The Board


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 & Youth Consultant

Jocelyn is a Sydney based registered psychologist who works in both public schools and private practice.  

Jocelyn has been exploring the impacts of Internet and technology use/overuse since 2008, when she completed her 4th year psychology research project on the influence of digital technology on learning and leisure activities of a group of year 10 boys.  This project was replicated in 2014.

Jocelyn is the creator of Digital Nutrition - a framework for promoting a healthy, balanced relationship with technology and our online world.  She was the recipient of the 2014 NSW Premier's Teaching Scholarship for Health Education and will complete a study tour of the USA in mid-2015 to develop Digital Nutrition further.

Jocelyn has provided comment and advice for a range of print and broadcast media on the topic. More information:


Dr Kim Le

Dr Kim Le is an Australian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Advanced Trainee, from the Northern Sydney Network. He is also a lecturer and tutor at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry. Kim holds a keen clinician and research interest in the effects of computer gaming and Internet usage, especially as it affects young people. He is proud to be a new addition to the niira Board.

He was recently awarded a NSW Institute of Psychiatry Training Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, to travel to Singapore in 2015 and conduct an Internet Gaming Disorder Investigation, and to observe a world-leading clinic in this complex field.

Kim hopes to contribute to the community by assisting health professionals, families and young people who deal with the effects of computer gaming and the Internet, utilising national and international findings of evidence-based medicine.


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


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: