Integration of Teaching Scholarship, Research & Practice

This research centre 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.  

> 19 Publications

> 7 current projects

> 15 Collaborations

Key Research Priorities

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


Dr Chris Kilby

Jennifer Coburn

Professor Kathryn von Truer

Alexa Kambouropoulos

Camilla Nicoll

Jacinta Connor

To be added

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Research Funding


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 

Current Projects


Coming soon

Key Outputs

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. 

Kambouropoulos, A., and Gopold, M., (2021, November 24). Supervision and reflective Practice. The Cairnmillar Institute 1st Biennial Conference in Professional Supervision, 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. 

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  

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.  

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 

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., 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. 

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. 

Coburn, J. (2015, July) Seeing things differently: first, second and third year student experiences in a transformative learning environment HERDSA Conference, Melbourne, Australia  

von Treuer, K.M. Professional Competencies and their application to coaching psychology. National Coaching Psychology AGM, Melbourne, 18th October, 2013. 

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. (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. 

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