SCU Staff Directory
Professor Anne Graham
DipT(CatholicTC), BEd(CatholicTC), MEd(T&D)(UNE-NR), PhD(SCU)
Current Appointment: Professor of Childhood Studies
Organisational Unit: Centre for Children and Young People
Telephone: 02 66203613
Location: Gold Coast
Anne Graham is Professor of Childhood Studies and Founding Director of the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University. A primary school teacher and sociologist by background, Anne has worked in teacher education for 20 years and was Head of the School of Education at Southern Cross University from 2005-2009. Anne also holds a conjoint Professorial appointment at the University of New South Wales. In her capacity as Director of the Centre for Children and Young People, Anne has led over 60 research projects, including 7 Australian Research Council funded studies, most of which focus on children’s rights, wellbeing and safety. While Anne collaborates closely with education systems, she also leads projects involving other major state and Commonwealth government departments, key statutory bodies, major national and international NGOs, and many regionally based organisations providing programs and services to children. Anne’s research, which emphasises the critical importance of hearing children’s views, has been recognised by numerous awards, including most recently an Officer of the Order of Australia (2018) for her contribution to higher education in the area of childhood studies and children’s research. Anne serves on several key advisory bodies and is a Key Institution Director for the Childwatch International Research Network. While Anne has published extensively in scholarly journals and books, she also ensures her research culminates in ‘plain English’ research summaries, websites, ‘good practice’ guidelines, webinars, professional learning workshops, and education programs, to help ensure the research is accessible and relevant to those who can best use it. Anne is the author of the highly successful Seasons for Growth program, which provides children, young people and adults with knowledge and skills to adapt to significant change in family life following death, separation, divorce and other loss experiences. This not-for-profit program, sponsored by Good Grief Ltd, is now in its 3rd edition, with over 270,000 children, young people and adults, in 5 countries, having participated in the program. Anne continues to train and support hundreds of adult Companions who facilitate the program in schools and community settings.