Dr | Research Officer
Karyn is a registered psychologist with expertise in addressing bullying and conflict. She has extensive experience working with schools and families. Karyn has a Masters of Organisational Psychology, specialising in change management, process consultancy, training and facilitation, and conflict management. Her PhD investigated intervening with families of children bullied by peers at school, which is a promising new approach to complement school bullying prevention programs.
Karyn is co-author of Resilience Triple P program, an evidence-based family intervention to address school bullying. Her programme of research aims to reduce peer victimisation and improve the mental health of children and adolescents through the development, implementation and evaluation of effective ways to reduce bullying behaviours and improve peer relationships. Karyn was also commissioned by Australia’s Safe and Supportive School Communities Committee to develop a professional development for staff about working with parents to address bullying, which has been made available to Australian schools.
Karyn has a research affiliation with the Parenting and Family Support Centre, of The University of Queensland. She continues to consult with schools and families to address bullying and conflict and improve relationships. Karyn is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Child and Family Studies. She is a member of the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Committee (2019-2020).
Karyn’s research aims to reduce school bullying and improve the mental health of children and adolescents. Karyn ‘s work focuses on both families and schools as interventions points for addressing school bullying. This involves a focus on children’s social and emotional skills, improving peer relationships of children and adolescents, preventing and addressing internalising problems (such as depression and anxiety), and engaging parents to coach and support their children. Karyn is developing and trialling evidence-based family interventions to reduce bullying and improve children’s peer relationships. She is also supporting schools to improve interventions to reduce bullying, resolve conflict and improve relationships in families and schools.
2019-Current: Committee member for Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners- Brain & Mental Health Theme Leadership Committee.
2018-Current: Australasian Neuroscience Society
2017-Current: IEPA Early Intervention in Mental Health Inc.
2016-Current: Executive Committee member for Biological Psychiatry Australia
2013-Current: Society for Neuroscience
2014-2015: International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
2014: PhD in psychology on Intervening with families of children bullied by peers at school, The University of Queensland
1994: Masters of Organisational Psychology, The University of Queensland,
1986: Bachelor of Science with Honours (First Class) in Psychology