DR Abi Brooker

DR Abi Brooker


  • Designing teaching for student wellbeing (curriculum design and teaching strategies)
  • Lifespan developmental psychology (challenges, wellbeing, growth)
  • Mixed methods research analysis (qualitative and quantitative data analysis, person-oriented approaches)
  • Psychological wellbeing and distress
  • Students' perceptions of learning analytics (ethical considerations of learning analytics)
  • the student experience in higher education (academic pathways)



  • Abi is currently as Associate Lecturer in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, at the University of Melbourne. She is assistant coordinator of the MSPS capstone subject (PSYC30021 and PSYC40013 Pychological Sciences Theory and Practice) and assistant coodinator of PSYC30014 Psychopathology in Everyday Life. She also lectures into the subject PSYC20008 Developmental Psychology.

    Abi completed her PhD at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, investigating the educational and cultural challenges for refugee young people. She also completed a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching at the University of Melbourne, and was awarded a Teaching in Excellence award by the department in 2014. She was a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, where she project managed a national collaboration that identified ways in which teaching practice and curriculum design could promote students' psychological wellbeing. The project culminated in the online resource found at http://unistudentwellbeing.edu.au.   


Member of

  • STARS Higher Education Well-being Network. Co-founder 2017 -
  • HERDSA Victoria. Member 2015 -
  • Bridging Multiple Worlds Alliance. Member 2010 -
  • International Society for Social and Behavioural Development. Member 2010 -
  • University of Melbourne MGSE Ethics Committee. Member 2016


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Current research grants include:

    2017. Embedding wellbeing in curricula and tutor training to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes. Co-Coordinator. $23,582.42

    2017. Deep Learning Amongst Immigrant and Native Students in Australia . Co-researcher, in partnership with UoM faculties: ABP, MGSE, MSPS. MGSE SEED grant: $5,990.00

    2015. Using ePortfolios and Peer Review to Assess Graduate Attributes in Large Student Cohorts to Inform Curriculum Development . LTI team member, University of Melbourne. $16,535.76 

    2015. Understanding student perceptions of the use of learning analytics in higher education . Co-Investigator, in partnership with University of New England, University of New South Wales, and University of Melbourne. $5,690.00



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2014

Awards and honors

  • Friends of Psychology Early Career Award. $1,000, University of Melbourne, 2018
  • Teaching Excellence Award (tutor). $1,000, University of Melbourne, 2014



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Abi's research interests combine her training in life-span developmental psychology and her training in university teaching. Current research projects include: the psychological wellbeing and distress of university students, the role of "challenges" in life-span developmental psychology, immigrant and locally-born high-school students' learning experiences and value of learning, and ethical considerations of learning analytics in higher education.