Gia-Yen is a doctoral student in the Department of Education. Her doctoral research focuses on support for early career teachers and the development of policy frameworks for the system-wide implementation of mentoring and induction as a mechanism for teacher retention and teaching quality.

Gia-Yen holds an MSc in Education (Comparative and International Education), a Masters in Teaching (Secondary)(Research), a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Science (Distinction) with a major in Neuroscience. Gia-Yen is a secondary Mathematics and Science teacher and has previously worked across education policy and not-for-profit sectors with an overarching aim of addressing educational inequity in Australia.