Helen was twice awarded the Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Sydney: in 1999 and again in 2002.

Winner of the Monash Postgraduate Association "Supervisor of the Year" Award 2013 and previously nominated for "Supervisor of the Year" in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

She was also nominated by the Faculty of Education at Monash University for the Carrick citations for outstanding contributions to student learning “For sustained excellence in challenging, engaging and supporting research students in the field of educational and developmental psychology”; and an invited presenter at the 'Vice-Chancellor’s Showcase of Teaching Excellence at Monash University 2007’ on “Challenges and innovations in quantitative research methods instruction by intensive delivery format as an unfamiliar topic among HDR participants”.

At UWS Helen taught across the BTeach and undergraduate preservice teacher education programs, in the large Psychology for Teaching BTeach unit, and taught and convened research methods units in the Honours and Masters programs. Previously she was Honours Program Director at the University of Sydney and taught Quantitative Research Methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as Assessment and Evaluation. At the University of Michigan, Helen taught graduate courses in Motivation, and Constructivism and Math Education.