Bachelor of Arts (Neuroscience and History) | Master of Philosophy (Criminology) | Doctor of Philosophy (in progress)
With a diverse career in research and consulting that has spanned the US, the UK, Singapore and Australia, Abby has conducted research, program evaluation and communications work across a range of projects and clients. She has a strong working practice of quantitative and qualitative methods and extensive experience with interviewing and facilitating focus groups. At First Person Consulting, Abby utilises these skills to identify and generate high-quality evidence that can be used to answer research questions and advise organisations on how to apply these insights to become more effective.
Prior to working with First Person Consulting, Abby has served in a number of research, teaching and consulting roles. This includes designing and teaching courses in the fields of psychology and criminology at Cambridge University, conducting behavioural research with cotton-top tamarin monkeys at Harvard’s Cognitive Evolution Lab, conducting doctoral research as a part of Cambridge University’s Prisons Research Centre and serving on the board of a venture capital firm.
In her role as a consultant for Social Insight Research and Communications, she has worked to develop and test professional development frameworks for Australian universities, and to study the impact of ‘green’ design, architecture and programming in prisons. Abby directs grant-writing for a Hospice and Palliative Care organisation, and is on the board of the Australian African Foundation for Retention and Opportunity (AAFRO), a not-for-profit organisation that works to provide holistic social and educational support for young people of African descent in Melbourne. .
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Abby has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and history from Harvard (USA). She obtained an M.Phil. in Criminological Research at Cambridge University (UK), with a masters thesis about social connection and delinquency among homeschooled young people. Abby returned to Cambridge on a Gates Scholarship for her PhD, which she is currently completing. Her doctoral research is a study of three residential therapeutic programs in US prisons, operated by faith-based service providers. The study analyses the key elements for fostering social environments in prisons that enable positive relationships, while considering themes relating to behaviour change, masculinity, religious liberty and the role of the voluntary sector in criminal justice.