Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • First-in-family university students
  • Transition from secondary to tertiary
  • University student wellbeing

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

About Laurie Chapin

Laurie's research experience relates to improving the outcomes and wellbeing for students.

She has developed VU Kick Start, a program aimed at improving the transition to university for first-in-family students in their first year of study. Laurie is also interested in the resilience of youth, investigating outcomes like leadership, psychological wellbeing, and academic engagement, as well as youth programs to build resilience and promoting positive outcomes.


  • GradCert, Victoria University, 2014
  • PhD, Colorado State University, 2010
  • MS, Colorado State University, 2005
  • BA, Colorado State University, 2000

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 Chapin, L., Deans, C., & Fabris, M. (181201). "After film club I felt greater and more confident": Building school engagement for CALD students Paper presented at AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGIST (pp. 17-17). WILEY.

Year Citation
2023 Chapin, L. A., Oraison, H., Nguyen, T., Osmani, S., & Keohane, E. (230307). Giving Australian First-in-Family Students a Kick Start to University. Student Success, 14(1), (60-70).

doi: 10.5204/ssj.2762

2023 Chapin, L. A., Fabris, M. A., & Oraison, H. (230101). How Personal and Familial Narratives Affect the Decision Making of Mature-Aged First-in-Family Students Pursuing University. Adult Education Quarterly,

doi: 10.1177/07417136231211579

2022 Pires, C. M., & Chapin, L. A. (220901). Barriers, support, and resilience of prospective first-in-family university students: Australian high school educators' perspective. Journal of Community Psychology, 50(7), (3221-3236).

doi: 10.1002/jcop.22834

2022 Chapin, L. A., Fowler, M. A., & Deans, C. L. (220101). The role of adult facilitators in arts-based extracurricular settings: Perceived factors for success of adult-youth relationships. Journal of Community Psychology, 50(1), (176-190).

doi: 10.1002/jcop.22513

2021 T., Puxley., & Chapin, L. A. (210701). Building youth leadership skills and community awareness: Engagement of rural youth with a community-based leadership program. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(5), (1063-1078).

doi: 10.1002/jcop.22501

2021 Gill, P., Scacco, S., De, Haan., Gent, A., Chapin, L., Ganci, M., & Morda, R. (210401). Getting into the Dad Zone : How Do Primary Caregiving Fathers of Young Children Experience Social Support?. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30(4), (1028-1042).

doi: 10.1007/s10826-021-01919-1

2021 Chapin, L. A. (210101). Longitudinal predictors for Mexican Americans high school and college graduation: Individual and ecodevelopmental factors. Journal of Latinos and Education, 20(2), (161-176).

doi: 10.1080/15348431.2019.1588733

2019 Chapin, L. A., Deans, C. L., & Fabris, M. A. (190301). After film club, I actually got better at everything : School engagement and the impact of an after-school film club. Children and Youth Services Review, 98 (10-16).

doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.11.057

2018 Parkhill, A., Deans, C. L., & Chapin, L. A. (180501). Pre-leadership processes in leadership training for adolescents. Children and Youth Services Review, 88 (375-379).

doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.03.033

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.

VU Kick Start: 2020 Semester 2
From: The Arthur A Thomas Trust
For period: 2020-2020

Benefits of participation in arts-based education transition programs
From: Polyglot Theatre Company Grant, College of Health and Biomedicine
Other investigators: Dr Carolyn Deans
For period: 2017-2019
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.