About APNS

About APNS

Structure: Committees

Social Media


About APNS Mandate

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

Executive Committee

  • Todd Leader, M.Sc. – President
  • Shelley Goodwin, Ph.D. – Past President
  • Beverly Butler – President Elect
  • Skye Stephens, Ph.D. – Secretary
  • Paula Luedemann, M.Ed. – Treasurer
  • Toni Campagnoni – Member-at-Large
  • Kim Tan-McNeill – Student Representatives

 Advocacy Committee

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

Elections Committee

Debra Garland, M.A. – Chair

Executive Nomination Form

NSBEP Nomination Form

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.

Early Career Psychologist Group

Erica Lundberg, M.A. – Chair

Social Media

APNS Social Media Guidelines

APNS Newsletters

View one of our recent newsletters 

APNS Policy

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.

APNS Membership

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 2017-18 is available to download.

APNS Membership LIST 2017 (at February 5, 2017)

Contact us at:

Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS)
Suite 645, 5991 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada B3H 1Y6
Telephone: (902) 422-9183; Fax: (902) 462-9801
e-mail: apns@apns.ca


APNS Affiliations

Canadian Psychological Association

American Psychological Association

  • 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)