Dr Grace Skrzypiec

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building (4.37)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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. In 2018 she was voted in as President of the International Observatory on School Climate and Violence Prevention, bringing the Observatory base to Flinders University.

Grace is the lead 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 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)

Honours, awards and grants


  • 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
  • 2016 Early career Establishment Grant
  • Flinders University Medium Grant (2017)

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).

Co-ordinator MEd dissertations.

Research expertise
Aggressive behaviour
Education systems
Other education
Research interests

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

Teaching interests

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

Topic coordinator
EDUC9762 Introduction to Statistics
EDUC9761 Approaches to Research
EDUC9763 Survey and Questionnaire Methods
EDUC9766 Multivariate statistics for educational research
EDUC9720 Directed Studies
EDUC9724 MEd dissertation
Topic lecturer
EDUC9762 Introduction to Statistics
EDUC9763 Survey and Questionnaire Methods
EDUC9766 Multivariate statistics for educational research
EDUC9761 Approaches to Research
Supervisory interests
Adolescent offending
Aggressive behaviour and bullying
Anti-social behaviour
Student wellbeing
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: student lab skills (1), cyber bullying
Associate supervisor: bullying (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Vivian Rowan

MEd (research) - APR 2015

Vibha Seth

MEd (research) - SEP 2016

Arifa Rahman

MEd (dissertation) - JUL 2018