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.
B.Sc(physics & psychology), BScHons(psychology), Grad Dip Ed, M.Ed (Adelaide), PhD (Flinders)
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
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.
peer aggression, bullying, student wellbeing, research methodology; student anti-social behaviour and wellbeing; peace education
Student mental health and wellbeing, Adolescent development, Adolescent offending, Research Methods, Statistics, Peer Aggression, bullying
MEd (research) - APR 2015
MEd (research) - SEP 2016
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