General Registration (Higher Degree pathway), Endorsement in Clinical Psychology
Rachel Phillips is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist and Board-approved supervisor of provisional psychologists. Rachel has worked predominantly in the Queensland public health sector across a variety of settings, including acute hospital, community child and youth mental health, and alcohol and drug outpatients. She has more recently worked in psychology leadership positions and is currently employed as the Executive Director of Allied Health and Research for West Moreton Hospital and Health Service. She has also worked in private practice – as a sole practitioner, within large practices, and with psychiatrists. Rachel has had a longstanding role as a clinical supervisor of provisional psychologists completing the different pathways to general registration as well as registrars in clinical psychology.
Rachel’s experience in psychology regulation started when she was appointed to the National Psychology Examination committee in 2010 and assumed the Chair role in 2017. She was appointed to the Queensland Regional Board in 2014 and to the Psychology Board of Australia in August 2015.
After 22 years in private legal practice, Mary Brennan retired from a national partnership where she was a board member and the managing partner of the firm’s Canberra office. She then took up a Deputy Chair role with the Health Professions Councils Authority, where she heard several cases involving health practitioners registered in NSW.
After her Tribunal role in NSW, Mary was appointed a senior member of ACAT, hearing disciplinary matters against lawyers and health practitioners, and has presided over administrative review appeals including registration for working with vulnerable people and ACT Revenue.
Mary is also a principal reviewer with a business conducting code of conduct and other sensitive reviews for the Commonwealth and state governments. Her work has included reviewing matters under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 and the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984. Mary has conducted 70 reviews and has overseen approximately 350 cases for other colleagues. Mary is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served on Radford College’s board in Canberra for five years and been part of its finance and risk committee for seven years. Mary was appointed to the Psychology Board of Australia as a community member in August 2012.
Marion Hale has worked in improving equity and justice in the community for the last 28 years. Her career has spanned education, crisis support, counselling, community development, policy development and population health.
Marion’s commitment to gender and health was rewarded in 2012 when she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to visit programs around the world that support women to become smoke free in pregnancy. As a result of this fellowship, in 2015 Marion was elected as President of the International Network of Women Against Tobacco and is serving her second term as President.
Marion works as an Educator for the Drug Education Network in Tasmania. She is a member of the Mental Health Tribunal of Tasmania, a consumer representative on The College of Emergency Medicine, a panel member the Alcohol Advertising Review Panel and was most recently elected to serve on the Legal Professions Board of Tasmania. Marion was appointed to the Psychology Board of Australia in May 2015.
General Registration (4+2 pathway), Endorsement in Clinical Psychology
Vanessa Hamilton is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist and Board-approved supervisor of provisional psychologists and clinical registrars. Vanessa has lived and worked in the ACT since 1994 and is currently the director of a local private clinic, along with holding a clinical leadership role for the mental health programs at the local Primary Health Network. She has worked across the public sector in the ACT (Mental Health and Child Protection), as well as within the tertiary and community sectors.
Vanessa has been involved in psychology regulation across two distinct periods over the last fourteen years. Initially she was a member, and then chair, of the ACT Psychologist Registration Board from 2005 to 2009. Vanessa then returned to regulation in August 2015 when she was appointed as the ACT practitioner member on the Psychology Board of Australia.
Peter Hooker is an experienced non-executive director with a background in entrepreneurship, finance and chemical engineering.
Peter has previously contributed to health regulation through the Health Professional Councils Authority NSW Lay Panel as a Tribunal Member. In other health-related roles, he was director and treasurer of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) Australia for over ten years, and was a member of their Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, the Governance Committee, and the Remuneration Committee. Peter is a life member of MSF and remains an active contributor. He also served as non-executive director of Mediherb Holdings Ltd, an unlisted public company.
Peter is the proprietor and co-founder of a baby goods business and a member of the Investment Committee of Providence Wealth Advisory Group. He was previously Head of Industrial Research with an investment bank. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the Finance and Securities Institute of Australia, and a Chartered Engineer. Peter started his first term on the Psychology Board of Australia in October 2018.
General Registration (Higher Degree pathway), Endorsement in Clinical Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology
Melissa Hughes is an endorsed Clinical Neuropsychologist and Forensic Psychologist who works in corrective services in New South Wales, and in private practice. Her work focuses on cognitive, forensic and psychological assessment of clients with complex histories, such as brain trauma, forensic and substance issues, and their associated difficulties including mood and personality issues. In the past Melissa has worked internationally and interstate in non-government, health and mental health settings, as well as in academic research.
As a Board-approved supervisor, Melissa has supervised students and colleagues in clinical settings, and in academic settings. She conducts peer reviews for academic journals and participates in a number of professional organisation groups, and currently serves as assistant secretary for the Australian & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL).
Melissa previously served on a regulatory committee approving psychologists for registration in Canada. Melissa started her first term on the Psychology Board of Australia in October 2018.
Chris Joseph is a fourth-generation farmer in a family farm operation in regional Queensland that specialises in irrigated and dryland food, cotton, hay production and grazing crops. He is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chris has served the interests of the regional community as a previous member of the Regional Advisory Committee and the Northern Panel of the Grains Research and Development Corporation for seven years. From 2013 to 2018, He was the Queensland member of the Murray Darling Basin consultative Committee and served on the AgriFutures New and Emerging Plant Industries Panel. Chris is currently a director of the Southern Queensland Natural Resource Management Organisation Board.
Through his farming work and involvement in the local agricultural community, Chris has witnessed the impacts of drought, flood, closure of regional services and the decreasing rural population on the health, morale and hardships of regional community members. He brings these experiences to the forefront in his work on the Psychology Board of Australia as he endeavours to represent regional, rural and remote communities of Australia. Chris started his first term on the Psychology Board of Australia in October 2018.
General Registration (4+2 pathway), Endorsement in Organisational Psychology
Tim Ridgway is an endorsed organisational psychologist and a Board-approved supervisor for provisional psychologists. Tim has worked predominantly in private practice as a consultant to both public and private organisations across Australia and internationally, working on individual, team and organisational level assignments. He has extensive consulting experience in leadership, learning and development, executive coaching and psychological assessment. More recently Tim has worked with sporting organisations at state and local levels and with AFL clubs in South Australia, Queensland and Victoria.
Tim has held a board position with the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia since 2009 and provides consulting services to other boards on their performance, review and strategic planning. Tim was a foundation member of the advisory group to the Adelaide University Masters of Organisational Psychology program and has delivered lectures and supervised students of this program over many years. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tim was appointed to the Psychology Board of Australia in October 2018.
Jenn Scott is a Clinical Psychologist and a Board-approved Supervisor. She commenced her career working in hospitals and has worked for over 2 decades with patients and their families coping with physical and mental illnesses.
Jenn is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Tasmania, where she served as Head of Psychology 2013-2015. She teaches provisional psychologists across all the pathways of training to general registration and has supervised provisional psychologists and clinical psychology registrars for over 25 years. Her research is in the fields of chronic disease adjustment and mental health and her work has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC), commonwealth and state governments, non-profit organisations and by the National Cancer Institute (USA).
Jenn was appointed as Deputy Chair of the ACT/Vic/Tas Regional Board in 2011 and in 2012 she served as Interim Chair. Jenn was appointed to the Psychology Board of Australia in November 2013.
General Registration (4+2 pathway), Endorsement in Counselling Psychology and Clinical Psychology
Jenny Thornton has been a practising psychologist since 1980 and holds endorsements in Counselling Psychology and Clinical Psychology. She began her career as a research assistant, followed by 10 years working as a TAFE counsellor. After completing her Master of Psychology, Jenny taught in postgraduate programs while maintaining a private practice. Jenny is currently the program director of the Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) course at Curtin University and shares the role of program director for the Master of Psychology (Professional). Jenny is also a current Board-approved supervisor for registrars.
Jenny has been a past director of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. As Presiding Member of the Psychologists Registration Board of Western Australia, in 2010 Jenny was involved in in the transition to the National Scheme and served as Chair of the NT/SA/WA Regional Board for eight years. Jenny was appointed to the Psychology Board of Australia in October 2018.
General Registration (4+2 pathway), Endorsement in Health Psychology and Organisational Psychology
Kathryn von Treuer is both an endorsed health and organisational psychologist, and a Board-approved supervisor. She combines over 20 years of industry experience, mainly in the health sector, with 10 years of academic experience at the School of Psychology at Deakin University. Kathryn commenced as the Executive Director and Professor at the Cairnmillar Institute in 2016 and is an Honorary Associate Professor within the School of Medicine at Deakin University.
Over many years Kathryn has held a number of executive level roles and board positions, such as Director (Research) for the 100% Project. Kathryn sat on the ACT/Vic/Tas Regional Board from 2010 to 2017 and was appointed to the Psychology Board of Australia in August 2015.