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Tristan is a lecturer in the Master of Counselling course and Chief Examiner of Introduction to Mental Health Issues. He is an experienced Counselling Psychologist with practical experience working in private practice, employment services, psychiatric rehabilitation, university counselling, and school settings.

His research interest are in Environmental Psychology, particularly the impact of the physical environment on mental health and learning, as well as encouraging sustainable environmental behaviours. He is also interested in counselling interventions that address disadvanatages in education and the workplace. Tristan is keen to hear from students who are interested in pursing research related to Environmental Psychology.

Tristan is currently working on a range of related research projects, including:

  • The impact of horticulture therapy on rehabitation from domestic violence.
  • Effectiveness of virtual nature for the restoration of attention and recovery from stress.
  • The impact of counselling room design on therapeutic outcomes.
  • Evaluating tranistion to parenthood programs.
  • Childhood environments and adult personality.

Research interests

Counselling Psychology.

Environmental Psychology.

Evolutionary Psychology.


Clinical activities

Private psychologist in Malvern East.

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Member of Scientific Program Committee, Counselling Psychology Conference, Feb 21-24, 2013.

Secretary of the APS Psychology and Environment Interest Group.

Board member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA).


  • Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Ecopsychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Climate Change

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Research Output 2011 2018

Development of the psychologist and counsellor self-efficacy scale

Watt, H., Ehrich, J., Stewart, S. E., Snell, T., Bucich, M., Jacobs, N., Furlonger, B. & English, D., 5 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

Motivations for multiple tattoo acquisition: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Mizzi, S. A. K., Snell, T. L. & Simmonds, J. G., 30 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Advances in Mental Health. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Nature streaming: contrasting the effectiveness of perceived live and recorded videos of nature for restoration

Snell, T. L., McLean, L. A., McAsey, F., Zhang, M. & Maggs, D., 1 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Environment and Behaviour. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Same-sex partner bereavement: Non-HIV-related loss and new research directions

Patlamazoglou, E., Simmonds, J. G. & Snell, T. L., 1 Dec 2018, In : Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. 78, 2, p. 178-196 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review