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Quirky Kid® is a child psychology clinic and publishing house based in Australia. We work with parents, schools and clinics around the world to improve children’s social and emotional wellbeing. Our award-winning tools and resources have had a positive impact on children in more than 30 countries.

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Dr Kimberley O'Brien

Dr Kimberley O'Brien

Principal Child Psychologist

Dr Kimberley O'Brien is one of Australia’s most trusted and recognised child psychologists with a knack for solving issues from the child’s perspective. She has lead a neurodiversity affirming practice for more than two decades, co-founding Quirky Kid's Woollahra clinic in 2007. Dr Kimberley has a passion for capacity building in developing countries (UNICEF, Australian Himalayan Foundation and the Bhutanese Government). She trains psychiatrists, educators and school counsellors using evidence-based art, play and nature as a medium to express journeys through trauma.

Dr Kimberley O’Brien is a Board-Approved Supervisor, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, published author, trainer and co-founder of Quirky Kid.  

She has a PhD in Educational Psychology (Monash University) and has championed neurodiversity for over two decades. Dr O’Brien is renowned for her knack for solving issues from the child’s perspective using evidence-based creative methodologies in clinical practice.

Since 2000, Dr O’Brien has trained psychologists and paediatric professionals to strategically use play and art techniques to complement their work with children. Between 2022-2024, Dr O’Brien was invited by the Bhutanese Government in partnership with the United Nations and the Australian Himalayan Foundation to provide training to psychiatrists in a Himalayan National Referral Hospital for the purpose of capacity building.

At home in Sydney, Dr O'Brien has published 10+ educational resources and supervised 20+ provisional psychologists and clinical psychology registrars with the support of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Dr O’Brien is also a national media spokesperson on topics related to paediatric mental health (Triple J, Sunrise, Today Show, The Project) in Australia and Bhutan (BBS TV).

She was recently awarded a $200K Female Founders Grant from the Australian Government to build and launch BriteChild (www.britechild.com), a subscription-based digital platform for parents and educators to access child psychologists at reduced costs with no waitlists.

Dr O’Brien loves being invited to speak at conferences and often creates tailor-made workshops for colleagues based in exotic locations like Mauritius. She transverses language barriers using fast-paced illustrations to share complex case studies, therapeutic techniques and tangible tools for immediate implementation.

Dr Kimberley currently supervises her teams at the Quirky Kid clinics in Sydney and Wollongong.

To discuss speaking engagements with Dr O’Brien, please outline your request via out contact form.

Qualifications

Dr Kimberley has completed a Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology from Charles Sturt University, a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychopathology and a PhD through Monash University. 

She is a member of The Australian Psychological Society (APS), a Fellow Member of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (FCEDP). She is also an Accredited Supervisor for Provisional Psychologists through the Psychology Board of Australia.

Other Details

Dr Kimberley O'Brien Working with Children Check (WWC): WWC1010093E.

Kimberley has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Kimberley does not offer consultations under the NDIS scheme.

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