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June 13, 2021 51 min

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This episode explores the education and training of future psychologists with Dr Elly Quinlan. Elly describes her research unpacking tolerance of uncertainty in psychologists working with complex clients or clients who might be at risk, as well as the potential for discomfort to lead psychologists to avoid asking clients about their sexual abuse histories. 


Dr Elly Quinlan is Senior lecturer and course coordinator for the Master of Professional Psychology program at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, based in Sydney, Australia. If you want to keep up to date with Elly’s research you can follow her on Research Gate.


Research papers discussed in this episode

Causo, F., & Quinlan, E. (2021) Defeating dragons and demons: Consumers’ perspectives on mental health recovery in role-playing games. Australian Psychologist, 56 (3), 256–267, DOI: 10.1080/00050067.2021.1890983


Nixon, B., & Quinlan, E. (2021). Asking the hard questions: Psychologist’s discomfort with enquiring about sexual abuse histories. Violence Against Women. DOI: 10.1177/10778012211014558

Quinlan, E., & Deane, F. P. (Under review). A longitudinal study of trainee psychologists’ tolerance of uncertainty, state anxiety and confidence in case formulation.


Quinlan, E., Schilder, S., & Deane, F. P. (2021). “This wasn’t in the manual”: A qualitative exploration of tolerance of uncertainty in the practicing psychology context. Australian Psychologist, 56 (2), 154–167. DOI: 10.1080/00050067.2020.1829451 


Sensitive content warning

This episode refers to suicide and sexual abuse histories in the context of things professional psychologists are likely to have discussions with clients about. However, these topics are not the main focus of the episode and lived experiences are not discussed. Please take care while listening and if you are feeling discomfort and think you would benefit from some support, please reach out to your GP or contact a service like Lifeline.


Cite this episode

MacDonald, J. B. (Host). (2021, June 13). Education and training of future psychologists with Dr Elly Quinlan (No. 1) [Audio podcast episode]. In Psych Attack.

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