• The University of Western Australia (M560), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Runions (PhD, Human Development & Education, UToronto) studies children’s social and emotional wellbeing, the things that happen in children’s social lives that impact on wellbeing like bullying and how schools can work better to improve children’s lives, for example by prevention efforts focusing on social-emotional learning.  He has been project director on two large school trials of the Friendly School program, and is internationally recognised for his work on motives for bullying and moral processing in aggression. 

He has led research examining how the online medium affects cyberbullying, on the school social experiences of children with chronic health conditions, and developing methods to improve school staff mental health literacy.  He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles including a seminal meta-analysis of bullying and cyberbullying prevalence.  He is also a research coordinator with WA Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services and has led work on biopsychosocial processes, borderline personality disorder and deliberate self-harm. 

His research with Telethon Kids Institute and with the Australian Life Course Centre aims to understand how schools and families can work together to better help students from disadvantaged backgrounds and neurodiverse children and adolescents to improve outcomes overall and to reduce inequities in developmental and occupational life outcomes

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Human Development and Education, PhD, University of Toronto

Award Date: 21 Jun 2004

Human Development and Education, M.A., University of Toronto

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Primary/Junior Education, B.Ed., Queen's University Kingston

Award Date: 6 Jun 1996

Psychology, B.Sc (Hon), Trent University

Award Date: 6 Jun 1993

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute

21 May 202120 May 2024

Research Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service - WA Health

May 2017 → …

Senior Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute

May 2014Dec 2017

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology & Leadership Studies, University of Victoria BC

Jul 2011Mar 2014

Lecturer, School of Psychology & Speech Pathology, Curtin University


Lecturer, School of Psychology, Edith Cowan University

Jul 2004Dec 2007

Industry keywords

  • Children and Young People
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Education
  • Digital Health
  • Health

Research expertise keywords

  • bullying; aggression; victimisation; social; emotional; wellbeing; children; adolescents; youth; schools


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