AIPA currently has 50 members. That is more than the 39 Indigenous psychologists identified during the last Australian census (ABS, 2006). If you are an Indigenous psychologist please contact us: new members are always welcome.
Our members work in universities, mental health services, youth justice settings, non-government organisations, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, legal settings, and several have private practices. Four members have completed PhD's and eight are currently studying toward a PhD. All states and territories are represented. One in four members are males.
All are active members of the Indigenous communities in which they live. Half of our members live in regional/rural Australia.
AIPA has also formed informal networks with a number of Indigenous undergraduate students who are studying toward a psychology degree. Indigenous psychology students are encouraged to establish links with us.
Individual profiles for each of our members are available below. Profiles are ordered alphabetically using members' surnames.
Yolonda is a descendant of the Larrakia people of Darwin.
Indigenous consultant, AIPA Call-a-Cuz Project
Leda is an Australian Aboriginal woman; her grandmother was one of the Stolen Generation.
Jennifer is a descendant of the Goreng Goreng people of the Bundaberg to Gladstone region of Queensland
Naomi is from the Yamatji people of the Geraldton region of Western Australia.
Elizabeth is a descendant of the Wakka Wakka People of the South East region of Queensland.
Elizabeth is a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri people in South Australia.
Elizabeth was a founding member of AIPA's Steering Committee (now retired).
Annmarie is a descendant of the Gunditjmara people of Western Victoria
Yvonne is from the Kokatha/Wirangu people of South Australia.
Yvonne is a member of AIPA's Steering Committee and is a member of AIPA's sub-committee for education. Yvonne is also Co-Convenor of the APS Interest Group Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Psychologists.
Samantha is a descendant of the Minjeeribah people (Nth Stradbroke Island).
Carmen is a Larrakia woman who was born in Darwin and raised in Canberra.
Cherise is from Darwin in the Northern Territory. She is a Mak Mak Marraanungu woman on her father’s side and a traditional owner of the country in and between the town of Batchelor and the western Northern Territory coastline (Area 1 and Area 2 in the Finniss River Land Claim and the sizeable portion of the land formally called the “Wagait Reserve”). Additionally, on her mother’s side, she is a Tiwi Islander.
Heather is from Queensland and is a transgenerational member of the Stolen Generations.
Pat is a descendent of the Bardi people in the Kimberley in northern Western Australia.
Pat was the Inaugural Chair of AIPA's Steering Committee (2008 - 2010) and a founding member of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association. Pat chairs the AIPA sub-committee for education and represents AIPA on the Australian Psychological Society Public Interest Advisory Group and Reconciliation Action Plan Reference Group. Pat is Chair of the Healing Foundation's Research Committee.
Pat is also a member of:
Darren was born and raised in Cairns, Queensland. His ancestors originate from further north in the Torres Strait region of Australia.
Graham is a descendant of the Garawa nation and originally from Darwin, Northern Territory.
Graham is a member of the AIPA Steering Committee but has been supported to take leave for 12 months to complete his PhD.
Graham is a Member of the Board of the Healing Foundation.
Christine is a descendant of the Ramindjerri people.
Christine is a founding member of AIPA's Steering Committee.
Belle is a Nyungar-Bibbulmun woman from south west of Western Australia.
Paul is of Wiradjuri descent and was born and raised in South-West Sydney.
Amanda is from the Jawoyn people across the Katherine East region in the Northern Territory.
Amanda is a founding member of the AIPA's Steering Committee, chairs the AIPA sub-committee for cultural competence and manages AIPA's cultural competence projects.
Amanda represents AIPA on the:
Todd is an Aboriginal man from the peaks and the plains of the Wonnarua Nation, with historic connections to the Dhrug Nation.
Todd represents AIPA on the Board of Indigenous Allied Health Australia.
Jessica is a descendant of the Darug people of the Eora region of NSW.
Vickie is an Aboriginal woman from Broome in the Kimberley region of WA with family links to the Injibarndi group from the Pilbara as well as the Gooniyandi and Kitja groups from the Kimberley.
Vickie represents AIPA on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Drug Strategy (NATSIPDS) Working Group.
Vickie is also a member of the Violence Against Women Advisory Group appointed to provide expert advice to the Australian Government on the implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women.
Tania is a descendant of the Gunditjmara/ Wathaurong peoples. Tania is currently leading the development of AIPA's Cultural Competence Workshops.
Kylie is a Wotjobaluk person, currently living on Wathaurong land.
Joyleen is a descendant from the Ngarrindjeri and Kaytetye peoples.
Dennis is a Koori man from north-western NSW.
Dennis is a founding member of AIPA's Steering Committee.
Shannon is a descendant of the Malgana people of the Shark Bay-Gatharaguuda region of Western Australia.
Ed is from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.
Virginia is a descendant of the D'harawal/Wadi Wadi people of NSW.
Stephen is originally from the NSW Central Coast / Sydney – but for him the Northern Territory is home.
Kelleigh is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi people of Queensland / south east region.
Clinton was born in South East Queensland and is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people of North West NSW.
Peter is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people of North West plains of the NSW.
Peter represents AIPA on the:
Karen is from South West WA – Nyoongar country.
Maria is a descendant of the Wakka Wakka people of the Beaudesert region of south east Queensland and the Kokoyelandji people of Far North Queensland.
Tracy is originally from the Nyamal people near Port Hedland in Western Australia.
Tracy has presented as a keynote speaker at numerous conferences throughout Australia, in Canada, the USA and New Zealand.
Glenn is a descendant of the Wiradguri people of NSW.
Glenn represents AIPA on the following bodies:
There are five graduate student members of AIPA.
Karen McAlear is a descendent of the Wurundjeri people of the Fitzroy region of Melbourne.
Stacy is a descendent of the Kamilaroi people of the Goondiwindi region of Queensland.
Tanja is a descendent of the Gija and Wakaya people of the Flora Valley WA and Barkly NT / Qld areas.
Vanessa is a descendent of the Ngarabal people of the Inverell region of New South Wales.