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Monica Thielking

Senior Lecturer
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


Dr Monica Thielking is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

She is a registered Psychologist and Psychology Board of Australia 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.

Prior to coming to Swinburne, Monica worked as a school psychologist and at the National Office of the Australian Psychological Society as the APS Psychologists in Schools Advisor. Monica was the founder and inaugural Convenor of the APS Psychologists in Schools Interest Group, of which she is still a member.

In 2014, Monica joined the Department of Psychological Sciences and soon took a leadership role in the Department of Psychological Sciences as Postgraduate Programs Coordinator. She is also  the Deputy Academic Director for Research Training (School of Health Sciences)

Monica is an academic member of various Australian government, Non-Government Organisation and APS working parties that focus on the prevention of youth homelessness, youth crime, improving student equity and improved psychological support services in schools and in the community.

Monica also has strong research and engagement connections internationally. In 2015 she accepted the invitation to Co-Chair the American Psychological Association's Division 52 International Psychology Programming at the APA Convention in Toronto, and was Chair of the Programming Committee in Denver, Colorado in 2016. She is also co-supervising the Australian component of an international study exploring the impact of sleep problems on children's educational performance. Her recently 2017 published co-edited book, Handbook of Australian School Psychology (Springer), has been downloaded over 16,000 times. Furthermore, she is supervising two international PhD students on topics related to early childhood trauma and social and emotional learning in Singaporean preschoolers.

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 Coordinating 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

  • 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
  • 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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