The core purpose of The Institute is to improve the academic and personal well-being of boys and girls through research and application.
AMANDA J. POOLEY
EXECUTIVE AND CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Chair of the Board
Vice-Chair of the Knox Grammar School Ethics Committee
AREAS OF SPECIALITY
Education leadership & management
Implementation & audit science
Mental disorders & trauma
Child & adolescent psychology
Amanda is a registered psychologist with extensive experience in the education and research settings. She is the Chair of the RICA Board and the Executive and Clinical Director. Amanda has a Master's Degree in Education Leadership and Management (magna cum laude) and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Knox Grammar School Ethics Committee. Amanda’s research interests include the development and evaluation of evidence-based programs utilising multi-modal delivery systems, education leadership and management, implementation and audit science, and authoring policy. In her role leading the Institute, Amanda is responsible for strategic planning and coordinates numerous multi-disciplinary research teams and works directly with national and international research partners to conduct and publish research with a focus on positive practical impact on the lives of girls and boys in Australia and beyond.
Affiliates and Collaborators
Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Centre for Wellbeing Science at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.
Dr. Philip Tam is a child psychiatrist, writer and researcher, currently in private practice in Sydney.
Jacqueline Frei is a Registered Psychologist and PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, where her research focuses on the mental health literacy of primary school teachers.
The Research Institute Board Structure
Chaired by Amanda Pooley, the Advisory Board consists of invited distinguished international and Australian professors and practicing academics specialising in areas of significance in relation to academic and personal wellbeing for boys and girls.
Current seated Board members include:
- Head of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford
- Head of Research at the University of Cambridge
- Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU
- Director of the Matilda Centre, the University of Sydney
- Director of the CADE Clinic, Royal North Shore Hospital