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Pamela is a lecturer in the School of Educational Psychology and Counselling in the Faculty of Education and a Board-Approved supervisor. In 2020, Pamela received the Mollie Holman Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis in the Faculty of Education. Her doctoral thesis explored the intergenerational impact of parental mental illness on adult children. She presented her PhD findings at the 'It Takes a Village' conference in Oslo, 2019 - an international conference that explored ways to support families where a family member has a mental illness, a physical illness or substance use issue.  

Upon completion of her PhD, Pamela worked as a school psychologist, supporting adolescents and the school community with a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety management, school avoidance, eating disorders and students with self-harm and self-injurous behaviours. 

Pamela is a member with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and an associate member with the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. She also serves as a review editor for Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Education. 

Research interests

  • Families where a parent has a mental illness 
  • Adult children of parents with a mental illness 
  • Educator wellbeing and professional satisfaction 
  • Educator burnout and compassion fatigue 
  • Students' educational experiences and school belonging post-Covid
  • Enhancing educator competencies to support LGBTQIA+ students in schools


Monash teaching commitment

EDF5570: Advanced Clinical Interventions in Mental Health

EDF5572: Professional Experience: Schools, Families & Groups

EDF5530: Counselling skills for individuals, couples and groups 

EDF5531: Cognitive behaviour therapies 

EDF5532: Ethics for counsellors 

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

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology / Doctor of Philosophy, Doctorate , Intergenerational parenting practices, experiences and service needs of adult children of a parent with mental illness


Award Date: 21 Dec 2020

Research area keywords

  • Parents with a mental illness
  • Adolescent Well-Being
  • Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Teacher Professional Learning and curriculum development
  • teacher well-being

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