My research focuses on the factors influencing homeless youth’s health and behaviour, particularly in relation to mental health, exposure to violence as perpetrators and victims and help-seeking behaviour.
I am an adolescent health researcher at the University of Melbourne and an honorary researcher at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. My career has always centred on promoting the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people – from teaching, to conducting life skills and mental health programs in the not-for-profit sector, to tutoring and lecturing in health promotion and public health in the University setting, and most recently conducting research, writing and consulting in field of adolescent health, focusing on homeless youth. I have a strong passion for, and commitment to, leadership through my research and to improving the lives of young Australians and their families. I have a particular interest in the use of therapeutic dogs working in research with homeless young people. I am
extremely committed to ensuring that my research is relevant to homeless youth and that my research findings are successfully disseminated and translated into practice and policy to benefit others.
Skills & Expertise
- Homeless and marginalised youth
- Youth development and behaviour
- Violence prevention
- Adolescent health research
- Qualitative and quantitative research
Value education. Life consists of many ends and new beginnings. Life is a journey. The journey in turn shapes your life. With education you have a strong foundation from which to grow and be of service to others.
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