Dr Matt O'Connor
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist, having completed the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) at Griffith University, Brisbane and am a board-approved supervisor. I am currently working full time as a School Psychologist at St Peters Lutheran College. I have worked with a very diverse range of people and settings including acute mental health units, residential care for young people, veterans and their families, the Queensland Police and community settings.
I have a strong interest in population level health initiatives and particularly, how mental health professionals can make their work more accessible, approachable and effective to a greater number of people. Keeping with this, I have balanced my individual clinical work with students, parents and staff at St Peters, with a focus on broader systems that support the mental health and wellbeing of all students, as well as research outputs on service use, therapeutic approaches and outcome assessment. My academic work has led to a number of journal articles, reports and presentations, including my paper detailing school-based counselling service use and development of the Mental Health Literacy Scale (MHLS), which has received significant international attention and is being translated into over 25 languages.
I have a long history of volunteering and working with young people, having been the youngest ever director of ReachOut.com (formerly Inspire Foundation). I am an extremely competent presenter, facilitator and educator with diverse experience in providing psychoeducation and skills-based presentations and workshops to health professionals, the general public and young people. I have delivered over 200 presentations around Australia to corporate organisations (e.g. Suncorp, University of Queensland, Griffith University), not-for-profits (e.g. TEDx, Reachout.com, Amnesty International, Batyr), national conferences, health practitioners, schools and the general public.