Kevin O'Sullivan

Kevin O'Sullivan

Kevin O'Sullivan

Clinical Associate, Wentworth Clinic

  • Licentiate in Philosophy, Gregorian University, Rome 1977
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education, 1981, University of London
    Bachelor of Science (Hons 2.1), 1988, University of London
    Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, 1991, British Psychological Society
    Postgraduate Certificate in Management, 2007, RMIT
  • PhD Candidate, UNSW 

Contact details

Phone: 0433 318 274
Email: Kevin O'Sullivan
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 1009

Research Summary

Research Areas: Desistance from crime, group work


Selected Publications:

  • O'Sullivan, K. & Dryden, W. (1990). Survey of Clinical Psychologists in the South East Thames Region: activities, role and theoretical orientation. Clinical Psychology Forum, 29, 21-26.
  • O'Sullivan, K. (1990). Evaluation of Group Treatment in a Department of Clinical Psychology. Psychology Research, 1(3), 22-26.
  • O'Sullivan, K. (1991) The experience of auditory hallucination: a study of attenders at a depot clinic. (Unpublished Dissertation, British Psychological Society, Leicester, U.K.).
  • O'Sullivan, K. (1994). Dimensions of coping with auditory hallucination. Journal of Mental Health, 3(3), 351-361.
  • O’Sullivan, K. (1996). A systemic approach to violence in a Correctional System. Paper given to the 29th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Psychological Society, Christchurch 25.8.96
  • O’Sullivan, K., Haggett, R. & Clark, J. (1997) Personal Effectiveness Programme (Vols. 1 & 2). Atelier, DCS Sydney.
  • O’Sullivan K. & Murphy K (2001) The Role of Credibility in Decisions of the Refugee Review Tribunal. Paper at the 1st National Conference of the College of Forensic Psychology, Sydney February 2001
  • Sultan A. & O’Sullivan K. (2002) Psychological disturbances in asylum-seekers held in long-term detention: a participant-observer account. Medical Journal of Australia, 175,3: 593-596.
  • O’Sullivan K (2006) Introducing evidence-based correctional programs in New South Wales: what worked. Practice Development Reports 1, Sydney, Department of Corrective Services
  • Brown C. & O'Sullivan K. (2013) Somebody's mum, somebody's dad: Parents as offenders and offenders as parents in New South Wales. Australasian Journal of Correctional Staff Development, March 2013. Download from,-somebodys-dad.pdf
  • O'Sullivan, K., Blatch, C. & Toh, M. (2014). A review of the creative group work training program for facilitators. Journal for Specialists in Group Work.
  • O'Sullivan, K. (2013). Group programs in corrections. Best practice meets real world: Some reflections on being neat in messy places. Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning 12(3), 48-64.
  • O'Sullivan, K. (2014). Paradigms for Rehabilitation in Australia and the Sydney Desistance Project. British Journal of Community Justice 12(2): 81-94.
  • O'Sullivan, K., King, A. & Nove, T. (2015). Groupwork in Australia. Sydney: Institute of Group Leaders
  • O'Sullivan, K. (2015). The Ancestors of Group Work,  in K. O'Sullivan, A. King& T. Nove, T. (Eds.) Groupwork in Australia. Sydney: Institute of Group Leaders.
  • O'Sullivan, K. and Haggett, R. (2015). Demonstrating Narratives of Desistance,  in K. O'Sullivan, A. King& T. Nove, T. (Eds.) Groupwork in Australia. Sydney: Institute of Group Leaders.
  • O'Sullivan, K., Kemp, R. and Bright, D. (2015). Identity, Self-story and Desistance. Journal of Forensic Practice, 17(3).
  • Blatch, C., O'Sullivan, K., Delaney, J. J., & Rathbone, D. (2016). Getting SMART, SMART Recovery© programs and reoffending. Journal of Forensic Practice18(1), 3-16.
  • Blatch, C., O'Sullivan, K., Delaney, J., Van Doorn, G. and Sweller, T. (2016). Evaluation of an Australian Domestic Abuse Program for offending males. Journal of Aggression Conflict and Peace Studies, 8(1), 1-17.
  • O’Sullivan, K., Holderness, D., Williams, R., Hong Y., Bright, D. & Kemp, R. (2016). Public attitudes to the reintegration of offenders.European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 23(3), 409-424DOI: 10.1007/s10610-016-9328-8.
  • O'Sullivan, K., Williams, R., Hong, X.Y., Bright, D. & Kemp, R. (2016). Measuring Offenders' Belief in the Possibility of Desistance. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 23(3), 409-424. DOI: 10.1177/0306624X16678940.n
  • Blatch, C. J., Webber, A., O'Sullivan, K., & van Doorn, G. (2017). Cost-benefits of a domestic abuse program for Australian offenders. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice3(1).

Affiliations & Memberships


  • Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Member, APS College of Forensic Psychologists
  • Member, APS College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Member, Association of Specialists in Group Work
  • Honorary Associate, Macquarie University School of Psychology
  • Accredited Supervisor, Australian Health Practitioners' Regulation Authority
  • Consulting Partner, The Group Psychology Practice

Other Information

Registrar supervison provided for Clinical and Forensic endorsement.

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