Mr Xuan Luu

BPsych (UWS) GradCertEdStudies(HigherEd) (Sydney)
PhD Candidate, Disability and Community Faculty Research Group
Teaching Fellow, Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health

C43R - R Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9576

Website Mental Health
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Biographical details

Xuan P. Luu is a PhD candidate and early career academic in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney. As a mental health researcher, he has interests in youth and family experiences of bereavement, the intersection between online technologies and mental health, and the theory and practice of online counselling. His PhD research explores the practice of online counselling to support young people who are bereaved, with a view to developing a coherent framework of what counsellors identify as ‘good practice’ in this area. Long-term, he is interested in facilitating online counselling research to further inform practice, education and training, and policy development for mental health practitioners working in the online space (especially with young people). As an early career academic, he holds teaching responsibilities across a number of senior undergraduate units of study in the areas of mental health and lifelong disability. He is passionate about supporting the student experience, and to this end actively engages in learning and teaching research that centralises the student voice. His particular interests in higher education research include widening participation for university students, the role of emotions in university student learning, and enhancing mental wellbeing within the ‘final year’ undergraduate student experience.

Research interests

Xuan's research interests include:

  • Youth and family experiences of grief and bereavement
  • Hope, healing, and posttraumatic growth in bereavement
  • The relationship between online technologies and mental health
  • The theory and practice of online counselling
  • Qualitative and mixed-methods research in mental health

Xuan is a member of the Mental Health research team.

Teaching and supervision

  • HSBH3015 Mental Health Rehabilitation
  • HSBH3010 Health and Lifelong Disability


  • Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association
  • Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
  • International Association for Youth Mental Health
  • International Association of CyberPsychology, Training, and Rehabilitation
  • Widening Participation Scholars' Network, The University of Sydney

Awards and honours

  • Vice Chancellor's Award for Support of the Student Experience (2014)
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Award for Support of the Student Experience (2013)


Disability and Community

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