Dr Kelly Baird


Associate Research Fellow, Translational Research and Social Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery


Kelly’s research has focused on supporting program development, implementation, and establishment of best practice models for working with children and families who are marginalised or experiencing disadvantage. Since completing her PhD in 2015, Kelly has managed a large multi-site randomised controlled trial of a volunteer home visiting program across four states on the East Coast of Australia. She is currently involved in a new program of work centred on participatory research with vulnerable young people, known as the ReSPECT Project (Reconceptualising Services from the Perspectives of Experienced Children and Teens).

Kelly takes a collaborative, applied and community embedded approach to research, partnering with organisations delivering support services to children, young people and families. She has a particular research interest in addressing the service and support needs of those within our communities who are most vulnerable, and is a passionate advocate of child voice research and the use of participatory research methods.

Research Interests

  • Service and support needs of people experiencing disadvantage
  • Child voice research and participatory research methods

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD Macquarie University

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 8738 9380
LocationOff Campus