Meet our researchers, professional staff and adjunct research associates at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE), as well as current and past HDR students.

At IPPE, we pride ourselves on the calibre of our internationally recognised researchers who are backed by a talented professional team and adjunct research associates.

We have worked collaboratively to achieve synergistic blends of rigorous quantitative, qualitative, and applied research. As a result, we have delivered important contributions to international research.

Collectively, the IPPE research team has been awarded over 70 Australian Research Council (ARC) grants (including ARC Future Fellowship and DECRAs).

IPPE Staff have also won the annual ACU Vice-Chancellor's Staff Excellence Award (Excellence in Research and Research Partnership) for two years running (2021, 2022).

Our executive team

Director of IPPE

Professor Rhonda Craven   

Deputy Director of IPPE 

       Dr Theresa Dicke (Acting Director) 


Our staff

Browse our researchers, staff, students and graduates, and find out how to get in touch.

Professor Rhonda Craven – Director of IPPE  

Professor Philip Parker – Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Impact and Engagement 

Professor Alexander Yeung – Program Leader IGC

Professor Herb Marsh - Professor

Professor Chris Lonsdale – Interim Deputy Provost 

Professor Richard M Ryan – Professorial Fellow 

Professor Joseph Ciarrochi - Professor

Professor Reinhard Pekrun – Professorial Fellow 

Professor Johnmarshall Reeve – Professor

Associate Professor Jiesi Guo – HDR Program Leader

Dr Baljinder Sahdra – Deputy Program Lead EDP

Dr Taren Sanders – Program Lead M&B

Dr Theresa Dicke – Program Leader EDP and Acting Deputy Director

Dr Anthony Dillon – Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Dr Georgia Durmush – Research Fellow 

Dr Hye-Ryen Jang – Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Emma Bradshaw – Research Associate

Dr Stefano Di Domenico – Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Dr Geetanjali Basarkod – Research Fellow

Dr Georgia Durmush – Research Fellow

Visiting Scholars

Professor Katariina Salmelo-Aro

Associate Professor Ingar Mehus

Dr Hanne Berthelsen – Associate Professor of Leadership and Organisation

Dr Kristina Loderer – Assistant Professor

Dr Christoph Niepel – Research Scientist

Dr Borja del Pozo-Cruz

Dr Marcus Horwood

Dr Roberto Parada

Dr Zhijun Xu

Administrative staff 

  • Dr Ricky Chan – Institute Coordinator
  • Karen Ling - Senior Administrative Officer
  • Dr Diego Vasconcellos –Senior Data Analyst

Indigenous Game Changers IGC 

  • Dr Alicia Egan – Research Program Manager
  • Clare Clendinning - Acting Research Program Manager
  • Hasret Mehmedali - Research Project Coordinator

Educational & Developmental Psychology EDP

  • Dr HeeRa Ko – Research Project Coordinator
  • Sioau-Mai See – Research Project Officer

Motivation & Behaviour M&B

  • Dr Jasper Duineveld – Research Technical Support Officer
  • Kirsty Bergan – Research Project Officer
  • Katrina Wilhite – Research Project Officer
  • Bridget Booker – Research Assistant
  • Ella Tremaine – Research Assistant
  • Roberta Vasconcellos – Research Assistant


Professor Janet Mooney – Emeritus Professor

Kurt Marder – Honorary Fellow

Pat Anderson AO - Honorary Fellow


  • Anum Urooj
  • Asghar Ahmadi
  • Bridget Booker
  • Charlotte Knoester
  • Christopher Duncan
  • Clive Haydon
  • Courtney Baker
  • Ella Tremaine
  • Ewa Geba
  • Hendy Kurniawan
  • Katrina Wilhite
  • Kelly Ferber
  • Mark Doyle
  • Melissa Schellekens
  • Mona Samad Zadeh
  • Nicola Cull
  • Raymond Chen
  • Roberta Vasconcellos
  • Rola Zaki-Aboultaif
  • Rory Darkins
  • Sioau-Mai See
  • Tsz Ying (Sylvia) Wong
  • Dr Anne Ndaba
  • Dr Brooke Van Zanden
  • Dr Catherine Tikoft
  • Dr Darren Coppin
  • Dr Devan Antczak
  • Dr Diego Vasconcellos
  • Dr Elizabeth Davies
  • Dr Emma Bradshaw
  • Dr Emma Devine
  • Dr Geetanjali Basarkod
  • Dr Georgia Durmush
  • Dr James Conigrave
  • Dr James Donald
  • Dr Jane Lee
  • Dr Jasper Duineveld
  • Dr Jiesi Guo
  • Dr Katherine Owen
  • Dr Levi Brackman
  • Dr Loch Forsyth
  • Dr Lucy Hobby
  • Dr Lynette Riley
  • Dr Marcus Horwood
  • Dr Mathew Pfeiffer
  • Dr Michael Noetel
  • Dr Michelle Kehoe
  • Dr Michelle Nemec
  • Dr Munirah Shaik Kadir
  • Dr Nathanial Kapsal
  • Dr Rhiannon Lee White
  • Dr Rob Brockman
  • Dr Rohan Perera
  • Dr Shiri Hergass
  • Dr Thomas Dornan
  • Dr Vijay Kumar
  • Dr Wendy Gwyn

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North Sydney NSW 2060

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PO Box 968
North Sydney NSW 2059