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 Leadership team 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. 

Amanda Curran

BSc, BSc (Hons), MHSt, MAAPi

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. Amanda is also working towards filling the gaps in the training of psychologists and bringing back the diversity of the profession through an initiative she co-founded with two other Psychologists called AusPsy Ltd. 

Emma Clarris

BA(Hons)/LLB, MTax, MCrim (Forensic Psychology),
MPsych (Counselling), MAAPi

Emma is an endorsed counselling psychologist with extensive experience in individual and group counselling. Currently, Emma runs a private practice in Bellfield Victoria. Emma has Master Degrees in Counselling Psychology, Criminology (Forensic Psychology), Taxation and was a practising lawyer before becoming a psychologist. Emma is also a trained coach and has written several coaching programs in the areas of leadership and employment services. Emma is a passionate advocate for the psychology profession and the need for psychologists to be involved in reform and policy making. As a board member, Emma brings practical skills in law and psychology, a background in private, corporate and community run organisations and advocacy skills. Through AAPi, Emma hopes to encourage respect for diversity in psychology, and provide an alternative platform for psychologists to be heard at every level of government and the community.

Karen Donnelly

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. 

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.

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.

Andrea Harper 
Dip. Couns, BPsych, Dip. Psych, MAAPi, Assoc, EMDRAA, MIAAN (Cert)

Andrea is a psychologist in clinical practice and has held senior psychologist roles, management roles and taught at university, across a variety of areas within psychology. One of her most enjoyable roles was as a community coordinator where she developed partnerships for a large organisation that supported people in their wellness journey. Andrea was a counsellor for many years prior to registration and is also equipped with a strong business background developed over the past 25 years. Andrea is an experienced tender and grant writer and has good experience in policy development and contract management. As a profession, Andrea believes we require a persistent and proactive approach to the political and professional issues affecting all of us and believes she can help make a significant contribution to AAPi and its mission to represent all psychologists fairly and equally.   

Tegan Carrison
Executive Director

BAppSci(Nutrition), PostGradDip(HRM)
Email: admin@aapi.org.au

Tegan has spent over 10 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 interprofessional clinic with the University of Queensland's not-for-profit, UQ Health Care. Tegan also brings a wealth of experience in business management, adminstration and human resource management.