Vanessa Green

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Professor School of Education


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Child Development, Children's Social Development, Peer Relationships, Developmental Disabilities (Autism), Bullying, Social Competence, Social Skills, Friendship


PhD MEd Qld UT, PGDip(Psyc) USQ, BSS Waik


Vanessa Green received her PhD in developmental psychology from the School of Early Childhood, Queensland University of Technology, Australia in 1999. Since then she has held academic appointments at The University of Texas at Austin, USA and the University of Tasmania, Australia. Professor Green has a growing track record of publications in the areas of children’s social development and developmental disabilities. She is a registered psychologist, currently serves on the editorial board of Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities and is Associate Editor for Intervention in School and Clinic. She teaches in the area of human development, social and emotional development and educational psychology.

Current research focus

The social and emotional development of children and young people with, a particular focus on bullying, and the promotion of social competence.

Current projects

Recently completed research projects

Intergenerational nature of bullying

Use of video modeling to enhance social skills

Supervision interests

I am interested in supervising postgraduate and PhD students in the area of social and emotional development with a particular focus on either bullying, or the promotion of social competence.

Recently completed supervisions

Doctoral thesis completions

Anita Mortlock (2016). "Lifting the School Mat: An Investigation of Pedagogy and Children's Social Worlds at Mat Time." (Principal supervisor, VUW)

Michelle Stevens (2015). "Identifying and validating prelinguistic communicative forms and functions of in children with developmental disability." (Co-supervisor, VUW).

Donna Achmadi (2015). "Comparing acquisition, preference, maintenance, and social validity of manual sign, picture exchange and speech-generating devices as AAC options for children with developmental disabilities." (Co-supervisor, VUW).

Master's thesis completions

Vani Narayanan (2018 – MEdPsychy). KiVa: A preliminary evaluation project – Incident reports. (Principal Supervisor, VUW).

Anna Young (2018 - MEdPsych). Evaluation of the KiVa antibullying programme: Parents’ Perspective. (Principal Supervisor, VUW).

Emma Boddy (2015 - MEd). "Parents retrospective recollections of bullying incidences and effectiveness of strategies." (Principal supervisor, Faculty of Education, VUW).

Katie Allan (2015 - MEdPsych). "Parental definitions of bullying and responses to hypothetical bullying scenarios." (Principal supervisor, VUW).

Catriona Barclay (2014 - MEdPsych). "The use of video modeling to increase language production in a child with autism spectrum disorder." (Principal Supervisor, VUW).

Tegan Lynch (2014 - MEdPsych). "Why our family?: Parental responses to cyberbullying." (Principal Supervisor, VUW).


Inaugural lecture

A lifespan perspective on bullying.


Teaching in 2019