Director: Wellbeing Research Group, Centre for Research in Education School of Education, University of South Australia

Barbara began her working life as a primary school teacher, returning to study to undertake a PhD in girls' bullying behaviours and their peer relationships. She works in the field of educational psychology with pre-service teachers and is a leading researcher of bullying and cyberbullying nationally and internationally. She currently leads the Safe and Well Online project for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, exploring how technology can be used to support young people's mental health.

She is a member of:
The Coalition to Decrease Bullying, Harassment and Violence in South Australian Schools
The National Centre Against Bullying
The National Technology and Wellbeing Roundtable and
The Cooperation of Science and Technology (COST) Action on Cyberbullying (an international research cooperative involving 28 European countries)

Co-editor of:
A series of commissioned reports on:
'Youth exposure to cyberbullying and its management in Australia' Commonwealth Department of Communication (2014) http://www.communications.gov.au/publications/publications/cyber-bullying

'The Impact of technology on relationships in educational settings', Routledge (2012).
'Child Adolescent and Family Development' Routledge (2012)

Experience

  • 2014–2014
    Director: Wellbeing Research Group, Centre for Research in Education School of Education, University of South Australia