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Dr Lynette Vernon

Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9780 7765
Campus: South West  
Room: BU5.111  

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.

Professional Associations

  • 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.

Vernon, L., & Drane, C. F. (2020). Making career decisions: How influencers can help. Myfuture Career Insight series. Education Services Australia.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 2017.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Murdoch University, 2010.
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology with Distinction, Charles Sturt University, 2008.
  • Grad Dip of Education Secondary, Edith Cowan University, 1981.
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Western Australia, 1981.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Modecki, KL., Low-Choy, S., Uink, BN., Vernon, L., Correia, H., Andrews, K. (2020). Tuning into the real effect of smartphone use on parenting: A multiverse analysis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 61(8), 855-865.
  • Drane, C., Vernon, L., O'Shea, S. (2020). Vulnerable learners in the age of COVID‑19: A scoping review. The Australian Educational Researcher, 2020(Article in press), 1-20.
  • Cunninghame, I., Vernon, L., Pitman, T. (2020). To be seen and heard: Enhancing student engagement to support university aspirations and expectations for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. British Educational Research Journal, 46(6), 1487-1506.

Journal Articles

  • Vernon, L., Watson, SJ., Moore, W., Seddon, S. (2019). University enabling programs while still at school: supporting the transition of low-SES students from high school to university. The Australian Educational Researcher, 46(2019), 489-509.
  • Geagea, A., Vernon, L., Maccallum, J. (2019). Creative arts outreach initiatives in schools: effects on university expectations and discussions about university with important socialisers. Higher Education Research and Development, 38(2), 250-265.

Journal Articles

  • Vernon, L., Modecki, K., Barber, BL. (2018). Mobile Phones in the Bedroom: Trajectories of Sleep Habits and Subsequent Adolescent Psychosocial Development. Child Development, 89(1), 66-77.

Journal Articles

  • Vernon, L., Modecki, K., Barber, B. (2017). Tracking Effects of Problematic Social Networking on Adolescent Psychopathology: The Mediating Role of Sleep Disruptions. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 46(2), 269-283.
  • Geagea, A., Maccallum, J., Vernon, L., Barber, BL. (2017). Critical links between arts activity participation, school satisfaction and university expectation for australian high school students. Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 15(2017), 53-65.

Journal Articles

  • Watson, S., Vernon, L., Seddon, S., Andrews, Y., Wang, A. (2016). Parents influencing secondary students’ university aspirations: A multilevel approach using school-SES. Issues in Educational Research, 26(4), 673-693.

Journal Articles

  • Vernon, L., Barber, BL., Modecki, KL. (2015). Adolescent Problematic Social Networking and School Experiences: The Mediating Effects of Sleep Disruptions and Sleep Quality. CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 18(7), 386-392.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Cyber Security Education in Australia: Does it meet the mark?
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