Amalee McCoy is a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Intervention, as well as a Centenary Scholarship recipient. In 2015, she completed the MSc course in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation (Distinction) in the department, and also holds MA degrees in Southeast Asian Studies from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and in Child and Adolescent Welfare (Distinction) from Charles Sturt University. Prior to her studies at Oxford, Amalee worked in the fields of child protection, child and family welfare, and child rights for almost 15 years at the regional, national and local levels in Asia and the Pacific, including for UNICEF, the UN Economic and Social Commission for East Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Plan International, and ECPAT International, where she has focused on policy advocacy, research, capacity building and programme management. She has also worked as a consultant on various child protection and labour protection projects, including for Save the Children, Loyola University Chicago, Verité, and the International Labour Organization (ILO). She has conducted missions, trainings and provided technical support to government officials and development sector teams in Thailand, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Fiji, Mongolia, China, Samoa, Pakistan, and Nepal. Amalee was also a Fulbright research grantee in 2002, for which she conducted qualitative research in Bangkok’s Klong Toey slum and subsequently established a fair trade initiative – Proseed – that provides home-based employment to low-income women and youth.
Amalee’s doctoral thesis focuses on the cultural and contextual adaptation and feasibility pilot of the Parenting for Lifelong Health Young Children programme for 2-9 years olds (www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/child/plh/en/) living in low-income families in Udon Thani, Thailand, as part of a research project funded by UNICEF Thailand and in collaboration with the Thai Ministry of Public Health. The first part of her research comprises a formative evaluation, including in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with Thai policymakers, experts, and practitioners. The second part focuses on a mixed methods evaluation of the locally adapted version of the programme, as delivered by nurses, Village Health Volunteers, and social workers. This will assess implementation, cultural and contextual relevance, study feasibility, and preliminary intervention effects on the primary outcome of violence against children, as well as the secondary outcomes of positive parenting; dysfunctional parenting; child monitoring and supervision; child neglect; parental depression, anxiety and stress; child behaviour problems; attitudes toward punishment; parent daily report on child behaviour and parenting; parent-child relationships, and intimate partner violence.