Dr. Philip Tam is a Sydney-based child psychiatrist in public practice, and lecturer with Sydney University. He has a long-standing clinical, teaching and advocacy interest in the challenging field of internet and computer-related disorders, and regularly lectures on the topic to both specialist and general audiences. He also regularly comments and writes on the field across the Australasian media.
Dr Philip Tam - President
Jocelyn Brewer - Media and Youth advisor
Jocelyn majored in Performance Studies & Human Georgraphy at Sydney University and holds degrees in Education (UNSW) and Psychology (W’Gong). She currently works as a registered psychologist in public schools and in private practice.
In 2008, Jocelyn completed a 4th year psychology thesis titled ‘Young Males, the Internet and Online Gaming: Exploring the Impacts’ and has an interest in the wider social impacts of social networking and the ubiquity of the Internet in modern life.
Jocelyn has provided comment and advice for a range of print and broadcast media on the topic. More information: www.jocelynbrewer.com
Michael Belos - Technical Officer
Michael Belos is a technology specialist who is passionate about leveraging communications technologies to improve mental health. He has experience in both software and hardware, and for the past 8 years has been working in the web development industry. Michael is also a semi-professional mixed martial artist and an avid video gamer who is working to bring a healthy lifestyle balance to technologically obsessed youths. Michael also educates parents about technology and how youth interact with it, so parents are better equipped to protect their children from potential dangers of technology.
Expert Advisory Panel
Professor Garry Walter, AM
Garry is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Sydney. Previously Director of Thomas Walker Hospital (“Rivendell”), he is currently based at Northern Sydney Local Health District. A child and adolescent psychiatrist of international renown, Garry has lectured and published extensively across a range of topics, including in ethics, cultural and media-related fields, in addition to the more “traditional” subjects such as psychiatric disorders and their treatment. Since 2001, Garry has been Editor of Australasian Psychiatry, and he is also International Editor-at-Large of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Professor Kimberley Young
Prof. Kim Young is a licensed psychologist and an internationally known expert on Internet addiction. She founded the Center for Internet Addiction in 1995 and is nationally-known speaker, author, and researcher. She has written numerous articles and books on Internet addiction including Caught in the Net, the first to identify Internet addiction, Tangled in the Web, Breaking Free of the Web: Catholics and Internet addiction, and Internet addiction: A Handbook and Guide for Evaluation and Treatment. She is a professor at St. Bonaventure University and her work has been widely featured in the media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, and CNN. Prof. Young visits Sydney in August, 2013, and is particularly pleased to be invited to join the Expert Advisory Board of niira.
Vladan Starcevic, MD, PhD, FRANZCP
Vladan is a psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School – Nepean. He is based at Nepean Hospital and also has private practice. His main area of research and professional interest has been anxiety and related disorders. In recent years, he has developed an interest in excessive video game and Internet use and with his colleagues has conducted a large international online survey on video game use. Vladan has also established collaboration with video game and Internet use researchers based in South Korea and United States and intends to continue research into patterns of problematic video game use. Vladan is pleased to direct the research section of niira. If researchers have any current projects, ideas for potential research, or areas they might like to seek collaboration on, they can contact Vladan on Vladan.Starcevic@swahs.health.nsw.gov.au.