Personal details

Name
Associate Professor Erin O'Connor
Position(s)
Associate Professor
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
Phone
+61 7 3138 4812
Fax
+61 7 3138 0486
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
LinkedIn
Qualifications

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

Professional memberships
and associations

 

  • Director of Academic Programs, School of Psychology & Counselling
  • Registered Psychologist (Australia)
  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Member – Association for Contextual Behavioural Science
  • Chair School of Psychology and Counselling Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Member – University Academic Board
  • Member – University Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Member – Faculty of Health Learning and Teaching Committee
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

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, two Vice Chancellor’s Performance Awards, two nominations for the David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Award, and the APS Early Career Teacher Award for 2012.

Her research
interests include:

  • Adult learning and decision making;
  • Community program evaluation and participatory research; and
  • Health and consumer psychology.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Erin O'Connor.

Teaching

PYB301 (previously 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 organisation
  • 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.

PYB207 – Group Work

  • Intensive experiential learning through a group experience;
  • Development of group facilitation skills; and
  • Refinement of reflective thinking during and after group facilitation.

Erin has also previously taught PYB000, PYB215, PYB302, PYB306 and designed the school’s first offerings of PYB000. Dr O’Connor also developed and taught the psychology first year curriculum for University of Minnesota’s Bachelor of Science (Health science) degree.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Erin O'Connor.

Experience

Past Experience:

  •  Post Doctoral Associate – University of Minnesota, USA
  • Learning Designer – Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology
  • Education Evaluation (Private consultant) – St Paul’s School, QLD
  • 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 Associate Professor Erin O'Connor.

Publications


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)

Title
Improving work placement for international students, their mentors and other stakeholders
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
ID14-3837
Start year
2014
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