Dr Nikola Balvin leads AIFS’ work on Emerging Minds, a national workforce centre for child mental health, established to build workforce capacity to better support children at risk of mental health conditions. Her work includes evidence synthesis, webinar presentations, practice papers, and other knowledge translation activities for a broad range of practitioners working with children.
Nikola’s academic background is in organisational psychology and conflict resolution in private sector, academic and government and multi-lateral organisations. Nikola’s expertise lies in connecting different stakeholder groups to answer pertinent research questions and ensuring that evidence is understandable and impactful to different audiences. She has worked across a range of sectors and topics relevant to child health and wellbeing. She is particularly interested in ensuring that the voices of minority groups, women and children are well-represented in research on the issues that affect them.
Nikola completed a doctoral thesis in psychology in 2008, in which she examined prejudice towards and stereotyping of Indigenous Australians.