Dr Katherine Hurrell

Dr Katherine Hurrell

Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences

Katherine currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the department of Social Sciences at Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia. She develops and teaches a range of social science and counselling subjects for students undertaking the bachelor and postgraduate programs and is also involved with the supervision of Higher Degree Research (HDR). Katherine obtained her PhD on a full scholarship from Macquarie University (Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship), which examined the role of parenting factors and emotion regulation in children diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Her thesis was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence and she had the privilege of presenting her findings at the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies conference (WCBCT) in Peru. Prior to this, Katherine obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology (with Distinction) and a postgraduate diploma in Forensic Psychology (with Distinction). In addition to her academic role, Katherine is a fully registered psychologist with endorsement to practice in the area of clinical psychology. She has been consulting for over 15 years with both children/adolescents and adults in her busy private practice in Sydney's Hills District. Katherine enjoys the balance of her academic and professional roles; with each serving to compliment one another and provide a rewarding vocation. She brings a wide scope of psychological expertise to her teaching, having worked across a range of public and private settings, including hospitals, university clinics and NSW Corrections (offender management & rehabilitation). More recently, Katherine has partnered with local churches in the provision of wellbeing sessions for pastors, professional supervision and occasional speaking events. She finds the intersection of psychology/counselling and ministry a unique and energising area to practice. She also believes in the value of this work for the prevention of pastoral burnout. This area aligns with her general interests in positive psychology and wellbeing across industries and professions (e.g., education, corporate and first responders). When Katherine is not working, she can be found spending her time outdoors, keeping active and enjoying quality time with her husband, three sons and fun-loving labrador! 

Professional Memberships:

Member, Australian Psychological Society

Fellow, Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists

Member, Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law

Member, Anxiety Practitioners Network


PhD (Macquarie University)
Dissertation Title Emotion regulation in children with an anxiety disorder: the role of parent factors 2015

Masters (Clinical Psychology) (University of Wollongong)
Dissertation Title Development of an alexithymia scale for adolescents 2006

PG Diploma (Forensic Psychology) (University of Western Sydney)
Dissertation Title The evaluation of psychometric measures for the detection of malingering 2001

BSc (Psychology) (Macquarie University) 2000

Field of Research

  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services
  • 1607 Social Work
  • 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
  • 1701 Psychology


  • 2007
    • Ciarrochi, J., Heaven, P.C.L., Hurrell, K., & Supavadeeprasit, S (2007). Are boys more shallow than girls? A four year longitudinal study of the characteristics that lead boys and girls to like each other. In J. Hennig, M. Reuter, C. Montag, & P. Netter (Eds.), Abstracts of the 13th Biennial Meeting of the International Soc.. Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.

Journal Article

  • 2017
    • Hurrell, K.E., Houwing, F.L., & Hudson, J.L (2017). Parental meta-emotion philosophy and emotion coaching in families of children and adolescents with an anxiety disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(3) 569-582. | Link to journal
  • 2015
    • Hurrell, K.E., Hudson, J.L., Schniering, C.A.(2015). Parental reactions to children’s negative emotions: relationships with emotion regulation in children with an anxiety disorder.. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 29 72-82. | Link to journal
  • 2010
    • Heaven, P. C. L., Ciarrochi, J., & Hurrell, K. (2010). The distinctiveness and utility of a brief measure of alexithymia for adolescents.. Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 222-227. | Link to journal

Professional Memberships

Fellow, Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists (since 2018)

Member, Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (since 2017)

Member, Australian Psychological Society (APS) (since 2007)

Current Supervision

  • None
    • Garro, S., tba (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Spencer, M., tba (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Jemma Floyd, Unknown (Masters Project/Thesis)

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