Professors and Lecturers

Elizabeth Murrell

B.Sc.Psych.(Hons.), M.Psychol.(Clin.), (University of NSW)

Senior Lecturer
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Elizabeth Murrell is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in adult mental health. Elizabeth completed her undergraduate (Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Honours) and postgraduate clinical (Master of Psychology, Honours) training at the University of New South Wales.

She has been a Clinical Psychologist since 1987 and a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology (part-time and full-time) since 1995. She has worked in specialist anxiety disorders and compulsive gambling treatment units, a University-based psychology clinic, and most recently as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in a rural psychiatric hospital.

In addition to clinical practice, Elizabeth has been involved in the teaching and supervision of other Psychologists since 1984.


  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Clinical psychology (fourth year and Masters)
  • Adult mental health
  • Field placement co-ordination (Masters and Doctorate)
  • Clinical practice supervision
  • Clinically-relevant research supervision


  • Self-injurious behaviour
  • Training in clinical psychology
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Major mental illness
  • Rural practice

I have supervised a variety of clinically-relevant research projects for fourth year and Masters (clinical) students. These have included projects on childhood and adult anxiety disorders, psychosis, adolescent and adult depression, alcohol use and abuse, and self-injury.

Research Grants
  • Charles Sturt University Competitive Grant - 2003 - Beliefs about the causes and functions of self-injurious behaviour. In collaboration with Dr Tanya Covic and Dr Steven Cumming.


Download a list of Elizabeth's recent research publications and presentations

Rapee, R.M., Mattick, R., and Murrell, E. (1986). Cognitive mediation of the affective component of spontaneous panic attacks. Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 17, 245-253.

Rapee, R. M. and Murrell, E. (1988). Predictors of agoraphobic avoidance: An exploratory analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 2, 203-217.

Murrell, E., Steel, Z., Gaston, J., & Proudfoot, H. (2002). Training the cognitive-behavioural therapist: The role of the university psychology clinic. Australian Psychologist, 37(2), 123-128.

Tyson, G.A., Murrell, E., Covic, T., & Cumming, S. (2005). Teachers and school counsellors' implicit theories of the causes and functions of self-injurious behaviour. 40th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne 2005. Australian Journal of Psychology, 57, Supplement.

Cumming, S., Covic, T. & Murrell, E. (2006). Deliberate self-harm: Have we scratched the surface? Behaviour Change, 23(3), 186-199.

Kiernan, M., Murrell, E., & Relf, S. (2008). Professional education of psychologists using online problem-based learning methods: Experience at Charles Sturt University. Australian Psychologist, 43(4), 286-292.

Maddock, G., Carter, D., Murrell, E., Lewin, T. Conrad (2010). Distinguishing suicidal from non-suicidal deliberate self-harm events in women with Borderline Personality Disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44, 574-582.

Brockman, R. Kiernan, M., Brakoulias, V., & Murrell, E. (2014).The relationship between Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) maintenance processes, emotional distress, and positive psychotic symptoms: Evidence that CBT is 'not a quasi-neuroleptic' Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 28(2), 101-116.

Brockman, R., Kiernan, M., & Murrell, E. (2014). Psychometric properties of two brief versions of the Voices Acceptance and Action Scale (VAAS): Implications for the second-wave and third-wave behavioural and cognitive approaches to auditory hallucinations. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 20(6), DOI:10.1002/cpp.1916

Brockman, R., & Murrell, E. (2015) What are the primary goals of cognitive behaviour therapy for psychosis? A theoretical and empirical review. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 29(1). DOI:10.1891/0889-8391.29.1.45

Conference Presentations

The Challenge of Managing Dual Relationships in Rural Settings. The 2nd National Conference of the Australian Psychological Society's College of Clinical Psychologists. April 1998.

Training the Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist: The Role of the University Psychology Clinic. 21st National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive & Behaviour Therapy. April 1998.

Delivering Group-Based Anxiety Treatment Programs to Children in a Rural Area: Collaboration Between Professionals to Provide a High Quality, Sustainable Service. Co-presented with Leigh Underwood, at the Anxiety Practitioners Network One Day Conference, Macquarie University, November 2002.

Implicit Theories on the Causes and Functions of Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious Behaviour: A comparison of teachers, school counsellors, and the general public. Presented in collaboration with Associate Professor Graham Tyson as part of a symposium at the Australian Psychological Society's Annual Conference, Melbourne, September 2005.

The Rewards of Rural Psychology Practice. Co-presented with Judith Gullifer at the inaugural ACT and NSW Australian Psychological Society Convention, May 9, 2009.

Invited Presentations

An Introduction to the Nature, Assessment, and Treatment of Depression.
A full-day workshop presented to Psychologists employed by the Mid Western Area Health Service, at the Rural Health Training and Development Unit, Orange. May 2003 (pro bono).

Scratching the Surface of Self-Injurious Behaviour.
A presentation by Steven Cumming of the collaborative research of Elizabeth Murrell, Tanya Covic, and Steve Cumming. University of Leeds, June 2004.

Understanding and Responding to Self-Injurious Behaviour (SIB).
Two-hour professional development session presented to Psychologists employed by the Macquarie Area Health Service, Dubbo. December 2004 (pro bono).

Clinical Supervision for the Practising Health Professionals. A full-day workshop presented to the Allied Health Professionals of the Greater Western Area Health Service at the Rural Health Training and Development Unit, Orange. July 2005 (pro bono).

Recent Developments in the Etiology and Treatment of Repetitive Non-suicidal Self-Injurious Behaviour. One hour Journal Club presentation for the Greater Western Area Mental Health Service, Bloomfield Hospital. August 3rd, 2006.

Recognising the Signs and Symptoms of Diagnosable Mental Disorder: A Refresher on Descriptive Psychopathology and Suspecting Organic Causation for Psychological and Psychiatric Symptoms. Two half-day workshops presented for the Western Region Branch of the Australian Psychological Society in Orange (October 24) and Dubbo (November 7) 2008.

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Assessment, Formulation, and Intervention
Full-day workshop presented for the Western Region Branch of the Australian Psychological Society in Orange (October 26, 2013).


  • Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), with endorsement in clinical psychology.
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Committee Member and past Secretary of the Western Region Branch of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Member of the Australian Association for Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies (AACBT) and have previously served on the executive Committee of the NSW Branch

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