Dr Prathyusha Sanagavarapu


Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Education (SoE)


Dr Prathyusha Sanagavarapu specialises in early childhood education.  She teaches and coordinates courses/units on children’s play, development and learning and promoting positive learning environments for children.  She is committed to supporting students’ active, self-regulatory learning using student-centred pedagogies.  The WSU Citation Award that she has won for her outstanding contributions to promoting pre-service teachers’ independent and engaged learning in flipped classrooms in 2018 is a testament to this.  Previously, in her role as an Academic Course Advisor, she has contributed to the development of many early childhood units in the Master of Teaching (Birth-5/Birth-12) Program.  With a passion and commitment to promoting the well-being of students and colleagues at WSU, she has also represented academic staff on the Transcultural Mental Health Working Group (TCMHWG) between 2014-2016.  In her current role as School Disability Coordinator, she assists academic colleagues in implementing Academic Reasonable Adjustment Plans for students with a disability.

Dr. Sanagavarapu's research interests and expertise are in the areas of children’s metacognitive thinking, diversity in parenting, cultural globalisation, transition to school and higher education, and blended and flipped learning.  She has completed a few inter-disciplinary studies intersecting education with health and wellbeing.  These include “Starting school with food allergy: Parents’ and children’s perspectives" in collaboration with Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), Campbelltown Hospital and Children’s Hospital, Randwick, funded by A&AA; “Parents' perceptions of food allergy management in NSW primary schools", funded by School of Education and “First year students' transition, well-being, and help seeking'" in collaboration with a colleague from WSU Counselling and with funding from SAAF, WSU.  She has also completed another collaborative international project on the “Efficacy of a Goal Setting Application for promoting tertiary students' self-regulation, deep learning and academic achievements” with researchers from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, UTS and University of New South Wales, Sydney.  She has published papers on these topics in internationally reputed journals.  She is currently supervising many research students and is available for supervision of HDR students.

Research Interests

  • Metacognitive, self-regulatory learning
  • Transition to school and wellbeing
  • Transition to higher education and wellbeing
  • Blended and flipped learning
  • Diversity in parenting practices


  • Editorial Board Member-Journal of Psychological Research (2019)
  • Reviewer-Australasian Journal of Early Childhood and Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (2019)
  • Early Childhood Australia (2019)

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD - University of Western Sydney, Nepean
  • MPhil- Sri Venkateswara University, India
  • MSc -Sri Venkateswara University, India

Research & Publications

For a full list of publications please view my publications page (opens in a new window)

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 9772 6651
LocationBankstown Campus