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. Eleven members were elected as APS Fellows in 2015.
Alexina Baldini has been a member of the APS for over 30 years. She has been significantly involved with the APS Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Interest Group since joining the Committee in 1990. Alexina served as the Victorian Convenor from 2002 to 2010, has remained involved on the Victorian Committee and recently as National Treasurer. Alexina also hosts an APS Peer Supervision Group at her Melbourne consulting rooms.
Alexina’s early voluntary role as an honorary probation officer and youth worker confirmed her interest in making a difference in the lives of marginalised children and young people. She continues to contribute to this area through her supervision of staff working in youth justice and child protection, and her direct assessment and counselling provision for young people and their families or carers, particularly those involved in forensic settings. Alexina is also accredited as an international trainer in individual, group and strategic crisis management. She was awarded for her outstanding contributions to critical incident stress management by the Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation of Australasia in 2006 and she is currently the President of Crisis Intervention and Management Australasia. For the past eight years Alexina has been clinical director of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Critical Incident Response Management service.
Supervision of provisional psychologists has been a core area of Alexina’s practice for more than 20 years, in addition to her individual and group supervision of a wide range of other professionals. More recently she has specialised in providing expert consultancy to organisations in relation to workplace investigations.
Dr. Fiona J. Bardenhagen graduated from the University of Melbourne Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology and PhD in 1997. After graduating, she completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts. After she returned from Boston, Fiona worked as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in a variety of Victorian Hospitals, and between 1995 and 2009 as Clinical Neuropsychologist and subsequently as Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.
Fiona has provided clinical supervision to numerous students enrolled in graduate training programs and has always been in high demand as a supervisor. From 2003 to 2009 she also held an academic appointment in the School of Psychology, Victoria University in which she made enthusiastic and distinctive contributions to undergraduate and graduate professional programs. In 2010, Fiona took a position as Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, Launceston General Hospital and subsequently was appointed to an adjunct academic position in the Department of Psychology, University of Tasmania, enthusiastically pursuing her passion for graduate training and supervision.
Fiona has served as National Chair of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCNP) from 2011 to 2013, as inaugural Chair of the Tasmanian Section of the College from 2010 to 2012, and Chair of the Organising Committee for the College Annual Conference in 2012. On behalf of the CCNP, Fiona developed the draft proposal for Medicare funding for neuropsychology items. Fiona has also facilitated international links for members of the CCNP resulting in formal affiliation between the College and the National Academy of Neuropsychology of North America. In 2011 she was elected to the grade of Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
Sadly, Fiona passed away on 19 November 2015 following a long and brave struggle with cancer. She was a valued colleague, mentor and friend to many, both professionally and personally, and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Since studying Psychology at the University of Tasmania from 1982 and later qualifying as a psychologist, Paul Bertoia has worked with infants, children, adolescents and their families in a range of settings across government, health and education departments, and in private practice. Paul joined the APS in 1996 and has been active in advocating for the profession since then. He initially worked with the APS at the Branch (Northern Tasmania) and then later the College (CEDP) level, in a variety of positions including serving as Chair from 2012-2014.
Paul has been a professional supervisor for psychologists, as well as other education, disability and mental health professionals in various roles, and also an Honorary Clinical Lecturer with the School of Psychology, University of Tasmania.
Paul enjoys what he considers to be the privilege of being able to help people achieve success in their education, or to better manage developmental difficulties. He is motivated in his work with the APS because he sees it as a way of supporting the practice of psychology in Australia, for the profession and for the public. From working closely with his APS colleagues he has appreciated the learning opportunities that have flowed on from tasks such as helping to organise conferences, or advocating for psychology as part of government enquiries.
Professor Lynne Cohen’s interest and commitment to psychology began in her early career as a school teacher and as Head of the Biology and Mathematics departments. Returning to study in 1992, Lynne achieved a Masters degree and then a PhD in psychology and went on to undertake extensive research as a community psychologist, an applied social psychologist, and also in education. At Edith Cowan University, Lynne has held a series of significant leadership roles in the School of Psychology, as the Associate Dean Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, as Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology and Social Science, and then in the University Executive Group as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement).
Throughout Lynne’s career, she has maintained inter-connected psychology-related research and teaching interests. Currently, Lynne is focussed on the quality of teaching and learning in higher education, and resilience across the lifespan. Her expertise in this area has been recognised through several national awards, numerous successful grant applications, and invitations to take on influential leadership roles.
Lynne has been a committed and enthusiastic APS member since 1995, serving in several significant roles including National Chair (2008-2012) and Treasurer (2000-2011) of the APS College of Community Psychologists (2009-2012), Member of the APS Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group (2009-2012), and, Chief Editor of the Australian Community Psychologist journal.
Kerrie Collings-Silvey is a Counselling Psychologist in private practice who has specialised in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. While the primary focus of her work has been clinical practice she has made substantial and innovative contributions in training and education and in the advancement of the Society through service roles and State and National initiatives. Kerrie joined the APS in 1982 and became a member of the Counselling College in 1992. Her career began in child and adolescent mental health and community outreach.
Kerrie undertook extensive and intensive postgraduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for admission to the Queensland Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association (QPPA) in 1992. She has played an active role in disseminating evidence from international and national literature and research and from clinical experience to promote psychoanalytic psychotherapy and applied psychoanalytic thinking through university teaching, conference presentations and conducting seminars. More recently Kerrie trained in the leadership of Balint Groups and has played a significant leadership role in developing interest within the health professional community in this model of reflective processing and is a recent appointment to the Board of the Balint Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Kerrie’s work for the APS began in 1983 as an Executive Committee member of the Queensland Branch. Later, Kerrie played a pivotal role in the formation and growth of the Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychologists Interest Group (POPIG) becoming the founding National Convenor in 1997. Kerrie also served as Queensland Coordinator for POPIG and has played important roles in national conferences of the Society and those organised by POPIG.
Michael Daffern is Professor of Clinical Forensic Psychology with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with honours from the University of New South Wales in 1990, a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Newcastle in 1997, a PhD from the University of South Australia in 2004, and a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from Monash University in 2011. Michael has worked as a psychologist in prisons, forensic mental health settings and in general adult psychiatric services since 1992. Since 2008 he has worked full-time as an academic, joining Swinburne University of Technology in 2014 where he convenes the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology). He also continues to provide consultancy as a Principal Psychologist for the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare)
Michael has been a member of the APS for more than twenty years holding membership to both the APS College of Forensic Psychologists and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Michael has served as both the Victorian and National Chair of the Forensic College, as Professional Development Officer for the National Executive and assisted with the Organising and Scientific Committees for Forensic College national conferences.
Michael enjoys a strong international reputation for his research into the assessment and treatment of violent offenders, personality disorder and offender rehabilitation more generally. He has published well over 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, conducted research and service evaluations in diverse settings within the justice and health sectors, and provided training for psychologists across Australia and internationally.
Jacky joined the APS in 1988 and has been working as an Organisational Psychologist ever since. She has been operating her own business Halifax House Consulting since 1995 providing services in organisational and private psychology. She is a past Chair of the South Australia (SA) Branch of the APS College of Organisational Psychologists (COP) and was the Convenor of the inaugural APS Coaching Psychology Interest Group in SA. In 2008 she received the SA Branch award for services to Organisational Psychology.
Jacqui has supervised numerous students on placement over the years including graduates seeking to become members of COP. She currently holds the position of Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. She was a former guest lecturer in the Masters Degree in Organisational Psychology with the University of South Australia and was on the University’s Organisational Psychology Master’s Degree Advisory Board.
Jacky was a long standing committee member of the South Australian Society of Hypnosis and coordinated their training course for six years. She is a National Committee member of the APS Private Practice Reference Group and involved in a subgroup to support psychologists who have had notifications from AHPRA. Jacky is also the SA Convenor of the newly formed and very successful APS Student Engagement Group and has hosted several well attended functions to date. She also recently presented a session at the inaugural Flinders University Psychology Students Association Careers Conference. Over the last 10 years she has published three psychologically focused self help books addressing confidence, work success, balance and resilience.
Graeme Kane is a Counselling Psychologist who has worked in various community health, hospital, and government sector roles. His areas of expertise include supervision, relationship counselling, PTSD and trauma, substance misuse, sexual dysfunction and the provision of affirmative psychological interventions for lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals. Graeme has been involved in teaching, mentoring and supervising students, interns and psychologists on placement from RMIT, VUT, Latrobe and Monash Universities from 2001-2006.
Since joining the APS as a student subscriber in 1993, Graeme has volunteered his time and energy to various APS units including the APS College of Counselling Psychologists (VIC), the Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Interest Group (GLIP), the Psychology and Substance Use Interest Group, the Social Issues Committee and the Ethical Guidelines Committee. He is currently the National Convener of GLIP, and has published as an independent scholar in the areas of counselling and gay men’s body image issues, and conceived, developed and convened GLIP’s inaugural one-day conference Changing their minds: Celebrating our diversity in 2003. The title of the conference was influenced by the Academy Award nominee for best documentary Changing our minds – the inspirational story of Dr Evelyn Hooker, whose work was instrumental in depathologising homosexuality.
In January 2007 Graeme was invited on to the Ethical Guidelines Committee and finds the development and revision of ethical guidelines his most rewarding and stimulating role within the APS to date.
Throughout her career as a clinical psychologist, Robyn Nolan's focus has been the advancement of psychological knowledge, ethical and clinical standards and best practice. Formerly a Registered Nurse, she is a graduate of the University of Queensland (UQ) and completed a Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology) in 1982 at George Mason University, Virginia, USA. Returning to Australia, Robyn became a member of the APS in 1983 and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists (CCLP) in 1985. Her contribution to APS College and Branch Committees has included National Membership Secretary of CCLP, Member of the Sunshine Coast Branch and Coordinator of the Division of Independently Practising Psychologists (Qld).
Employed in acute psychiatric settings (Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra Hospitals, Brisbane), Robyn was also a clinical supervisor for the Department of Psychology at UQ and a clinical consultant psychologist and supervisor for the University’s Behaviour Research and Therapy Centre. Commencing private practice in 1988, she continued to supervise and mentor peers and students, including Master of Clinical Psychology students at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has coordinated an APS peer supervision group since 2000.
Other appointments have included Clinical Psychology Advisor to the Department of Veterans Affiars in Qld, Psychologists Panel of Assessors (Qld), and Regional Supervisor of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Peer Support Officers. She twice received Australia Day certificates “In recognition of intensive psychological support to Queensland Fire and Rescue Service personnel and particularly Firecare Peer Support Officers.” Since 2002 Robyn has been a member of the Queensland Mental Health Review Tribunal ensuring the protection of patients’ rights.
Thomas O’Neill is a Sydney based Clinical Psychologist with over twenty eight years experience in the assessment and treatment of child, family, adult and couple related mental health issues. He completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin in 1987 and in 1994, completed his Masters Degree in clinical psychology at Macquarie University. Thomas has developed extensive experience assessing work-related stress and injuries from individual and organisational perspectives. He has been an Independent Psychology Consultant conducting treatment reviews with peers for WorkCover NSW (now SIRA), was an Assessor of Treatment Disputes with the Motor Accident Authority from 2010-2015 and is a currently in his second term as a member of the Psychology Council of NSW. Thomas has research interest in the personality profiling of worker’s compensation psychological injuries and symptom validity.
Thomas has been a member of the APS since 1990 and a member of the Clinical College since 1995 serving as Secretary to the NSW Executive from 1999-2012. In 2008-2009, Thomas represented the APS with key stakeholders in developing treatment guidelines for all allied health providers, both for the WorkCover Authority NSW and the Motor Accident Authority. Subsequently, Thomas has provided more than 40 APS workshops to psychologists and counsellors on understanding the WorkCover NSW Scheme. In 2012, Thomas was nominated by the APS to become a member of the Psychology Council of NSW, and on two occasions had this recommendation endorsed by the NSW Health Minister. In July 2014 he provided an APS Webinar for Psychologists on understanding the changes to DSM 5 and the Anxiety Disorders.
Santo Russo is Director of the Better Life Centre in Brisbane, a multidisciplinary Centre supporting people, young and old, as they transition through life’s challenges. Initially training as an Early Childhood Teacher in the 70’s before becoming an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Santo is comfortable challenging the status quo. His involvement within the Society includes membership of the Professional Practice Advisory Group; Chair, Treasurer and Committee member of the Brisbane Branch; Chair of the Queensland Section of the APS Educational and Developmental College (CEDP); and member and Secretary of the National CEDP. Santo has written several policy considerations to the APS Board on Psychology Assistants, Private Practice Financial Benchmarking, and Psychological Testing by non-psychologists.
Santo is active representing APS with Queensland Health and Education Queensland, and Medicare Locals (PHN’s). He is a member of the Clinical Governance Advisory Committee for Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local, as well as Nundah Headspace. Santo is also a member of GPpartners; the QUT Enhanced Head of School Advisory Committee (Psychology and Counselling) and QUT Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology Advisory Committee. He has participated in research into Triple P and more recently preterm infant development and autism, publishing in conjunction with the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Currently, Santo has participated in the establishment of a private diagnostic and intervention clinic for people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Santo is also invested in the next generation of psychologists providing assistance to graduating psychologists on the challenges of transitioning into practice at two local universities. He is proud to play his part as an enthusiastic and committed scientist-practitioner Society member.