Dr Karyn Healy

Honorary Principal Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr Karyn L Healy is a registered psychologist with expertise in addressing bullying and conflict. She has extensive practical experience working with schools, parents and children to prevent and address bullying, and resolve conflict. Karyn has a Masters of Organisational Psychology, specialising in change management, process consultancy, training and facilitation, and conflict management. Her PhD investigated intervening with families of children bullied by peers at school, which is a promising new approach to complement school anti-bullying programs. Karyn is co-author of Resilience Triple P program, a family program to address school bullying. She has published papers in Tier 1 peer-reviewed journals, as well as several book chapters about school bullying. She is author of several widely read pieces in The Conversation about school bullying. She was a featured presenter at the National Centre Against Bullying Conference in Melbourne in 2016. In 2018, she was engaged by Australia’s Safe and Supportive School Communities committee to develop a professional development resource for staff on how to manage parental reports of bullying; this has now been made available to all Australian schools. Karyn is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Child and Family Studies and served as a member of the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Committee.

Research Interests

  • How to address school bullying
  • What parents can do to prevent and address school bullying
  • School bullying and the impact on children's mental health
  • Children's peer relationships
  • Parenting and family interventions

Research Impacts

Karyn is an experienced practitioner who has specialised in addressing school bullying and conflict. She was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake a PhD from 2008. She co-authored a successful ARC Grant application with Professor Matt Sanders for trial of the Resilience Triple P program as part of her PhD. Since completing her PhD in 2014 she has published regularly in peer reviewed journals. Her paper published in Behavior Therapy in July 2014, documented the first controlled trial of a family program for children bullied at school and was cited in a U.S.A policy document “Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice” in 2016 (Altmetric, February 2018). Karyn has written five articles for The Conversation since 2015, which have attracted more than 413 000 readers. Her article “Is your child less likely to be bullied at a private school?” was selected for the prestigious Conversation Yearbook for 2015. Karyn presents regularly at conferences on the topic of school bullying and was a featured presenter at National Coalition Against Bullying Conference in Melbourne 2016. She was invited to be a critical friend to Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority for the development of syllabus for Psychology as a Senior School Subject and undertook this honorary role in 2016-2017. Karyn was a member of the Queensland Anti Cyber Bullying Committee 2019-2021.


  • Masters (Coursework), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Science (Advanced), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Healy, Karyn L. (2019). The influence of parenting on school bullying: does child gender matter?. Bullying in schools: prevention, gender differences and perspectives. (pp. 67-98) edited by Christopher Boone. New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

  • Healy, Karyn L. (2018). Peer and sibling relationships. Handbook of parenting and child development across the lifespan. (pp. 241-262) edited by Matthew R. Sanders and Alina Morawska. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-94598-9_11

  • Healy, Karyn L. (2017). Children with Peer Relationship Difficulties. The Power of Positive Parenting. (pp. 97-106) edited by Sanders, Matthew R. and Mazzucchelli, Trevor G.. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/med-psych/9780190629069.003.0007

  • Hodges, Julie and Healy, Karyn L. (2017). Parenting Support and the School System. The Power of Positive Parenting. (pp. 252-261) edited by Sanders, Matthew R. and Mazzucchelli, Trevor G.. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/med-psych/9780190629069.003.0022

  • Sanders, Matthew R., Healy, Karyn L., Grice, Christina and Del Vecchio, Tamara (2017). Evidence-based parenting programs: integrating science into school-based practice. Handbook of Australian school psychology: integrating international research, practice, and policy. (pp. 537-551) edited by Monica Thielking and Mark D. Terjesen. Cham, Switzerland : Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-45166-4_27

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