Staff profile

Dr Paul Daniel O'Halloran

Senior Lecturer, Coordinator Rehabilitation Counselling Major Course

College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Psychology and Public Health
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 Counselling

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 Sport and Exercise Psychology, Rehabilitation Counselling, Service Delivery Systems, Behaviour Change in Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Pharmacology and Research Based Approaches to Counselling.

Paul’s primary research interests relate to:

  • behaviour change in health and rehabilitation settings
  • motivational interviewing
  • exploring client experiences of rehabilitation
  • improving rehabilitation outcomes
  • psychology of sport and exercise
  • sport participation in younger and older individuals

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

- Increasing sport and physical activity in younger and older people


- Motivational Interviewing, Behaviour Change

Teaching units

  1. PHE3SEP: Sport and Exercise Psychology
  2. PHE5REC: Rehabilitation Counselling
  3. PHE5STS: Service Delivery Systems
  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., Blackstock, F., Shields, N., Holland, A., Iles, R., Kingsley, M., Bernhardt, J., Lannin, N., Morris, M.E., & Taylor, N. F. (In press). Motivational interviewing to increase physical activity in people with chronic health conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation    

Holden, J., Davidson, M. & O’Halloran, P. (in press). Health Coaching For Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review of the Literature. International Journal of Clinical Practice.   

Ruddock-Hudson, M., O'Halloran, P., & Murphy, G. (in press). Long-term athletic injury: The psychological impact on Australian Football League (AFL) players. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology   

Iles, R.A., Taylor, N.F., Davidson, M., & O'Halloran, P. (in press). An effective coaching intervention for people with low recovery expectations and low back pain: a content analysis. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation   

Aspridis, A., O'Halloran, P.D, & Liamputtong, P. (in press). Female Bodybuilding: Perceived social and psychological effects of participating in the Figure class. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal.     

Capalb, D., O'Halloran, P. & Liamputtong, P. (2014). Why older people engage in physical activity: An exploratory study of participants in a community-based walking program. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 20 (1), 74-78.     

O'Halloran, P. (2013). Physical Activity: An evidence-based examination of why, how much, and how to increase it. In M. Caltabiano & L. Ricciardelli (eds.) Applied topics in Health Psychology (pp. 29-43). Sussex, UK: Willey-Blackwell   

Holland, A.E., Mahal ,A., Hill, C.J., Lee, A. L., Burge, A.T., , Moore, R., Nicolson, C. , O'Halloran, P., Cox, N.S., Lahham, A., Ndongo, R., Bell, E., & McDonald. C.F. (2013). Benefits and costs of home-based pulmonary rehabilitation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - a multi-centre randomised controlled equivalence trial. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 13 (1), 57    

Wright, B.J. & O'Halloran, P. (2013). Perceived Success, auditory feedback and mental imagery: What best predicts improved efficacy and motor performance? Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84, 2, 139-146.   

Iles, R.A., Taylor, N.F., Davidson, M., & O'Halloran, P. (2012). Patient recovery expectations in non-chronic non-specific low back pain: a qualitative investigation. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 44, 781-787.    

Ruddock-Hudson, M., O'Halloran, P., & Murphy, G. (2012). Exploring the psychosocial reactions to injury in the Australian Football League. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 24, (4) pp. 375-390.    

Iles R, Taylor NF, Davidson M, O'Halloran P. (2011). Telephone coaching can increase activity levels for people with non-chronic low back pain: a randomised controlled trial. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 57 (4), 231-238    

Aldcroft, S., Taylor, N., Blackstock, F., & O'Halloran, P. (2011). 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, 31 (5), 273-282.     

O'Halloran, P (2010). How to read and make sense of statistical data (p. 4126-432). In Liamputtong, P. (ed.) Research methods in health: foundations for evidence based practice. Oxford University Press, Melbourne   

McIver, S., McGartland, M, & O'Halloran, P.D. (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 

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

Iles, R.A., Davidson, M., Taylor, N. F., & 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 (29-40) 

Carey, B., Block, S., Ross, F., Borg. V., & O'Halloran, P. (2008). Preschool teachers and Stuttering: A survey of knowledge, attitudes, and Referral practices. ACQ (Acquiring Knowledge in Speech, Learning, and Hearing), 10 (1): 7-11 

O'Halloran P.D (2007). Mood Changes in weeks 2 and 6 of a graduated group walking program in previously sedentary persons with type 2 diabetes. Australian Journal of Primary Health (13): 68-73 

O'Halloran P.D., Murphy G., & Webster K. E. (2005). Moderators of mood during a 60-minute treadmill run. International Journal of Sport Psychology (36): 241-50  

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.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) Use of Motivational Interviewing to increase physical activity in people living in the community after a hip fracture

2) Sport and physical activity participation among young people in regional Victoria

3) Stress and jockey performance: Psychological and physiological contributors