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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 recognised Educational and Developmental Psychologists with a knack for solving issues from the child’s perspective. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology (Monash University) and has led a neurodiversity-affirming practice for more than two decades. Dr Kimberley chose the name "Quirky Kid” to celebrate her gloriously individual community of young clients for whom she loves to advocate. She co-founded Quirky Kid in 2007 and continues to provide consultancy in Australia and abroad.

Dr Kimberley is a Board-Approved Supervisor with permission from the Psychology Board of Australia to supervise Clinical Psychology Registrars on child-related placements. She is dedicated to the growth of a highly committed and experienced clinical team, all of whom share her passion for working with young people (aged 2-18 years) and their support systems. Dr Kimberley has published 10+ books and therapeutic resources for children and educators (Hodder UK; Springer Press and QK), and she continues to review gold standard assessments and oversee evidence-based psychological interventions with meaningful outcomes.

As a lover of travel and capacity building, Dr Kimberley has twice been invited by the Bhutanese Government to train psychiatrists and mental health professionals in Himalayan hospitals, schools and NGOs for women and children. She was interviewed on Bhutanese National Television (2022) and appears regularly in the Australian media (ABC Radio, The Age, Sunrise) advocating for early intervention, children's mental health and related topics.

Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, Dr Kimberley was thrilled to receive 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 worldwide to access child psychologists (live) at reduced costs with no waitlists.

To work with Dr Kimberley, please outline your request via our contact form.


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’s 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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