Areas of research and ongoing interest

  • Mental Health Literacy

  • School-based mental health initiatives

  • Positive psychology

  • Population level mental health initiatives

  • The therapeutic relationship

  • Predictors of therapeutic outcomes

  • Using feedback to improve therapy

  • Outdoor education

  • Policy and processes to improve service delivery

  • Technology and wellbeing

Mental Health literacy scale

If you are interested in using the Mental Health Literacy Scale (MHLS) in your work, please contact me at:

Click here for a copy of the MHLS 


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. Click here for the report

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 Unpublished manuscript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. Click here for pre-print

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 Measuring Mental Health Literacy: Development of the Mental Health Literacy Scale (MHLS) (unpublished Doctoral Thesis).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. Click here for pre-print

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. Click here for pre-print

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.