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Dr Elly Quinlan

Senior Lecturer


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

Elly is also a practicing psychologist with expertise in the assessment and intervention of children, adolescence, families, and mental health carers. Elly has extensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, in addition to systemic practice, attachment theory and trauma informed practice. Her PhD examined interpersonal problems and experiential avoidance in mental health carers, and received special commendation for outstanding thesis.
Expert Comment Topics
Child and adolescent mental health
Tolerance of Uncertainty
Professional psychology training
Interpersonal problems
Mental health carers
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


A full list of publications is available via researchgate. Examples include:

  • Quinlan, E., & Deane, F. (2020). “This wasn’t in the manual”, Psychologist’s experience of uncertainty in client care. Australian Psychologist.
  • Quinlan, E., Crowe, T., Deane, F., & Whittington, M. (2019). Functions of peer mentoring, satisfaction and the “real” relationship in postgraduate psychology education. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.
  • Quinlan, E., Deane, F., & Crowe, T. (2019). Profiles of interpersonal problems in mental health carers. Counselling Psychology Quarterly.
  • Berry, S., Crowe, T. P., Deane, F. P., & Quinlan, E. (2019). An exploratory study of culture in treatment for Aboriginal Australian men in residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.
  • Deane, F., Donovan, M., Quinlan, E., Calvert, F., Allan, C. (2019). In with the outputs and out with the inputs? Need for better tracking and research on professional psychology practicum hours.  Clinical Psychologist [Special Issue].
  • 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. https://doi-org.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/10.1002/anzf.1329

Conference presentations

Causo, F., & Quinlan, E. (2019). Narratives of mental health recovery in Dungeons and Dragons. Presentation at Innovations in a Changing World, Melbourne, 2019.

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

Quinlan, E. & Deane, F. (2018). Australian College of Applied Psychology Research Grant Scheme. “Tolerance of uncertainty in psychology trainees”. ($4,993).

Utpala, R., & Quinlan, E. (2019). Australian College of Applied Psychology Research Grant Scheme. Use of reflective practice journals to enhance cultural awareness among psychology trainees in working with Australian Indigenous peoples. ($7,900).

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
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