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 adaptation and pilot of an evidence-based parenting intervention to prevent violence against children during early childhood in Thailand. The proposed randomized controlled trial will seek to reflect real-world conditions, building on existing government-funded family support initiatives and seeking to identify intervention deliverers with suitable capacity and access to high-risk populations, in order to optimize prospects for sustainability. The findings will inform the development of parenting policies and programmes in Thailand, and assist in setting the agenda for further research in this area. Amalee is supervised by Dr. Frances Gardner.