Personal details

Dr Erin O'Connor
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 *
Other Education, Psychology, Other Studies in Human Society
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Office of Learning and Teaching 2014
  • Early Career Teacher Award, Australian Psychological Society (APS) 2012
  • Director of Academic Programs, School of Psychology & Counselling
  • Registered Psychologist (Australia) 
  • Associate Member of the APS
  • Executive Member QUT Higher Education Research Network
  • Chair School of Psychology and Counselling Learning and Teaching Committee
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr O’Connor is a registered Psychologist and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has completed post-doctoral training at the University of Minnesota and worked as a learning design consultant in universities and in secondary schooling. She is the chair of her school’s Learning and Teaching Committee and represents the Faculty of Health (shared seat) on the QUT Higher Education Research Network Executive. Erin received a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2014, a Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award in 2011, and the APS Early Career Teacher Award for 2012. Her research
interests include:

  • Adult learning and decision making
  • Reflection and experiential learning
  • Health psychology
This information has been contributed by Dr Erin O'Connor.


PYB207 – Psychology in the Community (subject for final year students)

  • Career development for psychology students
  • 50 hour service learning placement with a community, private, or government organisaton
  • Reflection skills and training in mindfulness and self evaluation
  • This placement unit culminates in a student conference during which we present short video briefs of where the students went, what they supported the organisation to do, and their professional development outcomes.

PYB000 – Psychology in Professional Contexts (subject for first year students)

  • Blended learning unit (combination of face to face and online classes that are designed to be studied together)
  • Exploration of “Psychology” and how we come in contact with principles of psychology in our everyday life
  • Examination of popular and scientific media, problem based scenarios that put the student in the ‘seat’ of a psychology graduate.
  • Real world problems and solutions
  • Some career guidance and study help to make sure students get the most out of their time at university


This information has been contributed by Dr Erin O'Connor.


Past Experience:

  • Learning Designer – Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology
  •  Post Doctoral Associate – University of Minnesota, USA
  • Elected Committee Member: Consumer Liaison Committee, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand 

Previous research appointments: Cancer Council, Center for Accident Research and Road Safety – QLD, St Flanna’s School (Refugee support), and St Paul’s School 

Previous volunteer service: Association for Friends and Relatives of the Mentally Ill (ARAFMI), and Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Center.                                               

This information has been contributed by Dr Erin O'Connor.


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

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Improving work placement for international students, their mentors and other stakeholders
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
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