Amy is a Lecturer in Psychology in the College of Sport, Health & Engineering. Amy completed her Masters of Applied Psychology (Community) at Victoria University, and went on to complete her PhD in Psychology in 2017. She was awarded the Victoria University Medal for Excellence in a Higher Degree by Research in December, 2017.

Amy’s research has primarily focused on the experience of racialised oppression and implications for identities, communities, and intergroup relations, as well as the possibilities created through community arts practice for individual, community, and broader social change.

Amy’s PhD research was conducted alongside a community arts and cultural development project, Bush Babies, with Aboriginal, Noongar people in Western Australia. This critical narrative inquiry explored the stories shared in the context of this project, and theorised the role of Aboriginal storytelling on country both within and beyond Aboriginal communities. The research highlighted the history and continuity of oppression, the psychosocial impacts for individuals and communities, as well as the resistance and survival of Aboriginal people and culture.

Amy’s research has primarily involved qualitative research methods including narrative and discourse analytic approaches.

Areas of expertise

  • Community, cultural & liberation psychology
  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • race, racism, and whiteness studies
  • Identity, belonging and social exclusion/inclusion
  • Community arts & cultural development for social change
  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships and decolonising approaches to research

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 5892


Supervision of one honours thesis: Merve Koseer (2017) 'Islamophobia and challenges to identity construction for young Muslim Australians' with Assoc. Prof. Christopher Sonn.


Refereed journal articles

Quayle, A., Ali, L., Baker, A., Sonn, C., Keast, S. & Morda, R. (2017) Commentary: Finding community, placing psychology: Reflections on the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 3(2), 72-88.

Quayle, A., Sonn, C. C. & van den Eynde, J. (2016) Narrating the accumulation of dispossession: Stories of Aboriginal Elders. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 2(2), 79-96.

Quayle, A., Sonn, C., & Kasat, P. (2016) Community arts as public pedagogy: Disruptions into public memory through Aboriginal counter-storytelling. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 20(3), 261-277. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2015.1047662

Sonn, C., Quayle., A. & Kasat, P. (2015) Picturing the Wheatbelt: Exploring and expressing place identity through photography. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55(1-2), 89-101. doi: 10.1007/s10464-014-9686-7

Sonn, C.C., Quayle, A.F., Belanji, B. & Baker, A. M. (2015) Responding to racialisation through arts practice: The case of participatory theater. Journal of Community Psychology, 43(2) 244-259. doi. 0.1002/jcop.21676

Sonn, C.C., Quayle, A.F., Mackenzie, C. & Law, S.F. (2014) Negotiating identity and belonging through storytelling and encounter. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 21(5), 551-569.

Sonn, C.C. & Quayle, A.F. (2014) Community cultural development for social change: Developing critical praxis. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 6(1), 16-35. Retrieved from:

Sonn, C.C. & Quayle, A.F. (2013) Developing praxis: Mobilising critical race theory in community cultural development. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 23(5), 435-448. doi: 10.1002/casp.2145

View more of Amy's publications in the Victoria University Research Repository (VURR).

Refereed book chapters

Sonn, C., Rua, M. & Quayle, A. (In press) Culture, Indigeneity and coloniality: A contribution to decolonizing applied social psychology. In D. G. Hodgetts & K. Doherty (eds), Sage Handbook of Applied Social Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sonn, C. C., Kasat, P. & Quayle, A. (2017) Creative responses to social suffering: Using community arts and cultural development to foster hope. In M. Seedat, S. Suffla & D. Christie (eds), Emancipatory and participatory methodologies in Peace, Critical and Community Psychology  (pp. 91-105). New York, NY: Springer.

Sonn, C. & Quayle, A. (2012) Community psychology, critical theory and community development in Indigenous empowerment. In D. Bretherton & N. Balvin (eds), Peace Psychology in Australia (pp. 261-282). New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-1403-2-15.

Conference presentations

Sonn, C., Quayle, A., & Kasat, P. (2017, September) Creative and arts based methodologies: Expanding applied psychologies’ resources for intervention and empowerment. Paper presented at the International Conference on Intervention and Applied Psychology, 2017. Jakarta, Indonesia: University of Indonesia.

Sonn, C., Quayle, A. & Baker, A. (2017, July) Emancipatory approaches for community psychology: Two examples of liberation arts project. In People’s search for meaning through ethnicity, culture and religion: Psychology’s role in handling conflicts and sustaining harmony in multicultural society. Paper presented at International Conference on Psychology, 2016. Location (pp. 10-25). Yogyakarta, Santa Dharma University.

Quayle, A. (2017, April) Re-presenting Aboriginal counter-stories: Reflecting on the tensions as a non-Indigenous researcher. Paper presented at the 13th Trans-Tasman Community Psychology Conference. Melbourne, Vic.

Quayle, A. (2017, February) Mobilising Aboriginal counter-stories through community arts: Narrating cultural continuity and survival. Paper presented at the Place, Politics and Privilege Conference. Melbourne, Vic.

Quayle, A. (2016, May) “The legacy of life is still with our people”: Interrogating our collective history through Aboriginal counter-stories”. Paper presented at Resisting post-colonial legacies of alterity: Critical community praxis in India, Australia, Jamaica and South Africa, Symposium at the International Conference on Community Psychology 2016. Durban, South Africa.

Quayle, A. & Sonn, C.C. (2015, June) Counter-storytelling through the arts: The Bush Babies project and Aboriginal empowerment. Poster presented at the SCRA 15th Biennial Conference. Lowell, MA.

Sonn, C.C., Quayle. A., & Kasat, P. (2015, June). Picturing the Wheatbelt: Exploring and expressing place identity through photography. Paper presented at Community-based arts initiatives: Advancing theory research and action, Symposium at the SCRA 15th Biennial Conference. Lowell, MA.

Quayle, A. (2014, July). The power of storytelling on country. Paper presented at the Community, Identity and Displacement Research Network Postgraduate Student Conference, ‘In search for community power’. Victoria University, Melbourne, Vic.

Quayle, A. (2013, December). Rekindling stories: Examining the role of community arts in anti-racism. Paper presented at the Reconfiguring anti-racism: Tolerance, harmony, inclusion, or justice? The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation. Deakin University, Melbourne.

Quayle, A. (2013, June) Coloniality in the era of neoliberalism: Explicating race privilege in rural Western Australia. Paper presented at the 13th International symposium on the contribution of psychology to peace, Promoting peace in the era of globalization. International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

Professional memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Society for Community Research and Action