Staff profile

Dr Paul Daniel O'Halloran

Senior Lecturer, Coordinator Rehabilitation Counselling Major Cours

Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Public Health and Human Biosciences
Department of Public Health

HS1-137, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BBSc, GDipHlth(Psych), PhD La Trobe, MAPS

Membership of professional associations

Member APS college of Sport and Exercise Psychologists Member APS college of Health Psychologists

Area of study

Rehabilitation Studies

Brief profile

 Dr Paul O'Halloran is the coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counselling Major and the Honours Program within the Bachelor of Health Sciences. He is also the primary coordinator of subjects such as Individual Determinants of Health, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Behaviour Change in Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Pharmacology, Living with Chronic Conditions and Research Based Approaches to Counselling.

Paul’s primary research interests relate to:

  • reducing disability
  • exploring client experiences of rehabilitation
  • improving rehabilitation outcomes
  • behaviour change in health and rehabilitation settings
  • psychology of sport and exercise

Some specific interests relate to measuring and facilitating social support in people with chronic conditions and interventions designed to build social support and self-efficacy in rehabilitation settings.

Paul has worked clinically as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist and Health Psychologist for over 10 years. His work in Sport Psychology with athletes competing at a national and international level has related primarily to performance enhancement. Paul’s work has a Health Psychologist has involved assisting people with chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes with adaptive behaviour changes (using techniques such as Motivational Interviewing) to increase physical activity. Paul is a member of the Australian Psychological Society college of Sport and Exercise Psychologists and on the Executive committee of the Australian Psychological Society college of Health Psychologists.

Research interests

Chronic disease

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Teaching units

  1. PHE1IDH: Individual Determinants of Health
  2. PHE3SEP: Sport and Exercise Psychology
  3. PHE2LCI: Living with Chronic Conditions
  4. PHE3BCR: Behaviour Change in Rehabilitation
  5. PHE3MHP: Mental Health and Pharmacology
  6. PHE5RBA: Research Based Approaches to Counselling

Recent publications

O’Halloran, P.D (in press).  Physical activity: an evidence based examination of why, how much, and how to increase it. In L. Ricciardelli & M. Caltabiano (Eds.) Handbook of Applied Topics in Health Psychology

Aldcroft, S., Taylor, N., Blackstock, F., & O’Halloran, P.D. (in press). Psycho-educational rehabilitation programs in producing health behaviour change in people with coronary artery disease: a systematic review of controlled trials. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.

O’Halloran, P.D (2010). How to read and make sense of statistical data. In Liamputtong, P. (ed.) Research methods in health: foundations for evidence based practice (p. 416-432) . Oxford University Press, Melbourne

McIver, S., O'Halloran, P. & McGartland, M. (2009). Yoga as a treatment for binge eating disorder: A preliminary study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 17(4), 196-202.

McIver, S., McGartland, M. & O'Halloran, P. (2009). "Overeating is not about the food": Women describe their experience of a yoga treatment program for binge eating. Qualitative Health Research, 19(9), 1234-1245.

Iles, R., Davidson, M., Taylor, N. & O'Halloran, P. (2009). Systematic review of the ability of recovery expectations to predict outcomes in non-chronic non-specific low back pain. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 19(1), 25-40.

O'Halloran, Paul. (2007). Mood changes in Weeks 2 and 6 of a graduated group walking program in previously sedentary people with Type 2 Diabetes. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 13(1), 68-73.

O'Halloran, Paul, Gregory Murphy, and K. Webster. (2005). Moderators of mood during a 60-minute treadmill run. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 36(3), 241-250.

O'Halloran, Paul, Gregory Murphy, and Kate E Webseter. 2005. Timing and type of mood change during running. In International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) (Ed.), Promoting Health & Performance for Life. Proceedings of the 11th World Congress of Sport Psychology Conference, Sydney: ISSP.

O'Halloran, Paul, Gregory Murphy, and Kate E Webseter. 2005. The effect beliefs concerning mood improvement on mood change during running. In M. Jackson & G. Murphy (Eds.), Theory and practice in contemporary Australian cognitive and behaviour therapy: Proceedings of the 28th National AACBT Conference, Melbourne: AACBT.

Ruddock, Mandy, Paul O'Halloran, and Gregory Murphy. 2005. Injury rehabilitation among Australian Football League players: Psychosocial issues. In M. Jackson & G. Murphy (Eds.), Theory and practice in contemporary Australian cognitive and behaviour therapy: Proceedings of the 28th National AACBT Conference, Melbourne: AACBT.

O'Halloran P.D., Murphy G., & Webster K. E. (2004). Mood during a 60-minute treadmill run: Timing and type of mood change. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 35(4), 309-327.

O'Halloran P.D., Murphy G., & Webster K. E. (2004) Reliability of the bipolar form of the Profile of Mood States using an alternate test protocol. Psychological Reports, 95, 459-463

McIver, S., O'Halloran, P.D., & McGartland, M. (2004). The impact of Hatha Yoga on Smoking Behavior. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 10 (2), 22-23.

O'Halloran, P. (2003). Review of: Caltabiano, M. & Sarafino, E.P. Health psychology: biopsychosical interactions - an Australian perspective. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27(1), 91.

O'Halloran P.D., Murphy G., & Webster K. E. (2002). A measure of beliefs about improvements in mood associated with exercise. Psychological Reports, 90: 834-840.

O'Halloran P.D., Kirkby R., & Webster K. E. (2001). Mood changes during exercise. Australian Journal of Primary Health – Interchange, 7(2):24-31

Research projects

  1. Development of a needs assessment tool for traumatic spinal cord injury: Community integration is a fundamental goal of rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries (Kennedy et al., 2009). Much of the SCI population is socially isolated and at risk of negative health outcomes such as depression, re-admission to hospital due to preventable conditions (Anson et al. 1993). Effective interventions require accurate measurement of social support needs, however there is currently no measure available for this purpose.  This study will develop and pilot an innovative measure of social support needs for use with persons with a traumatic SCI in Australia
  2. Mental Health of University students: Young adulthood is a peak period for the onset of psychological problems. However little is known about the psychological wellbeing of university students, a specific subsample of this population. Our study examined psychological wellbeing and help-seeking among a sample of both domestic and international university students. It also examined factors associated with psychological wellbeing and help-seeking behaviour. This is a pilot study for a larger, national project which will involve all Australian universities.
  3. The AFL Coaching lifestyle: Improving life satisfaction, health and well being:   Coaching at the elite level in AFL is potentially rewarding, yet very challenging. Coach's performance across various settings is often influenced by factors not directly within their control. As a result, coaches are potentially susceptible to mental and physical fatigue which can have an impact on their role performance and health. It is therefore important that reliable information is obtained about the impact of the coaching role and how to maximise the life satisfaction and general health and well being of AFL coaches. This study examines the factors that influence and will potentially improve the life satisfaction and general health and well-being of AFL Coaches.