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 an early career academic with the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney. He completed his undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Western Sydney in 2011, prior to commencing his academic career at The University of Sydney in 2012. At present, he researches and teaches in the disciplinary field of mental health.

As a researcher, Xuan is interested in utilising qualitative and mixed-methods approaches to foster better understandings of mental health and wellbeing. Through his PhD research, he seeks to explore counsellors’ perspectives on providing therapeutic support for bereaved young people in the online environment, with a view to developing a framework of ‘good practice’ relevant to this area. Long-term, he is interested in facilitating online counselling research to directly inform practice, education and training, and policy development for counselling practitioners wishing to integrate the Internet into their work. He is an ad hoc reviewer for the journals Counselling and Psychotherapy Research and Death Studies.

As a teaching-focussed academic, Xuan holds lecturing and tutoring responsibilities in a number of senior undergraduate units of study in the Faculty of Health Sciences. His specialist areas of teaching encompass psychiatric rehabilitation, recovery from mental illness, and health and disability across the lifespan. As a scholarly teacher, he actively engages in student-focussed research with the aim to better support the student experience. To this end, he has special interests in widening participation for university students, enriching the emotional aspects of 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 wellbeing
  • The impact of technology on counselling and psychotherapy practice
  • Qualitative and mixed-method 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 (with S. Lewis, M. Nguyen, D. Shirley, C. Caillaud, and T. Barclay) (2014)
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Award for Support of the Student Experience (with S. Lewis, M. Nguyen, C. Caillaud, D. Shirley, M. Lincoln, N. Wedgwood, and T. Barclay) (2013)


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