Australian Psychological Society

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has been an active member of the IUPsyS since 1957, and the Society has actively supported the Union in a number of different ways, ranging from either holding Officer positions on the Executive Committee or being a general member of the Executive Committee, to involvement in a variety of projects over these many years. The Society has also developed formal partnership agreements through Memoranda of Understanding with seven international psychological societies as well as a host of information relationships and collaborations with our sister national societies across the world.


Zena Burgess is an experienced non-executive Director and Chief Executive Officer with significant experience across commercial and social enterprise organisations. She holds a PhD in Organisational Psychology and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and Education. Zena was awarded Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2013. 


Prior to joining the APS in 2020, Zena was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) for 11 years. During that time she oversaw a transformation of the RACGP to be the largest, most influential and innovative medical college in Australia.


Simon Crowe is Professor of 

Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology in the School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University. He is a past President of the Australian Psychological Society and was on the Board of the APS from 2006-2012. Professor Crowe maintains strong research programs into the neuropsychology of neuropsychiatric disorders and a variety of neuropsychological assessment issues. He has published three monographs, more than 140 refereed journal articles and numerous book chapters, conference presentations, notes and commentaries. He has supervised more than 40 doctoral degree candidates (PhD and DPsych) as well as numerous Masters and fourth year theses.


Tamara is the current President of the Australian Psychological Society. She is an experienced practitioner with substantial experience in both professional and organisational leadership. Currently in private practice, she previously held senior management positions, including managing Adelaide’s leading private outpatient psychiatric hospital. This included supervision of, and responsibility for a multidisciplinary team, as well as full responsibility for all operations; managing all non-clinical staff departments, corporate governance and accreditation. In addition to post-graduate training in psychology, Tamara has undertaken formal training in executive leadership. She has been a member of the APS since 2011.



Peter Macqueen is an experienced self-employed organisational psychologist, and a regular part-time lecturer and Course Co-ordinator at Griffith University, and previously University of Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), as well as the APS College of Organisational Psychologists (COP). He is currently a Council Member of the International Test Commission (ITC), and Chair of the APS Tests and Testing Expert Group. He has attended at least 20 international psychology conferences over the past 25 years, as well as ICP 1988 in Sydney.


Jacky has made significant contributions to quality education at UNSW (eg though relevant committees of the Academic Board) and nationally (eg as a founding member and vice-president of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows), and to quality psychology education (eg through the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Working Committee, and APS Education Committees).

She currently holds leadership positions in national and international psychology associations. Jacky’s awards include two VCATEs and two national (Carrick, OLT) citations (with colleagues), and the APS Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Education.


Professor Mike Kyrios is an internationally recognised clinical psychologist who holds the position of Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. Throughout his career, Professor Kyrios has undertaken a range of academic, practice, professional & administrative roles, and currently also holds adjunct positions at the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University. Professor Kyrios has published extensively, sits on a range of national and international editorial 

and review committees and is a prolific presenter to conferences in Australia and internationally.

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Anthony holds the position of post doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University in Sydney. His research interests are positive psychology, conceptualization of mental health, wellbeing, and Aboriginal education. He is active as a social commentator on Aboriginal issues and is regularly asked for interviews and his opinion in the popular media. He sits on two government committees (evaluation and suicide prevention, both ministerial appointments) and was an advisor to government on remote schooling. As a researcher, commentator, and practicing psychologist, he regularly provides guest lectures to psychology students at Sydney-based universities and other professional bodies on Aboriginal psychology.

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Peter is a registered psychologist with 20 years’ experience in clinical and forensic settings, having worked in child protection and juvenile justice. He is a descendant of the Kamilaroi Nation of northwest New South Wales and currently lives on country where he has a private practice at the local Aboriginal Medical Service. He is a board member of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) and was recently a member of the Indigenous Psychologists Advisory Group to the Australian Psychological Society. Recent work has involved some teaching at the University of New England, where this year he has commenced his PhD studies. 

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Mike Knowles is a former President of the Australian Psychological Society, a member of the Organising Committee for the 1988 International Congress of Psychology in Sydney, and a former President of the International Association of Applied Psychology.

In the latter capacity he was a member of the inaugural Joint Committee of IAAP and IUPsyS for which one of its principal initiatives was the founding of the Regional Conferences of Psychology. Their aim has been to foster the development of culturally-relevant psychological science and practice around the world, a commitment that has extended from 1994 to the present. Awards include the APS’s Elton Mayo Award and the President’s Award, awards from Division 1 and Division 52 of the American Psychological Association, as well as from IAAP and the International Council of Psychologists.


Professor Jason Mattingley was appointed as Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Queensland in January 2007. Professor Mattingley was appointed as Senior Research Fellow (later Principal Research Fellow) at the University of Melbourne, where he was Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory within the School of Behavioural Science (2000 – 2006). Professor Mattingley has won numerous accolades for his research, including an Australian Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council, the Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award from the Australian Psychological Society, and the Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2007, and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 2016.



Prof David Badcock is Winthrop Professor of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia, and Honorary Professor of Vision Science at the University 

of Nottingham. He is currently President of both the Psychology Foundation of Australia and the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology, and also the Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Brain and Mind. From 2011-2016 he was an Australian Professorial Fellow of the Australian Research Council and his contributions to Psychology and research have been further recognised by election as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science in Australia, The Australian Psychological Society and The Association for Psychological Science.