Tess Gregory

Tess Gregory

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Tess Gregory is a Senior Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute (Perth), and holds an adjunct Senior Lecturer position in the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. Tess is based in Adelaide and sits in the Fraser Mustard Centre, an innovative initiative between the Telethon Kids Institute and the South Australia Department for Education aimed to improve research translation.

"I am passionate about translating research findings into policy and practice to support children and adolescents thrive. I work closely with policy makers from the Department for Education in South Australia on a range of different projects related to child development, student wellbeing and academic achievement through my position in the Fraser Mustard Centre."

Over the past 10 years, Dr Gregory has been closely involved in the development of the Wellbeing and Engagement Collection (WEC) - an annual census of student wellbeing and engagement conducted by the South Australian Department for Education. Almost 100,000 students participated in the WEC in 2019, and the WEC provide an incredibly rich dataset for researchers interested in the social and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents. Dr Gregory is very keen to collaborate with researchers and supervise students who would like to utilise the WEC data.

My research focuses on the social and emotional wellbeing, development and academic achievement of children and adolescents. My research is primarily quantitative and utilises large, population-level datasets including the South Australian Wellbeing and Engagement Collection (WEC) and the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC).  I also have a strong interest in psychometrics and measurement. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2012 - ongoing Senior Research Fellow Telethon Kids Institute
    2011 - 2011 Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2010 Research Fellow Flinders University
    2007 - 2008 Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2006 PhD Candidate, casual tutor and lecturer University of Adelaide
    2002 - 2002 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2006 Award Healthy Ageing Research Cluster (HARC) Travel Grant University of Adelaide - -
    2006 Fellowship Postgraduate Travel Fellowship Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide - -
    2003 Award CSIRO Top-up Postgraduate Studentship - - -
    2003 Award Australian Postgraduate Award - - -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Psychology
    2001 University of Adelaide Australia Honours (First Class) in Psychology
    2000 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Maths and Computer Science

Competitive Research Funding

National Competitive Schemes

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount

2020 - 2022

Taking a population health approach to supporting students social and emotional wellbeing and mental health within the education system Brinkman, S. & Gregory, T. NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health Grant (#1170743) $236,436 over three years
2013 - 2015 Assessing the development, wellbeing and community connectedness of children in the middle years:  The Middle Development Instrument for Australia Brinkman, S., Silburn, S., Gregory, T., Pearson, G., Schonert-Reichl, K., Guhn, M., Gadermann, A ARC Linkage Grant (LP130100535) $223,000 over two years
2013 - 2016 Child health and development: a South Australian data linkage study Lynch, J., Chittleborough, C., Smithers, L.,  Sawyer, M., Brinkman, S., Mittinty, M., Sawyer, A., Bowering, K., Strachan, T.,  Banham, D., Baghurst, P., & Gregory, T. NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health Grant (#1056888) $453,131 over three years.
2010 - 2011 Population testing of an internet-based Personalised Decision Support system for Colorectal Cancer screening Wilson, C., Flight, I., Turnbull, D., Young, G., Cole, S., Gregory, T., & Bhandari, D NHMRC Project Grant (#593505) $437,750 over two years
Undergraduate teaching
2003 Psychological Research Methodology II tutorials (SELT broad approval rate: 100%)
2006 Psychological Research Methodology III tutorials (SELT broad approval rate:  100%)
2006 Psychology I - Methodology and Statistics lectures (SELT not available)


  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Investigating language exposure and screen time in the early home environment: A longitudinal analysis of a prospective cohort study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Mary Elizabeth Brushe
    2019 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Bullying in Early Adolescence: The Psychosocial, Emotional Wellbeing, and Academic Outcomes of Victimisation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sarah Louise Halliday
    2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Validating a Population Measure of Early Childhood Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The Early Human Capability Index Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Alanna Sincovich
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Children's Temperament and Parenting Practices in the First Five Years of Life and Cognitive, Academic and Adiposity Outcomes in Later Childhood and Adolescence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Shiau Yun Chong

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