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Mr Douglas Russell Name: Mr Douglas Russell
Senior Research Officer
+613 9230 8398
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
Institute of Child Protection Studies
Saint Teresa of Kolkata Building(Bldg.421 - 115B Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065)-Level 9-Room9.04A
Biographical Information

Douglas originally trained as a primary school teacher and taught across Australia, the U.K and the Middle East, where he completed his Master of Science in Applied Psychology. He returned to Australia and joined the Institute of Child Protection Studies, where he manages the Children and Young People's Safety (CAYPS) Project.



Russell, D. H., Stewart, J., & Higgins, D. J. (2022). Safeguarding in Church: Children and Young People&rsquos Perceptions of Safety in Religious and Other Faith-Based Settings. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 38(3-4)

Russell, D. H., Trew, S, & Higgins, D. (2021). Vulnerable yet forgotten: A systematic review identifying the lack of evidence for effective suicide interventions for young people in contact with child protection systems. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 91(5), 647-659. 

Russell, D. H., Anderson, J., Riggs, D., Ullman, J., & Higgins, D. (2020). Gender diversity and safety climate perceptions in schools and other youth-serving organisations. Children and Youth Services Review, 105334. 

Russell, D., Higgins, D. & Posso, A. (2020). Preventing child sexual abuse: A systematic review of interventions and their efficacy in developing countries. Child Abuse & Neglect, ISSN: 0145-2134, Vol: 102, Page: 104395.

Russell, D. & Higgins, D. (2019). Safeguarding Capabilities in Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Exploratory Factor Analysis of a Scale Measuring Safeguarding Capabilities in Youth-Serving Organizations Workers. Child Maltreatment,

Bertl, B., Andrzejewski, D., Hyland, L., Shrivastava, A., Russell, D., & Pietschnig, J. (2019). My grade, my right: linking academic entitlement to academic performance. Social Psychology of Education, 1-19.

Russell, D, & Warner, R. (2017). Motivational intermediaries of self-regulation among university students. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 9(3). 448-464.

Russell, D. (2016, July). Engendered well-being: The importance of being content with one&rsquos gender identity. International Journal of Psychology 51(S1), July 2016, p. 609&ndash621.

Russell, D. (2016, July). The influence of parents&rsquo attitudes and perceived norms on the behaviour of restricting children&rsquos&rsquo screen time. International Journal of Psychology 51(S1), July 2016, p. 580&ndash596.


Current research focuses on the Children and Young People's Safety (CAYPS) Project, which investigates safeguarding of children and young people and the prevention of sexual abuse in youth-serving organisations.


Previous research has investigated parenting, mental health, gender identity and higher education.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

British Psychological Society

Australian Psychological Society

Victorian Institute of Teaching


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