Personal details

Associate Professor Erin O'Connor
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Psychology & 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


  • Registered Psychologist (Australia)
  • National Assessor – Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
  • Member – University Academic Board
  • Member – University 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. Erin is also an assessor for the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).  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 was Director of the School’s Learning and Teaching and the chair of her school’s Learning and Teaching Committee (2015-2020). 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.


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.

PYB300 – Behavioural Science and Contemporary Challenges

  • In this core final year unit, students work with community partners to develop drafts of grant applications for funding.

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.


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.


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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