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Dr Kelly-Ann Allen, PhD is an educational and developmental psychologist, senior lecturer at Monash University and senior honorary fellow of the University of Melbourne . With more than ten years’ experience as a school psychologist, she currently combines her academic research interests in the area of belonging with her knowledge as a practitioner to collaborate with international colleagues and translate her research to applied educational contexts.


Kelly-Ann is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, where she served as Treasurer for the National Committee between 2012 -2020. She is also member of the American Psychological Society, Division 15 (Education Psychology).


Dr Allen is the Editor-in-Chief for The Educational and Developmental Psychologist (Taylor and Francis) and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Belonging and Human Connection (Brill). She has previously served as an Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Psychology (Wiley), and the Australian Community Psychologist. Kelly-Ann also serves on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Positive Psychology in Schools, The British Psychological Society’s, Child and Educational Psychologist and Social Health and Behaviour. 


Kelly-Ann is a board director for both The Homeless Project Ltd and Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) (Victoria, Tasmania), a peak body for early childhood intervention in Australia. Her activities focused on community engagement have won awards including the University of Melbourne's Peter McPhee Award for student engagement and the Leader's in Community Award. 


Kelly-Ann’s interest in belonging has led her to author and edit several books including: The Psychology of Belonging (Routledge), School Belonging in Adolescents: Theory, research, and practice (Springer), Pathways to Belonging: Contemporary research in school belonging (Brill), and Boosting School Belonging in Adolescents: Interventions for teachers and mental health professionals  (Routledge). She has also contributed to a growing number of academic and non-academic publications, presented at international and national conferences and is regularly called upon for media interactions and invited lecturers in the area of belonging. An open access policy on school belonging (free to download) is available in here latest book, Building Better Schools with Evidence-based Policy: Adaptable Policy for Teachers and School Leaders.

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