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About forPsych

Ms Samantha van der Wijngaart

Sam van der Wijngaart returned to Tasmania in 2011, having begun practise in South Australia. Sam is an endorsed Forensic Psychologist and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency.

Sam is a Member of the College of Forensic Psychologists and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is a past president of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, and member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse.

She has provided assessments, reports and expert witness testimony in Tasmanian courts. Sam has a particular interest in the Forensic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and in forensic matters pertaining to families and young people.

Prior to becoming a psychologist, Sam worked as an Information Technology trainer for the corporate sector. Sam served in the Royal Australian Air Force and was then employed in related industries for approximately 15 years.


Dr. Peter Golus

Dr. Golus is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency and is an endorsed Forensic Psychologist.

He is a full member of the College of Forensic Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. He is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Dr. Golus has previously provided assessments, reports and expert witness testimony for all levels of courts in New South Wales and Queensland in matters of Personal Injury, Victims’ and Workers’ Compensation as well as in Criminal proceedings. He has also provided risk assessment reports for the Northern and Central Queensland Probation and Parole Boards.
He has extensive experience in teaching postgraduate Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology at a number of Australian universities.

Dr. Golus was an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Assistant Professor at Bond University and a visiting lecturer at the University of Western Sydney and James Cook University.

Dr. Golus was the Founding Editor and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Forensic Psychology. Also, he was the Founding Chair of the NSW College of Forensic Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society and the Chair of Australia’s First Forensic Psychology Conference.

He has worked in various positions in Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology for both the NSW and Queensland Departments of Health. More recently Dr. Golus was the Forensic Psychologist for the Forensic Mental Health Unit of the Townsville District Health Service within Queensland Health.