Co-Director of the Citizenship and Wellbeing Research Group of the Centre from Research in Education at the University of South Australia
Co-editor of 'The Impact of technology on relationships in educational settings', Routledge (in press).
Why is the issue of bullying of particular interest to you?
I completed my PhD in girls' peer relationships and bullying behaviours. I realised in 1993 that girls were not only on the receiving end of sex-based harassment, but having been to an all girls' school, I knew that harassment existed between girls. This commenced my investigation into girls' friendships, peer relations and bullying behaviours.
Where do you believe you have made a difference in your field?
I led the DEEWR (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations) 'Insights into the Human Dimension of Covert Bullying Study', that explored covert and cyberbullying qualitatively. Hearing the voices of young people alerts us to the impact these behaviours have on them, their families and their relationships.
How has your area of expertise helped you to contribute to NCAB over the years?
I am a recent member, but contributed before my membership, by being involved in the conferences, being a voice for the media in South Australia and I bring expertise in
pre-service teacher education.