Terry has extensive
experience as a psychologist working in private practice,
mainly in forensic areas such as family law, child protection and criminal jusrisdictions.
Terry was born in Melbourne and educated at
Marist Brothers' College,
North Fitzroy. Ordained in 1975, he worked as Catholic Parish
Priest of Parkville and Chaplain to the University of Melbourne.
During this time, he presented the Pater Award winning program,
Tapestry, on FOX-FM. Terry completed an Arts Degree with Honours
in psychology at Melbourne University in 1978 and a Law Degree
He resigned from the Catholic priesthood in 1987,
and worked as a policy advisor on health services to older people
in the Victorian Health Department, before working as the presenter
of the Late Night program on Radio
3UZ. He started with ABC
Radio 3LO in Melbourne in 1991, and presented the Evening
Program before moving to the 3LO Drive Program at the start of
Terry left the ABC after 10 years in 2000 for
RMIT where he became Associate Professor of Communications at
for International Research on Communication and Information Technologies (CIRCIT).
2002 he has worked as a psychologist and communications consultant.
He has also presented replacement shifts on Talk
1116 3AK and presentation training for SBS
Radio in Melbourne.
Terry's interest in the community is shown the
variety of his public appointments: he has chaired the
Victorian Road Safety
Co-ordinating Council and has consulted for the National Campaign
Against Drug Abuse and the Victorian Community Council against
He led the Smartwater
Fund Independent Assessment Panel and of the Port of Melbourne
Deepening Project Community Liaison Group. He does similar work for the port now with the Port Capacity Project Liaison Group.
Terry chaired the Victorian Environment Protection Authority's Panel
advising on Melbourne Water's proposals to upgrade the Eastern Sewerage Treatment Plant, and has also
been a member of the Boards of the Burnet
Centre, the Victoria Police Ethical Standards Consultative
Committee and the Windana
He is well versed in the field of forensic psychology through membership of the Intellectual Disability Review Panel (1988-94), the Workcover Appeals Board (1990-92), the Adult Parole Board of Victoria (2000-2007), the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (2003-2008) and the Council of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (1998-2009).
He is an honorary academic specialist in the Centre for International Mental Health within the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne and chaired
Mental Health Reform Council from 2009 to 2013.
Most recently, Terry was a member of the ACT/TAS/VIC Regional Board of the Psychology Board of Australia from 2014 to 2018, and taught the forensic psychology component of the Monash University Master of Mental Health Studies program in 2017 and 2018.
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