My research interests focus on improving school functioning and educational outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In association with The University of Melbourne and the Australian ADHD Professional Association (AADPA), a program of research is being undertaken to address critical gaps in Australia ADHD research in the domains of education, services, and the criminal justice system. This research program aims to build knowledge to inform decisions about services and supports and to develop a set of indicators to evaluate improvement/change over time. Additionally, a primary focus of my work is on delivering evidence-based interventions into school and community settings and to make these accessible and affordable. I am currently are working with a team of experts to develop and refine the Homework, Organisation, and Planning Skills (HOPS) intervention for use in Australian high schools. Through a small randomised trial we are piloting the school-based program (the whole of class) for first-year high school students in a local government high school. We are interested to find out if the program is feasible and to test our procedures before proceeding to full trial. Of particular interest is whether this program is of value to all students or only those students with poor executive functioning/organisational skills. More broadly there is a focus on educational transition periods e.g. primary school to high school and to help identify ways in which we can help more vulnerable students more resilient and better able to make a smoother transition.
Provisional Psychologist 2018 -
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Education and training
Swinburne University of Technology
University of Melbourne 2017
Deakin University 2011
Swinburne University of Technology 2001