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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

youth homelessness; school psychology; service integration; education equity; positive psychology; staff wellbeing

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Positive psychology and teacher / school psychologist staff wellbeing : Building on a body of work exploring the impact of positive psychology strategies and impact of staff wellbeing in school or academic contexts. This research can also be implemented in other occupational settings.

Youth homelessness, trauma, poverty and/or disadvantage and educational engagement : Building on a body of work that explores the educational trajectories and experiences of young people who face multiple forms of disadvantage.

Fields of Research

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


  • 2022, National, Fellow, APS College of Counselling Psychologists
  • 2021, National, Fellow, Australian Psychological Society
  • 2020, Swinburne, Deans Award for School Culture, Swinburne Uiniversity of Technology
  • 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

  • 2023: Galen College Full-Service School Research and Development Project: Co-Designing a School Community Wellbeing Model *; Catholic Education Office of Sandhurst
  • 2023: Student Wellbeing Project: Strengthening Teachers’ Capacity to Support At Risk Students through the Application of Positive Psychology Strategies *; Catholic Education Office of Sandhurst
  • 2020: How Do School Costs Impact the Housing Stability of Low-Income Families and Their Children’s 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
  • 2012: Student Wellbeing Project - Stage 1 *; 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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