Researcher biography

Major research interests include at-risk behaviours of children and adolescents, self-regulatory intervention and prevention programs for young people, self-regulation and goal setting, reputation enhancement, Attentional disorders.

Dr Annemaree Carroll is Professor in the School of Education at The University of Queensland. Her research activities focus on the motivational determinants underpinning children and adolescents' educational, social and emotional outcomes and how to enhance their academic and emotional self-regulatory capacities. She is known nationally and internationally for the construction of psychometrically sound instruments for the study of self-regulatory processes and for the development of innovative and unique self-regulatory interventions for children and youth to bring about positive change in their lives. She has conceptualised and coordinated the development of the Mindfields Suite of Programs (www.mindfields.com.au), which encompass a strengths-based approach to student wellbeing that targets school-wide practices, teacher and student education and to help young people take control of their lives. She has also led a team of researchers to develop the KooLKIDS Resources (www.kool-kids.com.au), an emotion resilience program aimed to empower children to live well with themselves and others by learning social, emotional and cognitive skills that promote self-regulation and wellbeing.

Professor Carroll is a Chief Investigator and Co-ordinator of Translational Outcomes within the ARC Special Research Initiative Science of Learning Research Centre at The University of Queensland where her research is particularly focussed on understanding the impact of emotions, attention, and behaviour on learning throughout child and adolescent development, and to develop and implement strategies that can be translated into educational outcomes. Dr Carroll and her research team are collecting empirical, physiological data and developing new technologies to investigate topics including: real-time emotional states of students; regulating emotions through intervention approaches; identifying neural markers of attention readiness; and teaching foundation skills of attention control in young children. In addition to better understanding the process of learning, it is hoped that these new technologies will provide translational outcomes for classroom practice and for training the next generation of teachers.

Dr Carroll has had extensive experience in managing large-scale, school-based projects across classroom settings as well as clinic-based research in which she has excellent skills in test administration with children and adolescents. She has also been concerned with children with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, Tourette Syndrome) to examine information processing tasks that may demand intact executive functioning and that require dual task performance and control of impulsive reactions.

Dr Carroll is a registered teacher and psychologist. She has experience teaching in primary and special education in Queensland and has engaged in research and higher education teaching at The University of Queensland and The University of Western Australia where she was granted a Master of Education (1991) and PhD in Educational Psychology (1995).

Featured projects Duration
Mindfields
Australian Research Council
2003
Principal Leadership for Parent-School-Community Engagement in Disadvantaged Schools Project
Education Horizon (QLD Government)
20162017
Research on effective strategies for improving school attendance
Queensland Deptartment of Education and Training
2016
School-wide approaches for developing social and emotional wellbeing
ARC Linkage Project
20152018
The Science of Learning Research Centre
Australian Research Council
2013
KooLKIDS
Australian Research Council