Dr Theresa Dicke - Institute for Positive Psychology & Education (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


As a psychologist, my research interests lie in substantive as well as (in) methodological aspects. In my research, I apply a holistic approach to learning and well-being in school. I investigate the well-being and performance of disadvantaged students, teachers, and school principals; as well as the interrelationship between these groups. In this project I will leverage large longitudinal data sets using complex analyses that allow me to test how those in the school system affect each other. My research will show that a) school tracking is more harmful than beneficial for students, teachers, and principals and b) the importance of applying a holistic model of school well-being.
Methodologically, I am interested in and apply structural equation modeling (longitudinal models, moderation and mediation, ESEM) and multilevel modeling.


Phone :4737 (North Sydney)
Email :Theresa.Dicke@acu.edu.au
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Well-Being ; occupational psychology ; Educational Psychology ;

Methods Expertise

mediation, moderation, SEM ; Analysis of longitudinal data ; Multivatiate analysis ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Investigating longitudinal changes in beginning teachers' efficacy and emotional exhaustion: Can they be predicted by professional knowledge? , in Contemporary Educational Psychology

Teachers knowledge about psychology: Development and validation of a test measuring theoretical foundations for teaching and its relation to instructional behaviour, in Studies in Educational Evaluation

Reducing reality shock: The effects of classroom management skills training on beginning teachers, in Teaching and Teacher Education

Assessing teachers' educational knowledge: Construct specification and validation using mixed methods, in Zeitschrift fuer Entwicklungspsychologie und Paedagogische Psychologie


Occupational well-being and motivation of those in the helping professions, in Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research

Self-efficacy in classroom management, classroom disturbances, and emotional exhaustion: A moderated mediation analysis of teacher candidates, in Journal of Educational Psychology

Other information

Please see https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8868-2242 for more information.