Kara is a teaching and research academic in the College of Health and Biomedicine, and the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University.

Kara teaches and convenes a range of undergraduate psychology units and supervises honours and masters students in completing their research theses.

Her research expertise is in predicting repeated fire lighting behaviour in young people who are known to be engaging in fire play and/or fire lighting. Kara also conducts research into physical activity promotion in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and increasing the representation of women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in leadership roles in the sport sector.

Areas of expertise

  • Young fire lighters and developmental psychology
  • Human behaviour in fire and social psychology
  • Physical activity promotion in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations
  • Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as leaders in the sport sector

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 5807

Teaching responsibilities

Coordination

Teaching

Supervision

Three clinical masters students, two community masters students, co-supervision of one masters by research student, two honours students.

Research grants

Brimbank City Council, 2020, $17,621.

Appearances in the media

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