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Associate Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker is a traditional owner of Wadjuk boodja. She also has connections to the Ballardong and Yued peoples in Western Australia through her maternal and paternal grandparents and great great grandparents. Cheryl was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and has lived most of her life in Perth. She was educated in both Australia and the United States of America and is a dedicated wife and mother.
Cheryl is the Director of the newly formed Pindi Pindi, the National Research Centre for Aboriginal Children, Families and Community, as well as being National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow at Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, Murdoch University. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
In 1999, she completed her PhD, which explored the sense of self, identity and self-esteem of urban Aboriginal children in the school sport setting. Cheryl is particularly interested in continuing this research to develop a series of culturally appropriate instruments for racial identity and self-esteem across the lifespan. As well as completing her PhD, Cheryl also has a Master of Science, a Bachelor of Applied Science and an Associate Diploma of Applied Science.
Her research has been translated to include the development of an Aboriginal parenting program; the development of an Aboriginal youth cultural, education and life skills program; an exploration of racism; perinatal mental health; Aboriginal youth social inclusion; indicators of success, resilience and wellbeing; and culturally secure Aboriginal education. More recently, she is continuing to develop and refine Kaat, koort and hoops, a basketball lifestyle program for children in poverty.
Cheryl has worked with Aboriginal people all her life in the fields of education, sport and health and is very passionate about using her research to make a real difference to the lives of Aboriginal children and their families.