Dr Katherine Hurrell

Dr Katherine Hurrell

Director of Graduate Studies & Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Human Sciences

Katherine currently holds the positions of Director of Graduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in the department of Health and Human Sciences at Alphacrucis University-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, leadership, wellbeing across industries and professions (e.g., education, corporate and first responders), and healing from institutional abuse and religious trauma.

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


  • 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. | External link
  • 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. | External link
  • 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. | External link


Academic Conference

  • 2020
    • Searching for well-being (2020), International Positive Education Network, Virtual conference, 18 Nov 2020
      Co-presenter: Waters, L., Garro, S., Hurrell, K., & Fyson, S
  • 2014
    • 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.
  • 2013
    • 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
  • 2011
    • 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
  • 2005
    • 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

Other presentation

  • 2022
    • Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence (2022), Colour Conference, Sydney, Australia, 12 Mar 2022
      Co-presenter: Logan, G
  • 2021
    • Creating Family Wellness (2021), Sydney, Australia, 08 Oct 2021
    • Personal and Family Wellness (2021), Global EHS Week, ADM Australia, Sydney, Australia, 05 Oct 2021
    • Wellbeing, Self-Care and Professional Supervision (2021), ACOM and Uniting Church Australia, Brisbane, Australia, 25 Jun 2021
    • Trauma and Child Sexual Abuse (2021), CPD for Legal Professionals, Sydney, Australia, 31 Mar 2021
  • 2020
    • Understanding and Working with Grief and Trauma (2020), Australian College of Ministries, Sydney, Australia, 22 Oct 2020
  • 2019
    • Thinking Well (2019), Hillsong Worship and Creative Conference, Sydney, Australia, 25 Oct 2019
  • 2018
    • Mental Health: R U OK? (2018), Hillsong Conference, Sydney, Australia, 12 Jul 2018
      Co-presenter: Allan, S., Loundar, R
  • 2016
    • Angry Kids: Emotional or attention seeking? (2016), Guest interviewee in Practical Research Parenting, Sydney, Australia, 15 Jul 2016
  • 2012
    • Guest interviewee on the Colorado Shooting (2012), Channel Ten Breakfast Show, Sydney, Australia, 23 Jul 2012

Professional Memberships

Anxiety Practitioners Network (since 2011)

Australian Counselling Association - Academic Member (since 2021)

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)

Current Supervision

  • Current
    • Sprott, J, What are current approaches to prostitution in Australia, and how do they align with a biblically and ethically informed response? (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Miranda Menzel, How do Pentecostal Women Explain, Understand and React to Pornography Consumption by Household Partners? (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Rochelle Masters, Constructing a model of pastoral care integration with clinical psychology (Doctoral Thesis)

Completed Supervision

  • 2023
    • Vania Labios, How does Neurofeedback training help to alleviate symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2023
    • Eka Goh, How does Erikson's psychosocial developmental theory help inform the understanding of the emergence of complex posttraumatic stress disorder in young adulthood survivors of child abuse? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2023
    • Billard, J, What are the properties, operation, and dimensions of the integration stage of Christian spiritual formation and what are the consequent implied needs of Christians experiencing this stage? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2023
  • 2022
    • Parsons, K, What role does maintaining a sense of community play in the well-being of church congregants of in-person, virtual and hybrid church models? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2022
    • Shearer, P, What are the common attributes of parenting styles and practices that promote emotion regulation in children and young people, and why? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2022
  • 2021
    • Middleton, B, A review of social support structures for those in pastoral ministry (Masters Project/Thesis), 2021
    • Law, H, Migratory loss and psychological distress in the immigrant community within Australia: the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic. (Masters Project/Thesis), 2021

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