Since beginning work at James Cook University (JCU) in 2010 - initially in Singapore and currently, Australia - my relentless motivation and challenge has been leading and sustaining meaningful blended learning environments that enhance student learning and experiences within higher education.  I have intentionally intertwined my research, teaching and community engagement, to form an assemblage to deeply explore each domain whilst simultaneously enhancing the collective. This process has led to me being awarded a 2017 national citation for outstanding contribution to student learning for leading a transformative and ethical community of inquiry approach in the guidance and counselling program.

My scholarly work with higher degree research candidates – locally and globally - focuses on leading socially sustainable change. My research informed consultancy has required sustained leadership and collaborative partnerships with colleagues, field workers, education organisations, students and professionals. Outcomes include: action research projects of inclusive teaching and learning environments where diversity and differences are responded to and adjustments are made.

My scholarship and research in cyber safety and mental health is grounded in my understanding that mental health is everyone’s business.  Currently I am leading an internal LTSE - Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement - project rethinking how curriculum can better support guidance, counselling and career development students’ mental health and how promotion, prevention and early intervention strategies can be integrated into the culture of higher education institutions.

My main areas of research and educational consultancy include -

  • Professional teacher and student
  • Preventing cyber bullying 
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Young children's social behaviour
  • Character education
  • Third culture kids
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
  • Designing, leading, managing, and monitoring the development of the Indooroopilly Montessori Children’s House ‘Guided Choices’ program (1999 – 2010).
  • Behaviour Management, Training and Development - sponsored by the Queensland Government Department of Families through Lifeline delivered by Crèche and Kindergarten (2002-2004).
  • Senior consultant to the Wilcannia – Forbes Diocese (NSW) leading the major initiative of a contemporary approach to behaviour development and management for Indigenous and non-Indigenous children (2002 – 2006). In towns such as Wilcannia and Broome cultural change with educators developing skills and competencies to significantly improve Indigenous education was a successful project outcome.
  • Sage companion for Brisbane Catholic Education Learning Support Teacher Renewal Program (2002 - 2006). School based learning support teachers were mentored in a change of mindset - the inclusive paradigm. Staff learnt new ways of working with children, teachers, and families, supporting the inclusion of children with special needs within the pre, primary and secondary school settings.
  • Bond University Guiding Children’s Behaviour consultancy project. This project was a Commonwealth government research grant awarded through FACSIA to Professional Support Network Queensland (2007-2009).
  • Archdiocese Commission for Schools Singapore Character Education Program $70,000 (2012-2017)
  • Singapore Gurkhas Police Regiment Paraprofessional counselors (2013)
  • Guest editor of the special edition of The International Journal of Innovation, Creativity, and Change (2017)
  • Journal Reviewer: International Journal of Disability, Development and Education
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Global Mobility
  • Editorial board Australian Counselling Research Journal (2016- current)
  • Guest editor of the special edition of eTropics HDR symposium (2014)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - James Cook University Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning JCU
  • 2016 - TropEco Highly Commended Learning and Teaching Award James Cook University
  • 2015 - TropEco Learning and Teaching Award James Cook University
  • 2012 - Mom’s Choice Gold Award USA: excellence in family-friendly products for "Friendly Facts"
  • 2012 - Best Academic of the Year JCU Singapore
  • 2011 - Employee of the Year JCU Singapore
  • 2017 - National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2017 - TropEco Highly Commended Learning and Teaching Award James Cook University
  • Australian Psychology and School Counsellor Association
  • 2017 - Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
  • 2013 - Membership Singapore Association for Counselling Clinical Supervision Subcommittee
  • 2011 - Career Development Association of Australia
  • 2011 - Singapore Association for Counselling
  • 2011 - Australian Counselling Association
  • 2000 - Early Childhood Australia
  • 2013 - Singapore Association for Counselling Ethics Subcommittee 2013
  • 2016 to 2017 - Scholarship National Excellence in School Leadership Institute
  • 2012 - Chairperson of the JCUS Pearls committee, championing women’s voices in the community

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 80+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Margaret-Anne Carter from 1999 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Young peoples' disengagement from education: hearing parent voices (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Exploring the professional identity of Australian Counsellors: A Qualitative Investigation (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Cultivating Wellbeing Dispositions in Primary Education: A Qualitative Mixed-Methods Arts-Based Case Study (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Analysing the impact of professional supervision on front-line employees' wellbeing and performance in the human services sector. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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