Dr. Hanham is a trained history teacher and researcher in educational psychology. His research areas are group-based learning with adolescents, instructional design, and mentoring in vulnerable populations. He has a background in both sophisticated quantitative methods (e.g., structural equation and multilevel modelling) and qualitative methods (e.g., observation analysis and interviews).
Dr. Hanham carries out empirical research in primary and secondary schools within the NSW Public and Catholic education systems. He also conducted research in partnership with community organisations (Shine for Kids - Mentoring of young people in juvenile justice). Dr. Hanham holds an adjunct position at Thompson Rivers University, Canada, where he has carried out research on the mentoring of students from First Nations backgrounds.