Position

Senior Lecturer
College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

Biography

Grace is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and the Co-Director of the Student Well-being and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv) research centre. Grace was the recipient of the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers in recognition of outstanding contributions to excellence in research.

Grace is the chief investigator for an international peer aggression and well-being study involving 12 countries and over 6000 students. She has been a joint investigator in the well-being and positive peer relations project in Maltese schools. She was the chief investigator on a similar research study with funding from a grant awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organisation, where she led a team investigating the well-being of 2,000 middle school students.

Grace’s background includes research on adolescent health with CSIRO and with adolescent offenders at the Office of Crime Statistics and Research (OCSAR) in South Australia. As a researcher at Flinders University, Grace has continued to research the well-being of young people, particularly in anti-social contexts, such as bullying and other antisocial behaviour.

Grace was part of the team of researchers working on the Australian child well-being project, the qualitative data collection and analysis of the KidsMatter evaluations, and with the data collection and statistical data analysis of a bullying intervention, which formed part of the ARC Southern Schools Project. In her PhD studies she undertook cross-disciplinary research by combining criminological and psychological theories to assist our understanding of anti-social behaviours. A former high school teacher her interest in adolescent behaviour and well-being continues to be the major focus of her research.

Grace teaches post-graduate students and works collaboratively with other researchers at Flinders University. She also supervises postgraduate students underaking Masters, EdD and PhD studies.

Qualifications

B.Sc(physics & psychology), BScHons(psychology), Grad Dip Ed, M.Ed (Adelaide), PhD (Flinders)

Honours, awards and grants

Awards

  • Research Student Course Award (2009)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2010)
  • Research Student Conference Travel Grant (2011)
  • Cyber-bullying Fellowship (2011)
  • Early Career Training School Fellowship (2012)
  • Early Career CNU Travel Grant (2013)
  • International Society for Research on Aggression, Young Investigators Program (2014)
  • Faculty Conference Travel Grant (2015)
  • 2014 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers - recognition of outstanding contributions to excellence in research

Grants & Tenders

Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H., Slee, P. & Rudzinski, A. International Baccalaureate Research Grant: IB Middle Years Program: Student Social-Emotional Wellbeing and School Success Practices

Slee, P.T, Skrzypiec, G., Dix, K., Askell-Williams, H., Murray-Harvey, R., & Krieg, S., Beyondblue: National Mental Health Initiative
Evaluation of the implementation of the KidsMatter Early Childhood Initiative in services with high proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M.J., Slee, P., Wyra, M., Skrzypiec, G.:Flinders Large Grant
Living and Learning at School: A Longitudinal Study 2010-2012

Key responsibilities

Editorial team member of the International Journal of School Climate and Prevention of Violence.

Course Co-ordinator of MEd (General).

Course Co-ordinator of MEd (Educational Research, Evaluation and Assessment).

Topic Co-ordinator MEd dissertations.

Teaching interests

Student mental health and wellbeing, Adolescent development, Adolescent offending, Research Methods, Statistics, Peer Aggression, bullying

Topic Coordinator:

Topic Lecturer:

  • EDUC9761  Approaches to Research
  • EDUC9762  Introduction to Statistics
  • EDUC9763  Survey and Questionnaire Methods
  • EDUC9766  Multivariate statistics for educational research

Research expertise

  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Criminology
  • Education systems
  • Evaluation
  • Other education
  • Statistics

Research interests

peer aggression, bullying, student wellbeing, research methodology; student anti-social behaviour and wellbeing; peace education

Supervisory interests

  • Adolescent offending
  • Aggressive behaviour and bullying
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Bullying
  • Student wellbeing

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : student lab skills (1) ; cyber bullying ;

Associate supervisor : bullying (1) ;

RHD Student Achievements

  • Vivian Rowan
    MEd (research) - April 2015
  • Vibha Seth
    MEd (research) - September 2016

Publications

  • Skrzypiec, G.K. and Askell-Williams, H. (2018). Girls’ diminishing wellbeing across the adolescent years. In Phillip Slee, Grace Skrzypiec, Carmel Cefai, ed. Child and Adolescent Wellbeing and Violence Prevention in Schools. Oxon UK: Routledge, pp. 60-69.
  • Skrzypiec, G.K. (2017). Coping with Bullying and Promoting Well-being and Positive Peer Relations. In Peter Sturmey, ed. Wiley Handbook of Violence and Aggression. Wiley.
  • Skrzypiec, G.K., Slee, P.T. and Askell-Williams, H. (2017). Collaboration with parents/carers in KidsMatter schools. In C. Cefai & P. Cooper, ed. Mental health promotion in schools: Cross cultural narratives and perspectives. Netherlands: Sense Publications., pp. 181-196.
  • Skrzypiec, G.K. and Slee, P.T. (2017). Implementing Wellbeing Programs in Schools: An evidence-based guide for schools and communities. In C. Cefai & P. Cooper, ed. Mental Health Promotion in Schools: Cross-Cultural Narratives and Perspectives. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publications., pp. 207-220.
  • Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H. and Slee, P. (2015). Exploring three measures of student wellbeing. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 296-312.
    [Web Link]
  • Skrzypiec, G.K. and Owens, L. (2015). Understanding adolescent offending: The Intentions to Transgress (ITT) model. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 144-160.
  • Owens, L.D., Skrzypiec, G. and Wadham, B. (2011). Thinking patterns, anti-social behaviour and bullying: Implications for practice. In Shute, R. H., Slee, P. T., Murray-Harvey, R., & Dix, K. L., ed. Mental health and wellbeing: Educational perspectives. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 117-128.
  • Skrzypiec, G., Roussi-Vergou, C. and Andreou, E. (2011). Common problems, common solutions? Applying a foreign 'coping with bullying' intervention in Greek schools. In Shute, R. H., Slee, P. T., Murray-Harvey, R., & Dix, K. L., ed. Mental health and wellbeing: Educational perspectives. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 263-274.
  • Slee, P.T. and Skrzypiec, G.K. (2016). Well-Being, Positive Peer Relations and Bullying in School Settings. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
    [10.1007/978-3-319-43039-3]
  • Skrzypiec, G., Murray-Harvey, R., Krieg, S., Dix, K., Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M., et al. (2012). KidsMatter in Early Childhood: Photo stories from the Flinders University KidsMatter Early childhood Evaluation. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press.
  • Skrzypiec, G.K., Wotherspoon, A.J. and Slee, P.T. (2015). Coping with School Bullying: A school-based intervention. Lima, Peru: IOSV. 6th. World Congress on Violence in School.
  • Wotherspoon, A.J., Skrzypiec, G.K. and Slee, P.T. (2015). Coping with school bullying: an interdisciplinary evidence based educational video series that found an international audience. In XVIIth Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) Conference 2015. BrisbaneXVIIth Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) Conference 2015. QUT Brisbane. Jul 2015.
  • Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H., Slee, P. and Rudzinski, A. (2014). The well-being of students in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) In Australian Association of Research in Education Conference proceedings, 2014. AARE. Australian Association of Research in Education. Brisbane. Nov 2014.
    [Web Link]
  • Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H., Slee, P. and Rudzinski, A. (2014). The well-being of students in the middle years: Gender differences. In Turnaround Pedagogies: FEFRI 2014. FEFRI. Turnaround Pedagogies. Adelaide. Nov 2014.
  • Skrzypiec, G.K. (2014). The Intentions to Transgress (ITT) model. In International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA), July 15-19, 2014. Atlanta, GA. International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA) Jul 2014.
  • Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H., Slee, P. and Rudzinski, A. (2013). Social and emotional wellbeing of MYP IB Australian students. 2013 Annual Conference of the Australian Association of Research in Education. Adelaide. Dec 2013.
    [Web Link]
  • Askell-Williams, H., Murray-Harvey, R., Slee, P., Dix, K., Skrzypiec, G. and Lawson, M. (2013). Young children's mental health outcomes: Flinders University Evaluation of an Australia-wide 2-year mental health promotion initiative in Early Childhood and Care settings. 16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Lausanne. Sep 2013.
  • Askell-Williams, H., Wyra, M.D., Skrzypiec, G. and Lawson, M. (2012). More on The Southern Schools Project 2007-2011: Five years of data from students in three local high schools: Learning and motivation; friendships; bullying; coping; wellbeing. Educational Futures Conference.
  • Owens, L.D., Skrzypiec, G.K. and Wadham, B.A. (2011). The relationship between thinking and aggressive and anti-social behaviour of adolescents in a South Australian metropolitan secondary school. In International Observatory on Violence in Schools 5th World Conference and 4th Ibero-American Congress on Violence in Schools. International Observatory on Violence in Schools 5th World Conference and 4th Ibero-American Congress on Violence in Schools. Mendoza, Argentina. Apr 2011.
  • Lawson, M.J., Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K.L., Slee, P.T., Skrzypiec, G.K. and Spears, B. (2009). Implementing a new initiative in mental health in Australian primary schools. In Peter Jeffery, ed. Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education. AARE. Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education. Canberra, ACT. Nov 2009.
    [Web Link]
  • Lawson, M.J., Wyra, M.D., Skrzypiec, G.K. and Askell-Williams, H. (2008). Students' experience of the first term in high school. In Peter L. Jeffery, ed. Changing climates: education for sustainable futures: AARE 2008 Conference Papers Collection. AARE. Changing climates: education for sustainable futures: the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2008 International Education Research Conference. Brisbane, QLD. Nov 2008.
  • Skrzypiec, G.K. (Ed.). (2018). Child and adolescent wellbeing and violence prevention in schools. Routledge.
  • Skrzypiec, G.K. (2015). An Elicitation Study: Eliciting Antisocial Beliefs Using Vignettes and Third-Person Discussions. SAGE Research Methods.
    [Web Link]
  • Skattebol, J., Hamilton, M., Skrzypiec, G., Burnstock, T., Redmond, G., Jenkins, B., et al. (2013). Understanding children's perspectives on wellbeing: Phase One Report for the Australian Child Wellbeing Project, pp. 1-92.
    [Web Link]
  • Slee, P., Murray-Harvey, R., Dix, K.L., Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M., et al. (2012). Evaluation of KidsMatter Early Childhood, pp. 1-38.
  • Lawson, M.J., Askell-Williams, H., Wyra, M.D., Burrows, L., Skrzypiec, G.K., Gregoric, C., et al. (2010). Building the capabilities of school communities to improve their wellbeing. Report 1. An Australian Research Council Linkage Grant Project, pp. 43.
  • Askell-Williams, H., Murray-Harvey, R., Slee, P., Skrzypiec, G., Lawson, M. and Dix, K. (2014). The KidsMatter initiative and young children's mental health. In Proceedings of the 16th European conference on Developmental Psychology. Italy: Medimond. Biennial conference of the European Developmental Psychology Association, Lausanne, Sept 2-6, 2013. Lausanne, Switzerland. Sep 2013, pp. 9-12.
    [Web Link]
  • Askell-Williams, H., Skrzypiec, G.K., Cao, F. and Jin, Y. (2018). In Press: Mainland Chinese students’ mental health: Baseline data and cautionary notes when exporting/importing psychological scales. Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development,
  • Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H., Zhao, X., Du, W., Cao, F. and Xing, L. (2018). Predictors of mainland Chinese students’ wellbeing. PSYCHOLOGY IN THE SCHOOLS, 55(5) pp. 539-554.
    [10.1002/pits.22122] [Scopus]
  • Skrzypiec, G. (2017). Adolescents’ Intentions to Engage in Criminal Activity: A cross-disciplinary approach linking theories from social psychology and criminology. Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice, 17(5) pp. 305-337.
    [10.1080/24732850.2017.1374720]
  • Skrzypiec, G.K. and Lai, M.Y. (2017). Social Psychology meets School Mathematics in PISA 2012: An application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour in Australia. Psychology, 8(3) pp. 2146-2173.
    [10.4236/psych.2017.813137]
  • Skrzypiec, G.K., Askell-Williams, H., Slee, P.T. and Lawson, M.J. (2017). In Press: Involvement in bullying during high school: A Survival Analysis approach. Violence and Victims,
  • Askell-Williams, H., Skrzypiec, G.K., Zhao, X. and Cao, F. (2017). Chinese students' self-appraisals of their psychological dispositions at school. Social Psychology of Education,
    [10.1007/s11218-017-9404-z] [Scopus]
  • Skrzypiec, G.K., Askell-Williams, H., Slee, P.T. and Rudzinski, A.K. (2016). Students with self identified special needs and disabilities: Flourishing or Languishing. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 63(1) pp. 7-26.
    [10.1080/1034912X.2015.1111301] [Scopus]
  • Slee, P.T. and Skrzypiec, G.K. (2016). No more bullying: an analysis of primary school children’s drawings of school bullying. Educational Psychology, 36(8) pp. 1487-1500.
    [10.1080/01443410.2015.1034089] [Scopus]
  • Askell-Williams, H., Skrzypiec, G.K., Jin, Y., Owens, L.D., Zhao, X., Du, W., et al. (2016). Mainland Chinese primary and middle-school students’ social and emotional wellbeing. International Journal of Emotional Education, 8(2) pp. 88-104.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Didaskalou, E., Skrzypiec, G.K., Eleni, A. and Slee, P.T. (2016). Taking action against victimization: Australian middle school students’ experiences. Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools,
    [10.1017/jgc.2016.3]
  • Skrzypiec, G.K., Slee, P.T. and Sandhu, D. (2015). Using the PhotoStory Method to understand the cultural context of youth victimisation in the Punjab. International Journal of Emotional Education, 7(1) pp. 52-68.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Wadham, B.A., Skrzypiec, G.K. and Slee, P.T. (2014). Young Australians' Attitudes to the Military and Military Service. SAGE Open, July-Sept(4) pp. 1-10.
    [10.1177/2158244014547197] [Scopus]
  • Wadham, B.A., Owens, L. and Skrzypiec, G. (2014). Taking Relationships to School: power, authority and identity work in young people's dispositions to schooling. Power and Education, 6(2) pp. 130-144.
    [10.2304/power.2014.6.2.130]
  • Skrzypiec, G., Slee, P.T., Roussi-Vergou, C. and Andreou, E. (2013). Coping with school bullying: a cross national pilot intervention study. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand) Special Issue pp. 232-245.
    [Web Link]
  • Skrzypiec, G., Murray-Harvey, R. and Krieg, S. (2013). The PhotoStory method as a legitimate research tool in evaluations: more than a nice story. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 38(3) pp. 25-35.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Skrzypiec, G. and Owens, L.D. (2013). Drug taking beliefs of Australian adolescents: A pilot study. JOURNAL OF DRUG EDUCATION, 43(1) pp. 1-18.
    [10.2190/DE.43.1.a] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Skrzypiec, G. (2013). Adolescents' beliefs about why young people commit crime. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 23(2) pp. 185-200.
    [10.1017/jgc.2013.16] [Scopus]
  • Askell-Williams, H., Cefai, C., Skrzypiec, G. and Wyra, M. (2013). Educational community stakeholders' perspectives about school teachers' responsibilities and capabilities for mental health promotion in Maltese schools. Malta Review of Educational Research, 7(1) pp. 27-51.
    [Web Link]
  • Owens, L.D., Skrzypiec, G. and Wadham, B. (2012). Thinking patterns, victimisation and bullying among adolescents in a South Australian metropolitan secondary school. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 19(2) pp. 190-202.
    [10.1080/02673843.2012.719828] [Scopus]
  • Murray-Harvey, R., Skrzypiec, G.K. and Slee, P. (2012). Effective and ineffective coping with bullying strategies as assessed by informed professionals and their use by victimised students. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 22(1) pp. 122-138.
    [10.1017/jgc.2012.5] [Scopus]
  • Skrzypiec, G., Slee, P., Askell-Williams, H. and Lawson, M. (2012). Associations between types of involvement in bullying, friendships and mental health status. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 17(3-4) pp. 259-272.
    [10.1080/13632752.2012.704312] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M. and Skrzypiec, G. (2011). Scaffolding cognitive and metacognitive strategy instruction in regular class lessons. Instructional Science, 40(2) pp. 414-443.
    [10.1007/s11251-011-9182-5] [Scopus]
  • Skrzypiec, G.K., Slee, P.T., Murray-Harvey, R. and Pereira, B. (2011). School bullying by one or several ways: Does it matter and how do students cope? School Psychology International, 32(3) pp. 288-311.
    [10.1177/0143034311402308] [Scopus]
  • Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H., Slee, P. and Rudzinski, A.K. (2014). International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP): Student social-emotional well-being and school success practices. Bethesda, South Australia: International Baccalaureate Organization.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Slee, P., Murray-Harvey, R., Dix, K., Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M., et al. (2012). KidsMatter Early Childhood Evaluation Report. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Slee, P., Skrzypiec, G., Dix, K.L., Murray-Harvey, R. and Askell-Williams, H. (2012). KidsMatter Early Childhood Evaluation in Services with High Proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children. Adelaide, South Australia: Shannon Research Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Dix, K.L., Keeves, J.P., Slee, P.T., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A., Askell-Williams, H., et al. (2010). KidsMatter primary evaluation technical report and user guide. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Slee, P.T., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A., Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K.L., Owens, L.D., et al. (2009). KidsMatter Primary Evaluation Final Report. Adelaide, SA: Beyond Blue Limited.
    [Web Link]
  • Slee, P.T. and Skrzypiec, G.K. (2016). Well-Being, Positive Peer Relations and Bullying in School Settings. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
    [10.1007/978-3-319-43039-3]
  • Skrzypiec, G.K. and Owens, L. (2015). Understanding adolescent offending: The Intentions to Transgress (ITT) model. In Helen Askell-Williams, ed. Transforming the Future of Learning with Educational Research. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 144-160.
  • Skrzypiec, G., Roussi-Vergou, C. and Andreou, E. (2011). Common problems, common solutions? Applying a foreign 'coping with bullying' intervention in Greek schools. In Shute, R. H., Slee, P. T., Murray-Harvey, R., & Dix, K. L., ed. Mental health and wellbeing: Educational perspectives. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 263-274.
  • Skrzypiec, G., Slee, P.T., Roussi-Vergou, C. and Andreou, E. (2013). Coping with school bullying: a cross national pilot intervention study. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand) Special Issue pp. 232-245.
    [Web Link]
  • Skrzypiec, G. and Owens, L.D. (2013). Drug taking beliefs of Australian adolescents: A pilot study. JOURNAL OF DRUG EDUCATION, 43(1) pp. 1-18.
    [10.2190/DE.43.1.a] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Skrzypiec, G. (2013). Adolescents' beliefs about why young people commit crime. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 23(2) pp. 185-200.
    [10.1017/jgc.2013.16] [Scopus]
  • Skrzypiec, G., Murray-Harvey, R. and Krieg, S. (2013). The PhotoStory method as a legitimate research tool in evaluations: more than a nice story. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 38(3) pp. 25-35.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Skrzypiec, G., Slee, P., Askell-Williams, H. and Lawson, M. (2012). Associations between types of involvement in bullying, friendships and mental health status. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 17(3-4) pp. 259-272.
    [10.1080/13632752.2012.704312] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H., Slee, P. and Rudzinski, A.K. (2014). International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP): Student social-emotional well-being and school success practices. Bethesda, South Australia: International Baccalaureate Organization.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Slee, P., Skrzypiec, G., Dix, K.L., Murray-Harvey, R. and Askell-Williams, H. (2012). KidsMatter Early Childhood Evaluation in Services with High Proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children. Adelaide, South Australia: Shannon Research Press.
    [Web Link]

Professional and community engagement

Director Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence Research Centre

Editor International Journal of School Climate and Violence Prevention in Schools - 2015 - current

Reviewer - Asia Pacific Education Review - 2016 - current

Reviewer - Violence and Victims - 2016 - current

FEFRI management committee - 2012 - current

Member of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists - 2015 - current

Member of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence - 2015 - current

Member of the International Society for Research in Aggression - 2012 - current

Justice Re-investment Working Group (Chair: Senator Penny Wright) - 2012

LOGOS Modern Greek Scholarship Selection Committee - 2011-current
Postgraduate Scholars Comference - 2009-10
International Students Welcoming Committee - 2009

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