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 at Sydney University and holds degrees in Education (UNSW) and psychology (W’Gong). She currently works as a provisional psychologist in public Schools. 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 been known to become ‘over engaged’ in online activities, and is a confident social networker.
Danya Braunstein - Project Coordinator
Danya Braunstein is a Registered Psychologist, Media Consultant and Researcher. Danya provides psychological counselling, coaching and assessments. She specialises in helping people who work within the media and entertainment industry and those affected by personal media and technology use. Danya's research into factors affecting children's development, her evaluative research into clinical treatment programs and her extensive experience working in the media give her the ideal background to understand the complex causes of media-related distress or personal issues. Prior to commencing psychological practice, Danya had extensive experience working in the media for over 10 years, primarily in television production, and specialised in conducting in-depth character interviews, storyline development and systems management.
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.
Dr Andrew Campbell - Founding member (previous)
Dr Andrew Campbell is a Child, Adolescent and Family Psychologist in Private Practice. Having practiced psychology in Sydney for the past 5 years, and having a research background for more than 10 years in the area of the internet and video game impact on human behaviour, he has treated clients with technology related behavioural problems and published on the topic of obsessional internet and computer related disorders. A sought after public speaker on child development in the 21st century, he is regularly invited to give lectures and workshops at several of Sydney’s High Schools and Higher Education Institutions. He is a regular guest commentator on internet psychology on Channel 7’s Morning Show.
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.