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Dr Laura Thomas

Deputy Head - Child Health Promotion

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6643, Email: l.thomas@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML18.206
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6643  
Email: l.thomas@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML18.206  

 

Background

  • 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 .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Developing Social Conventions of online image sharing: For youth, by youth,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2013 - 2014,  $24,950.
  • ?Bodysnarking? among adolescent girls: Peers, body image and social media,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Research Starter Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $28,463.
  • 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,  2012,  $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,  $24,938.
  • Bystanders to Cyberbullying project,  Australian Human Rights Commission,  Australian Human Rights Commission - Grant,  2011,  $61,546.
  • Development of national principles for early childhood road safety education,  Vic Roads,  Grant,  2012,  $60,000.
  • Educational Evaluation of Cybersmart Detectives,  Australian Communications and Media Authority,  Grant,  2010,  $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

  • 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.
  • Thomas, L., (2009), New challenges in school-based research. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 20(1), 73-74.

Conference Publications

  • Thomas, L., Shaw, T., (2009), Impact of extra-curricular activity participation on adolescent drug use. 2008 Vario Health Conference. Physical and Mental Wellness-Integrative Approaches to Health Conference Proceedings, 133-143, Joondalup, Western Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • 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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