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Research interests

My research focuses on the socio-motivational factors and processes that impact adolescents’ adaptive engagement, achievement, and development, especially in STEM. Specifically, I examine how high school students' relationships with their teachers impact their academic beliefs, values, and goals, and the multiple processes by which these factors impact their engagement and achievement over time. My research is conducted through the lenses of social cognitive theory, stage-environment fit theory, and goal setting theory, and uses advanced quantitative research methodology, such as latent growth modelling and multi-level structural equation modelling. I examine both primary datasets of Australian adolescents and teachers, as well as large-scale secondary datasets, such as PISA and LSAY.

Teaching and Leadership

I am passionate about engaging students in educational psychology theory and research, as well as quantitative methodologies. I teach on undergraduate educational psychology units (EDUC2620 and EDST1010) and research methods units (EDUC2920). I also run a series of workshops regarding quantitative research methods and analysis for higher degree research students. 

I am the deputy director of the secondary program (BScBEd[sec] and BABEd[sec]). I support our undergraduate students to make sure they are meeting all necessary requirements to get into the classroom and start their teaching careers. 

Education/Academic qualification

Educational Psychology, PhD, The University of New South Wales

Award Date: 17 Nov 2017

Neuroscience, BA, Boston University

Award Date: 1 May 2013


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