Sara Taylor

Dr Sara Taylor is the Director of The Melbourne Centre of Psychotherapy and Consultancy, where she works from a psychodynamic perspective as a Socioanalytic Consultant, and a Psychotherapist specializing in complex trauma. Sara is also the Vice President of Group Relations Australia, sits on the Victorian branch of POPIG (Psychoanalytically Orientated Psychologists Interest Group) of the Australian Psychological Society, and has 19 years of teaching and research experience at a number of different Universities.

Academic Qualifications

  • BA (Psych.) (University of Auckland, NZ, 1995)
  • MA (Psych.) (University of Auckland, NZ, 2001)
  • PhD (School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne, 2016)

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Fundraising Target $500,000.00


The Jane Chapman Scholarship Fund was established in February 2018 with the founding gift of $50,000.00 from Jane Chapman.

Jane Chapman

Jane Chapman has been an organisational and marketing consultant, a market and social researcher and an executive in the media industry. She has been involved in the systems psychodynamic field since 1990. More recently, Jane has established herself in a new ‘career’ as an Anglican priest in Sydney. In 1999, Jane Chapman published 'Hatred and Corruption of Task' in the second edition of Socio-Analysis. This paper is inspired and has proven to be a well-loved and seminal work in the field that continues to be of great use and interest to NIODA students and clients alike. 

We know that institutions like NIODA depend upon the generosity of like-minded members of our community who truly understand the importance to Australian organisations and their leaders of being able to offer an academic education in applied systems psychodynamics.The future of this work in Australia, quite literally, depends upon it.

Thus far, NIODA has been incredibly successful in attracting and retaining students with a passion for systems psychodynamics and an appetite to continue their formal education. However, each year we have a number of students who are unable to enrol in the course due to a lack of funds. The Jane Chapman Scholarship Fund will enable NIODA to:

  • award whole or partial scholarships
  • grow the NIODA Library
  • establish dedicated premises for the institute
  • initiate research projects
  • support more pro-bono or low-cost consulting and supervision
  • put NIODA on a secure financial footing for the long-term

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NIODA and Human Research Ethics

The systems psychodynamic approach has grown out of a theoretical tradition integrating learning from psychoanalysis, systems theory, group relations theory and necessarily involves the study of human social phenomena. Systems psychodynamic methods attempt to work with covert, often hidden dynamics in social systems, through the bringing of unconscious phenomenon into conscious thought, such that underlying system patterns are able to be accessed. A hallmark of the systems psychodynamic approach to research is that it is often emergent and iterative and anchored in the conscious and unconscious experience of any or all of the following: the individual, the group, and the researchers.. The task of the researcher is to take up an interpretive stance to discover and negotiate the meanings that guide social behaviour and make sense of actions. Ethically sound research that uses systems psychodynamic methods requires the researcher to think carefully about their approach to the research to ensure they do no harm. Particular attention should be given to selecting and recruiting participants, managing any risks associated with participation in the research and obtaining informed consent.

All NIODA staff and research students should become familiar with the NIODA Research Ethics guidelines and the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC’s) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans prior to completion of the Application Form for Ethics Approval of Research Projects.


Research Ethics Guidelines

Research Ethics Application



The Human Research Ethics Committee is a permanent sub committee of the Academic Board of Governance. Its role is to act as the final point of reference for ethical concerns for all NIODA research activity and for other matters of ethics pertaining to the institute as a whole.

The HREC is enabled through:

  • Keeping in touch with current practices of accepted ethical behaviour in academic research
  • Ensuring NIODA ethics policies and procedures reflect such behaviour, and 
  • Reviewing and approving all ethics applications for research undertaken in the institute (both staff and students) that involves humans

The HREC reports to the Academic Board of Governance through an annual written report. This report details NIODA’s research ethics activity for the year with recommendations for quality improvements. The report is also be included as data in NIODA’s annual strategic review undertaken by the Board of Governance.

The HREC comprises a Chair and a minimum three Members.

The committee members between them comprise these characteristics:

  • A minimum of one member will have current or past experience in research ethics approval processes, preferably with particular knowledge about ethical concerns in action research
  • A minimum of one member will have current or past experience in research ethics application processes, preferably with particular knowledge about ethical concerns in action research
  • A minimum of one member will represent NIODA teaching staff
  • Community points of view are important in considering ethical issues so at least one member will be a community representative

The chair is external to NIODA.

There is a quorum of 3 members.

HREC members are appointed by the Academic Board of Governance for a two year term.

The HREC convenes a minimum of 3 times per year.

NIODA Research and Scholarship is dedicated to the advancement of understanding in systems psychodynamics for the purpose of supporting healthy, sustainable and creative organisations.

NIODA Research means supporting organisations and their members in discovery of hitherto unknown correlations or causal connections in their organisational experience and supporting and working with them to remedy problematics as a result of new understandings.

NIODA Scholarship means working towards scholarly advancements through deeply and humanely thinking about what occurs in organisations; to sort the significant from the insignificant and issue meaningful opinions about important matters, with fairness and grace.

Research and Scholarship at NIODA are the cornerstone of the Institute’s vitality, energy and relevance. Research and Scholarship supports cutting edge knowledge and practice in NIODA’s Academic programs and NIODA Consulting, and provides a dynamic, forward oriented workplace for NIODA staff members and associates and opportunities for NIODA students to be involved in small and large research endeavours.


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The Jane Chapman Scholarship Fund - Donate Now

NIODA Newsletter February 2018 - Coming Soon

Writing Retreat 7, 8 & 9 March, 2018, Cape Schanck, Victoria
With Professor Susan Long and Professor Jonathan Gosling (virtual)

Intuitive Leadership: A Workshop With a Difference - 24, 25 & 26 May 2018 

Symposium Proceedings Getting the Policies we Deserve? The Dynamics of Making Policy Symposium