Dr Kevin O'Sullivan

Dr Kevin O'Sullivan

Dr Kevin O'Sullivan

Conjoint Senior Lecturer

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

Contact details

Phone: 0433 318 274
Email: Dr Kevin O'Sullivan
Fax: (02) 6584 5066

Office: 1/158 Gordon Street, Port Macquarie 2444

Research Summary

Research Areas: Desistance from crime, group work, judicial officer trauma


Motivational interviewing

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 (Unpublished Dissertation, British Psychological Society, Leicester, U.K.).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 http://www.bfcsa.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/484875/Somebodys-mum,-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. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/rsDrh9rPe4BA5T93JqRX/full
  • 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). http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JCRPP-10-2016-0026
  • Blatch, C., O’Sullivan, K., Goodman-Delahunty, J., Willis, M., & Delaney, J. J. (2020). Effectiveness of a Domestic Abuse Program for Australian Indigenous Offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 0306624X19900979.
  • O'Sullivan,K., Hunter, J., Kemp, R. & Vines, P. (2020). Traumatic Stress in Judicial Officers (Preprint) DOI 10.13140/RG.2.2.34618.82888.
  • Hunter, J., Kemp, R., O'Sullivan, K & Vines, P. (2021). A Fragile Bastion: UNSW judicial traumatic stress study. 33 Judicial Officers' Bulletin 1.
  • O'Sullivan K., Hunter J., Kemp R. & Vines P. (2021). Benchmarking Judicial Stress in the Local Court of New South Wales. Report to the Magistrates' Association of New South Wales, Sydney, May31st, 2021.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Emerald Literati Network Award - Outstanding Paper 2017 for "Evaluation of an Australian domestic abuse program for offending males” published in Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

Affiliations & Memberships


  • Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Fellow, APS College of Forensic Psychologists
  • Fellow, APS College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Chair, Australia and New Zealand Association for 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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