Dr Romana Morda is a senior lecturer in psychology. She is also a registered psychologist. 

Romana completed a PhD that examined the relationship between intelligence and leadership in preschool children. Her major areas of teaching are developmental psychology and organisational psychology. 

Her research interests include; the social and emotional development of children, leadership, workplace stress and bullying. She has also undertaken research examining student transition to university.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Hallam, K., Livesay, K., Morda, R., Sharples, J., Jones, A., & de Courten, M. (2016). Do commencing students differ in interprofessional learning and practice attitudes: Evaluating course, sociodemographic and individual personality effects. BMC Medical Education. 16:80 DOI: 10.1186/s12909-016-0605-5

Chiodo, L., Sonn, C., & Morda, R. (2014).  Implementing an intercultural psychology undergraduate unit: Approach, strategies and outcomes. Australian Psychologist, 49(3), 181-192.

Book chapters

Archard, N., Morda, R., & Waniganayake, M. (2017). Teachers’ roles in building girls’ leadership identity. In S. Garvis (Eds.), Health and wellbeing in the early years (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press.

Morda, R, & Waniganyake, M. (2016). Being and becoming leaders through play in early childhood. In M. Ebbeck & M. Waniganayake (Eds.), Play in early childhood education: Learning in diverse contexts (2nd ed.) Oxford Press.

Archard, N., Morda, R., & Waniganayake, M. (2014). Stepping up early: Developing girls’ leadership identity. In S. Garvis & D. Pendergast (Eds.), Health and wellbeing in the early years. Cambridge University Press.

Morda, R., & Waniganayake, M. (2010). Emergence of child leadership through play in early childhood. In M. Ebbeck & M. Waniganayake (Eds.), Play in early childhood education: Learning in diverse contexts (pp.103-118). Victoria: Oxford University Press.

Refereed conference papers

Morda, R., Sonn, C., Ohtsuka, K., & Ali, L. (2007). Using a student centred approach to explore issues affecting student transition. Proceedings of the 30th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference, 8-11 July 2007, Adelaide, South Australia.

Whitelaw, P. & Morda, R. (2006). Leading hearts not bleeding hearts. Understanding the relationship between leadership style and emotional intelligence in hospitality. In 15th CHME Research Conference 2006. Ed(s). C. Lashley & W. Best. Nottingham Business School, Nottingham UK. 375-390.

Teaching & coordination responsibilities

Romana teaches and coordinates a number of units and courses.

Course coordination

Romana is the course coordinator for the following undergraduate courses:

Unit coordination and teaching

Romana coordinates and teaches in the following units:

Postgraduate research students and fellows


Honours students: 32   

Master of Applied Psychology (Community): 2

Current supervision

Co-supervision of 3 PhD. students.

Supervision of 1 Master of Applied Psychology (Community) and 3 Honours students.

Research grants

Romana has been involved in projects which have received the following research grants:

  • Collaborative research project on school capacity and well-being, Alison Baker, Christopher Soon and Romana Morda, City of Stonnington, 2015 ($13,636)
  • Cohort identity, retention and academic success, Romana Morda, Nicole Oke, and Edward Lock, College of Arts Learning and Teaching Initiatives Grant, 2013-2014, ($10, 445)
  • Enhancing connectedness: A pathway for improving retention of first year psychology students. Research team: Romana Morda, Keis Ohtsuka and Christopher Sonn, Victoria University Pilot Transition Grant (2005), ($7141)
  • Psychosocial challenges for parents of gifted children.  Adrian Fisher, Romana Morda & Anthoula Kapsalakis, Victoria University Discovery (New) Research Grants Scheme (2004), ($10,000)
  • Victoria University Curriculum Innovation Grants: Mixed mode delivery of qualitative social research using WEB CT. Research team: Chistopher Sonn, Wendy Saunders, Romana Morda & Marion Kostanski. ($12,000).

 Professional memberships

Romana is a member of the following:

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Psychology Board of Australia 

Areas of expertise

  • Giftedness
  • Leadership in children and adults
  • Social and emotional development of children
  • Workplace stress.

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