Associate Professor Helen Askell-Williams

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Research Biography

Associate Professor Helen Askell-Williams has worked on collaborative research projects including investigations about teachers' and learners' knowledge about learning, and research about promoting student wellbeing and positive mental health. She has conducted focused interviews with teachers and students in Primary, Secondary, and University settings. In addition, she has designed, conducted and analysed large scale surveys to assess components of students' academic, social and emotional wellbeing. She coordinates and teaches topic in Educational Psychology and Mental Health Promotion in educational settings.

Research Interests

Areas of research include:

  • Students' and teachers' knowledge about what helps people to learn
  • Students' motivational, cognitive and metacognitive strategy knowledge
  • Mental health interventions in educational settings (e.g., KidsMatter Primary and KidsMatter Early Childhood Evaluations)
  • Building capacity for promoting wellbeing in school communities (e.g., Australian Research Council-Linkage Grant)
  • Developing a transnational, multilevel framework for mental health promotion in educational settings (e.g., collaboration with International partners on a European Commission FP7 Marie Curie researcher mobility grant, with the support of an Australian Academy of Science Grant)
  • Cross-cultural research about student wellbeing (e.g., Australia, Malta, Italy, China)

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Teachers' epistemic knowledge (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Enhancing Learning through imagery training (1)

Research Areas

  • Sociology

Supervisory Interests

  • Mental health promotion in educational settings
  • Cognitive psychology and educational practice
  • Evaluating quality in teachers' and learners' knowledge
  • Motivation
  • Metacognition
  • Educational psychology
  • Learning and instruction
  • Educational and organisational innovation


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