The ACPA National Board of Directors

 

 
Dr Vida Bliokas

PhD (ClinPsych)

President

 

 

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Dr Bliokas brings 30 years experience in a range of clinical, academic and leadership roles.  She has held senior roles in public health for many years, including Head of Psychology and Principal Psychologist for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, where she provided professional and strategic leadership to a broad range of psychology services and psychologists across the Local Health District. Dr Bliokas has served as the Chair of the NSW Ministry of Health’s Principal Psychology Advisors Group, Chair of the NSW Psychology Advisory Council, and Co-Leader of the Mental Health and the Ageing Brain Theme of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute.  She has more recently joined the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong as Deputy Director of Professional and Clinical Psychology Programs. She has long had an interest in the training of clinical psychologists and in standards of practice.
 
Ms Christina Brock

M.Clin.Psych.

Director

 

 

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Ms Brock is a founding member of ACPA and brings to the Board a wide range of expertise and experiences, having commenced her work life as a hospital scientist and a scientist working in the pharmaceutical industry, prior to a career in clinical psychology.  She provides extensive commercial and industry experience to the Board.  Ms Brock has more than ten years of experience as a clinical psychologist working in both the public hospital and community mental health systems, and in private practices, as a sole practitioner and in a group practice of clinical psychologists.  Ms Brock holds an interest in health-related experiences and currently provides psychological services to a diverse group of adult patients with life threatening diseases, in the private sector.  She has supported many clinical psychology interns and students enrolled in postgraduate clinical programs, offering supervision and training, and continues to promote and support clinical psychologists.
 
Associate Professor Carol Hulbert

M.A.(ClinPsych), PhD

Director
 

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Associate Professor Hulbert has over 30 years of clinical psychology experience, including independent private practice, senior psychology and management roles in the Victorian public mental health system and 15 years as a clinical academic.  Associate Professor Hulbert held the position of Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Melbourne for 12 years, and is currently Honorary Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne.  She maintains active research links with Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, with interests in psychosis and early interventions for youth with borderline personality disorder. Associate Professor Hulbert has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters related to these research interests, and has supervised the research of numerous PhD, DPsych and MPsych students. She is a founding member of ACPA and has been Chair of the Victorian Section since 2014.
 
Dr Ryan Kaplan

D.Psych., BSc. (Business Information Technology)

Director
 

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Dr Kaplan brings a wealth of skills to the Board, having worked for many years in the information technology field, and across a wide range of organisations spanning numerous sectors, including banking and finance, marketing, fast moving consumer goods, and healthcare. He has previously served on the Boards and executive committees of numerous not-for-profit and community organisations.  As a clinical psychologist, Dr Kaplan has many years of experience in both the public mental health system and in private practice, and currently runs a private practice in Sydney.  Dr Kaplan is a keen researcher, with interests in technology and the use of technologies to enhance clinical outcomes.  With ACPA having an increasingly important role in the continued development of, and advocacy for clinical psychology, Dr Kaplan will be working to improve the utilisation of technology within ACPA to attract and engage members, improve efficiency of operations, and promote and advocate for clinical psychology.