BEd (Hons) (University of Melbourne), MA (University of British Columbia), PhD (University of British Columbia)
I am a Scientia Associate Professor of Educational Psychology in the UNSW School of Education. I conduct research in the areas of motivation, wellbeing, and social-emotional development using quantitative research methods. My research also encompasses related factors such as adaptability, interpersonal relationships, and achievement. I examine predictors and outcomes of these different factors among children, youth, and adults. Broadly speaking, my research aims to identify how to best support and promote social, emotional, and academic/occupational thriving among students and teachers.
My work has been recognised with several honours including an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2020-2023), the Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association Division C (2020), the Young Scientist Award from the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (2018), and Outstanding Reviewer for the American Educational Research Journal (2016).
I have published over 70 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, along with a recently published co-edited book, "Social and Emotional Learning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific." I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology, Consulting Editor of Educational Psychology, and an Editorial Board Member for AERA Open, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Theory into Practice. I completed my doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia in Canada and previously worked as a primary school teacher in Melbourne.
2020: Outstanding Early Career Scholar, American Educational Research Association Division C
2018: Young Scientist Award, International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
2018: Supervisor Award for Exemplary Postgraduate Supervision, Postgraduate Council, University of New South Wales
2016: American Educational Research Journal Outstanding Reviewer, American Educational Research Association
2016: Supervisor Award for Exemplary Postgraduate Supervision, Postgraduate Council, University of New South Wales
2011-2014: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
2010-2014: Four-Year PhD Fellowship, University of British Columbia
2013: Dean of Education Scholarship, University of British Columbia
2013: Donald and Ellen Poulter Scholarship, University of British Columbia
2005-2006: Dean’s Honours Award for Academic Excellence, University of Melbourne