Jessica Rodaughan


Jessica Rodaughan

Currently studying at Monash

Current position
Psychology Student – Monash University

I’ve always had a passion for working with children and young people. My first role as a youth worker inspired me to return to University to study Psychology, and I have since enjoyed roles in education support, disability support and counselling.

I’m a proud Jardwadjali Aboriginal woman and my aspirations to work in the community are closely tied to my identity. I feel a sense of purpose and responsibility to support my community to raise-up strong Aboriginal children and break the transgenerational cycle of trauma.

Psychology is dominated by Western ideas and I hope to make psychology a more culturally safe place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to be empowered in their mental health journeys.

When you say you are studying psychology, people always say ‘you're probably assessing me right now.’ But this is never the case! We have a term in psychology: mesearch. My psychology journey has largely been about understanding myself and how I interact with the world around me.”

Jessica Rodaughan
“I like to spend time in spaces that inspire and energise me. I try to go for a walk each day — it helps to clear my mind and walking on Country gives me energy.”