Dr Denis O'Hara

Clinical SnrLecturer Counselling&MH

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 52834


Dr Denis O’Hara is the Program Lead for the Master of Counselling within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. He is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society and member of the Psychotherapist and Counsellors Federation of Australia. Dr O’Hara is a past Head of School of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) and is Adjunct Professor at ACAP, Griffith University, and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Dr O’Hara has taught in several universities and colleges both in Australia and overseas across faculties of education, psychology, and counselling. He enjoys research and writing and has published several books and book chapters, and multiple peer reviewed journal articles. Some of his research interests include hope studies, psychotherapy integration, self-differentiation, chronic problems of the self, and wellbeing. One of Dr O'Hara's principal areas of reearch is on hope studies and apart from reports in research papers, a detailed examination of hope can be found in two of his books. The most recent volume is an edited book which provides an examination of hope from multiple perspectives including psychological, sociological, fiction and film, and is entitled “Phoenix Rising from Contemporary Global Society”. A second text is a full examination of hope and its application within the context of counselling and psychotherapy and is entitled " Hope in Counselling and Psychotherapy'.


  • PACFA - Accredited Supervisor, PACFA
  • Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Soc, The British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Members of The British Psychological Soc, The British Psychological Society
  • Associate Member of the AU Psychological Society, APS
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New England


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • O'Hara, Denis (2023). Depression. The SAGE handbook of counselling and psychotherapy. (pp. 215-220) edited by Terry Hanley and Laura Anne Winter. London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications.

  • Beel, Nathan, Hoare, Nancey, Davies, Michael, O’Hara, Denis J. and du Preez, Jan (2021). Application and careers for counsellors and counselling psychologists. The Australian handbook for careers in psychological science. (pp. 116-139) edited by Tony Machin, Tanya Machin, Carla Jeffries and Nancey Hoare. Brisbane, QLD Australia: Univerity of Southern Queensland.

  • O’Hara, Denis J. (2021). Three spheres of hope: generalised, particularised and transformative. Phoenix rising from contemporary: global society. (pp. 3-14) edited by Lisa Ortiz and Denis O'Hara. Oxford, United Kingdom: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9781848883345_002

  • O’Hara, Denis J. and O’Hara, Eva Fiona (2020). Hope and well-being in sustainable development. Good Health and Well-Being. (pp. 1-10) edited by Walter Leal Filho, Tony Wall, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli and Pinar Gökcin Özuyar. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland . doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-69627-0_118-1

  • O'Hara, Denis John and O'Hara, E. Fiona (2020). Innovations in a changing world. A metatheoretical framework for the integration. (pp. 247-258) edited by Katrina Andrews, Fiona Ann Papps, Vincent Mancini, Larissa Clarkson, Kathryn Nicholson Perry, Graeme Senior and Eric Brymer. Sydney, NSW Australia: Australian College of Applied Psychology.

  • O'Hara, Denis (2017). Depression. Sage handbook of counselling and psychotherapy. (pp. 404-409) edited by Colin Feltham, Terry Hanley and Laura Anne Winter. Thousand Oaks, CA USA: Sage Publications.

  • Hanley, Terry, Steffen, Edith and O'Hara, Denis (2016). Research: From consumer to producer. Handbook of Counselling Psychology. (pp. 530-545) edited by Woolfe, Ray, Strawbridge, Sheelagh, Kasket, Elaine and Galbraith, Victoria. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications. doi: 10.4135/9781529714968.n33

  • Meteyard, John and O'Hara, Denis John (2015). The diversity of university-community engagement: an international perspective. Community counselling: direction and focus. (pp. 83-94) edited by Chris Pratt. Pinang, Malaysia: Asia Pacific University-Community Engagement Network.

  • O'Hara, D. J. (2009). Societal expectations and tolerating interpersonal difference as factors within the differentiation of self. Building Asian families and communities in the 21st century: selected proceeds of the 2nd Asian psychological association conference. (pp. 52-65) edited by Jas Laile , Suzana Binti Jaafar and Sherri McCarthy. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor