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Board Members

Professor John Bushnell

Professor John Bushnell was appointed to the Board in June 2015, and elected Chairperson of the Board in February 2018. He is a Clinical Psychologist, who worked for the majority of his 38 year professional career in academic, research, and clinical roles in medical settings with the University of Otago, before moving to Australia in 2005 to lead the establishment of a new rural medical school at the University of Wollongong.  He has held numerous advisory roles to health and government agencies, and previously served a term on the Psychologists Board from 2003-2005. He was a founding member and is a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. His research interests have focused on the epidemiology of mental disorders and management of psychological issues in primary care, and he has supervised many doctoral students completing their research and practical training in clinical psychology. He recently retired from academic life and returned to New Zealand, but retains a Professorial appointment at the University of Wollongong. He is a member of the Board of Directors of CASA, a not-for-profit company delivering suicide prevention programmes throughout New Zealand, and also has a part-time consultancy specialising in supervision, research, and evaluation.

Nalini Meyer

Mrs Nalini Meyer was appointed as a lay member of the Board in August 2015 and was elected Deputy Chairperson in February 2018. Residing in Christchurch, she has an LLB/BA from Canterbury University and is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Nalini practiced Law for 17 years working with a variety of private and commerical clients in property, commercial and trust law. She now sits on a number of Boards and is Chair of the Christchurch City Mission.

Her consumer advocacy interest arises from first-hand experience of the public health system, a strong sense of social justice together with her legal and governance experience.

Dr Elliot Bell

Dr Elliot Bell was appointed to the Board in August 2015. He is registered in the Clinical Psychologist scope of practice. He undertook his clinical psychology training at Victoria University of Wellington, later competing a PhD at the University of Otago. He worked for ten years in Capital and Coast District Health Board’s regional Forensic, Rehabilitation, and Intellectual Disability Service, and has many years experience in private practice. Since 2006 he has worked as an academic at the University of Otago Wellington, undertaking research, clinical teaching, and supervision of PhD students. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, and has been a member of the College Executive. He has been an advisor to the Mental Health Commission, and has had involvement with the National Depression Initiative and related public mental health projects.

Dr Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a

Dr Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Kauwhata) is a Clinical Psychologist who joined the board in August 2017.  She has worked extensively in Child and Adolescent Mental Health both clinically and in leadership roles including operational management.  She has worked in governance across academia and the NGO sector and is currently the CEO of VOYCE-Whakarongo Mai, the peak body for the advocacy and connection of and for, children in state care.  Whilst being a Doctoral graduate of The University of Auckland, Ainsleigh is now an Academic Fellow of research units at Canterbury University and AUT University.  Her continued research interests relate to child and adolescent mental health interventions and e-therapies as well as children’s rights and resilience.  Ainsleigh is a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society and a participating member of the National Standing Committee for Bicultural Issues.

Lisa Lawrence

Lisa Lawrence (Ngati Ruapani, Ngati Kahungunu) was appointed as a lay member to the Board in November 2019. Lisa is the National President of the NCW-New Zealand. Founded by Kate Sheppard, NCWNZ is an umbrella group leading the new Gender Equal NZ conversation campaign. Lisa’s previous career has involved working for an iwi based health and social service, NZ College of Midwives, St John, NZ Family Planning and a governor of Nelson Bays Primary Health. She is currently the Kaiwhakahaere of the Motueka Family Service Centre a core stakeholder of three reducing family violence community networks, Pharmac and NZ Psychology Board. Her passion is equality, improving community resilience and cultural relations through courageous community conversations

Tania Cargo

Tania Cargo (Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Maru, Tainui) is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland. She is a strong advocate for ensuring Te Tiriti O Waitangi principles are upheld in bicultural research practices. She is an active member of  He Paiaka Tōtara (Māori Psychologists Association) and a past board member of ANZACBT. Tania was the CBT advisor to the SPARX programme, coordinates the post-graduate CBT programme and is a lecturer on the Clinical Psychology training programme. Along with Associate Professor Sarah Hetrick, she is the co-theme leader of the Resilient Teens, A Better Start/E Tipu e Rea (National Challenge Science, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment). Her expertise lies in working with Māori pēpi, tamariki, rangatahi me whānau to create culturally responsive, evidence-based wellbeing tools, which includes digital tools.