Leadership and Board of Directors

Leadership and Board of Directors

AAPi’s Board of Directors bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the governance of the association. All Directors generously volunteer their time and experience to guide AAPi’s strategic direction in collaboration with the Executive Director.

The current AAPi Board of Directors consists of:

Anne Marie Collins

BA LLB Grad Dip App Psych, MAAPi

Anne Marie is a registered psychologist with very extensive experience over 24 years, in the delivery of services to clients across various organisations. Anne Marie currently works in her own company in the very challenging area of family law disputes and also conducts a small practice with clients seeking NDIS support. Anne Marie developed into senior management and leadership roles and has held positions such as Regional Manager with a well- known NGO, Principal Psychologist for Queensland with a National EAP service, and clinical lead with Tasmania Medicare Local. 

Karen Donnelly
Vice President

BBehSc, BA(CrimJust), BPsych(Hons), MAppSc, MAAPi

Karen has worked as a psychologist, researcher and counsellor in a range of government and non-government agencies. Karen commenced her career as a psychologist in 2001 via the 4+2 registration pathway and has worked in private practice and the disability and child protection sectors. Karen has been a social activist since joining Amnesty International as a child. Karen is also a STAP registered supervisor and is a proud psychologist with general registration. She believes in the rich diversity of psychology and that all psychologists have a unique and valuable set of skills and training. Karen joined the AAPi to work towards a fair and equitable system for all psychologists and their clients. 

Sahra O'Doherty
B.LibStud(Psych), BA(Hons)(Psych), CertPsychPractice(4+2), MAAPi

Sahra is a proud 4+2 registered psychologist, with over 8 years’ post-registration experience in clinical practice. Sahra is a strong believer in community and people power. Sahra aims to support the AAPi to build grassroots, face to face bases throughout Australia. Sahra believes she can contribute to the vision, direction, and strategic planning of AAPi, as she has demonstrated experience in management and leadership. Sahra is people focused, and enjoys connecting with likeminded people and communities, raising awareness of common issues and concerns, problem solving, and motivating people to act. Sahra is known for being passionate about values-based practice.

James Cowan

BPsych(Hons), GradCertCarEd&Dev, MPsych (Org), MAICD PCDAA MAAPi

James Cowan is a registered psychologist, career development professional and champion for social, industrial and organisational change. He has strong skills and experience in governance and administration of not-for-profit organisations and has served on several Boards and Committees including the Victorian Branch Committee of Amnesty International. James is passionate about ethical leadership, critical and occupational health psychology, and engaging people to work collaboratively. Currently, he is the Mental Health and Wellbeing Project Officer at the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU). He is committed to seeing positive change in the psychology profession and ensuring the continued diversity of psychological practice in Australia.

Aila Copland

Aila is a psychologist who has been working in private practice for 14 years. Her interests include stress, depression, anxiety, anger management, trauma, interpersonal problems and family-of-origin issues. Aila's therapeutic approach is eclectic and client centred and use a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and stress reduction strategies as well as psycho education. 

Aila has been a passionate advocate in the Psychology field since the introduction of the two-tier Medicare Rebate for psychologists in 2006. She believes the two-tier rebate to be unjust, irrational, unscientific and based on a false narrative that one group of psychologists are superior to others, and that it has fractured and divided the previously united profession where collegiality and respect for different areas of psychology prevailed. 

Rather than getting frustrated and angry with the system she tried to do something about it. When Aila found no satisfactory responses or solutions she joined the AAPi whose values of equality, justice, transparency and fairness aligned with hers.

Aila decided to continue to advocate for equality, fairness and justice for psychology by applying for a position on the AAPi board, and is honoured to have been selected. Aila has hope that we can achieve positive change and is committed to doing the work necessary to achieve an increase in the Medicare rebate to $150 for all psychologists and dismantling the two-tier system with all that it entails.

Betty Chetcuti

BBSc(Hons), MEdPsych, MAAPi

Betty has worked as a psychologist in private practice since 2001 working with children and adults across the lifespan, as well as developing group workshops and community mental health events. She previously worked as a Change Management Consultant locally and overseas and has been a committee member at each of her three children’s schools for over 20 years. 

As a Member of the AAPi Board, Betty wishes to impact diversity of training, research for government policy decision makers, public health communications, CPD to enhance mental health outcomes, and to increase collegiality and cohesion within the profession. She would also like to provide psychologically based and immersive retreat-style professional development and self-care events for psychologists.

Dr Katrina Norris

BPsych (Hons), PhD (Org. Psych), Dip. Leadership and Management, MAAPi

Katrina Norris is a registered Psychologist with a PhD in Organisational Psychology specialising in occupational stress and work-life balance. She has over 10 years’ experience in occupational health and rehabilitation including pain management counselling, return to work planning, and workplace health promotion. Whilst working in the occupational health industry, Katrina also served on the Queensland Executive Committee of the Australian Rehabilitation Providers’ Association where she advocated for Allied Health providers with key private and government stakeholders.

Katrina hopes to bring this experience to her role within AAPi and to further advocate for the valuable role Psychologists take on in supporting individuals, families, communities, and employers managing psychological wellbeing. Currently, Katrina is working in her own private practice in South-East Queensland with a strong focus on helping individuals to achieve their personal wellbeing goals, while also working with employers to build healthy workplace initiatives and breakdown the stigma surrounding psychological health and wellbeing.

Along with the Board of Directors, AAPi is lead by an Executive Director, also known as a CEO and a Chief Services Officer.

AAPi Executive Director
Tegan Carrison

BAppSci(Nutrition), PostGradDip(HRM)
Email: [email protected]

Tegan has spent over 15 years in public health nutrition and health promotion and is passionate about advocating for the rights of health care professionals and improving access for the community. Tegan is an experienced clinical educator with many years of experience in supervision and mentoring including starting a student led inter-professional clinic with the University of Queensland's not-for-profit, UQ Health Care. Tegan also brings a wealth of experience in business management, administration and human resource management. 

Chief Services Officer
Amanda Curran

BSc, BSc (Hons), MHSt, MAAPi

Email: [email protected]

Amanda is a registered psychologist and has been registered since 2000. Amanda has a love for learning that led her to complete a Master of Health Studies Majoring in Addictions in 2009. Amanda has experience in a variety of areas including; residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation, Drug Diversion Programs, inpatient psychiatric treatment (including long term residential care prior to project 300), university counselling, employee assistance programs, family and relationship counselling and others. More recently Amanda has become involved in policy development and was appointed to the Mental Health Reference Group during the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review.