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Associate Professor Monica Thielking

Chair, Department of Psychological Sciences
Doctor of Psychology (Counselling Psychology), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Bachelor of Psychology (Honours, 1st Class), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Bachelor of Arts (Youth Affairs), RMIT, Australia


Associate Professor Monica Thielking is the Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences. Monica is a registered Psychologist and PsyBA approved Supervisor. She is an internationally renowned researcher in the areas of school psychology and the cross-sector impacts of childhood trauma and disadvantage on families and individuals. She leads pioneering industry-connected research that has national and international implications for shifting public policy and informing service delivery for vulnerable populations, with a particular research interest in youth mental health, school psychological service delivery, ethical school psychological practice and understanding how trauma, poverty and disadvantage impacts youth outcomes in schools and other youth settings.

Prior to coming to Swinburne, Monica worked at the Australian Psychological Society as the Psychologists in Schools Advisor. Monica was the founder and inaugural Convenor of the APS Psychologists in Schools Interest Group and was Program Chair of the American Psychological Association Division for International Psychology, supporting the scientific program for researchers working on global mental health initiatives. In 2014, Monica joined the Department of Psychological Sciences and soon took a leadership role in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Postgraduate Programs Coordinator and then Deputy Department Chair. 

Monica engages extensively with education, community, forensic and other professional stakeholders in a range of capacities. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools and the Educational and Developmental Psychologist.

In 2017 Monica co-edited the Handbook of Australian School Psychology (Springer), with Professor Mark Terjesen (St Johns University, New York), which quadrupled the Springer discipline average in downloads in its first year of publication. Monica currently leads a national networking group for school psychologists dealing with the impacts of Covid-19 on their work practices. 

Monica supervises PhD, Masters and Honours students on related areas of research. 

Research interests

youth homelessness; school psychology; service integration; education equity

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Developing a local emotional competence programme for pre-schoolers in Singapore

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with Children

Journey to Social Inclusion


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Educational Psychology - 170103
  • Health And Community Services - 111708
  • Mental Health - 111714


  • 2015, Swinburne, FHAD Dean's Leadership Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2002, Swinburne, SUPRA, Swinburne Uiniversity of Technology

Further information



Also published as: Thielking, Monica; Thielking, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: How Do School Costs Impact the Housing Stability of Low-Income Families and Their Childrens School Experiences? *; Anchor Inc Youth and Community
  • 2019: Brimbank Young Researchers Project Evaluation *; Brimbank City Council
  • 2018: Supporting homeless individuals with a history of brain injury: Assessing knowledge and building skills among frontline workers *; Mercy Foundation
  • 2017: Insights into contemporary young offender behaviour in Victoria *; National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council
  • 2015: Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) Project Mark II *; Journey to Social Inclusion
  • 2015: Standardization and validation of a measure of sleep problems among youth internationally *; St. John's University
  • 2014: Early Stage Homelessness in School Early Attending Young People *; Anchor Inc Youth and Community
  • 2014: Social Inclusion Assessment Tool - Standpoint Project *; Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme
  • 2012: Student Wellbeing Project - Stage *; Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • 2012: TFY The Geelong Project *; Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • 2011: Homelessness and health services integration study *; University of New South Wales

* Chief Investigator

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