Dr Diana Smart is a psychologist who joined the Institute in 2000. Diana is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute with responsibility for the Building a New Life in Australia and Pathways of Care studies. She previously held responsibility for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and has also had a 25 year association with the Australian Temperament Project. Prior to this, Diana conducted research for the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Education Unit and the Victorian Education Department's Curriculum and Research Branch, and was a Lecturer in Psychology at Rusden State College (now part of Deakin University). Diana's research interests include child and youth development and transitions, pathways across time, and vulnerability and the fostering of resilience.
Damien Shortt has been a member of the Secondary Education department for seven years. He has a PhD in Contemporary Literature, a first-class MA in Modern Literature, and a first-class BA (Hons) in Media Theory and Production. Before working at Edge Hill University, Damien was a teacher at a Swiss International school where he taught a number of subjects: English Literature, English as a Foreign Language, Classical Studies, and Media. Through his publications, Damien is recognized as an expert in the fields of English Literature, Teachers’ Standards, Teachers’ Codes of Conduct, and Education Policy. Damien was also nominated by students on several occasions for teaching awards. He is passionate about education policy and the impact that it has in the classroom both on teachers and on pupils; his particular interest is where this involves moral values and ethical decision making.
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