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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 colleagues in the U.S., U.K., Malaysia, Iran, and Turkey.
Kelly-Ann is a fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, where she is also Treasurer for the National Committee. She is a committee member for the American Psychological Society, Division 15 (Education Psychology) and Associate Editor for three journals: the Australian Journal of Psychology (Wiley), The Educational and Developmental Psychologist (Cambridge University Press) and the Australian Community Psychologist. Kelly-Ann also serves on several editorial boards, including 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 three books: 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 over eighty 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.