Dr Rachael Murrihy obtained her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Wollongong in 2006 and subsequently received the John Freestone Award for outstanding achievement in a clinical training program. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the delivery of training in cognitive behavioural therapy for general practitioners and psychiatric registrars. Since this time, Dr Murrihy has taken up a position as the Senior Clinical Psychologist and Research Associate at the Health Psychology Unit, an adolescent-focused unit, based at the University of Technology Sydney.
Dr Murrihy’s specialty is in the area of clinical adolescent psychology with a particular interest in youth aggression, conduct problems and bullying. As a practicing clinician, she works with youth experiencing both internalising and externalising disorders across a diverse range of settings, including the university clinic, private practice, inpatient wards, and in mainstream and alternative schools. She also lectures, trains, and supervises professionals in this field, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses, educators and interns.
Dr Murrihy has published research with an adolescent focus and presented this work at conferences both nationally and internationally. She has also edited a book, Clinical Handbook of Assessing and Treating Conduct Problems in Youth (Springer Publishing: New York, in press), in collaboration with Professor Thomas Ollendick and Dr Antony Kidman.
Membership of Professional Societies:
Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Member of APS College of Clinical Psychologists
Member of the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (U.S.)
Member of the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (AACBT)
Sydney AACBT Committee member
Full registration as a psychologist – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
2006 John Freestone Award. Most Outstanding Student in Clinical Program.
2001 Research Grant ($5,000) Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Research Grant ($20,000) from Australian Psychological
Society, Illawarra Institute of Mental Health. Pfizer and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
2002/3 Summer Scholarship University of Wollongong
2001/2 Summer Scholarship University of Wollongong