response and national security.
Professor Martha Augoustinos
Martha Augoustinos is a social psychologist in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. She has been a Member of the Australian Psychological Society since 1992 when she was awarded her PhD in psychology. With more than 20 years’ experience in research and teaching, Martha is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading researcher in her field; specifically in the application of rigorous qualitative empirical methods to analyse contentious social issues and public policy debates. Her most significant contribution to the discipline has been to re-theorise and empirically examine traditional social psychological topics from a discursive psychological framework. This has included topics such as race, gender, prejudice, social identity and social exclusion. She has published widely in both national and international peer-reviewed journals (more than 100 papers and book chapters). According to Google Scholar, her work has been cited more than 5,000 times (H-index, 36). Martha is best known for her research mapping both formal and informal discourse on the central issues that have defined the ‘race’ debate in Australia (e.g., racism, native title, reconciliation, and apologising to the stolen generations). More recently, this work has extended to analysing everyday talk and public discourse on Australia’s policies and treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Her research has been supported by several grants from the Australian Research Council. She has supervised more than 50 Honours students and 20 PhD students to successful completion. In 2007, the University of Adelaide awarded her the Award for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research Supervision.
Dr Rose Cantali
Since joining the APS in 1997, Rose Cantali has been an active member of the APS. She served as a Sydney Branch Committee Member (2000-2016) and Chair of the Sydney Branch (2012-2016). As Sydney Branch Chair, she was active in introducing the APS to NSW politicians including the Health Minister, Premier, Minister for Ageing and Disability, and the Minister for Mental Health, as well as attending numerous meetings on behalf of the APS Sydney Branch. Rose remains actively involved with the APS, organising events that promote all aspects of psychology; one such event includes the NSW Research Forum attended by psychologists, academics, politicians and community members alike.
Rose is an educational and developmental psychologist and has undertaken extensive psychological work in the delivery of psychological services. She has worked in both government and private sectors providing psychological services as a clinician, teacher and supervisor to individuals and organisations. Rose’s psychological work includes working as a school counsellor and district guidance officer in Sydney, as well as a private clinician. Rose has also worked as an academic, and is an associate and committee member of numerous universities.
Rose’s research area in connectedness of Muslim adolescent boys of a Lebanese background has been applied to current issues, including the radicalisation of youth, and young people’s over usage of the internet. She has developed psychological screeners to identify young people at risk of disengaging (currently used in many schools) and is presently working collaboratively with renowned international researchers in the area of internet addiction. Rose’s professional knowledge in this specific area has been acknowledged and referenced by the APS, community, media, colleagues, universities and government.
Professor Tim Carey
Tim Carey is the Director of Flinders University’s Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. Tim has a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Queensland and an MSc in statistics from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. After completing his PhD, Tim spent five years working in the NHS in Scotland as a chartered clinical psychologist in adult primary care. Tim has more than 100 publications including books, book chapters and peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, and has presented his work at national and international conferences. When he returned from Scotland, Tim was Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, and the Convenor of the postgraduate clinical psychology program at the University of Canberra.
At the Centre for Remote Health, Tim conducts research in health service delivery, provides supervision and training on mental health issues, and has operated a clinical psychology service within the public mental health service, a drug and alcohol service, a pain management clinic, and an Aboriginal medical service. Tim is passionate about the importance of the APS in advocating for and promoting the science and practice of psychology. In 2016 he led the development and delivery of the APS Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
In addition to this, Tim developed a mobile app called MindSurf, aimed at managing stress, and a transdiagnostic cognitive therapy, the Method of Levels (MOL), which adopts a patient-perspective view of mental health disorders and seeks to help patients resolve the distress underlying particular symptom patterns rather than focusing on the symptoms themselves. His interests in mental health include the importance of control to psychological wellbeing and service provision, improving access to services, and the historical development of our understanding of psychological distress and its treatment.
Anthony Cichello operates a private practice within the Melbourne CBD, specialising in working with adults, couples, and psychologists' supervision, as well as holding various casual academic appointments. Anthony previously worked for Bendigo Health, Melbourne Health, several Divisions of General Practice, Sydney Hospital, Albion Street Centre, Royal Perth Hospital, the Health Department of WA and Victorian Office of Corrections, and held honorary senior lecturer posts at several universities in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. With more than 30 years’ experience in psychology, Anthony has worked in management, on executive boards, and in the community as a senior clinician, college chair, board member, head of psychology, and as an executive manager in the health, general practice and private practice sectors. Anthony holds membership of three APS Colleges (Clinical, Health and Counselling) and two APS Interest Groups (Psychology and Relationships, and e-Psychology), and is a member of the International Society of Schema Therapists, the International Association of Applied Psychology and the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
After joining the APS as a student member in 1983, Anthony was awarded the Clinical College Award of Distinction and Victorian Section Significant Contribution Award in 2014. He was elected as a General Director on the APS Board of Directors in 2014 and President-Elect in 2015, and has chaired the Public Interest Advisory Group and held membership of the Board's Governance, Finance and Risk Management Committees. In addition, he has served on the Bendigo Branch Committee and the National and Victorian State Committees of the College of Clinical Psychologists, of which he was National Chair from 2010 to 2014 and Victorian Chair from 2009 to 2012. He reinstated and co-chaired four successful national Clinical College Conferences during the period of 2011 to 2015. Anthony has also served on a number of other APS Committees, including the Private Practice Reference Group, and the Rural and Remote Psychology Taskforce.
John Crampton has been a member of the APS and a registered psychologist for more than 30 years. John operates the ‘Performance Enhancement Systems’ business, providing management and training services for athletes, coaches and organisations. John develops and conducts training programs to improve athlete, coach and program performance, and provides advisory/counselling services to high-performance programs. He has worked for the Australian and NSW Institutes of Sport, and has represented Australia at two Olympic Games.
John played a significant role in the development of an APS Interest Group, and later an APS College, along with contributions to the APS and its Colleges in ethics reviews, the development of the national competencies system, and the establishment of the APS professional development system. In addition, John has been involved with a range of national executive and advisory services to the College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists (CoSEP) and its predecessors including:
- former long-term member of the National Executive of College of Sport Psychologists (CoSP) and CoSEP
- former Chair of Professional Development, CoSP
- lead author of CoSEP’s submission to the Senate Inquiry into the practice of sports science in Australia
- regular media commentator on matters relating to current affairs in international sport
- advisor to the APS communications team for the development of stories and strategies for media coverage for specific events.
With his knowledge of the application of psychological principles to the high-performance sport environment, John has worked directly with athletes, coaches, administrators and stakeholder groups, and at the organisational level with governmental and private sector sporting groups. John’s work and client-base is focused on athlete, coach and organisational performance enhancement. His work has been recognised by the 2015 CoSEP Award of Distinction and in his high-level involvement with the stakeholder groups involved in the elite sport industry and the Olympic movement. His major skill sets are from the field of high performance sport psychology.
Dr Craig Gonsalvez
Craig Gonsalvez completed his clinical psychology training and a PhD in event-related brain potentials at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) Bangalore, India, before migrating to Australia in the early 1990s. He is currently Professor in Clinical Psychology at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University. Craig has extensive experience as a clinical psychologist, clinical supervisor and academic. He has made significant contributions to the education and training of psychologists for over 20 years, has been an APS member for 25 years and has served in senior positions including as Chair of Course Approvals for the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society (2005-2010).
Craig has received several awards for his contributions to practitioner training and clinical supervision including the Australian Psychological Society’s Award of Distinction for contributions to Clinical Psychology in 2009, an APS Institute grant to design a new curriculum for supervisor training in Australia in 2013, two nationally competitive, multisite Office for Learning and Teaching grants to improve the assessment of practicum competencies (2011-2015), and an Australian Universities citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for training and assessment in competency-based supervision in 2016. Craig’s main research interests are clinical psychophysiology and professional training in psychology. He has published widely on both topics.
Associate Professor Winnifred Louis
Winnifred Louis is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. Her research interests focus on the influence of identity and norms on social decision-making. She has studied this broad topic in contexts from politics and community activism to health and environmental choices. Winnifred is presently an Associate Editor of Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology and has served on the editorial board of many journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and The Australian Journal of Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and a member of numerous other professional associations including the Centre for Research in Social Psychology, at the University of Queensland.
Winnifred is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals, book chapters, peer-reviewed conference papers and scholarly reports. She has been awarded over $1m of competitive grant funding, including four lead-CI (Chief Investigator) Australian Research Council Discovery grants. She is the winner of numerous awards for research, teaching and service. In 2016, Winnifred won a University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision, and her other teaching awards also include the 2008 Pearson Education and Australian Psychological Society Early Career Teaching Award.
Since 2010, Winnifred has been the national convenor of the Australian Psychological Society’s Psychologists for Peace Interest Group, having served as the state convenor for Queensland (2008-2009). Winnifred also has served in the Public Interest Advisory Group of the Australian Psychological Society. She has a strong interest in using psychology to contribute to evidence-based initiatives promoting social cohesion and environmental sustainability.
Richard graduated from the University of Adelaide with an Honours degree in psychology in 1971 and a Master’s degree in 2004. During his first degree, he saw part-time service with the Australian Army in the 14th Psychology unit. After volunteer service as an educational psychologist with the Australian volunteer movement in Malaysia for four years, he returned to Adelaide in 1975 and followed a career in sales and industry before returning to the psychology profession in 1991.
Richard went on to work with people with intellectual disability and in relationship counselling prior to moving into the area of persisting injury and general community mental health where he has remained. Richard commenced full-time private practice in 1991 and plans to retire from this practice at the end of 2017. Over this time he held positions as Secretary, Newsletter Editor and as Chair of the Psychologists Council of South Australia. Richard has been a member of the APS since 1975 and has contributed generously including as a committee member and State Chair of the Clinical College, and committee member and as Treasurer of the APS SA Executive Committee. He has been a longstanding advocate with WorkCover SA on behalf of the profession, including as a member of their Low Back Technical Working Group and Risk Profiling Steering Group, and he was a finalist in the WorkCover Recovery and Return to Work Awards. Richard has lectured at the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia and supervised over 45 Master's, Honours and 4+2 students. For Richard, the best part has been the opportunity to practice his profession as best he can. He sees psychology as the best profession in the world and has had the best of times. He wishes all practitioners the same, and more, of the satisfaction that he has received.
Dr Gavin Palk
Gavin Palk has a long association with the APS, having been a member since 1988. Since 2001, Gavin has served at a national-level in the roles of committee member, professional development coordinator, the Chair of the Queensland section of the College of Forensic Psychologists and representative of the Section Chair to the National Committee of the College, National Membership Secretary, National Treasurer and National Chair. Gavin has been an organising conference chair, member of the conference scientific committees and member of other conference organising committees. He has served on a range of APS College working parties and has been an assessor in accreditation panels for various psychology programs.
Gavin has worked as a practitioner in the public and private sectors at senior management and director positions and has taught at a number of universities. He has a particular interest in providing services (often pro bono) for vulnerable groups in the community, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Islander people. He played a principal role in establishment of the first Murray Court at Rockhampton and assisted in establishing Aboriginal Justice Committees and alternative sentencing.
His current research includes working closely with Indigenous people in rural and remote communities to improve road-safety concerns, and alcohol and drug-related problems. He undertakes regular work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Legal Services in the field of forensic psychology treatment and assessment. He has been a reviewer for various psychology journals including the Australian Psychologist, Traffic Injury Prevention; Accident, Analysis and Prevention; Police Research and Practice; Drug and Alcohol Review and the Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. Gavin has a distinguished record of practice, service and research in psychology that has been of benefit to the Australian community.
Dr Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts has been a member of the APS since 1991, beginning her career working as a clinical psychologist in community mental health. She spent 15 years at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide as a clinical neuropsychologist. Rachel supervised over 30 postgraduate students on placement while in clinical practice. After completing a PhD in child health psychology (and a year working as a clinical neuropsychologist in a UK neuro-rehabilitation hospital), Rachel joined the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide where she contributes to the postgraduate programs in clinical and health psychology. She also undertakes research focusing on child clinical and health psychology, and child neuropsychology, as well as learning and teaching in professional psychology training, resulting in around 95 publications to date.
She has supervised student research at PhD, Master’s and Honours level (more than 40 students in the past five years). Rachel is a member of the Colleges of Clinical Psychologists, Health Psychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists, and has contributed to both South Australian and national College committees, including as Chair of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists National Executive (2013) and is currently Course Approvals Chair for the CCN and Associate Editor for the journal, Clinical Psychologist.
Shelley Rogers is a private practitioner who came to psychology as a mature-age student. The move into psychology came after decades of working in education, community services and other small businesses including five years’ chairing a successful community project assisting long-term unemployed people develop skills and find work.
Embracing the later life career change, Shelley became highly involved initially in the APS College of Organisational Psychologists (SA Section) as Secretary (2005-2009) and Chair (2009-2013). She became Treasurer of the SA Branch (2011-2013) and State and Branch Chair (2013-2017).
In addition to her work in private practice, Shelley became the coordinator of placements for Master’s students at the University of South Australia’s former Master’s Degree in Organisational Psychology, and coordinated an undergraduate program in organisational psychology. Shelley has also been part of the Membership Recruitment, Retention and Advisory Committee to the APS National Board (2010-2013). In her private practice Shelley supervises organisational psychology Master’s students each year.
Under her leadership, the SA State committee was transformed and the SA Branch became important in the professional life of APS members in South Australia. The SA Branch is now a central point of contact for government and for practitioners with an active CPD program including regional CPD events.
Shelley has supported and encouraged student development, and student engagement with the APS through mentoring programs, helping students locate suitable placements, and by supporting and encouraging the highly successful APS SA Student Engagement Group. Shelley initiated the APS SA Sages Luncheons as a way of reconnecting with senior long-term members of the Society. By engaging each of the South Australian universities and inviting them to present ‘Three-Minute Theses’ by two of their PhD candidates, Shelley linked the Sages with the new generation of bright minds in psychology.
Elisabeth has been a psychologist and a member of the APS since 1991, spending her career in the field of couple and family therapy. She has worked primarily in the not-for-profit sector, becoming a clinical supervisor in the mid 1990s, and then a manager and director of Relationships Australia NSW where she had operational oversight for services and continued to supervise and teach in their postgraduate programs. Elisabeth then pursued 15 years in private practice, where she continued to provide extensive consultancy to a range of health professionals and teams across sectors, from supervision of provisional psychologists and executive coaching to clinical leads and management. She became a senior consultant for The Ethics Centre and taught at two Sydney Universities in clinical practice and professional ethics.
After attaining Master’s degrees in couple and family therapy, management and professional ethics, and further studies in clinical psychology, Elisabeth became a member of the College of Counselling Psychologists in 2010 and the College of Clinical Psychologists in 2013. She has published a considerable body of work in professional journals and books in Australia and internationally including a co-authored book Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions; Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions. She was a member of the APS Ethics Committee (2013-2014) and the Chair (2015-2016), during which time she wrote articles for APS publications and led conference presentations, designed to bring ethical issues to the fore in clinical practice. This year, she was elected to lead the APS Code of Ethics Review. In 2016, Elisabeth returned to Relationships Australia NSW as its clinical director, and has been CEO since September this year.
Dr Diane Whiting
Diane Whiting is a clinical psychologist who has worked in private practice and in NSW Health. In addition to her clinical training, Diane completed her PhD in 2016 at the University of Wollongong, undertaking a clinical trial of acceptance and commitment therapy to facilitate psychological adjustment after a traumatic brain injury. In 2016, Diane was promoted to be the Principal Psychologist at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, the highest psychology grade within NSW Health. The role encompasses both professional and clinical governance for all psychologists within the health district. Diane has provided extensive supervision to students, registrars and her peers, and ongoing mentoring to early-career psychologists. She often speaks at APS student events to promote careers in both clinical psychology and NSW Health.
Diane joined the APS as a student during her undergraduate degree and has achieved more than 20 years’ of membership. She joined the NSW State committee of the APS Clinical College in 2009, and has held various committee positions including Treasurer, Deputy Chair and finally NSW State Chair. As the State Chair, Diane was a member of the National Committee and participated in a number of sub-committees including specialist registration, and the 2017 and 2018 conference committees. She currently is the Secretary of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, a role which incorporates the production of the Clinical College enewsletter and managing the college’s website. Diane recently left NSW Health and is currently working in a research position at the Australian Health Services Research Institute, as well as providing clinical psychology services in the area of traumatic brain injury.