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Dr. Leonie Lorien

School of Human Health and Social Sciences
Senior Lecturer Clinical Psychology / Director Psychology
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Rockhampton North
Building 31 Ground - Psychology Wellness Centre
Room LG.37
About Me

Leonie Lorien (MAPS, FCCLP, BA, GDPsych, MClinPsych, PhD) is a Clinical Psychologist, a member of the APS, a Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychology and APHRA approved Supervisor with over 30 years of experience. Leonie completed a B.A. (Behavioural Science) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and went on to work with children and young people living with significant cognitive impairment prior to completing her Grad. Dip. Psych. at University of Queensland (UQ), Master of Clinical Psychology (CQU) and PhD (CQU). Leonie has worked for various community/private organisations (including Alzheimer's Association of Queensland, Lifeline, Relationships Australia and Ramsay Health), Government Departments (Including Queensland Health, Dept. of Communities, Dept. Education and Centrelink) and in Private Practice. Leonie has held two roles at CQUniversity. Initially as Manager of 4the Student Counselling and Disability Service and currently as Senior Lecturer / Director of the Psychology Wellness Centre.


Doctor of Philosophy 2021 - CQUniversity 

Masters of Clinical Psychology 2013 - CQUniversity 

Graduate Diploma Psychology1992 - University of Queensland 

Bachelor of Arts (Behavioural Science) 1988 - University of Southern Queensland  

Universities Studied At


University of Queensland

University of Southern Queensland

Universities Worked At


Previous teaching


Professional Experience

Director, Psychology Wellness Centre, CQUniversity 2016 - Current

Senior Clinical Psychologist, Hillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital 2013 -  2016

Manager, Counselling and Disability Service, CQUniversity 2010 - 2013
Employee Adviser,
Department of Education, Training and the Arts 2007 -  2010

A/Principal Service Officer, Department of Communities 2007

Senior Service Officer, Department of Communities 2005 - 2006

Manager Relationships Australia Queensland 2003 - 2005

Psychologist Centrelink 2000 - 2002

Student Counsellor James Cook University 1999 - 2000

Psychologist Private Practice 1999 - 2000

Counsellor Lifeline 2000

Psychologist, Moranbah District Health Service  1994 - 1997

Counsellor Alzheimer’s Association of Queensland Inc. 1992 - 1994

Community Access Worker Unicare 1991

Trainer – Independent Living Mach 1 Australia Inc. 1990 - 1991

Advocate Queensland Recreation Association for People with an Intellectual Disability 1990

Residential Care Officer Dept. Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs 1989 - 1990

Professional Memberships

Member of the Australian Psychological Association

Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists 

Member of the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research 

Member of Recovery Research Network


Director, Psychology Wellness Centre, CQUniversity

Professional Interests

Recovery-oriented practice

Treatment of anxiety disorders

Supporting people to live well with chronic illness

Culturally appropriate assessment of developmental disorders

Implementation science (i.e. application of research in practice settings)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Key Achievements

Managed the expansion of the Psychology Wellness Centre, CQUniversity

Established partnerships with MS Queensland and Central Queensland Indigenous Development, CQUniversity 

Designed and implemented in-patient and day-patient  group therapy and recovery-oriented programs, Hillcrest Private Hospital

Initiated training for staff about how to respond to students presenting as distressed or with challenging behaviour, CQUniversity. 

Developed programs to promote wellbeing and encourage early intervention for staff experiencing mental health issues, Department of Education

Liaised with community representatives and government stakeholders to identify and facilitate the presentation of issues to government ministers at community forums. Issues included: Access to mental health services in rural and remote areas, youth engagement in government decision making, psychosocial impacts of mining development and planning for aged care in regional centres. 

Designed and oversaw the implementation of a purpose-built Relationships Australia office in Rockhampton, and facilitated the establishment of the Gladstone office, Relationships Australia

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Psychology - Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology

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