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Adjunct Professor Donna Berthelsen

Faculty of Education,
Office of Education Research

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Name
Adjunct Professor Donna Berthelsen
Position(s)
Sessional Academic
Faculty of Education,
Office of Education Research
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Education,
Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
Discipline *
Education Systems, Psychology
Phone
+61 7 3138 3173
Fax
+61 7 3138 3989
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), MAppPsych (University of Queensland), BA(Hons) (University of Queensland), DipT (Kedron Park T.C.), CertSpecEd (Mt. Gravatt C.A.E)

Professional memberships
and associations
Keywords

Child Development, Developmental Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Family Learning Environments, Parenting, Transition To School

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Donna Berthelsen is a Adjunct Professor in the School of Early Childhood. The outcomes of her research inform social and educational policy and practice. She is a developmental psychologist engaged in research that focuses on child outcomes in relation to:

  • family environments
  • early childhood education programs
  • early intervention
  • the transition to school.

Donna has significant expertise in conducting early childhood research that addresses applied issues in children’s learning in early childhood programs. She has been involved in large scale and linked studies using quantitative and qualitative methodologies in early childhood program evaluation, including randomised controlled trials. She has experience in measurement and assessment of early childhood programs and interventions, particularly in assessment of children’s learning and developmental outcomes, in short-term and longitudinal studies. Research experience and evaluation experience include:

  • Chief investigator on five ARC Discovery / Linkage projects and is currently a chief investigator on two NHMRC projects. These competitively funded grants focused primarily on research and evaluation in early childhood education.
  • Educational measurment design team leader for Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) (2002-2018).
  • Principal investigator on The Early Home Learning Study (EHLS) (2010-2013), funded by the Victorian Government.
  • Principal Investigator (2014 -2016) on a research consultancy on the  Evaluation of supported playgroups. Dept. of Education, Training, and Employment. Brisbane Queensland.
  • National evaluator of the Sing & Grow Early Parenting Intervention Program(2005-2009).
  • Member of the research consortium that informed the development of the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) in Australia (2009).

This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Donna Berthelsen.

Experience

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Reducing the Impact of Early Life Disadvantage Via the Home Learning Environment
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
APP1076857
Start year
2015
Keywords
Title
Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Behaviour in Early Childhood: A Group Randomised Controlled Effectiveness Trial
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1062433
Start year
2014
Keywords
Physical Activity; Early Childhood; Intervention; Child Care Centres; Child Behaviour; Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT); Overweight/Obesity; Prevention; Sedentary Behaviour; School Health Promotion
Title
Changing relationships between children's moral reasoning for inclusion and epistemic beliefs in early years primary school classrooms
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP130102136
Start year
2013
Keywords
epistemic beliefs; values education; children's reasoning
Title
Making Prevention Matter: Establishing Characteristics of Effective Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP1093717
Start year
2010
Keywords
Child sexual abuse; Health Promotion; Health Education; Child health; Child Abuse Prevention; Program Development
Title
Parental Engagement in Supported Playgroups
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP100200723
Start year
2010
Keywords
Family Support; Child Wellbeing; Playgroups
Title
The Transition to School for Young Children with Developmental Disabilities: The Impact of Interpersonal Relationships on Successful School Adjustment
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0877587
Start year
2008
Keywords
Transition to School; Disability; Early Childhood; Inclusion; School Adjustment; School Engagement;
Title
Enhancing quality in long day care: Investigating professional beliefs and practices of child care workers
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0664191
Start year
2006
Keywords
Child care practice; Epistemological beliefs; Competency based training; Child care workers; Early childhood education

Supervision

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)