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).

Our executive team

Director of IPPE

Professor Rhonda Craven 

Deputy Director of IPPE

Professor Philip Parker


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 – Deputy Director

Professor Alexander Yeung – Program Leader 

Professor Herb Marsh

Professor Chris Lonsdale – Program Leader

Professor Richard M Ryan – Professorial Fellow 

Professor Charles Hulme – Professorial Fellow

Professor Joseph Ciarrochi

Professor Reinhard Pekrun – Professorial Fellow 

Professor Johnmarshall Reeve – Professor

Associate Professor Jiesi Guo – HDR Program Leader

Dr Baljinder Sahdra – Deputy Program Lead

Dr Taren Sanders – Deputy Program Lead 

Dr Theresa Dicke – Senior Research Fellow & Program Leader

Dr Anthony Dillon – Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Dr Georgia Durmush – Research Fellow 

Dr Michael Noetel – 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 

 – Institute Coordinator

Indigenous thriving

Dr Alicia Egan – Research Program Manager

Karen Ling - Senior Administrative Officer

Positive psychology

Dr HeeRa Ko – Research Project Coordinator

Sioau-Mai See – Research Project Officer

Motivation and behaviour

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

Dr Diego Vasconcellos – Research Assistant

Roberta Vasconcellos – Research Assistant

Professor Janet Mooney – Emeritus Professor

Kurt Marder – Honorary Fellow

Asghar Ahmadi

Bridget Booker

Charlotte Knoester

Courtney Baker

Ella Tremaine

Ewa Geba

Gareth Quinlan

Georgia Durmush

Jason Joyce

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

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