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:
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-
Adjunct Supervisor at Macquarie University Print
Member, International Association of Applied Psychology (Past President, Division 17).
Member, International Association for Cross-
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-
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-
Gordon A & Hitchcock ER Illness behaviour and personality in intractable facial pain. Pain 1983 17(3) 267-
Gordon, Amanda and Boulton, TJC Do fat children think differently about food? Australian Paediatric Journal 1978 (14) 174-
Pilowsky I, Murrell R and Gordon A The development of a screening method for abnormal illness behaviour. J.Psychosomatic Research 1978 (23), 203-
Women of Inspiration keynote address to VIEW Convention, September 2013
South Head Synagogue Panel, Keeping our Children Safe, May 2013
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-
XXth Congress of the International Association for Cross-
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-
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-
Plenary Chair: Future strategies for the development of accurate cross-
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-
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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