Agi O'Hara

Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate and Graduate-Entry Programs


Phone: +61 2 9351 2652

Fax: +61 2 9351 3783

Building.Room: A35.732

Research interests

Social work and social policy

  • Counselling, welfare and community services


professional practice, suicide awareness & prevention, domestic violence, eLearning

Professional biography

Agi has been a lecturer in psychology in the Social Work and Policy Studies program at the University of Sydney, since 1992. She coordinates, lectures and tutors in the Psychology for Social Work units of study, lecturing in the areas of counselling, child abuse, domestic violence, suicide prevention and grief. She also teaches the postgraduate Groupwork unit of study in the MSW programme and special tutorial workshops on domestic violence, child abuse and suicide awareness & prevention for the Behaviour Assessment and Interventions unit of study.

She is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society, with many years of experience working with individuals, couples and groups. Her academic interests have been pursued in parallel with professional development as a practising psychologist, enabling her to apply up-to-date theory and research in teaching and working with clients.

She is a qualified Train the Trainer, specialising in groupwork facilitation since 1989 and has completed Alternative Dispute Resolution training. She is at times asked to develop workshops for specific purposes e.g. new project team development and conflict resolution. She also provides supervision for professionals working with individuals and/or groups.



  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2004

Professional and community roles

  • Coordinator, Psychology for Social Work

  • Founding member  of Jewish Alliance Against Family Violence (JAAFV) - Chair 2009-2010.

Current projects

  • "WHAT MAKES A MAN A MAN IN CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIA" A virtual mentoring project that incorporates a multi-media resource (interactive website, DVDs) for men of all ages. It has been developed around a collection of ‘life lessons and reflections’ of well-known Australian male public figures, from a variety of professional, sporting and social contexts, including well-known media personalities, and men from Indigenous and culturally diverse communities. It will be an invaluable resource for men who have not been fortunate enough to have male mentors in their lives, to have access to a source of respected men’s wisdom and experience. Project details, interview downloads, blogs, forums and relevant resources can be accessed at

Selected publications


  • O'Hara, A and Pockett, R. (2011). Skills for Human Service Practice: Working with Individuals, Groups and Communities. (2nd ed.), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Book chapters

  • O'Hara, A. (2008). Violence against the self: self harm and suicide. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges (pp. 147–154), New York London: Routledge.

Journal articles

  • Ellis, R, Goodyear, P, O'Hara, A, Prosser, M. (2007). The university student experience of face-to-face and online discussions: coherence, reflection and meaning. ALT-J , 15(1), 83–97.
  • Ellis, R, Goodyear, P, Prosser, M, O'Hara, A. (2006). How and what university students learn through online and face-to-face discussion: conceptions, intentions and approaches. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 22(4), 244–256.

Conference papers

  • O'Hara, A. (2008). Sticks and Stones……The Power of Words and Empathy in Suicide Prevention. . In Annie Crowe and Darrell Meredith 2008 Strength in Unity 'Sharing & Building Skills' AAASW conference. (pp. 93–93). Sydney, 9-12 November 2008.