Phil Riley researches the overlap of psychology, education and leadership, with a particular focus on the lives of school leaders. Prior to joining ACU Phil was course leader for all post-graduate leadership programs in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He has collaborated on more than 150 publications and peer reviewed conference presentations and been awarded over $3 million in research funding.


In 2010 Phil won an inaugural Monash Researcher Accelerator award, which funded the first two years of the now annual Principal Health and Wellbeing Surveys. He is Chief Investigator for the project and is interested in research collaborations around Occupational Health & Safety and Wellbeing interventions for principals. In 2011 Phil won both of the Dean's academic awards: Excellence by an Early Career Researcher; and, Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration.


Phil's research applying adult attachment theory to the relationship between teachers, students and school leaders was showcased in The International Handbook of Research on Teachers and Teaching (Norwell, Massachusetts: Springer) Attachment Theory and the Teacher-Student Relationship (London: Routledge).



Phil Riley
Professor, Education Leadership
Research Centre for Educational Impact (REDI)
Faculty of Arts and Education
Deakin University

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