KathDr. Katherine Hurrell is a fully registered Clinical Psychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of a range of mental health conditions. She is also experienced to help with other life difficulties, such as stress, adjustment to change, grief, parenting, addictions, self-esteem and chronic health conditions. On a case-by-case, Katherine provides forensic psychology services, including assessments, reports, probation and parole management and medico-legal.

Katherine has practiced psychology across a range of settings, including hospitals/medical, private practice, NSW corrections and university clinics. Her experience includes working with children through to older adults.



Katherine holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Macquarie University, where she worked with internationally renowned researchers at Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health. She also completed a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Wollongong. There, she trained under experts in the field and gained extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a wide range of settings. Prior to this she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Psychology at the University of Western Sydney and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Macquarie University.


At Macquarie University Katherine conducted research  into childhood anxiety disorders, emotion regulation and parenting. She has presented her research at both national and international conferences, including the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (Peru, 2013). Her work has also been published in peer reviewed journals.

Professional Registrations, Memberships and Appointments

  • Registration with Medicare to provide Clinical Psychology services
  • Full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (endorsed area of practice: Clinical Psychology)
  • Honorary Associate at Macquarie University
  • Lecturer, Alphacrucis College
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of the Anxiety Practitioners Network
  • Former Senior Production Editor of the International Journal of Forensic Psychology
  • Registered provider of psychology services with NSW WorkCover and Employee Assistance Programme
  • Registered ATAPS provider with WentWest Primary Health Network (Western Sydney)
  • Approved practitioner in the Work and Development Order (WDO) Scheme to provide eligible people a non-monetary way to reduce their fine debt with the SDRO.


  • Recipient of the Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards (MQRES) to commence a PhD (2007)
  • Vice-Chancellors Commendation for Academic Excellence (Macquarie University, 2015)

Treatment Approach

Katherine’s preferred treatment approach is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This evidence-based approach is considered an effective treatment for most psychological disorders and Katherine has seen first-hand the difference this approach has made in her clients. As required, she also applies skills from other validated treatment models. Those having worked with Katherine consider her to have a warm and compassionate approach and usually have little difficulty building rapport with her.

To keep abreast of new developments in the field of psychology and to maintain high professional standards of practice, Katherine regularly engages in professional development activities, peer consultation and supervision with senior psychologists.

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