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Dr Laura Thomas

Deputy Head - Child Health Promotion

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6643, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML18.206
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6643  
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

Staff Qualifications

  • 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,  2014,  $11,000.
  • 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,  2014,  $11,000.
  • 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)

Journal Articles

  • 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

Principal Supervisor

  • 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.
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