Dr Laura Thomas
Deputy Head - Child Health Promotion
Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6643, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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)
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, Factors Influencing School Staff's Implementation Of A Pastoral Care Program Designed To Reduce Students' Harm From Tobacco And Other Drugs.