Dr Anne Purcell 

PhD (UQ), M Ed (Harvard), B Ed St (Hons), Dip T, AACM (TD) FDRP, FRI Ad Med NMAS, TEP

Anne Purcell is a dispute resolution specialist focusing on the psychology of interpersonal communication and conflict. She practices as a mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), communication and family professional in the collaborative law process, a parenting co-ordinator and as an international speaker and trainer.

Dr Purcell holds a PhD in Developmental Psycholinguistics and a Masters of Education, Human Development and Psychology. She did her graduate studies at Harvard University in the US and The University of Queensland in Australia.

Anne’s main areas of expertise are educational psychology, communication patterns, the neuroscience of conflict, and parenting styles and their impact on child development.

Anne has worked with more than a thousand families experiencing divorce, separation and family transition. She has a particular interest in high-conflict matters and non-traditional or alternative family structures. In addition, she works on estate or succession disputes, and intergenerational family conflict. She also assists companies and corporations to reduce workplace conflict and increase productivity.

Anne has trained professionals around the world in alternatives to traditional dispute resolution and litigation processes. Her focus is on healthy children after divorce, and on-going respectful relationships between separated couples, families and colleagues.

Dr Purcell and her team at Resolution Partners offer a wide range of services and resources to assist families, individual and workplaces to resolve disputes respectfully.

Anne is a former academic and has held positions as a lecturer, research fellow, trainer and coach in the fields of educational psychology and dispute resolution with the University of Queensland, Queensland University of technology, Bond University and the Australian Catholic University. She currently sits on the on the board of Qld Association of Collaborative Practitioners(QACP), on the training committee for the Australian Association of Collaborative Practitioners (AACP), and is a faculty member with the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). She is their sole representative in the Southern Hemisphere.

Dr Anne Purcell has a broad range of experience including:

Family Dispute Resolution and family law mediation

  • Collaborative Practice
  • Workplace mediation
  • Commercial mediation
  • Community mediation
  • Training for professionals
  • Parenting Co-ordination
  • Post-Separation parenting programmes

Dr Purcell’s training, qualifications and experience includes:

  • Registered with the Federal Attorney General’s Department as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and able to issue s60I Certificates under the Family Law Act 1975
  • Advanced, Nationally Accredited Mediator (AdMed, NMAS), Resolution Institute  and the Mediator Standards Board (MSB)
  • Fellow of Resolution Institute (FRI)
  • STEP, Full Member (TEP) (the worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations)
  • International trainer (sole faculty member in the southern hemisphere) for the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • Qualified with Family Transitions to conduct child-inclusive mediations
  • Queensland Collaborative Law Management Committee member
  • Registered Teacher
  • Associate of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Mediation Trainer and Coach for the University of Queensland
  • International and national keynote speaker, seminar presenter and lecturer
  • Consultant mediator and trainer to local, national and multi-national corporations, law firms and government bodies including the Federal Court of Australia and the Queensland Bar Association.

Dr Anne Purcell also has experience as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with Relationships Australia and as a mediator on Legal Aid Queensland’s panel. She has worked as a Trainer and Coach in Mediation for the Law Faculties at Bond University, Queensland University of Technology, and The University of Queensland and in Educational Psychology for the Australian Catholic University.