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
2022 Ball, M., & Dadswell, K. (221003). Smoke Alarms and the Human Response In Runefors, M. ;. (Ed.) (pp. XI-XI). Cham, Germany: Springer.

Year Citation
2022 Hanlon, C., Flowers, E., & Dadswell, K. (220714). Building Inclusive Sport Clubs: 12 Month Project Evaluation Report. Self.
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.

Year Citation
2022 Dadswell, K., Sambol, S., Bruck, D., & Ball, M. (220826). The predictive validity of the family risk survey and child risk survey for identifying persistent firesetting risk. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY,

doi: 10.1002/jclp.23435

2022 Dash, S., Bourke, M., Parker, A. G., Dadswell, K., & Pascoe, M. C. (220701). Lifestyle behaviours and mental health and wellbeing of tertiary students during COVID-19 lockdown in Australia: A cross-sectional study. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 116

doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2022.152324

2022 Parker, A. G., Trott, E., Bourke, M., Klepac, Pogrmilovic., Dadswell, K., Craike, M., McLean, S. A., Dash, S., & Pascoe, M. (220501). 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, 16(5), (518-526).

doi: 10.1111/eip.13189

2022 Dadswell, K., Bourke, M., Maple, J. L., & Craike, M. (220101). Associations between pre-COVID-19 physical activity profiles and mental wellbeing and quality of life during COVID-19 lockdown among adults. Current Psychology,

doi: 10.1007/s12144-022-03413-3

2022 Dadswell, K., Sambol, S., Yager, Z., Van, Dyke., Pascoe, M., Dallat, C., Brown, C., & Parker, A. G. (220101). Together we grow: evaluation of a design thinking professional development workshop for outdoor educators indicates improvements in growth mindset. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning,

doi: 10.1080/14729679.2022.2075412

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.

A shift in attitudes towards women in visible sport leadership
From: Change our Game Research Grant Program
Other investigators: Prof Clare Hanlon
For period: 2022-2023
$20,798
Improve access to sport and active recreation for people with disability
From: Access for all abilities
Other investigators: Prof Clare Hanlon, Prof Tracy Taylor
For period: 2022-2023
$107,987
Baseline data set for Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre – Round 2
From: Brimbank City Council
Other investigators: Prof Melinda Craike
For period: 2022-2022
Not disclosed

Baseline Dataset for St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub
From: Brimbank City Council
Other investigators: Prof 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 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Not Specified supervisor
1 Master by Research Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Not Specified supervisor
Master by Research (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

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

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
Master of Applied 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.