Patricia O'Rourke

Patricia O'Rourke

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Patricia O'Rourke is a child psychotherapist with special interest in Infant Mental Health, Child Protection and Reflective Supervision. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Paediatric Mental Health Training Unit and a member of the Critical and Ethical Mental Health (CEMH) research group within the Robinson Research Institute.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 - ongoing Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2018 - ongoing Consultant Infant Mental Health Specialist / Reflective Practice Trainer Child and Family Health Service, Women's and Children's Health Network
    2002 - 2021 Consultant Child Psychotherapist Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1989 - 1991 Massey University New Zealand Masters of Guidance and Counselling
    1971 - 1973 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand Bachelor of Arts
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    Graduate Diploma Infant Mental Health New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry Australia
    Diploma in Teaching Karori Teacher Training College New Zealand
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2016 Educator Australia and New Zealand Psychodrama Association Inc.,
    2006 Psychodramatist Australia and New Zealand Psychodrama Association Inc.
    1975 Trained Teacher Certificate Karori Teachers College New Zealand
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 O'Rourke, P., Jureidini, J., & BenTovim, D. (2022). The development of the Maternal Looking Guide: a perinatal clinical tool to understand and support the emerging mother-infant relationship. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.
    2021 O’Rourke, P., Jureidini, J., & Ben-Tovim, D. (2021). The Maternal Looking Guide: a perinatal clinical tool to support the emerging mother-infant relationship’. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 1-18.
    DOI
    2020 O'Rourke, P. (2020). Working therapeutically with infants in the child protection system: Reflections.. WAIMH Perspectives in Infant Mental Health, 28(2), 7-13.
    2011 O'Rourke, P. (2011). The significance of reflective supervision for infant mental health work. Infant Mental Health Journal, 32(2), 165-173.
    DOI Scopus30
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2019 - 2021 Women's and Children's Health Network Child and familiy Health Service Health services and related Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Associate Editor Perspectives in Infant Mental Health World Association of Infant Mental Health Finland
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Trainer Psychodrama Australia Brisbane Campus Australia

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