Dr Lynette Vernon
Bachelor Science (Botany); Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary); Graduate Diploma of Psychology; Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours-Psychology) Doctor of Philosophy

Collaborative Post Doctoral Fellow MAP4U - NCSEHE

About me

I obtained a Bachelor of Science at UWA and completed a Diploma in Education at Edith Cowan University.  I have taught science and mathematics for the Department of Education in schools across Western Australia for over 20 years. While teaching I completed a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Charles Sturt University.  In 2009 I completed my Honours in Psychology at Murdoch University.  My Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology included research interests in the mental health and well-being of adolescents, particularly in relation to their use of technology and impact on their sleep.  I was project manager/director of Murdoch’s Aspirations and Pathways for University (MAP4U) program for 4 years which aimed to widen access and improve participation in higher education.

Currently I am a collaborative post-doctoral fellow with Murdoch University and the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education – Curtin University.

Publications

Journals

  • Geagea, A., Vernon, L., MacCallum, J., (2018), Creative arts outreach initiatives in schools: effects on university expectations and discussions about university with important socialisers, Higher Education Research and Development, , , .
  • Geagea, A., MacCallum, J., Vernon, L., Barber, B., (2017), Critical links between arts activity participation, school satisfaction and university expectation for Australian high school students, Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 15, , pages 53 - 65.
  • Watson, S., Vernon, L., Seddon, S., Andrews, Y., Wang, A., (2016), Parents influencing secondary students' university aspirations: A multilevel approach using school-SES, Issues in Educational Research (Print), 26, 4, pages 673 - 693.
  • Vernon, L., Barber, B., Modecki, K., (2015), Adolescent Problematic Social Networking and School Experiences: The Mediating Effects of Sleep Disruptions and Sleep Quality, CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 18, 7, pages 386 - 392.

Vernon, L., Modecki, K.L., & Barber, B.L. (in press). Mobile phones in the bedroom: Trajectories of sleep habits and subsequent adolescent psychosocial development. Child Development.

Vernon, L., Modecki, K.L., & Barber, B.L. (2017). Tracking effects of problematic social networking on adolescent psychopathology: The mediating role of sleep disruptions. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 46(2), 269-283.

Watson, S. J., Vernon, L., Seddon, S., Andrews, Y. & Wang, A. (2016). Parents influencing secondary students’ university aspirations: A multilevel approach using school-SES. Issues in Educational Research, 26(4), 673-693.

Vernon, L., Barber, B. L., & Modecki, K. L. (2015). Adolescent problematic social networking and school experiences: The mediating effects of sleep disruptions and sleep quality. Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 18(7), 386-392. doi:10.1089/cyber.2015.0107

Modecki, K., Barber, B., & Vernon, L. (2012). Mapping developmental precursors of cyber-aggression: Trajectories of risk predict perpetration and victimization. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(5). doi: 10.1007/s10964-012-9887-z

Conferences
Vernon, L., Modecki, K. L., & Barber, B.L. (2016 Oct). Increases in mobile phone use predicts increases in psychopathology through changed sleep. In C. Odgers, (Chair), Constantly connected: Risks and opportunities for adolescent development. Symposium conducted at the meeting of SRCD Special Topic: Technology and Media in Children’s Development, Irvine, California.

Vernon, L., & Barber, B.L. (2016). Early participation in extra-curricular activities and later university aspirations: The role of academically oriented peers. In F. Poulin (Chair), Revisiting the link between organized activities and academic outcomes. Symposium conducted at the biannual meeting of SRA, Baltimore, Maryland.

Vernon, L., Barber, B. L., & Modecki, K. (2015). The development of sleep disturbance and depressed mood in adolescence: The role of problematic social networking. Paper session 50th Australian Psychological Society (APS), Queensland, Australia.

Vernon, L., Barber, B. L., & Modecki, K. (2015). A growth curve analysis of the joint influences of problematic social networking use and school satisfaction with sleep disturbance mediating the relationship. Paper session 19th Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA), Wellington, New Zealand.

Vernon, L., Watson, S., & Taggart, A. (2015). Desire and expectation to aspire to university: A multi-group, cross-lagged panel study. Paper session presented at AARE Perth, Australia.

Watson, S., Carr, D., Vernon, L., & Taggart, A. (November, 2015). Expectations of Low-SES Students to Attend University Facilitate Aspirations of Higher Education Discussions with their Parents. Paper to be presented The Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference, Fremantle, Australia.

Geagea, A., MacCallum, J., Taggart, A., Vernon, L. (2015). Conversations with young people: navigating higher education aspirations through creative arts outreach programs in low SES schools. Paper to be presented at The Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference, Fremantle, WA

Prodonovich, S., & Vernon, L. (2014, December). Building aspiration capacity: Investigating task centred outreach. In A. Taggart (Chair), Social Justice. Symposium conducted at The Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Vernon, L., & Taggart, A. (2014). Low SES contexts: Battles of purpose and outcomes for students in years 11 and 12. In A. Taggart (Chair), Social Justice. Symposium Australian Association – Research in Education (AARE) Brisbane, Australia.

Vernon, L., Barber, B. L., & Modecki, K. (2014). School satisfaction: The role of social networking and sleep. Paper presented at the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Cesme, Turkey.

Taggart, A., Vernon, L., & Prodonovich, S. (2014). MAP4U; Aspirations and pathways for university. In NCSEHE (Eds.), Partnerships in higher education (pp. 38-39). Perth: Curtin University.

Geagea, A., Vernon, L., Barber, B.L., & Taggart, A. (2014). Profiling youths’ art engagement and the links to university aspirations. Poster presented at the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Cesme, Turkey.

Geagea, A., Vernon, L., Taggart, A., & Barber, B.L. (August, 2014). Enhancing Low SES high school students’ university aspirations through Creative Arts programs: What works and for whom? Paper presented at the meeting of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research, Perth, WA.

Geagea, A., Vernon, L., Taggart, A., & Barber, B.L. (November, 2014). Enhancing Low SES high school students’ university aspirations through Creative Arts programs: What works and for whom? Paper presented at the World Alliance for Arts Education, Brisbane, Australia.
Vernon, L., Barber, B. L., & Modecki, K. (2012). Adolescent’s investment in Social Networking Sites and student engagement: The mediational role of sleep deprivation. Poster session presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), Spetses, Greece.

Vernon, L., Barber, B. L., & Modecki, K. (2012). Adolescent discretionary time management: Does time engaged in social networking compete with homework and sleep? Poster session presented at the 14th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), Vancouver Canada.

Vernon, L., & Barber, B. L. (2011). Adolescent extracurricular activity and levels of alcohol use in regional and metropolitan locations: The mediational role of peers. Poster session presented at the 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA), Dunedin, New Zealand.

Vernon, L., (2009). Adolescent extracurricular activity and levels of alcohol use in regional and metropolitan locations: The mediational role of peers. (Unpublished Bachelor of Arts [Hons]. thesis). Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.

Won the Alison Salmon Memorial Student Prize 17th Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Symposium, September 2010.
Media
Vernon, L., (2015, Oct.). Media Participation – NBN Gold Coast News (tv and online) : http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2015/10/03/psychologists-warn-social-media-making-kids-too-emotional-to-sleep/ ABC Brisbane Afternoons (radio): 13.36 minutes into podcast http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2015/10/popular-psychology.html https://www.facebook.com/pages/ABC-Alice-Springs/327128167670 http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/child-adolescent-psychiatry/social-media-adolescents-young-people-sleep-mood-depression/article/441535/ http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-09-social-media-bedtime-linked-poor.html https://www.facebook.com/ABCDarwin/photos/a.341539384872.153397.339639229872/10153801606019873/
Reports
Vernon, L., & Barber, B.L. (2010). Inquiry into The Mental Health And Wellbeing Of Children And Young People. Commissioner for Children and Young People in WA. (Submission).

Vernon, L., & Taggart, A. (2013). Murdoch Aspirations and Pathways for University (MAP4U) progress report. Department of Education Higher Education Division, Canberra.

Vernon, L., & Taggart, A. (2014). Murdoch Aspirations and Pathways for University (MAP4U) progress report. Department of Education Higher Education Division, Canberra.

Vernon, L., & Taggart, A. (2015). Murdoch Aspirations and Pathways for University (MAP4U) progress report. Department of Education Higher Education Division, Canberra.