Dr Joan Ellen Clarke has been a member of IPCS Council for over 8 years. Joan also serves on several Boards and Commissions including the Criminal Justice Taskforce and is a consultant to ASCA relating to organisational requirements for support services for people whose lifetime of trauma has been uncovered by The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Joan taught in the School of Politics and Social Sciences at University of Melbourne, was CEO of a large mental health agency and was a Council member of Forensicare. Her peer-reviewed paper The Tyranny of the Leather Book: Postcolonialism, Mental Illness and Prisons, was published by the IPCS as pat of its Occasional Paper series. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).