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Biography

Dr Kelly-Ann Allen is nationally and internationally recognised for her research in the area of school belonging and for her translation of this expertise within educational contexts. She is a board endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist and senior lecturer within the School of Education, Monash University (Educational Psychology and Inclusion). Kelly-ann is a Senior Fellow (Honorary) of the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne and is the inaugural director and founder of the International Belonging Research Laboratory, which represents a large group of belonging researchers from around the world.

Dr Kelly Allen’s PhD which studied how school belonging could be increased in students in secondary schools was awarded the Australian Psychological Society’s 2016 ‘Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology’ and the 2016 Psychology of Relationships Interest Group’s ‘Psychology of Relationships Thesis Award’.

Kelly is the acting editor of the Educational and Developmental Psychologist and associate editor of two journals (the Australian Journal of Psychology 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. She has co-edited three special issues on school belonging which can be found within Educational and Child Psychology and the Educational and Developmental Psychologist.

Kelly is a Board Director for two not-for-profits, the Homeless Project and Early Childhood Intervention Australia VIC TAS, a peak body for early intervention in Australia and previously a co-director and co-founder of the Change Cycle, a community engagement partnership with Umoona Tjutagku Health Service 
Aboriginal Corporation in Coober Pedy. 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.

Kelly is a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society's College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, where she is currently Treasurer for the National Committee. Kelly has also been involved in ongoing committee work with the American Psychological Society's Division 15 (Educational Psychology).

Kelly holds memberships with Division 16 (School Psychology), the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA), Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA Vic/Tas), and the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).

Dr Allen has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed papers related to school belonging as well as three books: 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). The quality and productivity of her research was acknowledged in 2019 through the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence by an Early Career Researcher and was a nominee for the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence by an Early Career researcher.

Dr Allen is regularly called upon for media interactions and invited lecturers in the area of belonging you can find out more at www.drkellyallen.com

Research interests

Kelly's research interests are concerned with school belonging and belonging more generally and for the translation of this research to educational contexts.

Monash teaching commitment

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology

EDF4604 - Research project

EDF4599 - Positive psychology in professional practice

Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology

EDF5723 - Exceptionality: Assessment and intervention

Community service

International Belonging Research Laboratory (IBRL)

The IBRL is a group of researchers focused on investigating the science of belonging. The group oversees a private Facebook group and social media channels on Twitter and Instagram. The IBRL has a focused research schedule and is committed to fostering cross-country, discipline, faculty and institution collaborations and disseminating research findings to the general public. 

If you are a belonging researcher and would like to network with a private Facebook group, share your research or publications, network with like-minded researchers, or even collaborate on a project, please consider joining us. 

If you would like to follow news and updates, please join us on Twitter and Instagram

A repository of belonging measurement tools for practice and research can be found here.

Faculty Members

Kelly-Ann Allen, PhD., Senior Lecturer, The Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Tracii Ryan, PhD., Research Fellow, The Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Gerald Wurf, Senior Lecturer, The Faculty of Education, Monash University

Alex Whitelock-Wainwright, PhD., Research Fellow, The Faculty of Education, Monash University

Andrea Reupert, PhD., Professor, The Faculty of Education, Monash University

Christine Grove, PhD., Lecturer, The Faculty of Education, Monash University

Lefteris Patlamazoglou, Lecturer, The Faculty of Education, Monash University

 

Graduate Students

Denise Wong, The Faculty of Education, Monash University

Erin Geary, The Faculty of Education, Monash University

Kate Fortune, The Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Angela McCahey, The Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Heather Craig, The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.

External Members

Greg Walton, PhD. Associate Professor. Department of Psychology. Stanford University. 

Erica Frydenberg, PhD. Associate Professor. Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne. 

Roy F. Baumeister, PhD. Professor, School of Psychology, University of Queensland. 

Michael Furlong, PhD. Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, University of California Santa Barbara.

John Hattie, PhD. Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

Lea Waters, PhD. Professor, Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne. 

Kathryn Riley, PhD. Professor of Urban Education, Institute of Education, University College London (UCL).

Dennis McInerney, PhD. Professor, The Education University of Hong Kong.

Christopher D. Slaten, PhD, Assistant Professor, the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri.

DeLeon Gray, PhD, Associate Professor, the Department of Education, NC State University.

Hamid Sharif Nia, PhD. Assistant Professor in Nursing, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Mazandaran University of Medical Science, Iran. 

Gökmen Arslan, PhD. Assistant Professor, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey. 

Peggy Kern, PhD. Associate Professor, Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne.

Dianne Vella-Brodrick, PhD. Professor, Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne.

Annie Gowing, PhD. Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. 

Sue Roffey, PhD. Associate Professor, University of Exeter, U.K. 

Abbas Abdollahi, PhD. Professor, Alzahra University, Iran.

Alan Tilbrook, PhD. Professor, University of Queensland, Australia.

Jill Fernandes, PhD. Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia. 

Divya Jindal-Snape, PhD.  Professor, University of Dundee

Industry Partner

Ruth Thomas Suh, Reject Documentary.

Consulting

Berry Street Education Model Master Class on School Belonging

A sense of belonging is a fundamental human need. Alarmingly, research tells us that one in four students does not feel like they ‘belong’ to school. Loneliness has become an epidemic and adolescents are an age group at risk. What can be done?

In this innovative masterclass, The Berry Street Education Model introduces a topic of fundamental importance: school belonging. Fostering belonging in students has widespread benefits, with positive outcomes that extend well into adulthood.

Schools are ideal places to build lasting connections and stand ready to make a difference. This masterclass opens doors for creating connected and inclusive classrooms and schools.

 

Education/Academic qualification

Educational Psychology, PhD

… → 2015

Educational Psychology, Masters

… → 2008

External positions

Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • belonging, school belonging, school connectednes, social inclusion, relationships

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2010 2020

Boosting School Belonging in Adolescents: Interventions for Teachers and Mental Health Professionals

Allen, K-A. & Kern, P., 2020, 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge. 203 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookOtherpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

A second-order confirmatory factor analysis of the moral distress scale-revised for nurses

Nia, H. S., Shafipour, V., Allen, K-A., Heidari, M. R., Yazdani-Charati, J. & Zareiyan, A., 2019, In : Nursing Ethics. 26, 4, p. 1199-1210 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cognitive behavioural therapy as an effective treatment for social anxiety, perfectionism, and rumination

Abdollahi, A., Hosseinian, S., Panahipour, H. & Allen, K. A., 17 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Current Psychology. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Commentary: A pilot digital intervention targeting loneliness in youth mental health

Allen, K., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Frontiers in Psychiatry. 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Development and psychometric properties of the physical rehabilitation services acceptability questionnaire

Shirazikhah, M., Mirabzadeh, A., Sajjadi, H., Joghataei, M. T., Biglarian, A., Shahboulaghi, F. M., Nia, H. S. & Allen, K. A., 24 Apr 2019, In : Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran. 33, 1, p. 202-209 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

Australian Postgraduate Award

Kelly-Ann Allen (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology

Kelly-Ann Allen (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean’s Award for Research Excellence by an Early Career Researcher

Kelly-Ann Allen (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Peter McPhee Student Engagement Award

Kelly-Ann Allen (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Psychology of Relationships Thesis Award

Kelly-Ann Allen (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

The Truth Behind School Refusal: Addressing the Misconceptions.

Kelly-Ann Allen & Christine Grove

26/09/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs

Helping kids who refuse to go to school

Kelly-Ann Allen & Christine Grove

12/08/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

5 ways to boost students' sense of school belonging.

Kelly-Ann Allen

10/08/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Making Sense of Belonging

Kelly-Ann Allen

1/07/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature