Mr Xuan Luu
PhD Candidate and Postgraduate Fellow, Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health
Project Coordinator, Belong@FHS
C43R - R Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
Xuan Luu is a PhD candidate and early career academic in the Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health, within the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Sydney. He completed his undergraduate training in psychology and behavioural sciences at the University of Western Sydney. Xuan researches and teaches in the field of mental health and wellbeing, with his particular expertise being focussed on the mental health of children and young people in response to grief and bereavement. His PhD research qualitatively examines the phenomenon of hope in online counselling for bereaved young people, with a view to developing a substantive theory of counsellors' perceptions.
Xuan’s research interests include:
- Child, youth, and family mental health;
- Experiences of grief and bereavement in children and young people;
- Hope, healing, and post-traumatic growth in bereavement;
- How technology changes experiences of grief and bereavement;
- The impact of the Internet on counselling and psychotherapy practice.
Xuan is a member of the Mental Health research team.
Teaching and supervision
- HSBH3015 Mental Health Rehabilitation (Semester 1)
- HSBH3010 Health and Lifelong Disability (Semester 2)
PhD Research: Qualitative in nature, Xuan's doctoral research seeks to develop a grounded theory of how online mental health counsellors perceive and interpret the bereavement experiences shared in-session by young people, and how these perceptions shape approaches to practice. Through semi-structured interviews, it engages online counsellors in conversation about how they make sense of the experiences disclosed, and how they communicate advice and support online for bereaved young people.
Belong@FHS: Supporting a committee of academic and professional staff in the Faculty of Health Scences, Xuan assists in the coordination and evaluation of a faculty-wide undergraduate peer mentoring programme designed to support the first-year student experience. Focussing on the nurturing of social inclusion, cultural diversity, and sense of belongingness, this programme aims to enhance a smooth and supported transition to the university community for new students.
The EvE (Exams v Essays) Study: Alongside colleagues from the Discipline of Occupational Therapy (Faculty of Health Sciences) and the Sydney Centre for International Law (Sydney Law School), Xuan is examining student and academic perspectives on a conventional wisdom that has endured in the higher education context: The notion that "essays test knowledge, exams test nerves".
- Member, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
- Member, International Association for Youth Mental Health
- Member, International Association of CyberPsychology, Training, and Rehabilitation
Disability and Community