Details of the current committee for ANZAPPL WA are below

President Erin Sweeny
Vice-President Julie Hasson
Secretary Catherine Korda
Treasurer Menna Gower
Committee Member Rob Guthrie
Nikki Wilson
Emily Tilbrook
Janis Fairbairn
Elle Du Pont

Committee member profiles

Erin Sweeny (State President)
MPsych, (Clinical) Grad Cert Forensic Psychology

Erin is a registered psychologist, having completed a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) and Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology, both from Edith Cowan University.  She is currently in private practice, but has nearly 30 years experience, predominantly in the assessment, delivery and management of offender behaviour programs, with areas of expertise and interest in the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders.  Erin has worked both in WA and the UK, where she was a national trainer in sex offender programs.

Julie Hasson (Vice President)
BPsych, MPsych (Forensic), MAPS, FCFP

Julie is a registered Forensic Psychologist and approved principal supervisor for the Registrar Program pathway.  She is currently in private practice with over 25 years’ experience working as a psychologist.  Julie began her career in the worker’s compensation arena before moving to criminal forensic work.  Her areas of expertise are in the assessment and treatment of violent and sexual offenders, particularly those with severe personality disorder, intellectual disability or other special needs and those from culturally diverse backgrounds.  Julie has extensive experience in both individual and group treatment for sexual and violent offenders.  She has written numerous assessment reports including psychological pre-sentence, fitness to stand trial, pre-parole, offender management and Division 2 risk assessments for Dangerous Sexual Offender hearings and given expert witness testimony on these cases and others.  In 2019 Julie was appointed to the Independent Assessment Panel by the Diocesan Council of the Anglican Church.  The panel determines matters of redress for child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct and recommends an appropriate amount to be paid to individuals abused by Clergy and Church workers.

Catherine Korda (State Secretary)
BPsych MPsych (Forensic)

Catherine is a Forensic Psychologist who commenced her career with the Department of Justice.  Over a period of almost 17 years, she worked in a number of different assessment, treatment and supervisory / managerial positions, gaining extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of a range of offending behaviours and a particular interest in risk assessment.  She is currently employed by Disability Services in the Department of Communities and has a small private practice focused on the preparation of forensic reports for the criminal courts.  Catherine is also completing a Doctor of Psychology degree at Edith Cowan University.

Menna Gower (Treasurer)
BPsych, MSc, PhD Candidate

Menna is the Principal Project Officer at the WA Department of Justice and manages projects regarding the assessment and treatment of offenders, regularly providing training to clinicians in the use of various risk assessment tools.  She has experience facilitating treatment programs for offenders in the community and in prison and has provided supervision on the assessment process for incarcerated offenders.  Menna completed a Bachelor of Psychology at Murdoch University in 2000 and followed this with a Masters in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury.  Menna is in the final months of a PhD on violent female offenders through the University of Western Australia.

Committee Members

Rob Guthrie

Dr Rob Guthrie is the Adjunct Professor of Workers Compensation and Workplace Law at Curtin University in Perth Western Australia.  He was the author of reports to the WA Government on workers compensation in 1991, 1999 and 2001.  He was part of the WA WorkCover Review in 2009.  In 2011-12 he was on the National Committee to advise the Federal Minister for Employment in relation to Asbestos removal in Australia.  He has been a consultant to WorkCover WA and various Ministers responsible for workers compensation legislation.  He is the author of LexisNexis Workers Compensation Western Australia and has published widely in peer-referred journals.  He was sworn in as Magistrate/Assessor of Criminal Injuries Compensation in 2010.

Nikki Wilson

Biography to be added soon.

Emily Tilbrook
PhD (MPsych Clinical & Forensic)

Emily is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who is a Senior Consultant Psychologist for the Department of Communities: Child Protection Division.  She has worked for the Department for Communities for the last 7 years and, until recently, also worked in private practice part time.  Prior to her time at the Department of Communities Emily worked in various roles including: private practice; EAP; human factors safety trainer for the mining and construction industry; researcher; and lecturer and tutor (in psychology and criminology).  Emily is passionate about supporting individuals and families to recover from trauma and attachment disruptions as well as understanding (and trying to mitigate) the impact that such challenges have on an individual’s development and the experiences of emotional and behavioural difficulties later in life.  Emily also has a keen interest in systemic approaches to intervention and forensic assessment.

Janis Fairbairn

  • Diploma of Teaching (Psychology) Darwin Institute of Technology NT Australia 1979
  • BA (Hons) (Psychology) Murdoch University Perth Western Australia 1989
  • PhD (Clinical Psychology) University of Wollongong New South Wales Australia 2002
  • Diploma Hypnotherapy Perth Western Australia 2010
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology Edith Cowan University 2012

Dr Janis Fairbairn is the founder, owner and Principal Psychologist at Joondalup Psychology Centre.  Her clinical specialities are with adults, children and their families who are affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), other anxiety or depressive disorders, addictive behaviours, or serious mental illness.  Other areas of interest include intellectual and memory assessment, geriatric mental health and cross cultural psychology.

Dr Fairbairn uses evidence-based and clinically proven therapies and maintains a wide ranging program of professional and personal development.  Dr Fairbairn has acted in various capacities as lecturer and consulting psychologist, both nationally and internationally, where she trained therapists to use her program Frameworks for Change.

Elle DuPont

Elle is an experienced psychologist with extensive experience in the area of offending behaviour.  She has worked in the corrective services area, in both community and prison settings.  During her time with the Department, Elle has lent her skills to working both adult and juvenile clients.  Throughout her career in the Department, Elle has forged positive working relationships and built an extensive network with stakeholders within a variety of contexts.

Elle has extensive experience working in the area of violent offending, drawing on the knowledge she has gained from her ongoing passion for learning, and particular interest in PTSD and violence.