College of Education, Psychology and Social Work
Grace has a research focus on child and adolescent bullying, mental health, and well-being. She is co-author of the Big Talks for Little People mental health program and was part of the team evaluating the KidsMatter primary, early childhood, and Indigenous initiatives. Currently, she is leading a team evaluating the school-based LifeChanger program.
During the pandemic, Grace led a team of international researchers from 15 countries on the impact of lockdown on student mental health and well-being involving over 7,000 students. Prior to this investigation, she led an international peer aggression and well-being study with 12 countries. She has been a joint investigator in well-being and positive peer relations projects in Malta, and anti-bullying interventions in Greek, Indian, and Italian schools. She was the chief investigator on a well-being 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 South Australian middle school students. She has also undertaken well-being studies of adolescents in China.
Grace is a senior lecturer in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work and the Director of the Global Research Alliance. She was the recipient of the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers in recognition of outstanding contributions to excellence in research. From 2018-2020 she was Co-President of the International Observatory on School Climate and Violence Prevention. For over a decade, she was also the Co-Director of the Student Well-being and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv) research centre.
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.
Grace teaches post-graduate students and works collaboratively with other researchers at Flinders University. She also supervises postgraduate students undertaking Masters, EdD and PhD studies using quantitative and qualitative approaches.
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
Co-editor of the International Journal of School Climate and Prevention of Violence.
Co-President International Observatory on School Climate and Prevention of Violence.
Co-Director Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv) research centre.
Course Co-ordinator of MEd (General).
Course Co-ordinator of MEd (Educational Research, Evaluation and Assessment).
Co-ordinator MEd dissertations.
Student mental health and wellbeing, Adolescent development, Adolescent offending, Research Methods, Statistics, Peer Aggression, bullying
MEd (dissertation) - DEC 2018
MEd(IB dissertation) - DEC 2018
MEd (dissertation) - JUL 2018
MEd (dissertation) - SEP 2019
MEd (dissertation) - APR 2015
MEd (dissertation) - SEP 2016
MEd - DEC 2018
EdD - APR 2019
MEd (dissertation) - JUL 2019
MEd (dissertation) - APR 2019
MEd (dissertation) - AUG 2019
MEd (dissertation) - NOV 2021
MEd (dissertation) - MAR 2023
EdD - FEB 2021
Director - Global Research Alliance (https://research-all.org/)
Co-President The International Observatory on School Climate and Violence prevention
Co-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 Conference - 2009-10
International Students Welcoming Committee - 2009
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