I am a lecturer, researcher and educational & developmental psychologist. I work collaboratively with health care professionals, teachers, parents and young people to support the individual and unique needs of youth. My research interests lie in engaging with the young person's perspective and experience across psychology and education. As a psychologist I have worked in schools, hospitals and in private practice in various supporting roles with young people and their families. Alongside clinical practice I lecture in inclusion and psychology and supervise research students within this area. Underlying my research interest is my passion for supporting the needs of all students in the best ways possible while maintaining their wellbeing and sense of belonging. My doctoral research examined interventions for children of parents with a mental illness which received the Lewis & Lewis Educational & Developmental Psychology Postgraduate Research Award for innovation.
Currently, I am collaborating in two international research projects. One regarding Inclusive Pedagogy in Teacher Education with colleagues based in the UK, Canada, Italy and Australia. The other aims to develop an international scale of recovery and mental health knowledge for children of parents with a mental illness with colleagues based in the USA, Netherlands and in Australia.
In 2017 I was awarded the Deans Early Career Researcher Award for innovative research to develop, build and pilot an artificial intelligence technology application (known as a Chatbot) to support the wellbeing of high school students. My research interests have lead me to find ways to bridge education, psychology and technology to support the needs of all students in schools and the community; including those with diverse and high needs.
I am a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), an International Affiliate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a previous member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.