Position/s

Adjunct Researcher in Education
School of Education

Biography

Dr Katherine Dix is an adjunct member of staff in the School of Education. She is currently the Senior Research Officer at Principals Australia Institute, having recently finished her role as Project Manager and Chief Statistical Analyst at Flinders University, for the national evaluations of KidsMatter Primary and KidsMatter Early Childhood. Dr Dix has lectured in the School of Education for 10 years, in the areas of quantitative research methods, statistics, and multivariate analysis. Her work is characterised by a holistic approach and broad knowledge base in designing, analysing, and reporting large-scale longitudinal research projects conducted in educational settings.

Qualifications

PhD (Education), BEd (Secondary, Honours), BSc (Geophysics, Honours)

Honours, awards and grants

Best Paper Award for Academic Excellence (2011) from the Clute Institute European Academic Conference
Nomination for the VC Award for Early Career Researcher (2010)
Commendation for MERGA 22 Conference Paper (1999)
Chancellor's Letter of Commendation (1998)

Key responsibilities

Research involving KidsMatter Primary and KidsMatter Early Childhood

Teaching interests

  • Quantitative and Mixed-method research methods.
  • Survey and Questionnaire design and administration using traditional and web-based methods.
  • Evaluation in educational settings.
  • Translational research: translating evidence-based research into policy.
  • Student mental health and wellbeing, social-emotional learning, whole-school intervention.

Research expertise

  • Education systems
  • Mental health promotion in educational settings
  • Other education
  • Statistics

Research interests

Research Grants

  • 2010 Student Digital Technologies Survey; Investigators: Sweeney, T. and Dix, K.L. (Analyst)
  • 2010-2012 KidsMatter Early Childhood Evaluation; Partners: the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, beyondblue: the national depression initiative, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Early Childhood Australia (ECA); Investigators: Slee, P.T., Murray-Harvey, R. (Co-Project Leaders), Dix, K.L. (Project Manager and Senior Analyst), Krieg, S., Lawson, M.J., Askell-William, H., Skrzypiec, G.
  • 2010 KidsMatter Primary Quality Assurance Scoping Paper; Partners: beyondblue Investigators: Dix, K.L. (Project Manager), Slee, P.T., Murray-Harvey, R.
  • 2009 KidsMatter/MAC:SWD Project; Partners: Ministerial Advisory Committee: Students with Disabilities; Investigators: Dix, K.L. (Project Head), Shearer, J., Slee, P.T., Butcher, C.
  • 2006-2009 KidsMatter Primary Evaluation; Partners: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, beyondblue: the national depression initiative, the Australian Psychological Society, and Principals Australia; Investigators: Slee, P.T., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A., Askell-William, H., Dix, K.L. (Senior Researcher and Analyst), Owens, L., Skrzypiec, G., Spears, B.
  • 2005 Diversity Initiatives Grant; Investigators Askell-Williams, Dix & Murray-Harvey.

Consultancies

  • Project Management of research in school settings
  • Large-scale questionnaire development and administration
  • Online Research, Survey Design and Administration
  • Publishing and Graphic Design
  • Web Authoring, Graphic Design and Site Management

RHD research supervision

Completion

Principal supervisor : Masters of Education (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Honours in Education (2) ; Masters of Education (3) ;

RHD Student Achievements

  • Bethany Hewitt
    Honours in Education - December 2012
  • Dony Marzuki
    Master in Education - December 2012
  • Haryanto Barkir
    Master in Education - December 2012
  • Juliana O'Neill
    Honours in Education - December 2012
  • Marcos Monderin
    Master in Education - December 2012
  • Nguyen Khoa Lan Anh
    Master in Education - December 2012

Publications

  • Dix, K.L. and Keeves, J.P. (2013). Home, School and Specific Learning Difficulties: A Systemic Approach. In IGN Darmawan & CR Aldous, ed. The Processes of Change on Learning Literacy and Numeracy in South Australian Primary Schools. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 82-114.
  • Dix, K.L. (2011). KidsMatter evaluation: Producing evidence-based research that matters. 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. 343-346.
  • Dix, K.L. (2011). Students with a disability: The potential of KidsMatter. 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. 41-52.
  • Dix, K. and Murray-Harvey, R. (2011). Teacher professional learning: Towards a shared understanding about student mental health. 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. 143-153.
  • 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.
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Dix, K.L., Shearer, J., Slee, P.T. and Butcher, C. (2010). KidsMatter for Students with a Disability: Evaluation Report. Dix, K.L., Shearer, J., Slee, P.T. and Butcher, C., ed. Adelaide: South Australian Government.
    [Web Link]
  • Dix, K.L. (2007). Is School-wide Adoption of ICT Change for the Better? : FUIIE Research Collection Number 17. Adelaide: Shannon Research Press.
  • 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.
  • Dix, K.L. (2012). Assessing the implementation quality of mental health promotion in educational settings and its influence on differential outcomes. Melbourne: Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth. 1st Biennial Australian Implementation Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Oct 2012.
  • Dix, K.L. (2011). Growing warmer or staying the same? In Australian Psychological Society's Psychology of Relationships Interest Group. 11th Annual Conference: Australian Psychological Society's Psychology of Relationships Interest Group, pp. 1-15.
  • Dix, K.L. (2011). Student mental health, disability, and KidsMatter. In RISE Conference. RISE Conference. Adelaide. Nov 2011, pp. 1-27.
  • Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K., Lawson, M. and Slee, P. (2011). Quality of Implementation of a mental health initiative in Australian primary schools. European Network of Social and Emotional Competencies 3rd International Conference. Manchester, UK.
  • Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K.L., Slee, P.T., Russell, A. and Lawson, M.J. (2009). School-based influences on student mental health. In Transforming Australia for our children's future: Making prevention work: ARACY conference 2009. ARACY. Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY): Making Prevention Work.
    [Web Link]
  • Lawson, M.J., Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K.L., Slee, P.T. and Skrzypiec, G.K. (2009). Implementing a mental health initiative 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]
  • Dix, K.L., Askell-Williams, H. and Lawson, M.J. (2008). Different measures, different informants, same outcomes? Investigating multiple perspectives of primary school students' mental health. In Proceedings of the AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference. Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education. Brisbane, QLD.
  • Dix, K.L. (2011). Does it matter that I have friends and can share my feelings? SERUpdate, 21(3) pp. 7-10.
  • Dix, K., Jarvis, J.M. and Slee, P. (2013). KidsMatter and Young Children with Disability: Evaluation Report.
  • Dix, K.L. (2012). Connecting quality mental health implementation with student academic performance.
  • Dix, K.L. (2012). Links between mental health and learning. Wellbeing for Learning: The Missing Link? pp. 3-11.
  • Dix, K.L. (2012). Evaluation of KidsMatter Early Childhood: Key Findings.
  • 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.
  • Shute, R., Slee, P., Murray-Harvey, R. and Dix, K.L. (2011). Co-editor. Shute, R. H., Slee, P. T., Murray-Harvey, R., & Dix, K. L., ed. Mental health and wellbeing: Educational perspectives. Adelaide: Shannon Research Press.
  • Slee, P.T., Lawson, M.J., Russell, A., Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K.L., Owens, L.D., et al. (2009). KidsMatter evaluation final report. Adelaide, SA: Beyond Blue Limited.
    [Web Link]
  • Dix, K.L., Askell-Williams, H. and Murray-Harvey, R. (2006). Supporting international postgraduate student publication through mentoring.
    [Web Link]
  • 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. Sep 2013, pp. 9-12.
  • Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M.J. and Dix, K.L. (2011). What Is Professional Development For Mental Health Promotion In Schools Like? Perspectives From School Leaders And Teachers In 100 Australian Kidsmatter Primary Schools. In The Clute Institute International Academic Conferences; 2011 Barcelona Spain. Littleton, USA: Clute Institute. The 2011 Barcelona European Academic Conference. Barcelona, Spain. Jun 2011, pp. 1241-1251.
    [Web Link]
  • Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K., Lawson, M. and Slee, P. (2012). Quality of implementation of a school mental health initiative and changes over time in students' social and emotional competencies. School Effectiveness and School Improvement,
    [Web Link]
  • Slee, P., Dix, K. and Askell-Williams, H. (2011). Whole-school mental health promotion in Australia. International Journal of Emotional Education, 3(2) pp. 37-49.
    [Web Link]
  • Dix, K.L., Slee, P.T., Lawson, M.J. and Keeves, J.P. (2011). Implementation quality of whole-school mental health promotion and students' academic performance. Child and Adolescent Mental Health,
    [10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00608.x] [Scopus]
  • Askell-Williams, H., Russell, A., Dix, K.L., Slee, P.T., Spears, B., Lawson, M.J., et al. (2008). Early challenges in evaluating the KidsMatter national mental health promotion initiative in Australian primary schools. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 10(2) pp. 35-44.
    [Web Link]
  • Dix, K.L. (2007). DBRIEF: A research paradigm for ICT adoption. International Education Journal, 8(2) pp. 113-124.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Keeves, J.P. and Dix, K.L. (2006). Back to the future (editorial) International Education Journal, 7(7) pp. 873-882.
    [Scopus]
  • Dix, K.L. (2005). Are Learning Technologies making a Difference? A Longitudinal Perspective of Attitudes. International Education Journal, 5(5) pp. 15-28.
    [Scopus]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Dix, K.L. (2007). Is School-wide Adoption of ICT Change for the Better? : FUIIE Research Collection Number 17. Adelaide: Shannon Research Press.
  • Dix, K.L. and Keeves, J.P. (2013). Home, School and Specific Learning Difficulties: A Systemic Approach. In IGN Darmawan & CR Aldous, ed. The Processes of Change on Learning Literacy and Numeracy in South Australian Primary Schools. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 82-114.
  • Dix, K.L. (2011). Students with a disability: The potential of KidsMatter. 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. 41-52.
  • Dix, K. and Murray-Harvey, R. (2011). Teacher professional learning: Towards a shared understanding about student mental health. 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. 143-153.
  • Dix, K.L. (2011). KidsMatter evaluation: Producing evidence-based research that matters. 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. 343-346.
  • Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K., Lawson, M. and Slee, P. (2012). Quality of implementation of a school mental health initiative and changes over time in students' social and emotional competencies. School Effectiveness and School Improvement,
    [Web Link]
  • Slee, P., Dix, K. and Askell-Williams, H. (2011). Whole-school mental health promotion in Australia. International Journal of Emotional Education, 3(2) pp. 37-49.
    [Web Link]

Professional and community engagement

  • Principals Australia Institute, Senior Research Officer, 2011 -
  • Beyondblue, Contract Researcher, 2011 -
  • Flinders University, School of Education, Adjunct staff member, 2011 -
  • Online Editor of the International Education Journal: Comparative Education, 2010-
  • Committee member for the Post Graduate Research Conference 2010
  • Founding member of The Flinders Centre for Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv), 2009
  • Educational Research Methods Committee C2R2, 2009
  • Flinders Education Students' Association, 2002-2003
  • School of Education Student/Staff Working Party, 2002
  • Educational Research Conference Committee, 2001-2003
  • Staff Selection Committee for Senior Lecturer in ICT, 2000
  • Post Graduate Students' Association Committee, 1999
  • B.Ed Course Committee, 1999
  • Online Editor of the International Education Journal, 1999-2007
  • International Education Journal Board of Management, 1999-2007
  • Flinders University Institute of International Education Board of Management, 1999-2005
  • Shannon Research Press: Manager and Chief Editor (2002 - on going)
  • Circle Care: Manager and Senior Trainer for the personal assistance and manual handling of people with physical disabilities (1998 - on going)

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Schools

Interests

  • Evaluating children's mental health: The evaluation of the Australian KidsMatter Primary and KidsMatter Early Childhood Initiatives

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