The ACPA National Board of Directors
Professor Caroline Hunt

M.A.(ClinPsych), PhD

Professor Caroline Hunt has over 30 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist.  She is currently a Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney and is head of the Clinical Psychology Unit and oversees the learning and teaching activities of the Master of Clinical Psychology program. Professor Hunt sat on the inaugural Board of ACPA, and her first position was Deputy President. She stayed on the Board, seeing through its development from a small group, to an organisation with a substantial membership base. Professor Hunt has continued to support ACPA through her ongoing membership of the Finance Committee, and support of the Office and the Membership Committee. Through her regulatory positions and Chairing of the ACPA Board, she will bring knowledge, skills and experience of governance of companies operating under the Corporations Act, including finance and risk management. She also brings a deep and wide knowledge of the profession of clinical psychology, particularly in the domains of regulation, registration and training.
Dr David Hallford 


BA (Hons. Psychology)

Dr Hallford has worked both in public and private mental health settings, and has a special interest in affective and psychotic disorders. He is a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, and chairs the unit in Psychopathology. In his research work he studies  the ability to remember the past and imagine the future, how impairments or changes in these perpetuate mental ill-health, and how interventions aimed at these abilities can be used to improve mental well-being. One of his focuses in ACPA is to help members more easily digest and incorporate the latest clinical knowledge into practice. 
Associate Professor Carol Hulbert

M.A.(ClinPsych), PhD

Carol Hulbert
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)

Ryan Kaplan
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.
Associate Professor Christina Bryant

M.A.(ClinPsych), PhD

Christina Bryant
Associate Professor Christina Bryant has over 25 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, having worked in a variety of roles and settings, from acute psychiatric and general wards of large hospitals, to working as an independent provider of private psychological services. For the past 12 years she has been an academic at the University of Melbourne teaching in the clinical psychology training programme and in 2017 became the Director of the​ programme. Associate Professor Bryant is an active researcher, with a focus on the mental health of older adults and women’s health. Her links include the National Ageing Research Institute, the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and the University of Manchester. She has published over 60 journal articles and book chapters related to these research interests, and has supervised the research of numerous PhD, DPsych and MPsych students. Associate Professor Bryant is a founding member of ACPA.​
Associate Professor Vida Bliokas

PhD (ClinPsych)

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 at 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. 
Dr Phoebe Lau

D. Clin. Psych., MSc

Phobe Lau
Dr Phoebe Lau holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Master of Science (awarded 2016). Since this time, she has held positions in private practice and a NSW child and adolescent public health setting. In addition to her current role as ACPA’s Events Chair, Dr Lau has held various positions within ACPA including Board Secretary, Research Assistant and Inaugural Student Section, Chair. Dr Lau seeks to promote ACPA’s mission to uphold the highest contemporary, and internationally recognised standards for clinical psychology through the organisation and running of training and learning of best practices within the profession. As an early career member, she also seeks to promote ACPA’s objectives to student and early career members of clinical psychology so that ACPA’s mission may carry forward to the next generation of Clinical Psychologists.
Ms Stephanie Tan-Kristanto


Ms Stephanie Tan-Kristanto holds a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne obtained in 2014. Since this time, she has held various positions including in metropolitan and regional public mental health settings with young people, families, and adults, and in secondary schools and private practice with children and young people. Ms Tan-Kristanto has significant experience in advocacy and policy creation having worked in these fields for multiple non-for-profit organizations including the Oaktree Foundation and Oxfam Australia.  She has a firm commitment to ACPA’s values of promoting post-graduate qualifications and training in order to best support and provide equitable access for the Australian public.