Focus areas
First Nations health and wellbeing; education

Research Fellow

Rhianna joined the Research and Policy Centre in 2021 and holds a Master of Child Play Therapy from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from the University of Tasmania.

Rhianna is a proud Pakana woman and grew up on GunaiKurnai country in Eastern Victoria and has worked in early childhood education for ten years, as an early childhood teacher and within research at the University of Melbourne in the Language Testing and Research Centre since 2015. 

She has a keen interest in First Nations health, wellbeing and education and is currently a co-investigator on the study,  HIPPY in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.


Selected external publication

Macqueen, S, Knoch, U, Wigglesworth, G, Nordlinger, R, Singer, R, McNamara, T & Brickle, R 2018, 'The impact of national standardized literacy and numeracy testing on children and teaching staff in remote Australian Indigenous communities', Language Testing, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 265–87. doi: 10.1177/0265532218775758.