Professor Rhonda Craven - Institute for Positive Psychology & Education (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Professor Rhonda Craven is the Institute Director of the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University. She is a highly accomplished researcher, having successfully secured over 7.9 million dollars in nationally and highly competitive funding for 49 large-scale research projects including 28 Australian Research Council grants. This performance is arguably one of the strongest for an Australian educational researcher. She is the recipient of the Meritorious Service to Public Education Award, the Betty Watts Award (Australian Association for Research in Education), the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision and Training, and the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Social Justice Research. Her research interests include: the structure, measurement, development, and enhancement of self-concept and key psycho-social drivers of well-being and performance; the effective teaching of Indigenous Studies and Indigenous students; maximising life potential and enabling people to not just succeed but flourish in diverse settings; and interventions that make a tangible difference in educational and industry settings.


Phone :4657 (North Sydney)
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Research Interests

Self concepts including evaluations ; * prevention of bullying and cyber bullying ; Indigenous Education and Literacy ; Reading Education ; Gifted education. ;

Methods Expertise

Psychometrics ; Multivariate statistics ; Interviewing (semistructured & focus group) ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications

Other information

Professor Rhonda Craven has extensive experience in the areas of: Aboriginal Studies, Aboriginal education, national identity, impact of self-concept on academic achievement, maximising life potential in diverse settings, literacy, bullying, youth obesity, educational disadvantage, special education, and appropriate education for gifted and talented students.
She is an expert in the use of statistical analyses and quantitative research methodology. She has served as the research team leader on 5 Australian national priority studies in education. She is a co-editor of the research monograph series International Advances in Self Research and also co-editor of the research monograph series International Advances in Education and Social Justice Research, both published by Information Age Publishing: USA, and has been invited to contribute book chapters to prestigious international research handbooks. Her research has resulted in extensive publications, and this demonstrates her ability to widely disseminate research findings in books and academic journals of international repute, including: 10 edited research monographs, 8 books, 6 commissioned national reports, 69 articles in top tier refereed journals, 41 book chapters, and 159 refereed conference papers.
Attesting to her successful supervision experience, she has supervised 39 research students (25 PhD,1 DCA, 1 EdD, 3 MEd (hons.), 9 honours-5 of whom who have received the University Medal) since 2003 - to on time completion and is currently supervising 9 PhD students. This record of graduates is arguably one of the strongest for an Australian educational researcher.