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Dr Elly Quinlan

Psychological Sciences


Elly Quinlan is a senior lecturer and course coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice (6th year of the 5+1 pathway). Elly is passionate about industry based pathways to registration, having previously worked for four years within the University of Wollongong’s Master of Professional Psychology program. She strives to support the development of emerging psychologists by building collaborative and authentic supervisory relationships.

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 humanistic/existential approaches, transdiagnostic and process based interventions, reflective practice and professional identity. Her PhD examined interpersonal problems and experiential avoidance in mental health carers, and received special commendation for outstanding thesis. 

Expert Comment Topics

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

Research and scholarship (include grants and publications)


  • 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
  • Torres, M., Deane, F. P., Sng, R., & Quinlan, E. (2018). Black box parenting program for substance‐abusing fathers: A feasibility study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.

Conference presentations

Quinlan, E., Crowe, T., Deane, F. (2018). Mentoring in postgraduate psychology. Presentation at The Future of the Human Services: Implications for Training and Practice, ACAP, Sydney, 2018.

Research Grants

2018: Australian College of Applied Psychology Research Grant Scheme. “Tolerance of uncertainty in psychology trainees”. ($4,993).

Researchgate profile URL


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
  • Member – Association of Australian Psychologists Incorporated (AAPI), the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMHA) and several other advocacy groups