Kara is an Academic Teaching Scholar in the First Year College at Victoria University.

She specifically teaches a range of first year psychology units. In previous years Kara has taught psychology-based units across the psychology undergraduate degrees.

Kara's PhD research project involved predicting repeated firelighting behaviour in young people who are known to be engaging in fireplay and/or firelighting.

She's currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education at Victoria University.


Current supervision

2 MPsych (Clinical Psychology) students.


1 Honours student.

Appearances in the media

Carey, P. & Mann, A. (Producer). (2017, November 17). Fighting fires at the source by identifying kids who need mental health support. [Radio broadcast]. Melb, VIC: ABC

Areas of expertise

  • Young firelighters and developmental psychology
  • Human behaviour in fire and social psychology
  • Questionnaire development
  • Effective pedagogical approaches for teaching in psychology