University of Sydney Network for Childhood and Youth Research members

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Member Biography

Network co-convenor

Professor Derrick Armstrong

Derrick is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at the University. He is passionate about social inclusion and justice for young people and emphasises the importance of including the perspectives of young people in research. Derrick's research in childhood and youth is centred on education, with particular focus on special and inclusive education.

Derrick has researched extensively in the area of children and crime. He jointly evaluated 'On Track', a program concerned with the role of multiple interventions in crime reduction for 6–12 year olds in the UK. More recently, he was co-director of a £1.5m pound sterling funded research network investigating 'Pathways Into and Out of Crime: Risk, Resilience and Diversity'.

Network co-convenor

Dr Dorothy Bottrell

Dorothy is a senior research associate in child and youth studies at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. She has previously worked in secondary teaching, juvenile justice, youth and community work and teaching in community services and welfare studies. Dorothy is a seminar leader in graduate-entry teacher education courses.

With a social-justice orientation, Dorothy's work aims to shift understandings of disadvantaged and marginalised young people away from categories of 'problem youth'. Identity work, resistances and resilience are central themes of her research, explored in relation to schooling and transitions. She is currently working with Professor Derrick Armstrong and UK partners on the ESRC Priority Network project, 'Risk and resilience in children who are offending, excluded from school or who have behaviour problems'.

Dr Elise Baker

Elise is a speech pathologist and lecturer with the Faculty of Health Sciences. She has more than 15 years' clinical and research experience in the area of speech impairment in children. Her particular research interest is in treatment efficacy; exploring how theory informs practice, and how intervention research informs theory.

As co-leader of the NSW Evidence-Based Practice Network: Paediatric Speech Group, Elise is interested in how clinicians across different workplaces put research into practice. She also has interests in the interaction between the developing lexicon and phonology, the genetic bases for speech impairment, and, speech, language and reading outcomes for children with a cochlear implant.

Professor Raewyn Connell

Raewyn holds a University Chair at the University of Sydney and lectures and researches at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Her doctoral thesis was about the development of young peoples' political consciousness (The Child's Construction of Politics). Raewyn worked on the second Sydney Adolescent Study, then on social division in secondary schooling and families (Making the Difference).

She has been involved in a national study of poverty and education (Running Twice as Hard: Schools and Social Justice), and an applied study of vocational education, as well as life-history studies of gender formation (Masculinities, The Men and The Boys).

Dr Teresa Davis

Teresa is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Business. Her primary research interests centre around the child as a consumer as socially and culturally constructed. She is interested in the current debate around advertising to children.

Dr Catherine Driscoll

Cathy is Chair of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University. She has published in a number of areas related to youth and childhood, including her monograph Girls (Columbia University Press, 2002). Her research includes an ARC Discovery project on rural girlhood and a consultancy with the NSW DET on peer mentoring.

Suzanne Egan

Suzanne is a doctoral student in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Her thesis is titled: "Feminist Knowledge Production and Sexual Assault Services in NSW. A History of the Present".

Professor Robyn Ewing

Robyn is a Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education. Formerly an early childhood (K–2) teacher, her original doctoral work was in the framing of educational knowledge in classrooms; teacher and student interaction and co-learning; negotiation of the curriculum; and quality learning.

Toby Fattore

Toby is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Economics and Business. His thesis is investigating children's paid and unpaid work in developed economies. He works as a researcher for the NSW Commission for Children and Young People is examining children's understandings of well-being.

 Dr. Anna Hickey-Moody

 Dr. Anna Hickey-Moody is a lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at Sydney. Anna taught at Monash University and the University of South Australia before joining the Department in 2009. Her research interests lie at the intersection of cultural studies and the sociology of youth. Anna has a background in performance studies and, as such, her research features philosophical approaches to aesthetics and arts based research methods. She is currently completing a book based on her postdoctoral research, which was an investigation into the arts practices of young people at risk of leaving school early. Her empirical research for this project involved lower socio-economic students and refugee students who were statically considered at risk of leaving school early. Anna’s theorization of this project troubles the construction of 'at risk' subjects and the production of the youthful 'at risk' subject in relation to what she calls ‘assemblages of social disadvantage’. Her forthcoming book considers the extent to which such engagements impact on the production of ‘self’ through arts practices.

Dr Anne Honey

Anne is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Australian Family and Disability Studies Research Collaboration at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research background is primarily in mental illness, adolescent eating disorders and vulnerable families. She has project managed an international research collaboration bringing together pan-disciplinary perspectives on issues relating to adolescents with chronic conditions and is researching strategies for optimising mental health self-care and well-being in families that have an adolescent with a mental illness.

Dr John A Hughes

John is Pro Dean, Development, with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. He lectures in drama pedagogy and his doctoral study was in the field of teacher professional development in literary and performing-arts education.

Dr Kurt Iverson

Kurt is primarily interested in the question of how social justice can be achieved in cities. Within this broad interest, his previous research has focused on two main areas: the significance of the urban public realm for citizenship and democracy; and how urban planning might work better to achieve social justice in cities.

Haibin Li

Haibin is a doctoral student with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, having completed her MEd(Educational Psychology). In her PhD, she aims to explore how children/adolescents develop into competent people despite high risks.

Before coming to Australia, Haibin worked in China as a high school teacher, school counsellor and administrator for several years. In 2001 she was awarded "excellent Director of national students experience training". Her research interests include resilience, parental involvement, parental expectation and self-concept.

Dr Rozanna Lilley

Rozanna is an associate lecturer in anthropology with the Faculty of Arts and is undertaking her second PhD with Macquarie University investigating the experiences of parents regarding school placement for their autism-spectrum-disorder child, spanning the early-childhood and early-primary years.

Dr Neil Maclean

Neil is a senior lecturer in anthropology with the Faculty of Arts and director of the Development Master's program at the University. He has conducted extensive research into money and education, and is involvement in a multidisciplinary project on hope.

Dr Karl Maton

Karl is a lecturer in sociology and social policy with the Faculty of Arts. He is a sociologist of knowledge, curriculum and pedagogy and created "legitimation code theory", an approach being used in studies of a range of issues in education, for example, studies of 'digital natives'.

Dr Tricia McCabe

Tricia is a lecturer in speech pathology with the Faculty of Health Sciences and a practising speech pathologist with research interests in interventions for severe speech disorders in children and young people.

Dr Natalie Munro

Natalie is a lecturer in speech pathology with the Faculty of Health Sciences. She completed her PhD thesis at the University of Sydney on word-learning abilities in children with language impairment. As part of emergent-literacy approaches, Natalie also investigated parent-child storybook interactions as an intervention context for children with language impairment.

Dr Anita Niehues

Anita is a postgraduate fellow in occupational therapy with the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research interests include play and young children with disabilities and their families, process consultation, occupational therapists' use of framing and reframing in their practices, and therapists' view of their roles in different contexts.

Suma Parahakaran

Suma is a doctoral candidate at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Her area of interest is "Human values education into the school formal and informal curriculum". She has been working with children and youth attitudes and behaviours. As a teacher, her research area has been "Integration of basic human values into subject curriculum".

Professor Trevor Parmenter AM

Trevor is Foundation Professor of Developmental Disability in the Faculty of Medicine, Director of the Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, and Adjunct Professor of Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. He is a former special-education teacher and special-school principal whose research career has centered upon youth and adults with a disability in issues such as employment, community living, transition, mental health, physical health, family studies, forensic issues and quality of life.

Dr Helen Proctor

Helen is a lecturer in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Her research interests include the history of education; gender relations and identity; and social change. She is working on a research project that examines people's perceptions of the effects of their secondary school on their adult lives.

Dr Kathryn Rose

Kathryn is a senior lecturer with the Faculty of Health Sciences where she has teaching responsibilities in clinical ophthalmology, paediatric ophthalmology and research development. She also supervises individual honours and master's research projects.

Associate Professor Louise Rowling

Louise is an adjunct associate professor in health promotion with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. She has a national and international reputation in treating and researching adolescent bereavement and for promoting health and mental health and schools. Louise has been a consultant to the WHO on a number of occasions. She was co-director of the research and development phase of the Australian school mental-health promotion project known as MindMatters, for which she chairs the Evaluation Committee. She is the president the International Alliance of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools.

Dr Lesley Scanlon

Lesley is a senior lecturer in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. She has worked extensively in youth transitions, specifically in the transition to university and the ways in which this experience can be supported through structured mentoring. Lesley is also engaged in evaluating the use of mentoring in supporting graduate-entry teachers develop their identity as professionals.

Associate Professor Jane Simpson

Jane is a senior lecturer in linguistics with the Faculty of Arts. Her research is directed by her belief that language professionals and teachers can work most effectively with Indigenous children only by having access to up-to-date and accurate information about the languages and social practices of Indigenous families.

Associate Professor Robert van Krieken

Robert is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy with the Faculty of Arts. He has research interests in law and legal reasoning, the sociology of childhood, social theory and organisations.

Dr Ariadne Vromen

Ariadne is a lecturer in government and international relations with the Faculty of Arts. She has completed extensive research into the political participation of young people in Australia, including being co-author of a major report released by the federal National Youth Affairs Research Scheme in 2008.

Dr Nikki Wedgwood

Nikki is a sociologist and a research fellow in the Australian Family and Disabilities Studies Research Collaboration for attached to the Faculty of Health Sciences. Much of her research has been with adolescents, focusing in particular on gender and embodiment.