Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Community & liberation psychologies
  • Racism and whiteness studies
  • Narrative approaches in qualitative Inquiry
  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships and decolonising approaches to research

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Amy Quayle

Amy is a lecturer in Psychology in the College of Sport, Health and Engineering, and a research fellow in the Institute for Health and Sport.

Amy has expertise in community and liberation psychology and qualitative research methodologies. Amy’s research has focused on understanding racialised oppression: how it is experienced, the psychosocial implications for identities, communities and intergroup relations, as well as the resilient and resistant ways individuals and communities respond. Her research has also explored the possibilities created through community arts and cultural practice for individual, community and broader social change. With stories understood as resources for identity and community making processes, through community-based research, Amy seeks to document and amplify the (counter)stories of individuals and groups who are marginalised and excluded.

Amy is currently involved in a number of collaborative research projects with colleagues in IHeS, ISILC and Moondani Balluk and community partners. One project explores how cultural workshops can build knowledge and connection to Country, and how this supports Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing. Amy is also involved in a Youth Participatory Action Research project with young people across Victoria exploring youth voice and action amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Another project aims to document what reflexive antiracism looks and feels like in the current Australian post-colonising context to gain insights into how to best support those engaging in reflexive antiracism practice.


  • PhD, Victoria University, Australia, 2017
  • MAppPsych(Community), Victoria University, 2011
  • BPsych (Hons), Victoria University, 2007

Key publications

Year Citation
2022 Quayle, A., & Sonn, C. (221213). Critical narrative inquiry as psychosocial accompaniment with Aboriginal communities (pp. 160-179).
2022 Sonn, C. C., Quayle, A. F., & Balla, P. (220318). Community arts for critical community psychology praxis: Towards decolonisation and Aboriginal self-determination (pp. 212-226).

doi: 10.4324/9780429325663-17

2022 . (220101). Decolonial Enactments in Community Psychology In Kessi, S. ;. (Ed.) Springer International Publishing.

doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-75201-9

2019 O'Doherty, K. C., & Hodgetts, D. (190101). The SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Psychology SAGE Publications Ltd.

doi: 10.4135/9781526417091

2018 Oke, N., Sonn, C., & Baker, A. (180719). Places of Privilege BRILL.

doi: 10.1163/9789004381407

Year Citation
2021 Baker, A., Quayle, A., & Agung-Igusti, R. (210701). You have to leave to chase another dream : Why young people choose to stay and leave country VIC.

Year Citation
2023 Balla, P., Jackson, K., Price, R., Quayle, A. F., & Sonn, C. C. (230101). Blak Women s Healing: Cocreating Decolonial Praxis Through Research Yarns. Peace and Conflict, 29(1), (21-30).

doi: 10.1037/pac0000637

2022 Balla, P., Jackson, K., Quayle, A. F., Sonn, C. C., & Price, R. K. (221201). Don't let anybody ever put you down culturally. it's not good : Creating spaces for Blak women's healing. American Journal of Community Psychology, 70(3-4), (352-364).

doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12607

2020 Sonn, C., Agung, Igusti., Keast, S., & Quayle, A. (200910). Unsettling psychology: Whiteness and the cost to black lives. InPsych, 42(4), (16-21).
2019 Quayle, A. F., & Sonn, C. C. (190901). Amplifying the Voices of Indigenous Elders through Community Arts and Narrative Inquiry: Stories of Oppression, Psychosocial Suffering, and Survival. American Journal of Community Psychology, 64(1-2), (46-58).

doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12367

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Resilience: Regenerative City Living Lab
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Dr Jean Hopman, Prof Debra Smith, Aspr Alison Baker, Dr Daniel Ooi, Ms Karen Jackson, Dr Thinh Nguyen
For period: 2021-2022
Blak Women's Healing
From: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Other investigators: Ms Karen Jackson, Ms Paola Balla, Ms Rowena Price, Prof Christopher Sonn
For period: 2021-2023

Developing a place-based youth led action research model: The We Hear YOUth project
From: Thorne Harbour Health, The Foundation For Young Australians
Other investigators: Aspr Alison Baker
For period: 2020-2021
Not disclosed

CBTL (Colour between the line): Creating Solidarities Across Communities of Difference through Arts and Activism
From: CoHealth
Other investigators: Prof Christopher Sonn
For period: 2018-2020
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Integrated Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
PhD Integrated (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.