Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Professional ethics
  • Psychoanalytic theory and practice
  • Interview-based qualitative research

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

About Gavin Ivey

Gavin trained as a clinical psychologist at Rhodes University, South Africa, and went on to lecture and supervise trainee psychologists at various South African universities. He migrated to Australia in 2010 and is currently the Clinical Psychology Masters Course Chair at VU, as well as Director of Professional Postgraduate Psychology Programs. Gavin is registered as a clinically endorsed psychologist and clinical supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Gavin’s teaching and research interests concern the process of adult individual psychotherapy, particularly the unconscious influences on the psychotherapy relationship, and the teaching, learning, and supervision of psychodynamic psychotherapy. He is also involved in migrant psychology and gender research, with a focus on conflicted masculinities. Gavin is primarily a qualitative researcher, using psychosocial inquiry, auto-ethnography, thematic analysis, and interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore the nuances, layering and complexity of experience. He also practises part-time as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. 

Gavin teaches Research Methods, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Professional Ethics, Child Observation, and Reflective Practice to postgraduates, and Introduction to Psychoanalysis at undergraduate level. He also supervises clinical masters students’ psychotherapy case work. In his research supervisor capacity, Gavin works with honours, masters and PhD students conducting qualitative research projects.

Gavin is an elected fellow of the College of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and is a member of the Glen Nevis Clinic Research Subcommittee, as well as the Community, Identity and Displacement Research Network. He is a reviewer for ten local and international scholarly journals.


  • Ph.D.
  • Master of Social Science (Clinical Psychology)

Key publications

Year Citation
2022 Shearson, K., Sonn, C., Ivey, G., Sharples, J., Brasacchio, L., Bryant, E., & Durkan, B. (220401). Gender Equality through the Arts Program Evaluation. Victoria, Australia: VicHealth.

doi: 10.37309/2022.MW1042

Year Citation
2021 Cooke, J., Ivey, G., Godfrey, C., Grady, J., Dean, S., Beaufoy, J., & Tonge, B. (210901). Patient-reported reasons for discontinuing psychotherapy in a low-cost psychoanalytic community clinic. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 21(3), (697-709).

doi: 10.1002/capr.12352

2020 Ivey, G., & Sonn, C. (200201). A psychosocial study of guilt and shame in White South African migrants to Australia. Qualitative Psychology, 7(1), (114-130).

doi: 10.1037/qup0000133

2019 Ivey, G., & Deans, C. (190101). Y model psychotherapy training: A qualitative investigation of students experiences. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 72(1), (9-20).

doi: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.20180005

2017 Ivey, G. (170301). Gender mobility in the countertransference: An autoethnographic investigation. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 17(1), (42-52).

doi: 10.1002/capr.12101

2017 Sonn, C. C., Ivey, G., Baker, A., & Meyer, K. (170101). Post-Apartheid south african immigrants in Australia: Negotiating displacement, identity, and belonging. Qualitative Psychology, 4(1), (41-54).

doi: 10.1037/qup0000039

2016 Ivey, G., & Phillips, L. (160702). Psychotherapy clients attitudes to personal psychotherapy for psychotherapists. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 7(1-2), (101-117).

doi: 10.1080/21507686.2016.1157087

2015 Ivey, G. (151002). The mindfulness status of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 29(4), (382-398).

doi: 10.1080/02668734.2015.1081267

2014 Ivey, G. (140301). The Ethics of Mandatory Personal Psychotherapy for Trainee Psychotherapists. Ethics and Behavior, 24(2), (91-108).

doi: 10.1080/10508422.2013.808961

2014 Ivey, G., & Waldeck, C. (140102). Trainee clinical psychologists experience of mandatory personal psychotherapy in the context of professional training. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 5(1), (87-98).

doi: 10.1080/21507686.2013.833525

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.

Evaluation of the gender equality through the Arts Grants Program
From: VicHealth, VU Internal Funding
Other investigators: Dr Kim Shearson, Prof Christopher Sonn, Prof Jenny Sharples
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Other supervision of research students

Primary supervisor for one PhD student at Monash University, Department of Psychiatry.


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.