Dr Elly Quinlan


Elly Quinlan is a lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences. Elly previously worked for four years within the University of Wollongong’s Master of Professional Psychology (5+1) program, where she conducted supervision, practicum coordination and unit coordination. Her PhD examined interpersonal problems and experiential avoidance in mental health carers, and received special commendation for outstanding thesis.

Elly is also a practicing psychologist and has a breadth of experience working with children, adolescence, families and carers in mental health and community settings. Her interests include transdiagnostic interventions, reflective practice, professional identity and humanistic/existential approaches. Elly strives to support the development of emerging psychologists by building collaborative and authentic supervisory relationships.

Find out more at: ResearchGate.

Expert Comment Topics

  • Interpersonal problems
  • Experiential avoidance
  • Mental health carers
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mentoring in psychology


  • Quinlan, E., Deane, F., Crowe, T. (2018). Interpersonal Problems amongst Mental Health Carers: A qualitative study. Social Work in Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2018.1445062
  • Quinlan, E., Deane, F., Crowe, T., Caputi, P. (2018). Do attachment anxiety and hostility mediate the relationship between experiential avoidance and interpersonal problems in mental health carers? Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2018.01.003
  • Quinlan, E., Deane, F., Crowe, T. (2018). Pilot of an ACT and Schema group intervention for mental health carers interpersonal problems. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. doi: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2018.06.006

Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

  • Registered Psychologist – Psychology Board of Australia, AHPRA
  • Board Approved Supervisor – Psychology Board of Australia, AHPRA
  • Honorary Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong