Dr Gabriella Karakas

Dr Gabriella Karakas

Lecturer, Psychology


Bachelor of Arts (Majors in Psychology and Media) University of Melbourne
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy Monash University
Doctor of Philosophy RMIT University
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) ACAP
Master of Clinical Psychology Australian Catholic University (currently completing)


Gabriella is a Lecturer in Psychology and researcher. Prior to ACAP, Gabriella has taught at RMIT University within the International Studies discipline. Her current teaching focuses are diversity and inclusion, group work therapy, research methods, and contemporary counselling approaches. She has participated in international conferences, been the recipient of multiple grants, and contributed to publications, edited news and blogs.


Gabriella’s research is focused on working towards equity in mental health provision, particularly among empirically under-represented and vulnerable populations. She is passionate about designing inclusive communities, and is currently contributing to inter-disciplinary discussion regarding diversity, migration, mental health and the promotion of wellbeing from a social sciences perspective.

Teaching and Coordination Responsibilities

Unit Coordinator and Lecturer: Counselling Diverse Clients (Masters)
Unit Coordinator and Lecturer: Research and Contemporary Counselling Approaches (Masters)
Unit Coordinator and Lecturer: Group Work Counselling (Bachelors)

Expert Comment Topics
Counselling diverse clients
Migration and ethnic relations
Impact of migration pathways on mental health and help seeking attitudes
Impact of intersectionality on well-being and service utilization
Gender and well-being


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