Dip. Prof. Couns; BA Hons (Psychology); PhD
Dr Donnah Anderson began work as a lecturer within the School of Psychology at CSU, Port Macquarie in 2016. This followed three years working as a full-time researcher in the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University. Donnah’s research takes an interdisciplinary approach that bridges psychology, sociology and education. She has a particular interest in children and young people’s rights, voice and wellbeing and has worked on a range of collaborative mixed-method research projects with local, national and international scope.
Donnah is a passionate teacher who delivers undergraduate subjects in psychology – including research methods and statistics, psychology of learning, and other psychology subjects. She enjoys helping students overcome their fear of statistics and also supervises honours and masters students in their psychology research projects. Donnah is strongly committed to her students’ learning and their personal and professional growth.
Donnah’s research takes an interdisciplinary approach that bridges psychology, sociology and education. She has a particular interest in children and young people’s rights, voice, and wellbeing, and the adults who work with or care for them.
After completing her PhD at the University of New England, NSW in 2012, Donnah held a research position at the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University for three years where she worked with an interdisciplinary team. Donnah continues her work with the CCYP team on several research projects. The current project is:
The recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has clearly identified children’s safety in institutions as an area requiring urgent attention. This project aims to investigate the role of ethical practice in improving child safety. Ethical understandings and practice are being explored in three institutional contexts – schools, residential care and disability services. Focusing especially on those who are at greater risk of harm the findings will contribute to ensuring Australia’s children are safe and treated with dignity and respect. Expected outcomes include better-targeted, child-informed policy and practice for organisations involved with children.
|Duration||The project is funded for 3 years (2018 – 2020)|
|The Research Team||Professor Anne Graham: Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University.|
Professor Sally Robinson: Flinders University
Dr Timothy Moore: University of South Australia
Professor Nigel Thomas: University of Central Lancashire UK
Dr Donnah Anderson: Charles Sturt University
Assoc. Professor Nicola Taylor: University of Otago.
1. What are the key elements of a ‘child-safe’ organisation in the current Australian context and how can these be better articulated, enshrined and evaluated given similar developments in other international jurisdictions (NZ, England and Wales)?|
2. How do children and practitioners in different institutional settings understand and experience ‘ethical’ practice with regard to children’s safety and wellbeing and what do they perceive to be the challenges, barriers and enablers?
3. What elements of ethical practice contribute most strongly to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, and what role do relationships play in mediating ethical practice, safety and wellbeing?
4. What are the implications of this knowledge about ethical practice for realising the key policy objectives of building ‘child-safe’ organisations within Australia?
Donnah also supervises honours and masters students in psychology in a broad range of quantitative and mixed method research projects. The topics of her recent research students are: