Dr Kelly-Ann Allen is nationally and internationally recognised as a belonging researcher and for her translation of this expertise within educational contexts. She is an endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist, senior lecturer at Monash University and Fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. Dr Allen is also an honorary fellow of the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne. She is the inaugural director and founder of the International Belonging Research Laboratory, which represents a large group of belonging researchers from around the world. Dr Allen’s professional standing is verified by her full membership of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, where she is currently Treasurer of the national committee. Dr Kelly Allen’s PhD which studied how school belonging could be increased in students in secondary schools was awarded the Australian Psychological Society’s 2016 ‘Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology’ and the 2016 Psychology of Relationships Interest Group’s ‘Psychology of Relationships Thesis Award’. Since completing her thesis, Dr Allen has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed papers related to school belonging as well as three books on the topic: 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).

Dr Allen is the acting editor-in-chief of the Educational and Developmental Psychologist (Cambridge University Press). She is an associate editor for two journals: the Australian Journal of Psychology (Wiley) and the Australian Community Psychologist (Australian Psychological Society). Kelly-Ann also serves on several editorial boards, including The British Psychological Society’s, Child and Educational Psychologist and Social Health and Behaviour. She has co-edited three special issues on school belonging which can be found within Educational and Child Psychology and the Educational and Developmental Psychologist.

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.

Dr Allen is regularly called upon for media interactions and invited lecturers in the area of belonging.

You can find out more about Dr Allen’s work at www.drkellyallen.com
PhD, The University of Melbourne
M Ed Psych, The University of Melbourne