Research team

Research team   

Dr Marg Rogers is a lecturer in early childhood education at the University of New England with research interests in military families, family wellbeing and support, narratives, professionalism and technology in early childhood. Marg’s PhD study looked at 2-5 year old’s understanding and experiences when their parent deployed (Young children’s understandings and experiences with parental deployment within an Australian Defence Force family). From that study, she published a Recommendations Report for policymakers, educators, family workers and Educational Development Liaison Officers.

Dr Jo Bird is a lecturer and course coordinator in early childhood education, with research interests in children’s technology-supported learning, especially supporting educators to include digital technology in their play programming, play and early childhood leadership. She was part of the team who developed ‘Rose’s Story‘ digital app for young children from defence families to improve children’s agency and allow their voices to be heard.

Jo Bird

Dr. Ingrid Harrington is a member of the Inclusive Education and Psychology team. Within this team, she specializes in classroom behaviour management, inclusive educational practices and educational psychology.

Ingrid Harrington

Associate Professor Penelope (Pep) Serow is Project Leader of the Nauru Teacher Education Project at the University of New England. Pep teaches Mathematics Education to pre-service and in-service teachers within primary, secondary, and post-graduate programs.

Penelope (Pep) Serow

Dr Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson is a lecturer in journalism and public relations at Central Queensland University. She researches ADF families and social media, with a particular interest in how ADF families use social media to navigate the challenges of Defence life. Amy has lived experience as the partner of a Navy sailor and parent of two young sons.

Dr Vanessa Bible

Dr Vanessa Bible is a casual lecturer in Peace Studies and History at the University of New England. Her research interests are diverse but revolve primarily around social and environmental justice issues and peace cultivation methods. In addition to her academic career, Vanessa has worked in community advocacy, research assistance, project management, writing, and community volunteer roles. She is also currently undertaking a Master of Teaching (Primary).

Jayne Kinley (Research assistant/project officer)

Jayne is a PhD candidate in Early Childhood Education at UNE. She is currently teaching in the Early Childhood Education team at UNE. Jayne has a background in music education and early childhood. Jayne has worked as a research assistance on a range of different projects.

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