Dr Grace Skrzypiec

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.68)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Grace is a senior lecturer in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work and the Director of the Global Research Alliance. Grace 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.

Grace is the lead investigator for an international peer aggression and well-being study involving 12 countries and approximately 7000 students and an ongoing international study of the impact of lockdown on student mental health and well-being. 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 undertaking 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

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.

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
EDUC7120 Honours Approaches to Research
EDUC9720 Directed Studies
EDUC9724 MEd dissertation
Topic lecturer
EDUC9762 Introduction to Statistics
EDUC9763 Survey and Questionnaire Methods
EDUC9766 Multivariate statistics for educational research
EDUC7120 Honours Approaches to 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: Assessment (1), Early Childhood (1), bullying (China), Aggression (cotutelle) (1)
Associate supervisor: bullying (1)
Principal supervisor: Cyber-bullying (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Byambasuren Erdenesuren

MEd (dissertation) - DEC 2018

Jacqueline Smoler

MEd(IB dissertation) - DEC 2018

Arifa Rahman

MEd (dissertation) - JUL 2018

Malak Mukhlef Alqaydhi

MEd (dissertation) - SEP 2019

Vivian Rowan

MEd (dissertation) - APR 2015

Vibha Seth

MEd (dissertation) - SEP 2016

Heny Solekhah

MEd - DEC 2018

Xiaozhu Pan

EdD - APR 2019

Shatha Ahmad Alharthi

MEd (dissertation) - JUL 2019

January Dechavez

MEd (dissertation) - APR 2019

Madhawa Warakagoda

MEd (dissertation) - AUG 2019