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Professor Donna Cross awarded more than $1 million for bullying research

Thursday, 05 November 2009


  • Professor Donna Cross

    Professor Donna Cross

ECU’s Professor Donna Cross, Director of the Child Health Promotion Research Centre, has recently received just over $1 million in research grants for two research projects to reduce bullying and cyber bullying among young people.

The first study looks at building school capacity to reduce social aggression among students in collaboration with education peak bodies and government agencies.

The project will seek to change how Australian schools prevent and manage social aggression and how families create a safer, more respectful community. Professor Cross has been awarded $692,000 from Healthway over five years for this project.

The second project focuses on developing an empirical intervention to reduce cyber-bullying in adolescents. Professor Cross has received $359,000 from Healthway and $238,000 from the Telstra Foundation to undertake a world-first trial to test the effectiveness of an innovative school cyber bullying prevention program that actively engages young people.

The program provides schools with policies and practices to reduce the harm associated with cyber bullying and will be implemented with a trained group of Year 10 student leaders in cooperation with trained pastoral care and IT staff within schools.

In other news from the Child Health Promotion Research Centre, Leanne Lester has been awarded a 3-year PhD scholarship from Healthway to develop evidence based guidelines and policies to promote the mental health of young people transitioning from primary school to high school.

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