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Professor, School of Educational Psychology & Counselling, Monash University

My research area is mental health. More specifically, I research the impact of adversity on children and family life with a particular focus on parental mental illness and substance misuse. My endeavours result from my belief that mental illness is a family matter and we can intervene to impede the transmission of mental illness from parents to children.

My specific research areas focus on

• Parental mental health and outcomes for children
• Developing effective support structures and interventions for families facing adversity

A secondary interest is on classroom management and developing whole school approaches to welfare and behaviour management.


  • 2019–present
    Professor, Director Psychology Programs


  • 2005 
    La Trobe University, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society

Research Areas

  • Educational Psychology (170103)
  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Special Education And Disability (130312)
  • Mental Health (111714)