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Associate Professor Stacey Waters

Head, CHPRC

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6570, Email: s.waters@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML18.207
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6570  
Facsimile: (61 8)  9370 6511  
Email: s.waters@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML18.207  

 

Background

Stacey has been working with the CHPRC since its inception at ECU in 2004.  Stacey has also taught research methods units to Undergraduate public health students at ECU from 2009-2011.  Prior to this Stacey was a Co-Director of the WA Centre for Health Promotion Research at Curtin University from 2001-2003 and before this, a Road Safety Officer at the WA Local Government Association’s community road safety program, RoadWise.

  • 2010-present: Head, Child Health Promotion Research Centre
  • 2009-2011: Lecturer of Health Promotion, Edith Cowan University
  • 2004-2006: Co-Director of the Child Health Promotion Unit, Edith Cowan University
  • 2004-2004: Sessional Lecturer, School of Nursing and Public Health, Edith Cowan University
  • 2003-2004: Co-Director, West Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research
  • 2002-2003: Project Director, Friendly Schools Friendly Families Project
  • 2001-2001: Consultancy Manager, Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research, Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health, Curtin University
  • 1997-2001: Road Safety Officer, RoadWise, Western Australian Municipal Association (now WALGA)

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research (CHPRC), 2011.
  • ECU’s Top Researcher Performers, 2010
  • Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) New Investigator Network Participant (2008-09).

Research Areas and Interests

  • Stacey has a passion for child health promotion research addressing the health and wellbeing of children and young people.  Her specific research interests lie in the influence of the school context on young people’s mental health and wellbeing, including the prevention and management of bullying and the promotion of social and emotional skills.  Stacey has specialist skills in the formative design of health promotion interventions for children and their families as well as the evaluation of health promotion interventions.

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), Edith Cowan University, 2010 .
  • M (Master Degree), Curtin University of Technology, 2004 .
  • BSc (Bachelor of Science), Curtin University of Technology, 1997 .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • A Randomised Controlled Trial of a universal and targeted intervention to reduce mental health problems from bullying among school students,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Mental Health Targeted Call for Research,  2013 - 2015,  $620,000.
  • Nutrition resources for parents of school aged children in Western Australia,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Scholarship,  2014 - 2017,  $112,844.
  • Request for food and nutrition curriculum support materials as part of the WA Healthy Children Program,  Department of Health WA,  WA Healthy Children Program,  2012 - 2015,  $649,961.
  • Ngala Parent Healthy Lifestyle Program,  Ngala Community Services,  Department of Health Grant,  2013 - 2015,  $111,170.
  • A review of the WA Healthy School Project (WAHSP) for the Child and Adolescent Community Health, WA Country Health Service, and the Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate,  Department of Health WA,  Health Corporate Network Tender,  2013 - 2014,  $134,523.
  • Research and Evaluation Framework Stage 2 Proposal: Implementation Support,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $44,918.
  • Changing Health Acting Together: CHAT Evaluation ,  Catholic Education Office of WA,  School Drug Education and Road Aware,  2013 - 2014,  $120,486.
  • Raising adolescents: developing strategies for fly in/fly out parents ,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Research Starter Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $29,689.
  • Acting In Their Own Best Interests,  Constable Care,  Constable Care - Grant,  2014,  $11,000.
  • Investigating the Use of Social Media as a Methodogical Communictaions Technology Tool for Reseraching Cyber-Bullying: An Assessment of Feasilbility and Accepting Among Young People of an Innovative Research Method,  Nortel Networks,  Grant - Development - 2011,  2012,  $24,938.
  • Optimising school nurse involvement in youth based tobacco control programs,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Grant,  2005 - 2013,  $441,398.
  • Cyber 8 - An Online Learning Experience for Year 8 Students,  Nortel Networks,  Grant - Development - 2011,  2012 - 2013,  $25,000.
  • Development of a Research and Evaluation Framework to Guide NfP Tenders, Delivery and Reporting on Good Health Funded Health Promotion Programs,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2012,  $98,595.
  • Literature review of best practice in performance-based education,  Constable Care,  Constable Care - Grant,  2011,  $4,735.
  • Development of national principles for early childhood road safety education,  Vic Roads,  Grant,  2012,  $60,000.
  • An exploration of how social context and type of living arrangement are linked to alcohol consumption amongst older Australians,  Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation Ltd,  Grant,  2011,  $19,733.
  • CCCSF Evaluation Kit,  Constable Care,  Constable Care - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $24,475.
  • An Empirical Intervention to Reduce Cyber Bullying in Adolescents,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Grant,  2009 - 2012,  $358,382.
  • Development of Parent Education Resource Materials Reduce Cyber Bullying,  Telstra Foundation,  Grant,  2008 - 2011,  $310,001.
  • Educational Evaluation of Cybersmart Detectives,  Australian Communications and Media Authority,  Grant,  2010,  $128,000.
  • Evaluation of the Road Aware Project: Road Aware Parents and Road Aware Kids Programs and the Child Car Restraints Project (Tender RFP 43304),  Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Public Sector Management,  Grant,  2005 - 2011,  $325,390.
  • Influence of school - and individual - level social variables on school connectedness and their relationship to mental health outcomes,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Scholarship,  2007 - 2010,  $81,400.
  • National Pilot of the Cybersafety and Wellbeing Schools Initiative,  The Alannah and Madeline Foundation,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $269,973.
  • Child-centred environments to limit early aggression intervention trial,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Grant,  2005 - 2009,  $351,991.
  • Covert Bullying - Its Nature and Prevalence in Australian Schools,  Department of Education, Science and Training,  Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $173,789.
  • A Randomised Control Trail to reduce bullying and other aggressive behaviours in Secondary schools,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Grant,  2004 - 2008,  $359,486.
  • Principles of Best Practice: Road Safety Education,  Catholic Education Office of WA,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $104,323.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the School Drug Education and Road Aware Program (SDERA) [Tender for the K-3 Baseline evaluation...],  School Drug Education and Road Aware,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $112,638.
  • Literature review of prevention and early intervention of overweight and obesity in young children,  Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute,  Grant,  2005 - 2007,  $166,980.
  • Formative evaluation of the development of a Pastoral Care Standard for all Western Australia,  Department of Education and Training WA,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $18,333.
  • An intervention to reduce bullying among children who are overweight or obese,  Telstra Foundation,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $63,636.
  • Building the capacity of school nurses to implement comprehensive school health programs,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Grant,  2004 - 2006,  $19,996.
  • School nurses formative study,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2005,  $10,000.
  • Prevention and management of over weight and obesity in secondary schools,  Queensland Health,  Grant,  2004 - 2005,  $46,922.
  • Baseline Data Collection and Reporting Services for the Road Aware Project: Road Aware Parents and Road Aware Kids Programs and the Child Car Restraints Project (Tender RFP DPC724),  Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Public Sector Management,  Grant,  2004 - 2005,  $135,767.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Cross, D., Shaw, T., Monks, H., Waters, S., Lester, L., (2013), Using evidence to reduce bullying among girls. Understanding and Addressing Girls? Aggressive Behaviour Problems: A Focus on Relationships, 97-113, Kitchener ON.

Journal Articles

  • Lester, L., Waters, S., Cross, D., (2013), The relationship between school connectedness and mental health during the transition to secondary school : A path analysis. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 23(2), 157-171, Cambridge, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1017/jgc.2013.20.
  • Shaw, T., Dooley, J., Cross, D., Zubrick, SR., Waters, S., (2013), The Forms of Bullying Scale (FBS): Validity and reliability estimates for a measure of bullying victimization and perpetration in adolescence. Psychological Assessment, 25(4), 1045-1057, DOI: 10.1037/a0032955.
  • Cross, D., Waters, S., Pearce, N., Shaw, T., Hall, M., Erceg, E., Burns, S., Roberts, C., Hamilton, G., (2012), The Friendly Schools Friendly Families Program: Three-year bullying behaviour outcomes in primary school children. International Journal of Educational Research, 53(1), 394-406, UK, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2012.05.004.
  • Waters, S., Lester, L., Wenden, L., Cross, D., (2012), A theoretically grounded exploration of the social and emotional outcomes of transition to secondary school. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 22(2), 190-205, DOI: 10.1017/jgc.2012.26.
  • Cross, D., Waters, S., Pearce, N., Shaw, T., Hall, M., Erceg, E., Burns, S., Roberts, C., Hamilton, G., (2012), The Friendly Schools Friendly Families programme: Three-year bullying behaviour outcomes in primary school children. International Journal of Educational Research, 53, , 394-406, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2012.05.004.
  • Cross, D., Monks, H., Hall, M., Shaw, T., Pintabona, Y., Erceg, E., Hamilton, G., Roberts, C., Waters, S., Lester, L., (2011), Three-year results of the friendly schools whole-of-school intervention on children's bullying behaviour. British Educational Research Journal, 37(1), 105-129, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/01411920903420024.
  • Wilkinson, C., Dare, J., Waters, S., Allsop, S., McHale, S., (2011), Bottoms up! Older Australians: an investigation of the association between alcohol use and social context. Drug and Alcohol Review, 30(1), 90.
  • Pearce, N., Cross, D., Monks, H., Waters, S., Falconer, S., (2011), Current evidence of best practice in whole-school bullying intervention and its potential to inform cyberbullying interventions. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 21(1), 1-21, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1375/ajgc.21.1.1.
  • Waters, S., Cross, D., Shaw, T., (2010), How important are school and interpersonal student characteristics in determining later adolescent school connectedness, by school sector?. Australian Journal of Education, 54(2), 223-243, Australia.
  • Cross, D., Monks, H., Hall, M., Shaw, T., Pintabona, Y., Erceg, E., Hamilton, G., Roberts, C., Waters, S., Lester, L., (2010), Three year results of the Friendly Schools whole-of-school intervention on children?s bullying behaviour. British Educational Research Journal, i-first article(1), 1-25, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/01411920903420024.
  • Waters, S., Cross, D., Shaw, T., (2010), Does the nature of schools matter? An exploration of selected school ecology factors on adolescent perceptions of school connectedness. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 80(3), 381-402, DOI: 10.1348/000709909X484479.
  • Waters, S., Cross, D., (2010), Measuring students' connectedness to school, teachers and family: Validation of three scales. School Psychology Quarterly, 25(3), 164-177, United States of America, DOI: 10.1037/a0020942.
  • Waters, S., Cross, D., Runions, K., (2009), Social and Ecological Structures Supporting Adolescent Connectedness to School: A Theoretical Model. Journal of School Health, 79(11), 516-524, United States, DOI: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2009.00443.x.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Public Health,  Reality Bytes: Characteristics Of Virtual And Physical Environments That Influence Bullying In Adolescents..
  • Master of Public Health,  Investigating The Individual, Interpersonal And Contextual Variables Associated With Secondary School Students' Behaviour As Bystanders In Bullying Interactions, And How These Differ According To Gend.
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