Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Women's leadership in non-traditional fields of employment
  • Gender and work related issues
  • Workplace stress and bullying
  • Leadership in children and adolescents
  • Social and emotional development of children

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

About Romana Morda

Dr Romana Morda is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. She is also a registered psychologist.

Romana's research interests include the challenges faced by women in leadership roles in traditionally male-dominated employment areas and strategies for facilitating their leadership development. She has also conducted research examining workplace stress and bullying.

Romana completed a PhD that examined the relationship between intelligence and leadership in preschool children. She subsequently expanded on this research by exploring leadership perceptions and enactment in adolescents.

Her major areas of teaching are developmental psychology and organisational psychology.


  • Phd, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Master of Psychology (Child and Educational), Monash University, Australia.
  • Diploma of Educational Psychology, Monash University, Australia.
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science, La Trobe University, Australia.

Key publications

Year Citation
2016 MORDA, R., & Waniganayake, M. (161101). Being and becoming leaders through play in early childhood. In Ebbeck, M. ;. (Ed.) (2nd) (pp. 117-133). South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford Press.
2014 MORDA, R., Archard, N., & Waniganayake, M. (140918). Stepping up early: Developing girls' leadership ability In Garvis, S. ;. (Ed.) (1st) (pp. 319-329). Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
2010 Morda, R., & Waniganayake, M. (100101). Emergence of child leadership through play in early childhood. (pp. 103-118). Oxford University Press.

Year Citation
2007 Morda, R., Sonn, C., Ali, L., & Ohtsuka, K. (070101). Using a student centred approach to explore issues affecting student transition Paper presented at Enhancing higher education, theory and scholarship, Proceedings of the 30th HERDSA Annual Conference [CD-ROM], Adelaide, 8-11 July. Adelaide, South Australia:

Year Citation
2019 Costa, I., Gill, P. R., Morda, R., & Ali, L. (191201). More than a diet : A qualitative investigation of young vegan Women's relationship to food. Appetite, 143

doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2019.104418

2019 Blackley, L. S., Morda, R., & Gill, P. R. (191001). Stressors and rewards experienced by men in nursing: A qualitative study. Nursing Forum, 54(4), (690-697).

doi: 10.1111/nuf.12397

2017 Quayle, A., Ali, L., Baker, A., Sonn, C., Keast, S., & Morda, R. (170101). Finding community, placing psychology: Reflections on the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 3(2), (72-88).

doi: 10.1285/i24212113v3i2p72

2016 Hallam, K. T., Livesay, K., Morda, R., Sharples, J., Jones, A., & De, Courten. (160101). Do commencing nursing and paramedicine students differ in interprofessional learning and practice attitudes: Evaluating course, socio-demographic and individual personality effects. BMC Medical Education, 16(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0605-5

2014 Chiodo, L. N., Sonn, C. C., & Morda, R. (140101). Implementing an intercultural psychology undergraduate unit: Approach, strategies, and outcomes. Australian Psychologist, 49(3), (181-192).

doi: 10.1111/ap.12047

2012 Morda, R. (120101). What role does intelligence play in leadership emergence in preschool children's groups?. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 47 (254-254).

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.

Collaborative Research Project on School Capacity and Well-Being
From: City of Stonnington
Investigators: Dr Alison Baker, Prof Christopher Sonn
For period: 2015-2015

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
2 Masters by Research Associate supervisor
4 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (4) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Teaching responsibilities

Romana teaches and coordinates a number of units and courses.

Course chair

Romana is the course chair for the following undergraduate courses:

  • Bachelor of Psychological Studies
  • Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business.

Unit convenor & teacher

Romana coordinates and teaches in the following units:

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Oct 2010 - Oct 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Oct 2010 -
Oct 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University

Professional memberships

  • Professional member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Professional member, Psychology Board of Australia