Associate Professor Helen Askell-Williams

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.47)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor Helen Askell-Williams has worked on collaborative research projects including investigations about teachers' and learners' knowledge about learning, and research about promoting student wellbeing and positive mental health. She has conducted focused interviews with teachers and students in Primary, Secondary, and University settings. In addition, she has designed, conducted and analysed large scale surveys to assess components of students' academic, social and emotional wellbeing. She coordinates and teaches topic in Educational Psychology and Mental Health Promotion in educational settings.

PhD, GradDipAppPsych, BEd(SpecEd)(Hons), BA(Psychology & Sociology), AMusA
Honours, awards and grants

South Australian Premier's Award for Postgraduate Research in Lifelong Learning
ANZ bank prize in Teacher Education

Grants & Tenders

Askell-Williams, H., Wade, T., Schuwirth, L. & Humphrey, N. 2017-2019. Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant. Sustainability of Effective Educational Initiatives.

Skrzypiec, G., Askell-Williams, H., Slee, P.T., Rudzinski, A. 2013. Student Wellbeing in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. International Baccalaureate Organisation.

Slee, P.T, Skrzypiec, G., Dix, K., Askell-Williams, H., Murray-Harvey, R., & Krieg, S. 2012.
Evaluation of KidsMatter Early Childhood in services with high proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. beyondblue.

Askell-Williams, H., Cefai, C. 2011-2012. Living and Learning at School in Malta. Flinders Small Grant.

Askell-Williams, H., Lawson, M.J., Slee, P., Wyra, M., Skrzypiec, G. 2010-2012. Living and Learning at School: A Longitudinal Study. Flinders Large Grant.

Askell-Williams, H.: Positive mental health in schools 2010-2011. Australian Academy of Science.

Cefai, C.; Askell-Williams, H., Cooper, P., Hughes, L., Grandin. 2011-2013. Positive mental health in schools. European Union Marie Curie Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES).

Slee, P.T, Murray-Harvey, R., Krieg, S., Lawson, M.J., Askell-Williams, H., Dix, K., Skrzypiec, G. 2010-2011. Evaluation of KidsMatter Early Childhood beyondblue.

Lawson, M.J., Slee, P.T, Owens, L., O'Toole, P.K., Gregory, K.D., Askell-Williams, H. 2007-2009. Building the capabilities of school communities to improve their wellbeing. ARC: Linkage Grant.

Slee, P.T, Lawson, M.J., Askell-Williams, H., Owens, L., Gregory, K., Spears, B., Kay, D. 2006-2009. Evaluation of KidsMatter Primary in 100 Australian schools. beyondblue.

Key responsibilities

Member Continuing Professional Education Committee
Member Postgraduate Exam Board

Lead Chief Investigator: Australian Research Council Grant: Sustaining Effective Educational Initiatives

Coordinator: Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)

Teaching interests
Teaching Areas
  • Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice
  • Building Positive Mental Health in educational settings
Supervisory interests
Cognitive psychology and educational practice
Educational and organisational innovation
Educational psychology
Evaluating quality in teachers' and learners' knowledge
Learning and instruction
Mental health promotion in educational settings
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Teaching for wellbeing (1)
Principal supervisor: Teachers' epistemic knowledge (1)
Associate supervisor: Enhancing Learning through imagery training (1)