Dr Katherine HurrellSenior Lecturer, Social Sciences
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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 16 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!
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
Searching for well-being (2020), International Positive Education Network, Virtual conference, 18 Nov 2020
Co-presenter: Waters, L., Garro, S., Hurrell, K., & Fyson, S
Parental reactions to children’s negative emotions: a clinical sample of children with anxiety disorders (2014), EACBT Congress, The Hague, The Netherlands, 10 Sep 2014
Co-presenter: Hudson, J.L.
Parental meta-emotion philosophy and emotion coaching in parents of children with an anxiety disorder (2013), 7th WCBT Conference, Lima, Peru, 22 Jul 2013
Co-presenter: Hudson, J.L., & Schniering, C
Parental reactions to children’s negative emotions: relationships with emotion regulation in children with an anxiety disorder (2011), 34th AACBT National Conference, Sydney, Australia, 01 Jan 2011
Co-presenter: Schniering, C., & Hudson, J.L
The distinctiveness and utility of a brief measure of alexithymia for adolescents (2005), 40th Annual Conference of Australian Psychological Society, Sydney, Australia, 01 Jan 2005
Co-presenter: Ciarrochi, J., & Heaven, P.C.L
- Thinking Well (2019), Hillsong Worship and Creative Conference, Sydney, Australia, 25 Oct 2019
Mental Health: R U OK? (2018), Hillsong Conference, Sydney, Australia, 12 Jul 2018
Co-presenter: Allan, S., Loundar, R
- Angry Kids: Emotional or attention seeking? (2016), Guest interviewee in Practical Research Parenting, Sydney, Australia, 15 Jul 2016
- Guest interviewee on the Colorado Shooting (2012), Channel Ten Breakfast Show, Sydney, Australia, 23 Jul 2012
Anxiety Practitioners Network (since 2011)
Australian Health Professionals Registration Authority (AHPRA): Psychologist, Area for Practise Endorsement - Clinical Psychology (since 2006)
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)
Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australian (PACFA) - Academic Membership (since 2021)
- Garro, S., Teacher wellbeing: leveraging the stress response to develop flourishing (Doctoral Thesis)
- Spencer, M., tba (Doctoral Thesis)
- Jemma Floyd, Unknown (Masters Project/Thesis)
- Menzel, M, How do Pentecostal Women Explain, Understand and React to Pornography Consumption by Household Partners? (Doctoral Thesis)
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