Erin Clout

Psychology Intern / BSocSc (Psych)(Hons)

Why did you choose to study psychology?

I’ve always had a heart to work alongside those who are facing injustice. After spending some time in Africa and Mexico volunteering with organisations who work with orphans, child soldiers and refugees, I was incredibly moved by what so many had been through and inspired by their strength and resilience. I knew I wanted to get involved at a deeper level, particularly through mental health. I was inspired by a number of people working in the field of trauma, including Dr Robi, and decided to start studying psychology.

How do you like to relax when you’re not at work and studying?

Walking along Sunrise Beach is one of my favourite ways to relax, as well as reading a book, listening to music and chats with good friends.

What’s your idea of a really great day?

Anything that involves the sun, good friends, the beach and/or live music is a great day.

What’s one of the best pieces of advice you’ve been given?

Being in a place of struggle is okay. It’s a sign of growth. There’s always opportunity for personal expansion in the seasons that stretch us beyond our current capacity.

What's one thing you're professionally passionate about?

I am passionate about social justice and am interested in working with people who have faced trauma.

What’s one of your favourite psychology reads?

Quiet by Susan Cain was incredibly interesting and inspired my Honours dissertation topic.