About Dr Sturrock

Dr Sturrock is a clinical psychologist who works in private practice in Melbourne, Australia. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), APS Clinical College, International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, and Association for Contextual Behavioural Science.

Dr Sturrock completed her undergraduate psychology degrees at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and her clinical doctorate at Deakin University. Her doctoral thesis focussed on testing the theory behind a popular cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder (i.e., Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Linehan, 1993), and she has published in this area.

Dr Sturrock is a scientist-practitioner who has over 15-years of experience working and/or studying in the area of mental health. She has been trained in various forms of psychological therapy, with a strong influence on the provision of CBT. During her doctoral training, she was placed at in-and out-patient settings where she treated patients of varying ages with moderate to severe mental health conditions. Dr Sturrock has further experience in the provision of a recently developed trans-diagnostic approach to therapy, called the Unified Protocol for Emotional Disorders that was specifically designed to treat clients with overlapping disorders. She has also undertaken training in Motivational Interviewing for the treatment of addiction, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Problem-Solving Treatment for depression in chronic health, and Acceptance-and Commitment Therapy for PTSD and depression.

Dr Sturrock’s areas of clinical and research interest, include suicidal and self-harming behaviour, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and eating disorders particularly in young people (aged 15 to 25 years). She also works with clients with vision loss, low vision, and blindness who have experienced changes in their quality of life and mental health. She subscribes to the APS interest group: Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology, and Personality and Individual Differences and Psychology. She has a interest in early intervention attachment-based parenting programs.

Dr Sturrock maintains an advanced level of clinical and research skill by undertaking regular professional development and contributing to research activities (see publications). She is currently employed as a Research Fellow at The Australian Catholic University in The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research.

She is a Board Approved Supervisor for 4+2 interns, 5+1 interns, higher degree placements, and registrars.