OUR MISSION

Our Mission is to realise the vision of thriving minds and societies in an evolving world through leading research, development, education, clinical services and partnerships.

GOVERNANCE

ISN Psychology’s corporate and academic governance, rules, admission and other policies, quality assurance and financial processes are underpinned by defined values and goals.

The Board of Directors has empowered the College Council to be the effective governing body of ISN Psychology, with overall responsibility for implementing the vision and mission of ISN Psychology. The College Council oversees the implementation of ISN Psychology’s strategic plan in pursuit of these objectives.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Role

The Board of Directors is the governing body of ISN Psychology Pty Ltd (ISN). It has final governance responsibility of all matters associated with ISN.

Functions

The functions of the Board of Directors are to pursue the objects and principal purposes of the ISN Psychology Pty Ltd, which are to improve professional practice through the provision of education and the promotion of critical reflection, freedom of inquiry, academic excellence, research and a culture of scholarship.

The functions of the Board of Directors are delegated to the College Council by written resolution pursuant to section 248A of the Corporations Act.

Membership

The Board of Directors consists of Professor Tony Paolini, Daniel Paolini, and Trevayne Fernandez

The ISN Company Secretary is responsible for recording, preparing and distributing the minutes for each meeting.

Frequency of Meetings

The Board of Directors meets on a date and time according to a pre-established schedule.

THE COLLEGE COUNCIL

Role

The College Council is delegated the powers and authorities to:

  • Pursue the mission and vision of ISN Psychology;
  • Carry out the objects and purposes of ISN Psychology; and
  • Undertake the functions set out in the delegation of authority and all other functions which are incidental or convenient for the purposes of the above power and authority.

Functions

The Council is accountable to the Board of Directors for guiding the strategy and performance of the ISN. The key responsibilities of the Council are to provide good governance and strategic guidance, to undertake the functions set out in the delegation of authority and all other functions as necessary, including to:

  • Provide advice, set the strategic direction of ISN and approve related plans;
  • Monitor performance and targets against the Strategic Plan;
  • Review and endorse major changes to the Strategic Plan;
  • Guide management in the delivery of the Strategic Plan and desired culture;
  • Monitor the budget, financial position and financial viability of ISN;
  • Oversee and monitor academic activity and the overall quality of ISN’s programs;
  • Oversee and monitor systems of internal control and accountability,
  • Review and monitor risk management and compliance programs; and
  • Confer academic awards.

Membership

The Council will have at least four members, appointed by the Board of Directors and consisting of:

  • The Director/s, one appointed as CEO and President of ISN
  • Chair of the Academic Board; and
  • Two-five external independent members.

Frequency of Meetings

The College Council meets a minimum of three times per year according to a pre-established schedule.

Sub-Committees

  • Quality and Risk Committee

Quorum

A quorum for a meeting of the College Council is four (4) members, provided that at least three (3) members are physically present.

The Chair of the College Council is the Director and CEO of ISN

Professor Tony Paolini, Chair
Professor Tony Paolini, ChairDirector ISN Psychology, CEO/President
CEO and President of ISN Psychology, Professor Paolini is an internationally recognised scientist. He has qualifications in psychology (MPsych – Clin Neuro) and in Neuroscience (PhD). He was Head of the Auditory Clinical Neuroscience Unit at the Bionic Ear Institute and worked on the continued development of the cochlear implant examining the relationship between the brains ability to hear sounds in noise and its relationship to intelligence and higher level cognitive functioning. At ISN he continues to apply his auditory expertise and his knowledge of psychology to provide a further understanding of how anxiety contributes to the condition of tinnitus. He is currently Professor in Psychology at RMIT University, Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, Director of the Institute for Social Neuroscience. Professor Paolini brings a wealth of academic governance from his prior role as Head of Psychology at RMIT university overseeing more than 10 staff members and over 500 students enrolled in the program.
Hon Kevin Andrews
Hon Kevin AndrewsChair of the Quality and Risk Committee & College Council Member (Independent Member)
Hon Kevin Andrews brings his vast parliamentary experience and committee service to define the strategic directions of ISN Psychology. He is also the Chair of ISN Psychology’s Quality and Risk Committee. He has written many publications including books on biomedical ethics and the social and economic trends shaping the nation. He has represented the community as the Member for Menzies. Ministerial appointments include:

• Minister for Ageing from 26.11.01 to 7.10.03
• Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 7.10.03 to 30.1.07
• Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service from 7.10.03 to 30.1.07
• Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 30.1.07 to 3.12.07
• Minister for Social Services from 18.9.13 to 23.12.14
• Minister for Defence from 23.12.14 to 21.9.15

Ms Kelly Humphreys
Ms Kelly HumphreysCollege Council, Quality and Risk, and Academic Board Member (Independent Member)
Member College Council, Academic Board, Quality & Risk Committee

Kelly is an experienced non-executive director and accomplished financial services professional with current board roles across diverse sectors including building regulation, health and financial services. She is also Chair and member of Audit, Finance and Risk Committees.

Kelly brings expertise in strategic thinking and a strong commercial approach to achieving objectives in complex regulatory environments. Skilled in client engagement and applying data and digital strategies to engage and understand customer drivers. She has led start-up organisations and demonstrated ability in engaging stakeholders and working effectively to deliver growth and improved performance. Strong technical expertise in establishing insurance, risk management and governance practices.

She has a Masters of Management, Diploma of Financial Services and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Linda Byrne
Dr Linda ByrneChair of the Academic Board (Independent Member)
Associate Professor Linda Byrne MAPS (CCN) is the Deputy Head of School and Director of Internationalisation in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. As a registered psychologist with post-graduate training in Clinical Neuropsychology, Linda has 20 years of clinical, research and teaching experience in the areas of neuropsychiatric disorders, neurology, brain injury, geriatric medicine, developmental disorders and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Her major area of research is in the understanding and remediation of neuro- and social cognitive deficits in clinical disorders including neurodevelopmental, psychological, and neurodegenerative disorders. Associate Prof Byrne has extensive teaching experience in undergraduate and post-graduate psychology courses. Her main teaching focus is in the area of psychological assessment, and working with diverse populations in a mental health context. In addition to her teaching and research profile, she has extensive experience in Academic Governance and administration.
Daniel Paolini
Daniel PaoliniDirector ISN Psychology
Daniel is a Council at White and Case. Prior to joining that firm in October 2018, Daniel spent over 16 years practicing as a taxation/legal advisor in Australia, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. He has previously worked in two Big 4 accounting firms, and two top tier law firms and a number of investment firms. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science (Major in Psychology) and Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University. He is a fellow of The Tax Institute and admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria.
Trevayne Fernandez
Trevayne FernandezDirector of ISN Psychology, General Manager
Trevayne brings considerable experience having spent more than 17 years working in the education sector both in Australia and internationally. He has held a range of leadership positions inclusive of senior management roles. This has encompassed duties in; Higher Education Regulation (TEQSA), 3rd Party Higher Education Provision, and Vocational Education and Training (VET). These engagements have been predominantly in Melbourne, Australia as well as overseas in Japan and the United Arab Emirates. He has experience within specific areas of Compliance, Facilities Management, Operational and Business Development. He is also Victorian State Representative for the Independent Tertiary Education Council of Australia (ITECA) for 2020.

THE ACADEMIC BOARD

Role

The Academic Board oversees the educational processes involved in designing, delivering and assessing ISN courses.

Functions

The Academic Board is delegated the powers and authorities to carry out the following functions:

  • approve new courses and changes to existing courses consistent with registration and accreditation requirements;
  • monitor and approve student results and scholarships;
  • oversee and monitor the academic quality of programs and courses;
  • initiate academic reviews and improvements;
  • develop, approve and implement academic policies and procedures; and
  • report to the College Council consistent with the objects and purposes of ISN and its colleges.

Reporting

The Academic Board reports to the College Council.

Membership

The Board consists of:

  • Chairperson
  • the Director of ISN;
  • the Head of Psychology;
  • the President;
  • one Academic staff representative to be elected by Academic staff; and
  • a minimum of three independent members, two of whom must have experience in academic governance and one with experience in corporate governance.

The Chairperson of the Academic Board is an external appointee of high academic standing and appropriate experience.

Frequency of Meetings

The Academic Board meets four (4) times per year on a date and time according to a pre-established schedule.

Sub-Committees

  • Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Research and Scholarship Committee
  • Course Progress Assessment Review Committee

Quorum

A quorum for a meeting of the Academic Board is five (5) members, provided that at least one (1) independent member is physically present

In addition to Professor Tony Paolini, Dr Linda Byrne, Trevayne Fernandez and Ms Kelly Humphreys mentioned above, the board comprises:

Professor Robert Kapsa
Professor Robert KapsaAcademic Board Member
Robert Kapsa is the inaugural Professor of Biofabrication and Tissue Engineering at RMIT University and Head of Research (Neurosciences) at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (SVHM). He is a biochemist, molecular and cell biologist specialising in development of molecular, regenerative cell and gene therapies for damaged and diseased muscle and nerve, with particular focus on Neuromuscular disorders. He pioneered gene editing technologies (1998-2005) that saw the first correction of the mutation that caused DMD in humans and muscular dystrophy in the mdx mouse model of DMD.

As the founding Scientific and Deputy Director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Institute (now known as the National Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre, he was the first to propose and publish an autologous regenerative medicine paradigm for hereditary muscle disease using genetically corrected non-muscle stem cells (2002 ongoing). As a Science graduate working basic scientific research from within a large hospital environment (SVHM)

Pr Kapsa’s clinical guidance along his professional path has come several key mentors: With Prof Ed Byrne (Neuromuscular Disorders) Pr Kapsa’s focus on muscle disease was realised in his establishment of Australia’s first genetic diagnostic facility for mitochondrial disorders and then by his involvement in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with Prof Ed Byrne; With Prof Graeme Clark (Electrophysiology and Materials Science), he established Bionic Technologies Australia (ahich generated a spinout called Polyactiva) and gained a working knowledge of device implant translation; With Prof Wayne Morrison (Tissue Engineering), he gained expertise in developing biodegradable implants for tissue engineering applications. Through these mentorships Pr Kapsa has worked extensively within the Australian Biomaterials and Biofabrication research sector to progress his muscle and nerve engineering goals.

Pr Kapsa’s pathway towards realisation of autologous regenerative therapy for hereditary muscle disease has seen him play key roles in establishing a number of enabling platforms for Biofabrication and Tissue Engineering in Australia: He has played key leadership roles in two major ARC Centres of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (ACES; 2006-2021). In these activities, as Professor (Bionics) at University of Wollongong (UoW) he has been the primary influence (with Pr Gordon Wallace) in establishing a globally recognised biofabrication activity at UoW as well as the world’s first biofabrication facility within a clinical hospital at SVHM, called BioFab3D@ACMD. In his current capacity at RMIT, Pr Kapsa continues to build world class Biofabrication and Tissue Engineering activities that will form flagship activities within the new multi-institutional collaborative BioMedical Engineering hub, the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) located at SVHM.

Associate Professor Pascal Molenberghs
Associate Professor Pascal MolenberghsAcademic Board Member
Associate Professor Pascal Molenberghs completed his Master in Psychology and PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He has since worked at the University of Queensland, Monash University and the University of Melbourne and thus brings a wealth of knowledge to the Institute for Social Neuroscience.

His research focus is Social Neuroscience, aiming to understand our social brain and how it breaks down in neurological patients. Interests include empathy, morality, intergroup relations and leadership. His research has already attracted more than $3 million in grant funding and has been published in the leading neuroscience journals. His work has also featured widely in the media, including stories in Time Magazine, The Age and New Scientist.

Dr Melissa Mulraney
Dr Melissa MulraneyAcademic Board Member
Melissa completed her PhD in psychology at Monash University. Melissa is an Honorary Research fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne and for the last 7 years has worked at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute across several clinical trials of behavioural interventions for child mental health problems.

She is passionate about all aspects of child mental health, in addition to clinical trials her research interests include the epidemiology of child mental health problems. Melissa’s primary areas of research in child mental health include mood dysregulation, ADHD, and sleep.