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Bethany Devenish is a research fellow at the School of Educational Psychology and Counselling (EPC) at Monash University. Her research focus has been on programs that effect broader community and cultural change, to develop inclusive communities that promote positive outcomes for children and adolescents with disability, and/or from low socioeconomic homes or communities. Her PhD examined the pathways through which poverty can impact the outcomes of children and adolescents, evaluating a school-based program designed to promote student voice and agency within their community. She has collaborated with multidisciplinary teams both locally and globally to support delivery of culturally responsive, strengths- and evidence-based programs for children, adolescents, families, schools, and other formal and informal community actors. Bethany has strong experience in knowledge translation and a passionate interest in child voice, including within research, and system change. Bethany is excited about continuing and progressing her research to see inclusive communities that promote positive outcomes and active participation of all children become a reality. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Deakin University

Award Date: 19 Jun 2018

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), Deakin University

Award Date: 27 Nov 2014

Research area keywords

  • Inclusion
  • Inclusive Education
  • Children With Developmental Disabilities


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