Dr Laura Thomas
Deputy Head - Child Health Promotion
Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6643, Email: email@example.com, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML18.206
- Deputy Head, Child Health Promotion Research Centre, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
- Senior Research Manager, Child Health Promotion Research Centre, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
- Youth Health Promotion Coordinator, North Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service, New South Wales
- Research Officer, Centre for Youth Drug Studies, Australian Drug Foundation, Victoria
- Project Coordinator, Drugs Policy and Services Branch, Department of Human Services, Victoria
- Research Project Coordinator, Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University, Western Australia
Awards and Recognition
National and International Research Positions
- 2010-2011 – Invited participant, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) New Investigator Network
Research Areas and Interests
- Child and adolescent health; youth engagement and participation; connectedness to community, school and family
PhD (Doctoral Degree), Edith Cowan University, 2010.
Recent Research Grants
Adolescent alcohol use: Determining priorities for parent interventions, Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation), Healthway - Research Starter Grant,
2014 - 2016, $29,690.
?Bodysnarking? among adolescent girls: Peers, body image and social media, Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation), Healthway - Research Starter Grant,
2013 - 2016, $28,463.
Changing Health Acting Together: CHAT Evaluation , Catholic Education Office of WA, School Drug Education and Road Aware,
2013 - 2015, $120,486.
Developing Social Conventions of online image sharing: For youth, by youth, Edith Cowan University, ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),
2013 - 2015, $24,950.
Acting In Their Own Best Interests - Eastern Suburbs Secondary School intensive project, Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Inc, Constable Care - Grant,
Safe Kids, Safe Schools, Safe Communities: A Forum Theatre education program to increase understanding and build resilience amongst young people in remote and regional communities., Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Inc, Constable Care - Grant,
Preventing Mental and Social Health Problems in Students Transitioning from Primary to Secondary School by Building Community Support for Families, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1),
2013 - 2014, $69,352.
Strengthening Student bystanders' capacity to respond to covert bullying., Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation), Healthway - Grant,
2011 - 2013, $29,983.
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 - 2013, $24,938.
Development of national principles for early childhood road safety education, Vic Roads, Grant,
2011 - 2012, $60,000.
Bystanders to Cyberbullying project, Australian Human Rights Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission - Grant,
2011 - 2012, $61,546.
Educational Evaluation of Cybersmart Detectives, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Grant,
2010 - 2011, $128,000.
Do Current Ethical Standards Prevent Participation of Low Socio-Economic Populations in Child Health Promotion Research?, Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,
2009 - 2010, $66,978.
Recent Publications (within the last five years)
Cross, D., Shaw, T., Hadwen, K., Cardoso, P., Slee, P., Roberts, C., Thomas, L., Barnes, A., (2015), Longitudinal Impact of the Cyber Friendly Schools Program on Adolescents? Cyberbullying Behavior. Aggressive Behavior, Early View(Early View), 15p., Hoboken, New Jersey, United States, DOI: 10.1002/ab.21609.
Johnston, R., Hearn, L., Cross, D., Thomas, L., Bell, S., (2015), Parent voices guide smoking intervention development. Health Education, 115(5), 455?469, DOI: 10.1108/HE-03-2014-0024.
Shaw, T., Cross, D., Thomas, L., Zubrick, S., (2014), Bias in student survey findings from active parental consent procedures. British Educational Research Journal , Article in press(Article in press), Article in press, DOI: 10.1002/berj.3137.
Cardoso, P., Thomas, L., Johnston, R., Cross, D., (2012), Encouraging Student Access to and Use of Pastoral Care Services in Schools. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 22(2), 227-248, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1017/jgc.2012.28.
Dooley, J., Thomas, L., Falconer, S., Cross, D., Waters, S., (2011), Educational Evaluation of Cybersmart Detectives., Perth, W.A..
Thomas, L., Falconer, S., Cross, D., Monks, H., Brown, D., (2011), Cyberbulling Bystanders Project: Research Findings and Insights Report., Perth, W.A..
Research Student Supervision
Master of Public Health, Rising To The Challenge: Exploring The Transition From Primary To Secondary Education In A Western Australian School
Master of Public Health, Factors Influencing School Staff's Implementation Of A Pastoral Care Program Designed To Reduce Students' Harm From Tobacco And Other Drugs.