DR Kelly-Ann Allen

DR Kelly-Ann Allen




  • Kelly-Ann Allen, PhD is an endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Positivie Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne and Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Education at Monash University. She is nationally and internationally recognised for her research interests in school belonging and for her translation of this within educational contexts. Kelly-Ann is a fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, where she is also Treasurer for the National committee. She is an associate editor for three journals: the Australian Journal of Psychology (Wiley), The Educational and Developmental Psychologist (Cambridge University Press) and the Australian Community Psychologist. Kelly-Ann also serves on several editorial boards, including The British Psychological Society’s, Child and Educational Psychologist and Social Health and Behaviour. Kelly-Ann is a Board Director for both The Homeless Project Ltd and Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) (Victoria, Tasmania), a peak body for early childhood intervention in Australia. Her activities focused on community engagement have won awards including the University of Melbourne's Peter McPhee Award for student engagement and the Leader's in Community Award. With more than ten years’ experience as a school psychologist, Kelly-Ann's interest in applied belonging research has led her to author and edit a number of academic and non academic publications in the field including, School Belonging in Adolescents: Theory, research, and practice (Springer), Pathways to Belonging: Contemporary research in school belonging (Brill), and Boosting School Belonging in Adolescents: Interventions for teachers and mental health professionals (Routledge).   


Member of

  • Australian Psychological Society. Member 2010 - 2018
  • Australian Association for Research in Education. AARE 2015 - 2017
  • APA Division 15. Committee member on the Status of International Activities 2010 - 2017
  • APA Division 16. International Affiliate 2010 - 2017
  • American Psychological Association. International affiliate 2010 - 2017
  • The APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. Treasurer and Webmaster, National Committee 2010 - 2017


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2015
  • MEdPsych, University of Melbourne 2008
  • PGradDipPsych, Central Queensland University 2005
  • GradDipPsych, Charles Sturt University 2004
  • PGradDipGenCounsel, Charles Sturt University 2002
  • BPscyh, University of South Australia 2001

Awards and honors

  • $1000 Stipend towards the Annual APA Convention, 2016
  • Psychology of Relationships Thesis Award , Psychology of Relationships Interest Group, 2016
  • Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology for 2016, The Australian Psychological Society, 2016
  • For student engagement, Peter McPhee Student Award, 2014
  • The University of Melbourne, Leaders in Community Award, 2012
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, The University of Melbourne, 2011


Available for supervision

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