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Dr Josephine Paparo

School of Psychological Sciences


Dr Josephine Paparo is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychological Sciences at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, teaching primarily into the Master of Clinical Psychology Program.

Josephine completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons Class I) at the University of Sydney and a combined PhD/Master of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University. Her doctoral thesis examined the correlates and psychosocial impact of adolescent disclosure to mothers about every day and risky behaviours.

As a Clinical Psychologist and Board-Approved Supervisor, Josephine has a special interest in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She has held a number of varied clinical and academic positions, including working in private practice, e-mental health, school psychology, specialised research and other community clinics, inpatient units and other tertiary settings. She continues to see young people in private practice, where she also provides supervision privately to peer psychologist/clinical psychologists and clinical psychology registrars. Josephine has previously taught at the University of Technology, Sydney, Western Sydney University and Macquarie University. She is passionate about providing young people and trainee Clinical Psychologists with a supportive space in which they can strive to reach their full potential.


Josephine’s broader research interests include, but are not limited to, parental influences on child and adolescent development, and internalising and externalising disorders in youths. 

Expert Comment Topics

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Parenting and Family Relationships
  • Supervision

Journal Articles

  • Kearney (Paparo), J. & Bussey, K. (2015). The longitudinal influence of self-efficacy, communication and parenting on spontaneous adolescent disclosure. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25, 506-523. doi: 10.1111/jora.1214
  • Kearney (Paparo), J. & Bussey, K. (2014). The impact of pressured information management on boys' and girls' psychological functioning. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 35, 234–244. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2014.01.002

Conference Presentations

  • Kearney (Paparo), J. & Bussey, K. (2012, March). Does misbehaviour account for what parents miss? The longitudinal impact of communication and delinquency on adolescent disclosure. Paper presented at the 14th Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Conference, Vancouver.
  • Kearney (Paparo), J. & Bussey, K. (2012, March). “Let’s talk about sex”: Adolescent disclosure to mothers about sexual behaviour and other domain-specific activities. Poster presented at the 14th Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Conference, Vancouver.
  • Kearney (Paparo), J. & Bussey, K. (2012, February). Adolescents’ voluntary disclosure to mothers. Professional Development Seminar, Rivendell Adolescent Unit – Thomas Walker Hospital, Sydney.
  • Paparo, J. & Bussey, K. (2011, March). Communication and disclosure: Can parents leave adolescents to their own devices? Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Montreal.
  • Paparo, J. & Bussey, K. (2011, March). Adolescent disclosure and adjustment: Is parental control the missing link? Poster presented at the Biennial Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Montreal.
  • Griffin, B., Paparo, J., Joung, W. (2009, June). Perceptions of interpersonal mistreatment: Context and seniority makes a difference. Poster presented at the 8th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Sydney.
  • Griffin, B., & Paparo, J. (2009, April). Incivility: Is it in the eye of the beholder? Poster presented at the 24th Annual Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, New Orleans.
  • Paparo, J., & Zadro, L. (2007, December). You Be the Jury! The effects of ostracism on memory recall, suggestibility and conformity in jurors. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Jury Research and Practice Conference, Sydney.


  • The Daily Telegraph, Opinion Editorial. “Letting Go is the Best Mother’s Day Gift of All” (page 62). Published: May 11, 2018.
  • Think: Health! 2ser 107.3 Radio Episode. “Hatred of Sound: Misophonia”. Air Date: December 3, 2017.

Research Supervision (Current)

Josephine provides research supervision to Honours, Masters and PhD students.

Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

  • Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
  • Associate Member of The Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University