Who is DPRET?

The Division of Psychological Research and Training (DPRET) is the division of academics. Under the new governance changes, they have been allocated a full position on the board yet they represent only 10% of the membership.

Not surprisingly the majority of the Forum Committee members are clinical psychologists: of the 12 members,  seven (7) are clinical psychologists, two are academics with specialty in clinical neuroscience, one from the organisational college and three are non-APS members.

Here is a list of the DPRET Forum members:

  1. Professor Tim Carey (Co-Chair) clinical
  2. Professor Lyn Littlefield (Co-Chair) clinical
  3. Winthrop Professor David Badcock – Behavioural and cognitive neuroscience (nonmember)
  4. Associate Professor Jacquelyn Cranney – clinical neuroscientist
  5. Professor Simon Crowe – clinical
  6. Ms Maria James –  non member
  7. Professor David Kavanagh – clinical
  8. Professor Mike Kyrios – clinical
  9. Dr Jason Lodge – non-member
  10. Professor Tony Machin – Organisational
  11. Professor Paul Martin – clinical
  12. Professor Shirley Morrissey – clinical

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Winthrop Professor David Badcock

Winthrop Professor David Badcock

Winthrop Professor David Badcock received his D.Phil in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and then held post-doctoral appointments at UC Berkeley and Durham University before returning to Australia to Melbourne University. In 1996 he was appointed Professor at the University of Western Australia and served a period as Head of School. Throughout he has maintained an active research programme with more than 130 journal publications and has been recognized with Fellowships of the Australian Psychological Society, the Association for Psychological Science and the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and an Honorary Professor of Vision Science at the University of Nottingham. He has held an Australian Professorial Fellowship and is currently President of the Psychology Foundation of Australia and Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Brain and Mind. The focus of his research is on the function of the human visual system and he primarily employs behavioural measurement of human visual performance in both normal and abnormal groups of observers to reveal the underlying analyses performed by the visual system and the changes in those analyses in conditions associated with altered perception.


Maria James is the Curriculum Manager for Science for Years Foundation-12 with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Her responsibilities include curriculum overview of VCE Psychology. She holds a Masters degree in Education (Curriculum) and has published secondary school textbooks for Junior Science and Senior Chemistry courses. Maria has held a variety of positions in several independent schools including, Head of Science, Dean of Students and Head of Senior College. She is passionate about motivating and engaging students with science. A particular interest for Maria is encouraging students to apply their knowledge and skills in science and in other areas to take action in local and global contexts.

Jason Lodge, PhD, is a psychological scientist and Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education and the Australian Research Council funded Science of Learning Research Centre, University of Melbourne. Jason’s research concentrates on the application of the learning sciences to higher education. Specifically, he is interested in the cognitive and emotional factors that influence learning and behaviour and how research findings from the learning sciences can be better used to enhance design for learning, teaching practice and education policy. Jason is the coordinator of the APS Psychology Education Interest Group and 2014 recipient of the APS Early Career Teaching Award.

One thought on “Who is DPRET?

  1. Why 8 men and only 4 women ? This does not reflect the Psychology profession which is predominantly female. There may be/are members who value gender equality and could perceive the current situation as discriminatory! I am personally OK with it!!! Maybe “quotas” need to be introduced : or is this “splitting hairs”.

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