Dr Thomas Whelan - Nat Sch Psychology (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Tom Whelan (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at ACU. He is the National Course Director for Counselling, overseeing both the undergraduate and graduate programs. His current field of research concerns emotions and parenting. He has specific interests in parenting and mental health as well as the role and nature of crying in adulthood.


Phone :3127 (Melbourne)
Email :Tom.Whelan@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Emotional Health ; emotion regulation ; crying ; posttraumatic growth ; fathering ; mood disorders - depression, anxiety ;

Methods Expertise

Longitudinal and cross-sectional designs ;

Research Projects

Current Projects

  • Factors associated with mother's & father's mental health & parenting in the early parenting period (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Early recognition & prevention of postpartum depression & anxiety (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Adversarial growth in telephone counsellors: Psychological and environmental influences, in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling


Posttraumatic growth in international study: The case of Chinese in Australia, in Posttraumatic growth and culturally competent practice:Lessons learned from around the globe


The relationship between grandparent satisfaction, meaning and generativity, in The International Journal of Aging and Human Development


Child hospitalisation, in Cambridge handbook of psychology, health and medicine


Vicarious traumatisation in telephone counsellors: Internal and external influences, in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

Vicarious traumatisation:Current status and future directions, in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

The nature and dimensions of the grandparent role, in Marriage and Family Review