Selected Academic Articles 

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Kelly-Ann Allen research mostly focuses on investigating belonging and social connectedness through a multi-systemic lens. She is particularly interested in school belonging, the relationship between student and teacher, measurement design and intervention. 

Climate change, a critical new role for educational and developmental psychologists. The Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 1-3.

Allen, K. A. (2020)


Complete Mental Health in Elementary School Children: Understanding general school functioning and adjustment in youth. Current Psychology.

Arslan, G., & Allen, K. A. (2020)


Academic hardiness as a mediator for the relationship between school belonging and academic stress. Psychology in the Schools.

Abdollahi, A., Panahipour, S., Tafti, M. A., & Allen, K. A. (2020)


Commentary of Lim, M., Eres, R., Gleeson, J., Long, K., Penn, D., Rodebaugh, T. (2019). A pilot digital intervention targeting loneliness in youth mental health. Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Allen, K. A. (2020)


What is the actual impact of measuring academic notions of impact? The Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 36(2), 1-2.

Allen, K. A. (2019)


The myth of left- vs right-brain learning. International Journal of Innovation, Creativity, and Change, 5(1), 189-200.

Allen, K. A., & Vanderzwan, R. (2019)


Creating a culture of belonging in a school context. Educational and Child Psychology, special issue school belonging. Educational and Child Psychology, 36(4), 5-7.

Allen, K. A., Boyle, C., & Roffey, S. (2019)


Educational and Developmental Psychology: Towards a United Profession. The Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 36(2), 1-2.

Allen, K. A. (2019)


School belonging - Why are our students longing to belong to school? Educational and Child Psychology, 36(2), 6-8.

Roffey, S., Boyle, C., & Allen, K. A. (2019)

Understanding the priorities of Australian secondary schools through an analysis of their mission and vision statements. Educational Administration Quarterly, 54(2), 249-274

Allen, K. A., Kern, P., Vella-Brodrick, D., & Waters, L. (2018)

What Schools Need to Know about Belonging: A meta-analysis. Educational Psychology Review, 30(1), 1-34.

Allen, K. A., Kern, P., Vella-Brodrick, D., & Hattie, J. & Waters, L., (2018)

School Values: A comparison of academic motivation, mental health promotion, and school belonging with student achievement. Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 34(1), 31-47.

Allen, K. A., Kern, P. Vella-Brodrick, D., & Waters, L. (2017) School Values

How Social Are Social Media? A Review of Online Social Behaviour and Connectedness. Journal of Relationships Research, e 8, e8, 1–8.

Ryan, T., Allen, K. A., Gray, D. L., & McInerney, D. M. (2017)

Pathways to Belonging. Editorial for the special issue on School Belonging for the Educational and Developmental Psychologist. 33(1), 01-21.

Allen, K. A. & Boyle, B. (Eds) (2016)

Fostering School Belonging in Secondary Schools Using a Socio-Ecological Framework. The Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 33(1), 97-121

Allen, K. A., Vella-Brodrick, D., & Waters, L. (2016)

School Belonging: A Review of the History, Current Trends, and Future Directions. The Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 33(1), 1-15.

Slaten, C., Ferguson, J., Allen, K. A., Brodrick, D., & Waters, L. (2016)

Adolescent Mental Health in an Australian Context and Future Interventions . Special Issue on Mental Health in Australia for the International Journal of Mental Health. 44, 80-93.

Allen, K. A. & McKenzie, V. (2015)

Social Media Use and Social Connectedness in Adolescents: The Positives and the Potential Pitfalls. The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 31(1), 18-31.

Allen, K. A., Ryan, T., Gray, D., McInerney, D., & Waters, L. (2014)

Contemplative Education: A Systematic, Evidence-Based Review of the effect of Meditation Interventions in Schools. Educational Psychology Review, 27(1), 103-134.

Waters, L. Barsky, A. Ridd, A. & Allen, K. A. (2014)

Do Psychologists need to know about twerking? Why staying current with adolescent culture is critical to effective research and practice. International Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education, 7, 29-35. 

Allen, K. A. , O’Connor, Ryan, T., & Savage, N. (2014)

Examining the effects of brief training on the attitudes and future use of behavioral methods by teachers. Behavioral Interventions, 29(1), 62-76.

Allen, K. A., & Bowles, T. V. (2014)

Belonging as a Guiding Principle in the Education of Adolescents.  Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology. 12, 108-119. 

Allen, K. A. & Bowles, T. (2013)

Mothers’ and Fathers’ Stress Associated with Parenting a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism Insights. 5, 1-11.


Allen, K. A., Bowles, T., & Weber, L. (2013)

The Importance of Belonging for Adolescents in Secondary School Settings. The European Journal of Social & Behavioural Sciences. 5(2), 976-984. 

O'Brien, K. A., Vincent, T., & Bowles, T. (2013)

Special Issues

Pathways to School Belonging, The Educational and Developemental Psychologist 33, (1), 2016

Editors: Kelly-Ann Allen and Chris Boyle

School Psychology, Educational and Child Psychology 36, (2), 2019

Editors: Sue Roffey, Chris Boyle, and Kelly-Ann Allen

Creating a Culture of Belonigng in a School Context, Educational and Child Psychology 36, (4), 2019

Editors: Kelly-Ann Allen, Chris Boyle, and Sue Roffey