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 in the 1990s. She works in the field of educational and developmental psychology with pre-service teachers and is a leading researcher of wellbeing, bullying and cyberbullying nationally and internationally. She has led 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 led the review of the National Safe Schools Framework (now the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework) and has published widely. She led the Wellbeing Research Group (UniSA School of Education for many years and is a current member of Centre for Research on Educational and Social Inclusion (CRESI).
She is a member of:
The Child Development Council of South Australia
The South Australian Bullying Prevention Coalition
The Australian Universities' Anti-bullying Research Alliance (AUARA)
The SA Attorney General's Roundtable on 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)
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)
Bullying, cyberbullying and pupil well-being in schools: Comparing European, Australian and Indian Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2018)
May Mills Scholarship for Women, 1994