Dr. Kimberley O’Brien

Dr. Kimberley O’Brien is one of Australia’s most trusted and recognized Child Psychologists with a knack for solving issues from the child’s perspective. In 2016, Kimberley completed a Ph.D. through Monash University on “Belonging and socioemotional wellbeing among students in transition from primary to secondary school”.

With 20 years’ experience working locally and internationally, she is the co-founder of the Quirky Kid Clinic and an expert in child development and mental health. She has lectured Doctorate and Masters students and published 12 therapeutic resources with Quirky Kid and a chapter on “Positive parent-child relationships” (Springer Press, UK).

Kimberley consults for a range of companies like Lego, Pilot Pen, Cartoon network, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Telstra, Toyota, Procter & Gamble (Duracell), Coles Group, Colgate-Palmolive and Activision Publishing (Skylander).

Kimberley also enjoys an active role in the Australian media, contributing to various publications including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and commenting on radio networks, such as Triple J,  ABC Radio,  2GB, and 3AW. She regularly appears on television as a spokesperson providing her expert opinion on various topics with Channels, Seven, Nine, and Ten.

Kimberley began her career in child psychology with young offenders in the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice and later in Scotland (UK) providing therapy for juveniles aged 10 – 16 years. She gained skills in Developmental Psychology and Play Therapy before travelling extensively to acquire cross-cultural experience with non-English speaking children. Returning to Australia, Kimberley established her Private Practice in Glebe (Sydney) and later consulted alongside Dr. John Irvine providing therapy for children, adolescents and families.

In 2006, Kimberley conducted international research as part of The School Days Project, interviewing students in 52 countries to better understand school culture and multiculturalism. Kimberley completed the School Days Project with indigenous children in Darwin, Australia.

Kimberley is a member of The Australian Psychological Society (APS), a Fellow Member of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (FCEDP) and the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (ARICD). She is an Accredited Supervisor for Provisional Psychologists through the Psychology Board. 

Kimberley has completed a Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology from Charles Sturt University and a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychopathology and  Ph.D. Through Monash University.

Currently, Kimberley consults at the Quirky Kid Clinics in Sydney and Wollongong, including to various BRW top 200’s and conducts interactive seminars and practical workshops around Australia and NZ to diverse audiences such as Brazil, Canada, London and Australia

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