Lynette is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education.
Lynette is a Senior Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University with the School of Education and an adjunct researcher with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education at Curtin University. Lynette was a secondary science teacher for over 20 years retraining to complete her PhD in psychology at Murdoch University. She directed the Murdoch Aspirations and Pathways for University project (MAP4U) working with high schools to support students aspirations. Her research interests are in developmental psychology, especially related to technology use, sleep and their impact on academic attainment and wellbeing.
- 2017- 2020: Warnbro Community College Board (member)
- 2020: RAINE SIG Education (member)
- 2018: Equity Research and Innovation Panel, Secretariat
- 2010 - 2018: Australasian Human Development Association, AHDA (member)
- 2014 - 2018: Rockingham Education and Training Advisory Committee, RETAC (member)
- 2014 - 2016: Rockingham Education Development Group, REDG (member)
- 2016 - 2018: Peel Workforce Development Alliance (member)
- 2014 - 2017: Comet Bay College Board (member)
- 2017 - 2020: External Reference Group for the Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP170101885; member).
Awards and recognition
- 2019 : Wiley Journal Top 20 downloaded article in Child Development from January 2017 to December 2018
- 2018: Early Career Researcher Award - Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE): Paper presentation.
National and international research awards
- 2018: Higher Degree by Research Prize – Murdoch University, Psychology
- 2016: Psychology Research Prize – Murdoch University – Excellence in Research
- 2010: Alison Salmon Memorial Student Prize 17th Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Symposium, September 2010 – Best Student Honours Thesis.
Research areas and interests
- To develop targeted programs and activities that educate our youth, regardless of socioeconomic status, on healthy sleep habits.
- To evaluate these programs and build a body of research on which to draw best practice solutions to ensure the health and wellbeing of our youth as they transition through school.
- To triangulate partnerships with pre-service teachers, researchers at ECU and the schools in the south-west of WA to develop curriculum for lifelong learning, build the research capacity of undergraduates and postgraduate university students within ECU.
- To support the wellbeing and aspirations of school students to transition to higher education.
In the media
Vernon, L. (2020, August 18). No STEM success without way more maths. Campus Morning Mail. https://campusmorningmail.com.au/news/no-stem-success-without-way-more-maths/
Vernon, L., & Drane, C. F. (2020). Making career decisions: How influencers can help. Myfuture Career Insight series. Education Services Australia. https://myfuture.edu.au/docs/default-source/insights/making-career-decisions-how-influencers-can-help.pdf