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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 Thielking is a registered psychologist, qualified youth worker and Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Swinburne University. Monica leads pioneering industry-connected research projects that have national and international implications for increasing awareness, shifting public policy and informing service delivery and interventions for improving school professionals' wellbeing using positive psychology approaches and improving outcomes for young people and adults who have a history of trauma and/or experience social disadvantage. Monica’s qualitative research and evaluation reports have given voice to participants’ experiences and have served to deepen knowledge among researchers, policy makers and service providers about the individual and shared impacts of programs, services and interventions on participant outcomes. 

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. Monica currently co-chairs the International School Psychology Association Global Networking Forum and is an invited member of the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project. 

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.

Fields of Research

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


  • 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

  • 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
  • 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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