Kelly Allen MAPS MCEDP

Kelly Allen MAPS MCEDP

Educational and developmental psychologist

Dr Kelly Allen MAPS MCEDP is an award-winning educational and developmental psychologist and researcher with experience in early childhood, early intervention, primary school, and secondary school settings. A member of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, Dr Allen works at the University of Melbourne and Charles Sturt University. Her areas of research interest, which have lead to more than 50 academic and other publications, include school belonging, social and emotional wellbeing and coping skills in young children.


Reflecting on triggers and finding new strategies can help families reduce conflict

Nine steps to curb sibling fighting

Fights between children serve an important purpose, writes Dr Lyn O’Grady MAPS.  It’s one way that children learn to resolve problems, and negotiating conflicts with each other also helps them to work out their place in the family. Some siblings get along more easily than others. This can depend on factors such as temperament and the way…


Psychological evidence back marriage equality

12 steps to take after ‘yes’ vote

The ‘yes’ vote in the marriage equality postal vote confirms that the Australian community supports marriage equality.  The survey result also sends the message to LGBTQI+ young people, adults and families that they are accepted in Australian society, that their love, relationships and families are valid and that they belong. Beyond the celebration, many LGBTQI+…


Positive behaviour support

A behaviour management approach which focuses on understanding what individuals are trying to achieve by their behaviour. Problem behaviour persists because it serves a purpose and is an attempt to meet a person’s needs, however imperfectly. Psychologists work to understand the individual’s motivations and reinforce more constructive methods. This approach has proven useful in addressing…


Motivational interviewing

A psychological approach that assists in behaviour change by focusing on a person’s motivations for problem behaviour, examining the consequences of it and addressing their ambivalence about making positive change. The approach arose from work in the area of substance abuse and is now thought to be effective in addressing bullying and the management of…


Bullying

Bullying occurs when an individual or group repeatedly behaves towards a specific individual with the intention of causing harm or distress. This can include physical, verbal, social or online attacks. Psychological research has shown that being bullied, being a bully or witnessing bullying are all associated with negative effects on mental health.


DSM-5

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is published by the American Psychiatric Society as a classification and diagnostic tool for mental health professionals. The fifth edition, known as the DSM-5, was published in 2013 after a long period of research, consultation and some controversy. It is one of the potential reference tools used…


Aviophobia

Aviophobia – or fear of flying – is a type of anxiety disorder. Even though flying is one of the safest methods of travel, somewhere between one in four and one in 12 people are concerned about flying to the extent that they won’t travel by plane, fly uncomfortably or have to self-medicate in order to fly.

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Meditation is one way of managing stress.

Tips to manage stress

Learning to handle stress in healthy ways is very important. Fortunately, it is easy to learn simple techniques that help. These include recognising and changing the behaviour that contributes to stress, as well as techniques for reducing stress. The following tips can help you look after your mind and body, and reduce stress and its…


Intervention

In psychological terms, interventions describe actions or therapies undertaken to bring about positive change in behaviour, thoughts or feelings.  Once a difficulty, disorder or developmental issue has been recognised, a psychologist would recommend a proven ‘intervention’ – course of action or activity.  For example, for children with autism this might be a particular focus on…


Psychologist

Psychologists are university-educated experts in human behaviour, emotions and mental processes. They work with people across the lifespan to help individuals to improve their lives.  Psychologists work in a vast range of settings including hospitals, community settings, private practice, correctional facilities, schools, the defence forces, research centres, government departments and organisations. Psychologists have a minimum…


Evidence-based

Evidence-based refers to any information or practice that is based on a strong research foundation  that has been tested.  Psychologists often talk about ‘evidence-based’ practice which means using treatments, interventions or strategies that have been rigorously tested.


The Bystander Effect

The Bystander Effect is a term that describes the phenomenon whereby individuals or groups of people ignore someone in distress (calling for help, being attacked, being abused) rather than going to help. Research has found that the more bystanders there are at an event the less likely any one person is to help. The term…


Comorbidity

Co-morbid refers to co-existing health or mental health conditions being experienced by one person. Many health conditions occur together, for example, a person with diabetes might also experience depression, or a person suffering anxiety might also have substance abuse issues. It is important to recognise co-morbidity so that this can be taken into consideration in developing…


Role modeling accepting attitudes and behaviours helps to fight racism.

Tips for addressing racism

Psychological research shows that racist attitudes and behaviours are learned but equally you can combat racism by role modeling tolerance and positively influencing the people around you.


Cognitive behaviour therapy

Cognitive behaviour therapy, often referred to as CBT, is a popular proven psychological talk therapy aimed at changing a person’s unhelpful thought patterns (I am no good, I can’t do this) to more helpful thoughts. It recognises that how we think affects our feelings and behaviour. It is now a well-supported and recognised treatment, which has…


Shield kids from watching too much TV coverage

Tips for protecting children from conflict & terror

Extensive media coverage of violence, conflict, terror and war in the international community, and here in Australia, means that many children will be aware of world events and the possibility of violence close to home. Children often cannot easily understand time and place. They may experience events as concrete and local and profoundly personal and emotional,…


Psychology

Psychology is a scientific discipline and profession that focuses on human behaviour.  Through rigorous research and practice, psychology aims to understand people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour and enhance life by applying strategies and proven treatments to disorders as well as helping people improve their health, work, relationships and performance.