Teacher Motivation, Teacher Wellbeing, Student Motivation, Student Wellbeing, Social and Emotional Development
Fields of Research (FoR)Educational psychology, Teacher and student wellbeing, Specialist studies in education
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, engagement, interpersonal relationships, and achievement. I examine predictors and outcomes of these different factors among children, youth, and adults in...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, engagement, interpersonal relationships, and achievement. I examine predictors and outcomes of these different factors among children, youth, and adults in educational settings. Broadly speaking, my research aims to identify how to best support and promote social, emotional, and academic/occupational thriving among students and teachers.
I have been awarded over $800,000 in national and international grants, and government and non-government research tenders. My publications include 80+ peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, 1 co-edited book, along with over 25 publications for professional audiences. My research has featured in 40+ print and online media articles and podcasts, and I have delivered over 30 invited/keynote presentations to academic, community, and educational organisations.
My work has been recognised with several honours including an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2020-2023), the Richard E. Snow Award for Early Career Research Contributions from the American Psychological Association Division 15 (2021), and the Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association Division C (2020). Prior to that, I was awarded 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 am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology, Consulting Editor of Educational Psychology, and an Editorial Board Member for Learning and Instruction, Teaching and Teacher Education, Social Psychology of Education, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, and Theory into Practice. I have held Visiting Research Fellowships at the University of Oxford, Université Laval, and the University of British Columbia.
In the 2020 Elsevier BV rankings based on Scopus citations, I was ranked in the top 2% of researchers worldwide – globally and in my primary discipline (Education). In 2021, I was identified as 1 of 40 Rising Stars of Research by The Australian newspaper across all disciplines in Australia, and the top early career researcher in “Educational Psychology and Counselling.” In Kiewra et al.’s (2021), “Educational Psychology Early Career Award Winners: How Did They Do It?” I was 1 of 6 early career researchers interviewed about research strategies and approaches.
I completed my doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia in Canada, and previously worked as a primary school teacher in Melbourne.
BEd (Hons) (University of Melbourne), MA (University of British Columbia), PhD (University of British Columbia)
2021: Richard E. Snow Award for Early Career Research Contributions, American Psychological Association Division 15 (Educational Psychology)
2021: Supervisor Award, Postgraduate Council, University of New South Wales
2021: Featured in Stanford’s List of Most Cited Researchers (Top 2%) in 2020 – Globally and in Primary Discipline (Education)
2021: Rising Star of Research in “Educational Psychology and Counselling” - Listed as a Top 40 early career researcher in The Australian newspaper’s Research Magazine 2021
2020: Outstanding Early Career Scholar, American Educational Research Association Division C (Learning and Instruction)
2018: Young Scientist Award, International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
2018: Supervisor Award, Postgraduate Council, University of New South Wales
2016: American Educational Research Journal Outstanding Reviewer, American Educational Research Association
2016: Supervisor Award, 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.
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
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