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Karyn Healy is a psychologist with many years experience working with schools and families to address bullying and conflict and to improve social and communication skills of children, teachers and parents. Karyn has a PhD in intervening with families of children who have been bullied by peers, and a Masters in Organisational Psychology. Karyn is co-author of a family intervention for children bullied by peers. She is an Associate Editor with the Journal of Child and Family Studies and was a member of the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Committee. Karyn is a researcher with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, and the Parenting and Family Support Centre of The University of Queensland.


  • 2021–2024
    Honorary Principal Research Officer, The University of Queensland
  • 2020–2022
    Research Officer, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute


  • 2014 
    The University of Queensland, PhD
  • 1995 
    The University of Queensland, Masters of Organisational Psychology
  • 1986 
    The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Science with Honours (1st class) in Psychology


  • 2022
    Empirical and theoretical foundations of family interventions to reduce the incidence and mental health impacts of school bullying victimization. , International Review of Psychiatry
  • 2020
    Attributions for improvement in children bullied at school, Journal of School Violence
  • 2020
    Hypotheses for possible iatrogenic impacts of school bullying prevention programs, Child Development Perspectives
  • 2018
    Mechanisms through which supportive relationships with parents and peers mitigate victimization, depression and internalizing problems in children bullied by peers, Child Psychiatry & Human Development
  • 2016
    Antecedents of treatment resistant depression in children victimized by peers. , Child Psychiatry & Human Development
  • 2015
    Facilitative parenting and children’s social, emotional and behavioral adjustment, Journal of Child and Family Studies
  • 2015
    Parenting practices, children’s peer relationships and being bullied at school. , Journal of Child and Family Studies
  • 2014
    Randomized controlled trial of a family intervention for children bullied by peers, Behavior Therapy