Amanda Gordon

Adjunct Associate Professor Amanda Gordon is the Director of Armchair Psychology.

She is a Clinical and Health Psychologist specializing in adult and couples psychotherapy.

Amanda specializes in providing counselling to women and men experiencing a range of life stressors, including:

Relationships - anger management - balancing home and work - empty nest - depression - anxiety - physical health and chronic illness

Please browse through Amanda’s clinical and educational background below to get a better sense of her professional training, interests, and areas of expertise.

Clinical Positions, Academic Appointments and Affiliations

Honorary Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society

Peer reviewer for the N.S.W. Health Care Complaints Commission

Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society

Accredited supervisor for APS College of Clinical Psychologists and AHPRA Specialist endorsement

Accredited pregnancy counsellor and member of the College of Health

Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra  University-of-Canberra-logo

Adjunct Supervisor at Macquarie University Print

Member, International Association of Applied Psychology (Past President, Division 17).

Member, International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology

Member, Eastern Suburbs Division of General Practice



Amanda began her university training in the degree of Bachelor of Clinical Psychology at UNSW then moved to Adelaide to complete her undergraduate education. She achieved her Honours degree in Psychology from University of Adelaide.

She then moved to The University of Birmingham in the UK to do her PHD research in the field of chronic pain.

She received the British Association for the Advancement of Science Award to present her PHD research in Manchester in 1980.


Founder of National Psychology Week. The contribution of Psychology and Psychologists to community wellbeing is highlighted through a range of public events across Australia.

Founder of the Bendi Lango Foundation for the Provision of Bursaries for Postgraduate Indigenous Psychology Students.

Founder of the APS Strategic Leaders Programme, a mentoring initiative to provide support, leadership and development for junior psychologist members of the APS.

President of NSW, Hadassah Australia. Hadassah Australia is a humanitarian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting Hadassah Hospital’s focus of using medicine as a bridge to peace in the Middle East.

Past Chair of NSW, Refugee Week Committee. Raising awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrating the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.


Gordon, Amanda  Coping with the birth of a new sibling in Koocher, Gerald P. and La Greca, Annette M., The Parents’ Guide to Psychological First Aid, Oxford University Press, 2011

Gordon, Amanda Psychology in Australia in Irv Weiner and Edward Craighead, fourth edition of Corsinis Encyclopedia of Psychology,  John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

Gordon, Amanda and Levine, John: Series of five relaxation cd’s.

Gordon, Amanda Coming through the Tunnel of Loss and Grief, in preparation.

Gordon, Amanda Amanda Gordon talks about Relationships (Hale & Iremonger, 1994),

Gordon, Amanda Retrenchment: The Emotional Component in Heathwood, Gael, Back on Top, Allen and Unwin/Drummond, 1992

Sanders, M., Regbetz, M, Morrison,M, Bor, W.,Gordon, A, Dadds, M and Shepherd, R. Cognitive –Behavioural Treatment of Recurrent Nonspecific Abdominal Pain in Children: An Analysis of Generalisation, Maintenance and Side Effects. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1989 (57:2), 294-300.

Gordon A & Hitchcock ER Illness behaviour and personality in intractable facial pain. Pain 1983 17(3) 267-76

Gordon, Amanda and Boulton, TJC Do fat children think differently about food? Australian Paediatric Journal 1978 (14) 174-176

Pilowsky I, Murrell R and Gordon A The development of a screening method for abnormal illness behaviour. J.Psychosomatic Research 1978 (23), 203-207

Conference Presentations

Women of Inspiration keynote address to VIEW Convention, September 2013

South Head Synagogue Panel, Keeping our Children Safe, May 2013

Israel, 2009-2013, annual address on the state of Australian immigration, and integration services.

Many other presentations to a variety of organisations over twenty years.

36th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gyneacology, Melbourne, August 2010

Invited address – Sexuality and Body Image

International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, July 2010

Invited Address – Professional Practice in Diverse Settings

Invited Symposium – Are we Developing the Right Leaders for the Future?

Invited Symposium – Psychologists and the Media

Invited Symposium – Mental Health in Australia’s Immigration Detention Centres

Invited Symposium – Self-care for the Practising Psychologist

XXth Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Melbourne July 2010

Invited Symposium – The Development of Mental Health Policies for Australia’s Immigration Detention environment, and cultural change

Ambulance Service of NSW, Sydney and regional locations throughout 2008-13

Full day workshop: Managing grief and bereavement for clients and families

HealthED Paediatrics Update and Education Day, Sydney, September 2008

Invited Address: Premature Sexualisation of Children – Implications for Health and Mental Health

IT@AMP Leaders Forum, Sydney September 2008: Managing your Stress

XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, July 2008

Invited Symposium: Psychology and Cultural Diversity Indigenous Issues in a Multicultural Society

IUPsyS Invited Symposium: Presenting the Public Face of Psychology National Psychology Week and other Media Opportunities

Symposium: Youth at Risk: International Interventions and Research Australian Adolescents at Risk

Victorian Transcultural Psychology Unit, Issues in Cross-Cultural Assessment Workshop, May 2008

Plenary Chair: Future strategies for the development of accurate cross-cultural psychological assessment

South Head Synagogue, Sydney, May 2008

Invited Address: Intermarriage

British Psychological Society, Ireland, March 2008

Invited Panelist: International Psychology

Psychological Society of South Africa, Durban, August 2007

International Keynote: Racial Issues and Psychologists in Australia

Australia Deliberates: Muslims and Non-Muslims in Australia, Canberra, March 2007

Invited Panelist: Islam Phobia/West Phobia

Vietnamese Psychological Society, Hanoi, December, 2006

International Keynote: Bringing Psychology to the Community

Australian Psychological Society & New Zealand Psychological Society Joint Conference, September 2006

Convenor and Panelist: Indigenous Issues in Australia and New Zealand – biculturalism vs Multiculturalism

Presidential Address:  Can Psychology really make a difference globally?

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