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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney

Amy completed her PhD in 2020, awarded an APA Scholarship for her project entitled "Preparing to succeed at school: Investigating the role of parents".

Amy has worked in a range of roles relating to education and social welfare of children and families previous to this research project, including policy, politics and research. Amy received First Class Honours for her Honours thesis, which explored perfectionism in children and how it related to parental goals.
Amy is now employed by the Gonski Institute for Education at the University of NSW as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, and has a research focus of improving educational equity for all students. Amy also conducts specialty research as a Research Specialist for the Parenting Research Centre.


  • 2019–2019
    Research Fellow, Gonski Institute for Education
  • 2016–2019
    PhD Candidate, Charles Darwin University
  • 2012–2018
    Facilitator, My Time support groups- SA Health
  • 2016–2017
    Education Consultant, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
  • 2010–2011
    Policy Adviser, Association of Independent Schools of South Australia
  • 2008–2010
    Ministerial Adviser, Minister for Education
  • 2007–2008
    Research Associate, Charles Darwin University


  • 2019 
    Charles Darwin University, Doctor of Philosophy (Early Childhood and Education)
  • 2006 
    University of South Australia , Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary and Primary) With Honours


  • 2019
    Australian Educational Leader, Giving parents a voice: Strategies to enhance parent capacity to support transition to school
  • 2018
    Family and Relationship Services Australia,  Understanding and measuring the role of parents in preparing a child for school
  • 2008
    Journal of Educational Psychology,  Maternal goal factors in adaptive and maladaptive childhood perfectionism

Professional Memberships

  • AARE


First Class Honours; APA Scholarship Recipient