KoolKIDS

About the Team

The KooLKIDS Intervention has been developed through the dedication, commitment, and expertise of several team members. Each has contributed in a unique way through their speciality fields to create an innovative and ground-breaking program that will help shape the trajectories of many children and young people.

Research Assistants

Dr Sasha Lynn
BPsych(Hons) DClinPsych, MAPS

Dr Sasha Lynn

Dr Sasha Lynn is a registered psychologist and has extensive clinical and research experience in working with, and advocating for children. Sasha has worked in a range of government and nongovernment organizations, and in private practice assisting children, adolescents, adults and families with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is currently working with Brisbane Catholic Education in a secondary school counselling position, and has first-hand experience supporting at-risk students. Sasha has contributed to the conceptualisation and development of the facilitator's manual, animated stories, children's workbooks, and teacher/parent tip sheets. She has developed the CALMKIDS program, under the guidance of Dr.Annemaree Carroll.

Emma Sanders
BPsych(Hons)

Emma Sanders

Emma has had extensive experience working with young people and their families in a variety of research and clinical settings. She has worked on a number of clinical trials of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program at the University of Queensland's Parenting and Family Support Centre and has coordinated an efficacy trial of the PrimeSafe Child Safety Education program for the Queensland Ambulance Service. She also worked for a number of years a counsellor at Kids Help Line. Currently, Emma is the project officer for the Trajectories of Childhood Antisocial Behaviour Study and has contributed to the development of the KoolKIDS program including data collection, material development, and revisions of program resources. Emma is completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University.

Penny Mackay
BSc(Hons) DClinPsych Candidate

Penny Mackay

Penny Mackay is a provisionally registered psychologist currently undertaking her Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Penny is conducting research under Dr Annemaree Carroll that links into the KooLKIDS program.This research investigates childrens' views of the strategies they believe will help them manage their behaviour in the classroom, examining specifically the opinions of those children who have previously been suspended or excluded from school. Penny has had direct experience working with such children as well as with adolescents and adults with various behavioural and emotional difficulties. Penny currently works part time in mental health at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Penny has contributed to the background literature section of the KooLKIDS program as well as being involved in much of the proof reading stages of the manual development.

Carol Tan
BA, BEd (Hons I), PhD Candidate

Carol Tan

Carol Tan is a lecturer at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy on delinquent activities, reputational orientations, and the constellation of affective and interpersonal behaviour of adolescents who are loners, under the supervision of Professor Houghton. She has published two book chapters and several articles in international journals such as Educational Psychology and the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. Carol has also presented her research at leading international conferences, including theParis International Conference on Education, Economy & Society and the International Conference on Child Psychopathology, in London. Carol has contributed to the empirical data collection over three years, and the construction, linking and maintenance of the statistical data.

Dr Robin Cordin
PhD

Robin Cordin

Dr Robin Cordin is a registered teacher with extensive research experience in working with children and adolescents with challenging behaviours. Her PhD thesis entitled Psychopathic-Like-Traits and Aggression in Suspended Mainstream School Children and Adolescents was awarded with distinction. Her work has been published as a book chapter and she is currently working in a part time research position with Professor Houghton. Robin has contributed to the data collection and data file development within the conceptual stages of the KooLKIDS development.

Yiwen Zhu
BPsych(Hons)

Yiwen Zhu

Yiwen Zhu graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Cornell University. She has worked as a camp counsellor for children and at a group practice called KidTherapy. Her main previous research experience is in the area of memory and reasoning development, particularly related to false memory and child eyewitness testimony. She is now pursuing a PhD in School Psychology at University of California Riverside. Yiwen has contributed to the proof reading and formatting stages of the KooLKIDS program development.

Multimedia Production

Award winning creative advertising and marketing consultant Andrew Spark and his team are responsible for bringing the KooLKIDS program to life.

Design, Creative + Project Management - Andrew Spark;
Animation & Character Development - Peter Turner;
Sound - David Walliams; Film - Paul Coward;
Website Programming & Development - Jonathon Dawson

www.andrewspark.com.au

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