Researcher

Associate Professor Rebecca Collie

My Expertise

Teacher Motivation, Teacher Wellbeing, Student Motivation, Student Wellbeing, Social and Emotional Development

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Educational psychology, Teacher and student wellbeing, Specialist studies in education

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Biography

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...view more

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. 


My Qualifications

BEd (Hons) (University of Melbourne), MA (University of British Columbia), PhD (University of British Columbia)


My Awards

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


My Research Activities

Examples of research projects I am currently conducting include:

  • Teachers' motivation and wellbeing
  • The role of motivation in social and emotional development among children
  • Academic resilience among female students
  • Academic success among migrant students

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

I supervise students conducting research in the following broad areas:

  • Motivation among students and/or teachers 
  • Wellbeing/resilience among students and/or teachers
  • Teachers' and students' experiences at school (e.g., adaptability, interpersonal relationships, job satisfaction)
  • Social and emotional competence and its development among students and/or teachers

lf you are a prospective student interested in undertaking a research degree in one of these areas, please feel free to contact me with details of your ideas and qualifications (e.g., degrees, academic grades, scholarships/awards, publications, research experience). This will help me to understand your interests, experience, and abilities, and ascertain potential fit with the broader research program.


Currently supervising

Some current/recent topics examined by students I supervise include:

  • Students' goal setting and adaptability
  • Students' growth goals and growth mindset
  • The post-school transition and students' experiences
  • Teachers' workplace experiences and links with their engagement and wellbeing

My Engagement

Professional Society Memberships: 

  • Australian Association for Research in Education
  • American Educational Research Association, Division C (Learning & Instruction), Motivation SIG
  • American Psychological Association, Division 15 (Educational Psychology)
  • European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction, Motivation and Emotion SIG
  • British Educational Research Association
  • International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
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