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Jacynta Krakouer

Research Fellow, Monash University

Jacynta Krakouer (BSc, MSW, MSP Melb) is a Mineng Noongar woman who lives and works on Wurundjeri country in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. A professional social worker and academic, Jacynta is employed as a Research Fellow at Monash University in the Health and Social Care Unit in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine under the leadership of Professor Helen Skouteris.

Jacynta previously worked as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) where she taught topics in child and family welfare and social work practice with Indigenous Australians. She sits on multiple Expert Advisory Committees and is also currently undertaking doctoral research in the topic of Aboriginal cultural connection in out-of-home care contexts in Victoria at the University of Melbourne.

Prior to her roles at Universities, she was a Graduate Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) where she worked on evaluation and research projects about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood education, STEM education and the educational needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Prior to commencing her research role at ACER in 2016, Jacynta worked as a social worker in the child and family welfare field, predominately working as a Case Worker with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children and their carers.

Jacynta is a member of the Family Matters Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership group, a national initiative to end the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care systems.


  • 2021–present
    Research fellow, Monash University
  • 2018–2021
    Associate Lecturer, The University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2018
    Indigenous Graduate Research Fellow - Indigenous Education Policy and Research, Australian Council for Educational Research


    The University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work) - Expected completion December 2021
  • 2016 
    The University of Melbourne, Master of Social Policy
  • 2010 
    The University of Melbourne, Master of Social Work
  • 2007 
    The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Science (Psychology & History and Philosophy of Science)