Personal details

Name
Adjunct Professor Donna Berthelsen
Position(s)
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Education,
School of 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

http://www.earli.org/

Keywords

Child Development, Developmental Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Family Learning Environments, Parenting, Transition To School, Supported playgroups, CCC - Childhoods in Changing Contexts Research Group, Evaluation in education

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

Biography

Donna Berthelsen is an 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
  • 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

  • 2002 – 2018: Education Design Team Leader for Growing Up in Australia: TheLongitudinal Study of Australian Children and member of the LSAC Consortium Advisory Group [J. Ainley, D. Berthelsen, M. Bittman, L. Harrison, J. Nicholson, A. Sanson, M. Sawyer, S. Silburn, L. Strazdin, J. Ungerer, G. Vimpani, M. Wake, & S. Zubrick]. Funded by the Australian Government (Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs).
  • NHMRC Partnership Grant (2015 -2019):  Reducing the impact of early life disadvantage via the home learning environment.  [CIs: Jan Nicholson, Elizabeth Westrupp, Sheena Reilly, Naomi Hackworth, Donna Berthelsen, Fiona Mensah, Lisa Gold – from: Parenting Research Centre; Latrobe, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and QUT; in partnership, with Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).
  • NHMRC Project Grant (2014 – 2018): T. Okely (University of Wollongong); S. Trost (University of Queensland); D. Berthelsen (Queensland University of Technology); J. Reilly (University of Strathclyde); J. Salmon (Deakin University); and D. Cliff, R. Jones, M. Batterham, N. Brown, S. Ackermann (University of Wollongong. Promoting physical activity among young children from disadvantaged communities
  • ARC Discovery Grant (2013 – 2015): J. Brownlee, S. Walker, D. Berthelsen, & E. Johansson. Relationships between epistemic beliefs and children’s reasoning about moral values in early years primary school classrooms.
  • ARC Discovery Grant (2010 – 2012): K. Walsh, D. Berthelsen, & J. M. Nicholson. Making prevention matter: Establishing characteristics of effective child sexual abuse prevention programs.
  •  ARC Linkage Grant (2010 -2011): D. Berthelsen, J. Nicholson, K., Williams,  & V. Abad Parents at playgroup: Parent engagement in supported playgroups.
  • ARC Discovery Grant (2008 – 2011): D. Berthelsen, J. Nicholson, S. Walker, & S. Carrington. The transition to school for young children with developmental disabilities: The impact of interpersonal relationships on successful school adjustment.
  • ARC Discovery Grant (2006 – 2008): Brownlee, J., Berthelsen, D., & Boulton-Lewis, G. Enhancing quality in long day care: Investigating professional beliefs and practices of child care workers.
  • Early Home Learning Study (2010 – 2013): Principal Investigators – N. Hackworth, W. Cann, J. Matthews, J. M. Nicholson, & D. Berthelsen:  funded by the Victorian Government (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development).
  • Sing and Grow National Evaluation of Early Parenting Program (2005 – 2009): D. Berthelsen & J. M. Nicholson. Under the auspices of Playgroup Association Qld through Investment to Grow (Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services).
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Professor Donna Berthelsen.

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)