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Our team of dedicated professionals share the common goal to provide our interns with the very best preparation for general registration with PsyBA and their career as a psychologist.

Our staff and supervisors have expert knowledge of the core competencies and attributes required for registration. We have a genuine belief that, by expanding the competencies and practical experience of psychologists, we make a positive contribution to the mental wellbeing of the wider community.

We provide personalised attention and support to each of our interns ensuring that their transition to a career in psychology is a smooth one. In addition to their individual supervisors, interns are encouraged to seek confidential support and advice from any member of our team.

The following are some of our team members.

BSc, MA, Dip Clinical Hypnosis, MAPS

ChrisAlexander300Chris has been working as a supervisor with the College in excess of 10 years now. He has worked for the Department of Community Services in various roles and in TAFE as a Counsellor. Chris has worked privately since 1991 and continues to operate a generic clinical practice assisting clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues and workcover/insurance-related intervention and medico-legal assessments and report writing. Along the way, Chris has managed an Employee Assistance Program, lectured in the university system as well as TAFE and provided training and consultancy to organisations. In addition, Chris works as an approved counsellor with victims of crime and several agencies.

Chris has enjoyed his supervision and involvement with our College and its provisional psychologists.

“Working with committed and talented intern psychologists is a wonderful way to contribute to our profession and put something back in. It also keeps one fresh and abreast of the latest developments and therapeutic approaches. Over more than 10 years involved at The College of Professional Psychology, I have met many highly professional, ethical, and dedicated psychologists who have humanity and demonstrate high levels of skill and ability. It constantly reaffirms for me that the profession (and the public requiring psychological services) is indeed in very good hands”.

 BSc, B Psych, M Psych (Counselling), Graduate certificate in Professional writing (current)

JoCollyer300Jo has a Masters in Counselling Psychology achieved in 2000. She has over 20 years experience in the human services field across a range of areas including working with children and people with disabilities. For the past nine years, Jo has worked in a forensic setting providing assessment, intervention and management plans for adult offenders in community and custodial settings. She utilises a number of different therapeutic models dependent on client presentation. This might include CBT, solution focused, mindfulness and motivational interviewing. A number of assessment tools are utilised in her work, primarily in risk assessment, mood and personality assessment. Her particular area of expertise is risk assessment and intervention and engaging mandated clients. Her advice to new interns is to always practice self-care and to be authentic with clients. This will promote longevity of practice and greater success with clients.

College of Professional Psychology Intern Support Coordinator
BSc (Psych) (Hons I), MAPS

EmilyConstantine300Emily is a registered psychologist with experience providing targeted counselling and a range of assessments to individuals in private practice, through Medicare’s Focused Psychological Strategies, in career transition programs, community settings, aged care, and in occupational rehabilitation. She has experience working with people across a wide range of age groups and cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Emily is a Board approved supervisor of provisional psychologists, and provides supervision through the College of Professional Psychology. She also facilitates group supervision and some workshops in the College’s professional development program.

Emily is the Intern Support Coordinator at the College, and works closely with both new enrolees and current interns in the registration program on tasks such as job seeking for suitable placements, completing AHPRA paperwork for provisional registration, managing registration and work/life balance, and enhancing the confidence and encouragement of psychology graduates.

“Having completed the program through The College of Professional Psychology as an intern myself some years ago, I experienced first-hand, the benefits of training in a supportive, structured and practical program such as is provided by the fantastic team at the College. I feel fortunate to now return as part of that team, and deeply encouraged to give back to the next generation of psychologists in training. The most satisfying aspect of my role is to witness new graduates – who are excited, nervous, overwhelmed, unsure of themselves  – grow and develop into confident and competent professionals who will go on to make a difference in the wider community.

I hope that the diversity, achievements and collegiality present in our College’s community of interns, alumni and staff is both motivating and representative to new graduates of the potential in this rewarding profession.”

B Psych (Hons), Master of Clinical Psych, PhD

AlisonCornish300Alison has been working clinically as a psychologist for eight years and as a research psychologist for 13 years. She works for an early intervention program with parents and infants at risk of abuse/neglect or where there is a history of parental trauma. Alison also sees clients in private practice.
Alison is passionate about working psychotherapeutically with clients and applying the new evidence on the neurobiology of trauma and its impact on relationships, to her clinical work. Her PhD investigated the ongoing impact of postnatal depression on mothers and their infants.
In addition to roles with Macquarie University and the Institute of Psychiatry, Alison is a supervisor at The College of Professional Psychology, a role she has described as a “wonderful way to be part of the growth and development of new psychologists and be involved in an exciting and vibrant college”.

LawrenceFong300Director of COPP
BA, HDPM, MComm, MAPS

Lawrence has a diverse portfolio career as a psychologist spanning 25 years reflecting his varied interests.

As a corporate psychologist, his expertise is in strategy, leadership development and organisational change processes. He has consulted to leading organisations in Australia and overseas in industries including tertiary education, IT, sport, hospitality and legal services.
Passionate about the potential of alternative dispute resolution techniques, he mediates in conflicts involving workplace performance management issues and cases of alleged discrimination, bullying, harassment and unfair management practices. He is a member of the LEADR Association of Dispute Resolvers.

In his private practice, Lawrence assists clients create sustainable change as they navigate through difficult life challenges and mental health issues using strength and evidence based focussed psychological strategies. He is particularly interested in work-related psychological problems including PTSD, inter-cultural issues, dealing with grief and loss and performance enhancement.
Lawrence is actively engaged in the psychology profession and the community and has held numerous voluntary positions. These include the Sydney branch of the Australian Psychological Society, the Sydney North Shore and Beaches Medicare Local Mental Health Advisory Committee, the NSW Mental Health Association Mental Health Advisory Reference Group, and on the board of Lane Cove and Northside Community Services (formerly Lane Cove Community Aid).

Since 2007, Lawrence has been the Director of the College of Professional Psychology and is committed to ensuring that it provides the most comprehensive and professional psychologist registration program in Australia producing graduates who are highly skilled practising psychologists. In so doing, it brings to life the College vision of making a sustainable positive contribution to the mental health of the wider community.

BA (Hons), Grad Dip Ed Psych, M Psych (Counselling), FAPS

GraemeKane300Graeme is a Counselling Psychologist with 18 years’ clinical experience in Vocational counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution-focused Brief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. He has worked in community health, hospital, and government sector roles. His areas of expertise include relationship counselling, PTSD and trauma, substance misuse, depression, sexual dysfunction, and the provision of affirmative psychological interventions for lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals. His current interests include Positive Psychology and the emerging field of personality neuroscience.

Graeme has volunteered his time and energy to various Australian Psychological Society units including the APS College of Counselling Psychologists (Vic), Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Interest Group (GLIP), Psychology and Substance Use, Social Issues Committee, and Ethical Guidelines Committee. He has published as an independent scholar in areas of counselling, gay men’s body image issues, and ethical guidelines for sex and/or gender diverse people. He joined The College of Professional Psychology towards the end of 2013.

BA, Grad Dip App Sc (Psychology of Coaching), M App Psych, MAPS

RobinMay300Robin has been a fully registered psychologist for more than 15 years and has been supervising and mentoring provisional psychologists for the last eight years. He has worked in the Drug and Alcohol field all of this time which has given him a broad range of clinical, case-managing and counselling experience. He is currently employed in the Drug and Alcohol Services with the Royal North Shore Hospital. His passion is to help change the lives of drug-dependent individuals and families through evidence-based treatments. His work also involves working actively in research and updating his skills on an ongoing basis.

Robin says he finds supervision personally and professionally satisfying.

BSc Hons DPsych Clin

RichardNorrish300Richard has experience working with inpatient and outpatients in crisis and risk management and long term work with borderline personality, and chronic mood disorders. He places emphasis on formulation in treatment, specifically on developmental factors and has an interest in cross-cultural and societal influences on psychopathology. Richard has over five years experience facilitating group DBT in addition to cognitive behaviour, mindfulness and interpersonal psychotherapy treatments.

DPsych Applied Psychology (Community), Grad Dip Applied Psychology, BA (Multidisciplinary)

LynOGrady300Lyn O’Grady is an experienced Community Psychologist with a particular interest in the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

Lyn’s work history has included roles within the education, health and community sectors.  She has worked with parents in parenting programs and individually at the community level and in schools for over 20 years. Lyn also worked as a school psychologist in the Western Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

She has also worked at a more systemic level with the Student Wellbeing Units of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and as the National Project Manager for KidsMatter at the Australian Psychological Society. KidsMatter is a mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative in Australian primary schools. Lyn worked with a national team to develop mental health resources and form partnerships with the health sector to support schools in improving children’s mental health outcomes.

BSc (Hons), BEd (Serv) PhD (Organisational Psychology) Candidate

MeganPeach300Megan is a registered psychologist specialising in organisational development and change. She has delivered strategic solutions within national and global enterprises across various industries including projects such as organisation and role design, strategic selection design and assessment, systems optimisation and culture enhancement, workforce analytics and capability development including leadership development and for all staff levels. Megan also works as a career coach, is an experienced mediator and has provided medico-legal assessment and EAP counselling services.

She is accredited in a range of psychometric assessments and is a graduate of the AICD company directors course. She holds memberships with the Australian Psychological Society, College of Organisational Psychologists, Change Management Institute, International Association of Applied Psychology and Global Organisational for Humanitarian Work Psychology.

BArts, Grad Dip App Psych

DonnTantengcoDonn is a generalist psychologist based in the Gold Coast in Queensland. He has more than 15 years experience in counselling and therapy working with individuals (adolescents to older adult), couples and families in the areas of mental health, adolescent issues, relationships and employee assistance programs. This has been across a variety of settings including working in community mental health, NGOs and the private sector. He utilises common evidence-based interventions when assisting clients (e.g. traditional CBT) and has received training in specialised areas such as DBT and Gottman Couples Therapy. He is a STAP-trained and accredited supervisor (Qld) for higher education and the 4+2 pathway under the current AHPRA scheme. He considers each supervision session an excellent opportunity for continued growth and learning for both supervisor and intern.

BA (Hons), LLB, M Clin Psych, MAPS

LilVrklevski300Lil is currently employed as Principal Psychologist and Director of Psychology, SLHD. She is Head of the Department at Concord Centre for Mental Health and the Professional Senior for Psychology in the Sydney Local Health District, Mental Health Service.

Lil has over 25 years experience as a psychologist in Child and Family Services, Mental Health, UTS Union Careers Service, Mulawa Women’s Correctional Facility and 14 years experience as a psychologist in Sexual Assault at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH). During the last two years at RPAH, she was appointed Head of Department, Psychology. She has also worked as a solicitor. Lil is particularly interested in the impact of trauma work on professionals. Her masters research looked at vicarious trauma and criminal lawyers, which she plans to further develop by undertaking PhD studies in the near future. Lil is currently a reviewer on Traumatology, a thesis examiner with Macquarie University and clinically supervises provisionally registered psyhcologists from a number of universities as well as being a guest lecturer at the College.

B App Sc (Psych) M Psych (Counselling), Postgrad Dip (Counselling)

Mary-Anne-Wallace300Mary-Anne is a Counselling Psychologist who possesses a passion for working with both individuals and couples. She was employed for many years in both government and non-government agencies prior to establishing her private practice.

Having worked predominantly in the alcohol and drug and mental health fields, Mary-Anne is flexible in her approach and happy to work with people on a short, medium or long term basis. Mary-Anne enjoys watching people resolve their difficulties and move towards a more positive future. Trained in a range of modalities, Mary-Anne is able to tailor her approach to the individual needs of each client. She believes in supporting and empowering people to make positive long term changes.

Having enjoyed supervising interns for a number of years, Mary-Anne has only recently joined the team at The College of Professional Psychology. She finds the professional and supportive approach taken by the College enables the interns to enjoy supervision while developing into well rounded psychologists.

BSc (Hons), PhD (Adelaide), FAPS

JackWhite300Jack is a member of both the Clinical and Forensic Psychologist Colleges and is the principal of ‘White & Associates Psychologists’, a psychology practice based in Adelaide. He has a doctorate degree in Psychology from the University of Adelaide and is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. He is a former National Chair of the College of Forensic Psychologists (1996-2000).

Academically, he has published widely in areas that include report writing, psychometric assessment, indigenous neuropsychology, mental impairment, intellectual disability and criminal behaviour in athletes. Together with Andy Day and Louisa Hackett, he authored two texts on ‘Writing Reports for Court’ (2007 & 2015)  and received the 2008 ‘Award of Distinction’ from the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Forensic Psychologists.