Personal details

Dr Areana Eivers
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HDHS
Discipline *
Psychology, Specialist Studies in Education
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Identifiers and profiles

Psychology (University of Oslo, Norway), Master of Clinical Psychology (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations

International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD)

Registered Psychologist (Clinical Endorsement) with Psychology Board of Australia

Board Approved Supervisor, Psychology Board of Australia


Developmental psychology, Social development, Peer relationships, Parenting, Family systems, Healthy relationships, Counselling theory and practice, Clinical child psychology

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Areana Eivers completed her initial studies in psychology at the University of Queensland before leaving Australia to pursue one of her other passions – travel. She lived in the UK for nearly three years, working on a research project investigating the relative influences of biology, home environment and parent-child interactions on early child development. After this, Areana returned to Australia to pursue a qualification in clinical psychology at Griffith University that ended up in a winding path lasting seven years, during which time she learned much about ‘psychology in the real world’ through her work in various government and non-government clinical and counselling services.

in 2006 Areana again left Australia to study a PhD at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her thesis was concerned with the social-emotional and relational development of young children across the transition to school, but she also gathered rich and diverse experiences both personally and professionally, including the experiences of being an international PhD student, of interacting with colleagues from multiple disciplines, and of studying research methods in a foreign language!

Since 2011, Areana has worked in the School of Psychology and Counselling at QUT. Her goal is to make people as passionate about the importance of relationships to human development as she is. To drive the point home, she is mother to a young child who teaches her every day about how complex, challenging but ultimately rewarding relationships can be, and about the need to balance the development of the mind with the development of the spirit.

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Dr Eivers is engaged in teaching across the undergraduate, Honours and coursework Masters programs in the School of Psychology and Counselling. She also provides clinical supervision to interns enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology program. Her teaching is mainly in the areas of developmental psychology – especially social development – and professional practice, but she has also taught units in the areas of counselling theory and practice and research methods. Currently Dr Eivers coordinates a social developmental psychology unit in the Honours program, and an intervention unit in the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) course. She also lectures in foundational psychology (PYB100) and developmental psychology (PYB203) units.

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In addition to her academic role, Dr Eivers is also a practising clinical psychologist who has worked previously in a number of clinical/applied roles including child and youth mental health, community health and family counselling services, and as a domestic violence counsellor. She has a strong interest in systemic frameworks, narrative therapy and integrative approaches and in seeking to bridge the gap between academic understandings and good therapeutic practice. She is particularly passionate about engaging in research and practice (including teaching) that leads to improved relationships, and hence, improved psychological health and wellbeing.

This information has been contributed by Dr Areana Eivers.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Current supervisions

  • Parenting Couples' Experience of Mental Labour: How Couples Conceive, Negotiate and Explain Mental Labour Division and the Factors That Influence Division of Mental Labour
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Brooke Andrew
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Jennifer Alford, Professor Mark Brough
  • Social Factors, Belongingness, and Emotional and Behavioural Functioning in Adolescents Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Mixed Methods Study
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Ian Shochet, Associate Professor Beth Saggers
  • Struggle and distress: An exploration of how the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and general Practitioners scheme has shaped service responses in Australia over the last 15 years
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Niki Edwards, Dr Ros Darracott

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)