Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Young firelighters 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

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Kara Dadswell

Kara is a Teaching and Research Academic in the College of Health and Biomedicine, and Research Fellow in the Institute of Health and Sport at Victoria University.

Kara has research expertise in predicting repeated firelighting behaviour in young people who are known to be engaging in fireplay and/or firelighting already. Kara also conducts research into physical activity promotion in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and increasing representation of women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in leadership roles within the sport sector. She also supervises honours and masters students in completing their research theses related to these topic areas.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Victoria University, Australia, 2019
  • BPsychSC (Hons), Victoria University, Australia, 2012

Key publications

Year Citation
2021 Dadswell, K., Harris, M., & Ball, M. (211004). Continued Evaluation of the Behaviour Risk Tool.
2021 Bryce, C., Dadswell, K., & Parker, A. (210728). Alice Sloan Expedition and Leadership Program: Evaluation Report.
2021 Dadswell, K., Graham, P., Markopolous, M., Sharples, J., & Ball, M. (210616). Young firelighter programs in Australia.
2021 Hanlon, C., Dadswell, K., & Flowers, E. (210530). TO ENCOURAGE WOMEN FROM CALD BACKGROUNDS IN SPORT LEADERSHIP. Australia: Victoria University.
2021 Hanlon, C., Flowers, E., Dadswell, K., & Yager, Z. (210223). What girls want in sport uniforms to make them feel comfortable and confident to participate in sport. Melbourne, Australia: Victoria University.
2020 Dadswell, K., Craike, M., Maple, J. -L., & Bourke, M. (201101). Baseline data collection to inform the evaluation of the ST Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub.

Year Citation
2021 Dadswell, K., Kurt, E., Ball, M., & Bruck, D. (210101). Prevalence and profiles of persistent firesetters following a targeted fire safety intervention program. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology,

doi: 10.1080/14789949.2021.1961009

2021 Parker, A. G., Trott, E., Bourke, M., Klepac, Pogrmilovic., Dadswell, K., Craike, M., McLean, S. A., Dash, S., & Pascoe, M. (210101). Young people's attitudes towards integrating physical activity as part of mental health treatment: A cross-sectional study in youth mental health services. Early Intervention in Psychiatry,

doi: 10.1111/eip.13189

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Baseline Dataset for St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub
From: Brimbank City Council
Other investigators: Aspr Melinda Craike, Ms Rosemary Calder
For period: 2020-2020
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Master of Applied Research Associate supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor
1 Master of Research Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Master of Applied Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
Master of Research (1) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Kara is a Teaching and Research Academic in the College of Health and Biomedicine. She is the Unit Convenor of APP2014 Psychology 2B and APP3016 Group Behaviour. Kara also teaches a range of undergraduate psychology units in the psychology undergraduate courses at VU, and supervises honours and masters students in completing their research theses.

Careers

Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.