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Senior Research Fellow

BSc (Hons), PhD (Psychology)

Tess is a Senior Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute with a background in Psychology and Statistics, and holds an adjunct Senior Lecturer position in the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. 

Tess has research interests in the social and emotional wellbeing, school engagement, development and academic achievement of children and adolescents. Her research is primarily quantitative and utilises large, population-level datasets including the South Australian Wellbeing and Engagement Collection (WEC), the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC), and the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). She has a strong interest in psychometrics and measurement.  

Over the past 10 years, Dr Gregory has been closely involved in the development of the Wellbeing and Engagement Collection (WEC) - an annual census of student wellbeing and engagement conducted by the South Australian Department for Education. Almost 100,000 students participated in the WEC in 2019, and the WEC provide an incredibly rich dataset for researchers interested in the social and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents. Tess works closely with policy makers in education departments across the country at a state/territory and federal government level through her work with the Australian Early Development Census