The Education and Teaching Scholarship research group is driven by a curiosity about innovative approaches to teaching and learning. We are interested in conducting research that enhances the student experience, promotes quality teaching and contributes to the mental health workforce. Our team is committed to the Cairnmillar Triple Helix model where the three pillars: Education, Practice and Research are integrated and reinforce and strengthen each other.

Our focus of interest is in research that:

  • informs teaching and learning pedagogy
  • enhances educational equity and access
  • maintains teaching quality
  • understands student needs
  • promotes efficacy in clinical supervision
  • explores competencies in psychology placements
  • optimises our understanding of the mental health workforce

Research Team 

Chairs: Dr Chris Kilby and Jennifer Coburn

Other members: Dr Alexa Kambouropoulos, Professor Kathryn von Treuer, Professor Louise Roufeil

Current Projects

Improved interprofessional practice education for healthcare students using a comprehensive health practice competency model.

Research Grants

  • Swiatek, L., Northcote, M., Coburn, J., Ducasse, A., Samarawickrema, N. (2020). HERDSA Grant, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) What happens next? Novel approaches for extending professional recognition schemes: Building critical reflective practice in the post-award phase. $4,960
  • Coburn, J. (2013). Small Research Grant Navitas Professional Educational experiences that facilitate study persistence amongst first, second and third year non-university higher education students. $2,270

Recent research outcomes (Last five years)


  • Kambouropoulos, A., & Harris, C. (2022). Handbook for Provisional Psychologists in Training: Psychological Practice and Supervision. Routledge, London, United Kingdom.

Peer reviewed journals

  • Sturre, V., Anglim, J., von Treuer, K.M., Knight, T., & Walker, A. (2022). Predicting supervisor and student competency ratings from a developmental assessment center: A longitudinal validation study. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 133.
  • Sturre, V.L., von Treuer, K.M., Knight, T & Walker, A. (2021). Using assessment centres to develop student competence: Nine steps to success and better partnerships. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 59(20), 172-182.
  • Kolar, C., von Treuer, K.M., & Scott, C. (2017) Resilience in Early Career Psychologists: Investigating Challenges, Strategies, Enhancers and the Training Pathway. Australian Psychologist, 52, 198-208.
  • von Treuer, K.M, & Reynolds, N. (2017), A Competency Model of Psychology Practice: Articulating Complex Skills and Practices, Frontiers in Education, 2, 1-7.

Keynote presentations

  • von Treuer, K.M. (2020). The Evolving Landscape of Psychology Education; Developing Safe and Practice Ready Graduates. APS Congress, 16-18 Oct 2020, virtual.
  • von Treuer, K.M. (2019). It Takes a Village to ‘Raise’ a Psychologist: Implications for Education. AusPLAT Conference, Sept 11-13 September, Melbourne.


  • Samarawickrema, N., Coburn, J. Swiatek, L., Ducasse, A., Northcote, M., (2021, October). When does feedback cease to be useful and sustainable?:Using SOTL to enhance feedback for mental wellbeing among academic staff International Society of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Online Conference hosted from Perth, Australia
  • Coburn, J., Swiatek, L., Ducass, A., Northcote, M., Partridge, L., Samarawickrema, N. (2021, July). I have got my fellowship, now what?: Supporting post-award teaching and learning practice, reflexivity and planning. HERDSA Conference, Brisbane, Australia 
  • Coburn, J. (2015, July) Seeing things differently: first, second and third year student experiences in a transformative learning environment HERDSA Conference, Melbourne, Australia 
  • Auton, J. C., Kambouropoulos, A. (2021, September 17-19). The Australian Postgraduate Psychology Logbook Working Group: Processes and recommendations. Australian Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference 2021, Online, Australia.
  • Kambouropoulos, A. (2021, November 13-14). Challenges and Opportunities-Building Resilience During COVID-19 and Beyond. APS College of Health Psychologists National Conference, Online, Australia.
  • Kambouropoulos, A., and Gopold, M., (2021, November 24). Supervision and reflective Practice. The Cairnmillar Institute 1st Biennial Conference in Professional Supervision, Online, Australia.
  • von Treuer, K.M. (2020). Professional Supervision as a mechanism to address mental health. In the sequence: Workforce and Resilience in Rural and Remote areas. Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, 26-28 Oct 2020, virtual.
  • von Treuer, K.M., Scott, G.D., Koh, C., Anglim, J., & Kolar, C. Resilience and workplace challenges faced by early career professionals: the role of university curriculum in aiding transition. EAWOP Small Group meeting ‘New frontiers in employability research: How to build a sustainable workforce’, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 28-29 June, 2018.
  • von Treuer, K.M. & Reynolds, N. Psychology competencies and professional development. National College of Organisational Psychologists AGM, Melbourne, 30th August, 2013.
  • von Treuer, K.M. Professional Competencies and their application to coaching psychology. National Coaching Psychology AGM, Melbourne, 18th October, 2013.
  • von Treuer, K., Reynolds, N., & Scott, G. (2019) A psychology competency model: Defining the practice competencies as meta-competencies in the context of psychological practice. 19th EAWOP Congress, Turin, Italy, 29 May- 1 June.
  • Taylor, M., Thompson, C., & von Treuer, K.M. (2018). The Big Tent Program; targeted supervision, education and enhancing experience and knowledge of health and education professionals in early childhood settings. FRSA National Conference, Cairns, Nov.