My research interests lie in engaging with the young person’s perspective and experience across psychology and education. I lecture in inclusion and psychology and supervise research students within this area.
I work collaboratively with health care professionals, teachers, parents and young people to support the individual and unique needs of youth. Underlying my research interest is my passion for supporting the needs of all students in the best ways possible while maintaining their wellbeing and sense of belonging.
I am engaged in the following research projects:
- Developing an artificial intelligence chatbot to support at-risk young people: The aim of this study is to create, implement and evaluate an artificial intelligence application, called a Chatbot, with young people alongside technology industry partner Botanic Technologies (Dean’s Early Career Researcher Award $20,101.93);
Students’ and teachers’ perspectives of inclusion: This research seeks to develop an understanding of the perspectives of high school students and their teachers regarding their experiences of inclusion in Australian schools (SEED funding award $5,000);
- Queen Elizabeth Centre (QEC): A Parenting Assessment and Skill Development Program (PASD): a pilot evaluation (QEC $15, 000).
International Research Collaborations
Currently, I am collaborating in three international research projects:
- Developing a Children’s Mental Health Literacy Scale: Working will colleagues in the USA, Australia, The Netherlands, and Norway we are developing an international scale to examine children’s knowledge and understanding of mental health (Inclusive & Psychology Academic Community: $4,000. Invited Scholars Scheme bringing International Partner A/Prof Joanne Riebschleger to Australia $7,000);
- Inclusive Pedagogy in Teacher Preparation: Alongside colleagues in the UK, Canada and Australia we aim to better understand how classroom teachers can be prepared to respond to the increasing diversity of students in their classrooms;
- Group co-leader of the Parental and Family Mental Health Worldwide Network Communications Group focused disseminating research using social media to improve public understanding of key mental health issues (2016 –> date).
Network of collaboration by a country level:
If you are interested to collaborate on a project please get in touch I welcome new ideas and collaborations!
To date I have successfully attained research funding to continue research both nationally and internationally.