- Executive Committee
- Advocacy Committee
- Continuing Education Committee
- Cultural Diversity Committee
- Private Practice Committee
- Post Trauma Services Committee
- Elections Committee
- Child and Adolescent Psychology Interest Group (CAP-I)
- Early Career Psychologist Group
The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) is a voluntary professional organization established in 1965 to represent psychology in Nova Scotia. APNS is the only provincial association devoted to representing the needs of psychology professionals in the province. APNS promotes psychology as a profession, as a science, and as a means of promoting human welfare.
♦ APNS advocates for psychology through representations to government, employers and the public at large.
♦ APNS advocates for the public through representations to government and employers on matters affecting public mental health and wellness.
♦ APNS educates by organizing and facilitating workshops and conferences.
♦ APNS builds psychological collegiality by fostering a sense of community among all who identify with psychology.
About APNS Structure
- Shelley Goodwin, Ph.D.. – President
- Todd Leader, M.Sc.- President Elect
- Heather Power, M.Sc. – Past President
- Daniel Chorney, Ph.D. – Secretary
- Paula Luedemann, M.Ed. – Treasurer
- Robert McInerney, Ph.D. – Member-at-Large
- Kate Rancourt & Kim Tan-McNeill – Student Representatives
Alissa Pencer, Ph.D. – Chair
Continuing Education Committee
Carol Shirley, M.A. – Chair
Private Practice Committee
Dion Goodland, Ph.D. – Chair
Post Trauma Services Committee
Dean Perry, M.Sc., Chair
Debra Garland, M.A. – Chair
Child and Adolescent Psychology Interest Group (CAP-I)
Penny Corkum, Ph.D. – Chair
CAP-I is comprised of psychologists who work with children and adolescents and their families. We meet four to five times during the academic year to share information on topics of interest to the group and to provide an opportunity to get to know our colleagues who work in a range of settings (schools, hospitals, universities, private practices, forensic settings, etc). We meet on Saturdays between 10:30-12:30. We meet on Saturdays between 10:30-12:30. During this time we have a presenter who discusses a topic of interest and we also share in a potluck brunch (please bring a small contribution of a breakfast/lunch food item for the potluck brunch). We welcome all psychologists who work with children and their families.
Erica Lundberg, M.A. – Chair
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APNS monitors contemporary social issues and speaks out in the interest of the public good. Briefs and position statements have addressed on-going matters such as the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, access to psychological services, the establishment of a university Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, hiring psychologists within school boards, the role of psychologists in interdisciplinary primary healthcare, Homes for Special Care, input into the Nova Scotia Mental Health Act, child care, and human rights.
APNS was instrumental in obtaining exemption of health-care psychological services from the GST. APNS submits briefs regarding proposed legislation that may have impact on the practice of psychology. APNS also makes formal presentations to government commissions, such as the Nova Scotia Royal Commission on Health Care.
The Private Practice Directory provides a listing of psychological services in Nova Scotia for the use of the public and healthcare providers.
The Psychologists’ Act
APNS was pivotal in promoting passage of The Psychologists’ Act in 1982 that created the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP) which administers the Act. APNS coordinates nominations and appointments of NSBEP members.
Membership in APNS is restricted to Registered Psychologists and Psychologists (Candidate Register) practicing within Nova Scotia. APNS also offer membership to undergrad and grad Psychology students studying at Nova Scotia universities. The Membership year is September 1 to August 31 but membership is open year round.
- Full Member
- Retired/Inactive Member
- Student Member
- In Absentia
A Membership form 2016-17 is available to download.
APNS Membership LIST 2017 (at February 5, 2017)
Contact us at:
Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS)
435, 5991 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada B3H 1Y6
Telephone: (902) 422-9183; Fax: (902) 462-9801
- Member of Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists (CPAP)
- Member of CPA Practice Directorate
- Member on Council of Representatives (Patrick O’Neill, Ph.D.)
- Member of Division 31, Council of Executive State and Provincial Psychological Associations (CESPPA)
- Public Education Representative (Marie Josette Durup. Ph.D.)
- Disaster Relief Network Representative (Dean Perry)