Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Donnah Anderson

Dr Donnah Anderson

I completed my undergraduate and PhD degrees in psychology at the University of New England (UNE) Australia. In my PhD I applied social psychological models to teachers' knowledge of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their attitudes towards teaching children with ADHD.

During my post-graduate years I taught psychology at Southern Cross University and at UNE. After completing my PhD I held a research position at the Centre for Children and Young People at SCU for three years, prior to commencing my position at CSU in February 2016.

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  • Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • Psychological Testing

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My research takes an interdisciplinary approach that bridges psychology and education. I have a particular interest in children with behavioural and emotional difficulties and their right to a quality education. My PhD was entitled: Forming Strong Attitudes: Teachers' Attitudes toward Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  My research at CSU is now focused on extending this work to include student perspectives of school.

After completing my PhD I held a research position at the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University where I worked with an interdisciplinary team on international, national and local research projects, including:

  • Ethical Research Involving Children: The ERIC project was a 2 year international project in partnership with UNICEF's Office of Research, Childwatch International Research Network, and the University of Otago. A key output of this project is an International Charter for Ethical Research Involving Children, including a print-based compendium and website (www.childethics.com). See also: http://ccyp.scu.edu.au/index.php/127
  • Improving approaches to wellbeing in schools: What role does recognition play? ARC Linkage 2012-2014 (LP 110200656): I was particularly involved in Phase 3 of this project, which involved large scale online surveys with approximately 10,000 primary and secondary students, teachers and principals in Catholic Schools in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. See http://ccyp.scu.edu.au/index.php/123 for reports and summaries.
  • Improving wellbeing through student participation at school. ARC Linkage 2014-2017: (LP 140100540). I am continuing my work with this project at CSU during 2016, in particular Phases 3 and 4, which involve large scale surveys of students in both State and Catholic secondary schools in NSW.

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Books
  • Graham, A., Powell, M., Taylor, N., Anderson, D. & Fitzgerald, R. (2013). Ethical research involving children. Florence: UNICEF Office of Research Innocenti. ISBN: 978-88-6522-023-8 http://childethics.com/
Book Chapters
  • Graham, A.P., Truscott, J., Powell, M.A., & Anderson, D.L. (2016). Re-framing 'behaviour' in schools: The role of recognition in improving student wellbeing. In A. Sullivan, B. Johnson & B. Lucas (Eds.) Challenging dominant views on student behaviour at school: Answering back. Springer.
Journal articles
  • Anderson, D.L., Watt, S.E., & Shanley, D.C. (2017). Ambivalent attitudes about teaching children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. doi: 10.1080/13632752.2017.1298242
  •  Graham, A., Powell, M. A., Thomas, N., & Anderson, D.L. (2016). Reframing 'wellbeing' in schools: The potential of recognition.  Cambridge Journal of Education. doi: 10.1080/0305764X.2016.1192104
  • Anderson, D.L. & Graham, A. (2015). Improving student wellbeing: Having a say at school. School Effectiveness and School Improvement. doi: 10.1080/09243453.2015.1084336
  • Dunstan, D.A., Anderson, D.L., & Marks, A.D.G. (2015). Reliability of the Emotion-Related Parenting Styles Scale across gender and parent status groups. Early Education and Development. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2015.1039435
  • Anderson, D.L., Watt, S.E., & Shanley, D.C. (2014). A multi-dimensional model of the origins of attitude certainty: Teachers' attitudes toward Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Social Psychology of Education, 17(1), 19-50. doi: 10.1007/s11218-013-9235-5 
  • Dunstan, D.A., Todd, A.K., Kennedy, L.M., & Anderson, D. L. (2014). Impact and outcomes of a rural Personal Helpers and Mentors service. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22, 50-55. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12074.
  • Anderson, D.L., Watt, S.E., Noble, W., & Shanley, D.C. (2012). Knowledge of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attitudes toward teaching children with ADHD: The role of teaching experience. Psychology in the Schools, 49, 511-525. doi: 10.1002/pits.21617
  • Anderson, D.L. & Noble, W. (2005). Couples' attributions about behaviours modulated by hearing impairment: Links with relationship satisfaction. International Journal of Audiology, 44, 197-205. doi:10.1080/14992020500057699
Reports
  • Anderson, D.L., & Graham, A. (2015). Report of findings from student survey: Student voice. Report for partners. Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Lismore.
  • Anderson, D.L., & Graham, A. (2015). Student engagement with Christian meditation: Teacher interviews. Report for partners. Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Lismore.
  • Anderson, D.L., & Graham, A. (2014). Parent-school partnership: Report of survey findings from parents, principals and clergy. Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Lismore.
  • Anderson, D.L., & Graham, A. (2014). Student engagement with Christian Meditation: Report of Findings from student online surveys. Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Lismore.
  • Graham, A., Fitzgerald, R., Powell, M., Thomas, N., Anderson, D.L., White, N.E. & Simmons, C.A. (2014). Improving approaches to wellbeing in schools: What role does recognition play? Final Report: Executive Summary. Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Lismore. ISBN: 978-0-9803823-6-5
  • Graham, A., Fitzgerald, R., Powell, M., Thomas, N., Anderson, D.L., White, N.E. & Simmons, C.A. (2014). Improving approaches to wellbeing in schools: What role does recognition play? Final Report:  Volume One. Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Lismore. ISBN: 978-0-9803823-2-7 
  • Graham, A., Fitzgerald, R., Powell, M., Thomas, N., Anderson, D.L., White, N.E. & Simmons, C.A. (2014). Improving approaches to wellbeing in schools: What role does recognition play? Final Report: Volume Two. Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Lismore. ISBN: 978-0-9803823-3-4
  • Graham, A., Fitzgerald, R., Powell, M., Thomas, N., Anderson, D.L., White, N.E. & Simmons, C.A. (2014). Improving approaches to wellbeing in schools: What role does recognition play? Final Report: Volume Three. Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Lismore. ISBN: 978-0-9803823-4-1
  • Graham, A., Fitzgerald, R., Powell, M., Thomas, N., Anderson, D.L., White, N.E. & Simmons, C.A. (2014). Improving approaches to wellbeing in schools: What role does recognition play? Final Report: Volume Four. Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Lismore. ISBN: 978-0-9803823-5-8
  • Dunstan, D.A., & Anderson, D.L. (June, 2014). Centacare New England North West - Evaluation of programs annual report. Research Services, UNE (26 pages).
  • Dunstan, D.A., & Anderson, D.L. (Dec., 2013). Centacare New England North West - Evaluation of programs progress report. Research Services, UNE (27 pages).
  • Dunstan, D.A., & Anderson, D.L. (June, 2013). Centacare New England North West - Evaluation of programs annual report. Research Services, UNE (35 pages). 
  • Dunstan, D.A., & Anderson, D.L. (June, 2013). Centacare New England North West – Annual report on Family Relationship Centre programs. Research Services, UNE (15 pages).
  • Dunstan, D.A., & Anderson, D.L. (Dec., 2012). Centacare New England North West - Evaluation of programs progress report. Research Services, UNE (42 pages). 
  • Dunstan, D.A., & Anderson, D.L. (June, 2012). Centacare New England North West - Evaluation of programs annual report. Research Services, UNE (47 pages).
  • Dunstan, D.A., & Anderson, D.L. (April, 2012). Centacare New England North West – Annual report on Family Relationship Centre programs. Research Services, UNE (13 pages).
  • Dunstan, D.A., & Anderson, D.L. (Oct., 2011). Centacare New England North West – Personal Helpers and Mentors Program (Narrabri). Research Services, UNE (14 pages).
  • Dunstan, D.A., & Anderson, D.L. (March, 2011). Centacare New England North West – Annual report on Family Relationship Centre programs. Research Services, UNE (15 pages).
  • Dunstan, D.A., & Anderson, D.L. (Feb., 2011). Centacare New England North West - Evaluation of programs progress report. Research Services, UNE (29 pages).

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