Dr Julie Bower

Research Fellow

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
j.cuskelly@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56520

Overview

Julie's research interests include: strengths-based case management in adolescence; prevention and intervention approaches; assessment of risk and protection in vulnerable youth; social and emotional well-being in adolescence; evidence-based resources for adolescent development; positive youth development; teacher well-being and innovative measures of emotional states of teachers and students in the classroom.

Dr Julie Bower is a Research Fellow in the School of Education. She conducts applied research in secondary schools to understand the social and emotional processes that keep students at school and engaged in learning. Her work is based in a positive youth development framework, focusing on the strengths of adolescents at risk and working in close partnership with schools to assist these students to reach their potential. She is interested in developing real-time measures of emotion in a classroom setting, assessment of both risk and protection in vulnerable youth; prevention and intervention approaches; social and emotional well-being in adolescence; evidence-based resources for adolescent development; and school-wide approaches for social and emotional well-being of students and teachers.

Julie Bower has over 29 years experience in the education sector, 21 of those in educational research and more recently, over the past 12 years in the development of the Mindfields® Program, The CAT-RPM, and the Mindful Practice for Teachers Program. She is now the chief trainer for the Mindfields® program. Julie’s experience in the field of education encompasses the areas of research project management, development of evidence-based resources, social and emotional wellbeing, cognitive behavioural interventions and strengths-based strategies for youth at-risk.

Research Interests

  • Social and emotional wellbeing of at-risk students
  • Social and emotional wellbeing of teachers and support staff
  • Strengths-based Interventions for youth at-risk
  • Strengths-based assessment of youth at-risk

Research Impacts

My hope is that my ongoing research portfolio (developing the report mechanism for the CAT-RPM, further developing the Mindfields resources and training, and invesitgating the effects of social connectedness on learning), will have a direct effect on the social and emotional well-being of vulnerable youth who are often excluded or overlooked in educational settings. The beneficial outcomes will be to:

  1. Develop and calibrate resources that are strengths-based, evidence-based, and build self-regulatory life skills in at at-risk young people.
  2. Assist teachers and professional staff to work in ways that identify and promote the strengths of vulnerable youth.
  3. Assist teachers and professional staff to develop skills and environments that promote their own personal, social and emotional well-being.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Vocational Education & Training, Charles Sturt
  • Diploma of Teaching

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Julie Bower is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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