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Professor Monica Thielking

Department Chair, 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


Professor Thielking is Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Swinburne University.

Professor Monica Thielking is a psychologist and holds several key national appointments within the discipline of psychology that endeavour to contemporise psychology training and lead cohesive and integrated approaches to university-wide Australian psychology programs of study. Prior to her appointment at Swinburne, Monica worked at the Australian Psychological Society as the Psychologists in Schools, Public Sector and Non-Government Organisations 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 the Division in Denver, USA and Toronto, Canada. Monica is an active member of the Heads of Departments of Psychology Australia, as well as the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project, and a Research Affiliate of the National Centre for Reconciliation. In 2021, Monica was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Psychological Society and the APS College of Counselling Psychologists and in 2022 was nominated by APS members to be a Director of the Board of the Australian Psychological Society, and Chair of the Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training (DPRET). Monica is currently an Affiliate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and undergoing company directorship training leading to full membership. Monica is an active researcher and brings a psychological focus to interdisciplinary industry-connected research projects that have national and international implications for improving school and education professionals' wellbeing using positive psychology approaches and/or improving outcomes for young people and adults who experience social inequality.  

Research interests

School welfare issues, At-risk and disadvantaged youth, Early intervention for youth, Evidence-based practice and policy

Fields of Research

  • Educational Psychology - 520102
  • Health And Community Services - 420305
  • Mental Health Services - 420313

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Also published as: Thielking, Monica; Thielking, M.
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