Curriculum Vitae


Below is a brief overview of my professional experience. Please contact me if you want a full copy of my CV


  • Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) 2011 – 2015, Griffith University

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) 2005 - 2009, University of Queensland

Additional Training and Affiliations

  • Clinical Psychologist

  • Board-approved Supervisor

  • Accredited Triple P Facilitator:

    • Level 2 - Selected Seminar Series, 0-12yrs

    • Level 2 - Seminar Series, Teen

    • Level 4 - 0-12yr Group Program

    • Level 4 - Teen Group Program

  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society

  • Committee member – Batyr Risk Committee

  • Committee Member of APS Psychologists in Schools Interest Group

  • Convener of Brisbane Psychologists in Schools network

  • Community AUSLAN (introduction) certification


  • Committee member – Batyr Risk Committee (August, 2018 - Present)

  • School Psychologist – St Peters Lutheran College (October 2013 – Present)

  • Committee member – Batyr Risk Committee (August 2018 - Present)

  • Committee member – Australian Psychological Society Psychologists in Schools Interest Group (October 2015 – Present)

  • Convenor – Brisbane School Psychologists (September 2015 – Present)

  • Academic Peer Reviewer - Quality of Life Research; Psychiatry Research; Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools; Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and practice; Perspectives in Psychiatric Care; Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy; BMC Palliative Care; Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (January 2015 – Present)

  • Triple P Seminar and Group Facilitator (July 2012 – Present)

  • Presenter (January 2010 – Present)

    • Over 200 presentations around Australia relating to youth mental health and mental health services available for young people with audiences including young people, families, non-profit organisations, corporate sector and health professionals

    • Key note presentations at several conferences including Technology and Young People and TEDxBrisbane

    • Academic presentations on topics including school refusal, collaborative work with young people and reforming the mental health sector

    • Professional development workshops including mental health literacy, feedback informed work, self-care, working with young people

  • Princess Alexandra Adult Acute Inpatient Unit (externship placement) (February, 2013 – September 2013)

  • Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service – Mater Hospital (externship placement) (July, 2012 – November, 2012)

  • Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (externship placement) March, 2012 – July, 2012)

  • Queensland Police Service (externship placement) (January, 2012 – March, 2013)

  • Griffith University Psychology Clinic (internship placement) (March, 2011 – January, 2012)

Relevant employment and volunteering

  • Sessional Academic - Griffith University (2011 – 2014)

  • Director - (formally Inspire Foundation) (2009 – 2014)

  • Reach Out Youth Ambassador (2005 – 2014)

  • Research Assistant - Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies (ACPNS) Queensland University of Technology (November, 2009 – December, 2010)

  • Research Assistant - Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR) - The University of Queensland (March, 2010 – November, 2011)

Publications and Presentations

O’Connor, M. & Yates, R. (2019). Presenting to parents on technology and wellbeing: providing a balanced perspective. Presented at National Education Summit, Brisbane, Australia.

O'Connor, M. & Keane, E. (2018). Outdoor Education and Wellbeing Program in a School Context. Presented at International Mental Health Conference, Gold Coast, Australia

O'Connor, M. & Keane, E. (2018). Ironbark research report: a review of St Peters Lutheran College outdoor education program. Brisbane, Australia

O'Connor, M. & Keane, E. (2018). Evaluation of a co-educational, 5-week Outdoor Education program for adolescents. Unpublished manuscript

O’Connor, M. & Coyne, J. (2017). A real-world example and recommendations for understanding and improving school counselling. Presented at Australian Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools Conference, Melbourne, Australia

O'Connor, M. & Coyne, J. (2017). School-based counselling service use: A year in the life of a school counselling department. Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, 27(2), 251-261

O’Connor, M. (2016). Reflections on transitioning from student to practitioner. Presented at QUT Educational and Developmental Masters Case Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

O’Connor, M. (2015). Measuring Mental Health Literacy: Development of the Mental Health Literacy Scale (MHLS) (unpublished Doctoral Thesis). Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

O’Connor, M., Allen, T., & Vidulich, J. (2015). The School Refusal Framework (SRF): Collaborating to reduce school refusal. Presented at Adolescent Success Conference, Brisbane, Australia

O’Connor, M., Casey, L. (2015). The Mental Health Literacy Scale (MHLS): A new scale-based measure of mental health literacy. Psychiatry Research, 229(1), 511-516

O’Connor, M., Casey, L., Clough, B. (2014). Measuring mental health literacy-a review of scale-based measures. Journal of Mental Health, 23(4), 197-204

McGorry, P., Hickie, I., Burns, J., O’Connor, M. (2012). Is there a crisis in youth mental health today? Conference presentation at Young Minds, Sydney, Australia

Van Dooren, K., O'Connor, M., & White, A. (2011). Consulting with young people: What CYSAR has learnt. Paper presented at the CYSAR Symposium. The 6th International Drugs and Young People Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Fletcher, R., van Dooren, K., O'Connor, M., & Salom, C. (2011). Development and evaluation of substance use resources. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Drugs & Young People, Melbourne, Australia.

Barraket, J., Collyer, N., O'Connor, M., & Anderson, H. (2010). Finding Australia's Social Enterprise Sector: Final Report: Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.