Alana is a Lecturer in Psychology with the College of Health and Biomedicine. She is a clinical psychologist and approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia

Throughout her career, Alana has worked in a range of settings, including private practice, psychiatric hospitals, the public sector, and community organisations. She has provided supervision and training, along with therapy, assessments, and groups for a diverse range of clients across the lifespan. Whilst working in the community sector, Alana also co-ordinated psychology internship programs, and assisted with managing an Emergency Recovery Team, which supported individuals and communities after crisis or emergency situations.

Alana completed her Clinical Psychology studies at VU, and has research, teaching, and clinical interests in both psychodynamic therapy and cognitive-behaviour therapy. She also has strong research and clinical interests in attachment theory and assisting individuals who have experienced trauma. She is currently completing a PhD in the area of psychodynamic therapy, along with being enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Education.

Alana has been working at Victoria University since 2015 as a lecturer and supervisor of psychology interns. She continues to be an active clinician, along with providing assessment and supervision services to external organisations.

Teaching responsibilities


Unit Convenor for the following units:


Alana also supervises provisional psychologists in the Victoria University Psychology Clinic.

Conference presentations

Howells, A., & McGillivray, J. (2007). Couple attachment interview: Theoretical discussion and sample narratives. In Pearce, Z.J. (Ed.), Generations of Relationships and Relationships Across Generations: Conference Proceedings; The combined 7th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society's Psychology of Relationships Interest Group and International Association for Relationship Research Mini-conference, pp. 62-67. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Psychological Society.

Howells, A., & McGillivray, J. (2006). Working at intimate relationships: Links between attachment, self-regulation, communication, and relationship satisfaction. In Wilkinson, R., and Pearce, Z.J. (Eds.), Relationships – Near and Far: Proceedings of the Australian Psychological Society's Psychology of Relationships Interest Group, pp. 71-77. Melbourne, Vic: Australian Psychological Society.

Professional memberships

  • Registered Psychologist with endorsement in Clinical Psychology, Psychology Board of Australia
  • Approved Supervisor, Psychology Board of Australia
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Fellow, College of Clinical Psychologists

Industry experience

  • Group supervisor for community organisations
  • Facilitator of training in a range of areas, including attachment, trauma, assessment, and emergency recovery
  • Experience in community organisations, the public sector, psychiatric settings, and private practice
  • Assessor of Victoria Police recruits


Areas of expertise

  • Trauma
  • Attachment theory
  • Counselling theory and practice
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 7226