Dr Kelly Allen MAPS FCEDP is an award-winning educational and developmental psychologist, academic and researcher with experience in early childhood, early intervention, primary school, and secondary school settings. A fellow of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, Dr Allen is the associate editor for the Australian Journal of Psychology, The Educational and Developmental Psychologist and the Australian Community Psychologist and serves on the editorial board of the British Psychological Society’s, Child and Educational Psychologist and Social Health and Behaviour. Her areas of research interest, which have lead to more than 80 academic and other publications and 50 presentations and talks, include school belonging, social and emotional wellbeing and coping skills in young children. She is the author of School Belonging in Adolescents: Theory, research, and practice (Springer) and the soon-to-be-published Belonging Blue Print: Interventions for teachers and mental health professionals (Routledge).
The evidence is still emerging about the psychological cost of mothers and fathers being distracted by phones and tablets
Smartphones are proving useful educational tools - but psychological research highlights the risk of their presence in the classroom
Dr Kelly Allen MAPS says research shows that a sense of belonging is important to ensure young people thrive at school