• Dr Philip Tam - President

    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.

  • 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

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.

Research Group

  • 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.

  • Dr. Wayne Warburton, PhD

    Dr Wayne Warburton is Senior Lecturer in developmental psychology with the Department of Psychology, and Deputy Director of the Children and Families Research Centre, at Macquarie University (Sydney). Wayne is also a registered psychologist with a strong research interest in the fields of aggressive behaviour, media impacts and parenting, and has published very widely on these topics in scientific journals, books, and general articles. He is co-author of the International Society for Research on Aggression ‘Statement on Media Violence’. His most recent book, Growing Up Fast and Furious: Reviewing the Impacts of Violent and Sexualised Media on Children (with Danya Braunstein) is available from The Federation Press. Wayne is delighted to be on the Research Board of niira, and can be contacted on: wayne.warburton@mq.edu.au