Filia Garivaldis


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Filia is a Lecturer at BehaviourWorks Australia, part of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. She is involved in building the online education portfolio of the institute. Specifically, Filia will be leading the development of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s Behaviour Change MOOC, endorsed by the SDG Academy, and the micro-credential on the application of behavioural science to facilitate change, open to individuals of all backgrounds, including professionals looking to upskill and to readily apply their learning on behaviour change.

Filia is a founding member of the Monash Online Education Community of Practice (MOEC) and the Monash Online – Psychology Education Division (MO-PED), both of which serve to contribute to, and further develop and expand evidence-based best practice in online teaching, learning, and research, in line with the university’s Digital Education Strategy. Notably, Filia is leading the Inter-Faculty Transformation Project funded in 2018, to create Monash’s first university-wide orientation resource for all online students of the university. 

Filia’s previous most enduring career output was the co-development and co-delivery of Australia’s first fully online accredited 4th year course in psychology, the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced (GDPA). Specifically, Filia lead the development and delivery of 5 coursework units of this course, where she has introduced several innovations, such as eWorkbooks that have since been replicated across the School of Psychological Sciences, simulated activities, exclusive special feature content in collaboration with Monash and non-Monash experts. Filia has co-lead the delivery of the course at a time of tremendous growth, from a total of 87 enrolments in early 2016, to over 900 currently receiving their education from regional and metropolitan areas of Australia, in collaboration with Pearson Education Australia – a collaboration which has been nominated twice, in 2018 and 2019, for a Business in Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) award for Outstanding Collaboration in Higher Education and Training, and specifically for Expanding and Improving 4th Year Psychology Education in Australia. Filia has been invited to showcase the delopment of the GDPA in a chapter titled "E-learning: Development of a fully online 4th year psychology program" in a major reference work, Clinical Education for the Health Professions: Theory and Practice, edited by D. Nestel, G. Reedy, L. McKenna, and S. Gough, and to be published by Springer in 2020.

Filia was also involved in the development of the Psychology Research Portal – a comprehensive and integrated online research environment that is currently supporting approximately 600 currently enrolled students from the GDPA, the on-campus Honours course, and more recently Monash Malaysia and the School of Nursing. The Research Portal received a Dean’s Award in 2019 for Technological Innovation in Learning and Teaching, and has been nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Award.

Filia has over 15 years of international experience in academia, delivering and leading education in psychology. Prior to returning to Monash University, Filia was a Senior Lecturer at Regent’s University London, where she developed an MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Filia’s research interests concern individual differences in behaviour change. Specifically, her PhD, obtained at Monash University, focused on self-regulation ability in the pursuit of personal goals, and the moderating effect of implicit emotion. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications, and has attended many conferences, where she has presented her research. In terms of online education research, Filia has investigated the impact of various online teaching and learning practices, and is co-editor and author of three chapters on a forthcoming joint Monash University-King’s College London textbook, titled “Tertiary Online Teaching and Learning: TOTAL Digital Education Perspectives and Resources”, to be published internationally by Springer–Verlag in 2020.


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

External positions

Senior Lecturer and Pathway Leader, Regent's University London

Aug 2011Nov 2015


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