Dr Anna Sullivan (University of South Australia)

anna.jpgDr Anna Sullivan is currently working in the School of Education, University of South Australia as a Senior Lecturer. She has worked in the Primary, Middle and Secondary years in South Australia, New South Wales and England. Her area of expertise is in Teachers and Teaching. Anna has undertaken research, published and developed and taught courses in the area of Student Behaviour. She is presently a Chief Investigator in a large ARC Linkage project investigating early career teacher resilience and retention, 2008-2012 (LP0883672).

Professor Bruce Johnson (University of South Australia)


Bruce Johnson is Professor of Education at the University of South Australia. He has been involved in researching and teaching about student behaviour at school for more than 20 years. He was a member of the original team which conducted 3 major surveys of discipline in South Australian schools in the early 1990s. He has published widely in international, high status journals (Oxford Review of Education, Cambridge Journal of Education, Social Psychology of Education, Educational Psychology, and British Journal of Guidance and Counselling) in the area of student behaviour. Bruce is regularly consulted by Education authorities on issues of school discipline; he also contributes to public debates in the media about student behaviour generally and about specific issues like school violence, bullying, and the promotion of ‘safe schools’. Currently, he is the leader and Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage project (2008-2012): Early Career Teachers Resilience and Retention.

Professor Larry Owens (Flinders University)

owen0029.jpgLarry Owens is a Professor of Education, Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) of the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology and Director of the Educational Futures Area of Strategic Research Investment at Flinders University. His research interests are concerned with peer relationships among school students. He has investigated: age and sex differences in aggression; teenage girls' indirect forms of aggression; boys' aggression to girls; and characteristics associated with popularity among teenage girls. He has been a chief investigator on the national mental health Kidsmatter evaluation and on an ARC linkage grant to investigate well-being in southern Adelaide school communities.

Professor Robert Conway (Flinders University)

bobconway_ACE_photo.jpgProfessor Bob Conway is Dean of the School of Education at Flinders University.  His background is as a teacher in both mainstream and special education.  His main research and teaching is in the area of students with behaviour problems in both mainstream and specialist settings.  He works with education systems to improve the management of students with behaviour problems, particularly in the ways in which student management, learning and teaching can be addressed concurrently.  He also has a strong interest in the inclusion of students with a range of special needs in mainstream education and the ways in which education systems adapt learning and teaching strategies to meet the needs of all students. He has been a chief investigator in two ARC grants looking at developing metacognitive skills for students with learning and behaviour difficulties.

Mr Bill Lucas (University of South Australia)


Research Associate

Melanie Baak.pngDr Melanie Baak

Melanie is currently working as a Research Associate on the ARC funded Behaviour at School Study exploring productive and unproductive student behaviours in South Australian schools. She completed her PhD in 2012. Her research explored the negotiations for belonging for six Dinka women (Diäärjäng) utilising narrative, ethnographic and autoethnographic approaches. She graduated from the University of South Australia in 2007 with a Bachelor of Education with Honours. Her Honours research considered the educational experiences of children from Sudanese backgrounds in countries of initial asylum in Africa and then in Australia.


Student Researchers


Erica Sharplin

Erica Sharplin holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education in Middle and Secondary teaching.

She is now a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia.



Past Research Assistants


Alexandra Harris

Alexandra Harris is a Research Assistant in the School of Education. She has recently graduated  from a Bachelor of Education Junior Primary and Primary (With Honours).



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