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Visiting Scholar Archive


Associate Professor Grethe Kragh-Müller and Professor Charlotte Ringsmose

Associate Professor Grethe Kragh-Müller and Professor Charlotte Ringsmose, Aarhus University Faculty of Arts, Department of Education, Copenhagan, NV, Denmark. Quality in Early Childhood Settings

Professor Doug Gentile

Associate Professor Doug Gentile, Assoc. Professor, Psychology, Iowa State University. Violent video games, prosocial video games, learning, and catharsis:What works and why? and When 2+2 = One Punch: The Mathematics of Aggression.


Dr Jacqueline Adams

Dr Jacqueline Adams, Visiting scholar, (University of California, Berkeley History Department) was previously a scholar-in-residence in the Beatrice Bain Research Group on Gender and has worked as a researcher and assistant professor in Portugal and Hong Kong. Shantytown families under dictatorship: The case of Santiago, Chile, during the Pinochet regime.

Ms Jan Tedder

Ms Jan Tedder, RN, BSN, is a Consultant and on the Faculty of University of North Carolina, Family Medicine Centre, Chapel Hill and trained at UNC and Duke University. Helping parents understand the language of their newborn.

Dr Kimberly Young

Dr Kimberly Young, St. Bonaventure University. Keynote speaker, Media Based Addictions Workshop August 2013.

Dr Sarada Balagopalan

Dr Sarada Balagoplan, Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi and senior supervisor in the Max Weber Foundation Transnational Research Group on poverty reduction and education in India. Re-forming Lives: The Child on the Street and the 'Street Child'

Professor Rozumah Baharudin

Professor Rozumah Baharudin, University of Putra Malaysia, Faculty of Human Ecology is currently on sabbatical leave, and her field of study is family ecology with a specialisation in parenting.  Her focus is to complete a new research project entitled Development of Malaysian Parenting Behaviour Inventory and to spend time abroad visiting centres that have a special focus on parenting.

Miss Elisabeth Jacob

Elisabeth Jacob holds a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy and has worked in the health community in Senegal and in the school system in the field of paediatrics.  She has taught music to children aged three to five, currently is a consultant in education in two aboriginal communities in Quebec, and is working as a research assistant for the Childcare and Early Childhood Education Research Group.

Associate Professor David Huang

David is an associate professor at the School of Foreign Languages of Hubei University of Technology and has a research background in Second Language Acquisition. This interest started when he became a college English teacher. His research and teaching have focused on how research can contribute to the practice of teaching and on finding out more about how to teach and learn English. David's special interests include: teaching methodology, computer assisted language teaching and learning, meta-cognitive learning strategies and intercultural communication. David has published 12 articles related to these research interests and has taken charge of a research program funded by Hubei Provincial Department of Education: A Study on the Application of Meta-cognitive Strategies to Promote Autonomous English Listening of Science Students. David has been instrumental in compiling two books:A Guide to Practical College English Test and A Course Book of Listening Comprehension for College English Test Band Four.


Professor Doug Gentile

Professor Doug Gentile, Assoc. Professor, Psychology, Iowa State University. The multiple dimensions of video game effects: Breaking the "good"/"bad" dichotomy.

Associate Professor Annie Bernier

Associate Professor Annie Bernier, Department of Psychology, University of Montreal. Toddlers' and preschoolers' executive functioning: Links to prior parent-child relationships.


Dr Elizabeth Brooker

Making this my space: infants' and toddler's use of resources to make a daycare setting their own.

In an out-of-home environment, every aspect of the human and material world offers resources to children which are simultaneously practical and symbolic: the room and outdoor spaces; the furnishings and playthings; the routines for eating, sleeping, playing and care-giving; the relationships between adults and children; the peer activities - all these convey messages about 'what it is to be a child in this place'.

Professor Marianne Berry 

Essential Elements of Best Practice in Child Protection.

The Australian child protection and family services sectors have often imported child maltreatment service models for the US and the UK based on their effectiveness in large scale evaluations overseas.  Implementation of these models can fail if cultural and social factors in any given state or location are not recognised and incorporated into practice strategies.  From a 30-year career of research on programs to prevent and treat child maltreatment, Professor Berry will distil what she has learned about the essential elements of effective practice in child protection and family support.

Professor Cathy Nutbrown

On the 17 June 2011 Professor Nutbrown delivered a seminar on 'Working with parents and young children: Some stories from the UK'

Dr Ingrid Möller

Dr Ingrid Möller comes to us from the University of Potsdam's, Department of Psychology, Germany where she was awarded funding to enable her to spend a research period of two months (April-May) in Australia.

Dr Möller's current research focuses on the long-term effects of media violence exposure on aggressive and prosocial attitudes and behaviour in adolescence using survey methods, as well as conditions and effects of social exclusion and its relation to social aggression in experimental designs.

Ms Noor Olya Dollah

Ms Noor Olya Dollah will be spending 5 months (Feb - June) at CFRC and comes to us from The University of Malaya, Malaysia where she was awarded funding through the Endeavour Scholarship Award.

Associate Professor Zhang guoyan

Associate Professor Zhang guoyan will be spending 12 months at CFRC from December 2010 and comes to us from NorthWest Normal University, Lanzhou, China where she was awarded a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council to further her research in Australia.


Mrs Elizabeth Mahiga

Mrs Elizabeth Mahiga - Following a request from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Professor Jennifer Bowes and Professor Jacqueline Hayden had a meeting on the 30 April 2010, with Mrs Elizabeth Mahiga on early childhood programs in Tanzania.  Mrs Mhiga is a founding Board member of Bahati Education with early childhood qualifications from Canada and the USA.  She is interested in forming collaborative links with CFRC and the IEC around early childhood programs in Tanzania and early childhood teacher education at the University of Dar el Salaam.

Professor Iram Siraj-Blatchford 

Professor Iram Siraj-Blatchford from University College, London visited CFRC on the 7 April 2010 and held discussions about changes in the UK in children's centres and recent research on integrating child and family services.

Professor Alan Pence

Professor Alan Pence from The University of Victoria, Canada and The UNESCO chair in Early Childhood Education, visited in October 2010 and discussed his research involving Indigenous peoples in Canada and Africa and his plans to develop a new culturally inclusive approach to the study of early childhood education.


Norma Rudolph

Norma Rudolph is a renowned ECD specialist in systemic action research and communication for social change, focusing on child rights, appreciative inquiry, teacher development, and evaluation studies. Currently Norma is the Senior Researcher on the Caring Schools Project within the HIV/AIDS Programme at the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

You may also be interested in a colloquia presentation by Norma Rudolph

Professor Joseph Sparling

Professor Joseph Sparling Ph.D., an early childhood educator and former teacher and principal, was a co-principal investigator on the Abecedarian studies, three longitudinal research projects that have been quoted world-wide as evidence for the efficacy of early childhood education. He is the first author of LearningGames®, Partners for Learning, and Conversation Books, educational resources that have been used widely in the United States of America. He is a Fellow of the Frank Porter Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a Research Professor at Georgetown University. In addition to his work in the United States, Dr. Sparling has developed curriculum and provided training and intervention services for orphanages in Romania.

You may also be interested in a colloquia presentation by Professor Sparling

Colwyn Trevarthen

Colwyn Trevarthen, a New Zealander, is Professor (Emeritus) of Child Psychology and Psychobiology at The University of Edinburgh. He has a PhD in Psychobiology from Caltech in Pasadena, where he worked with Roger Sperry on the neuroscience of consciousness and how complementary motives of the two cerebral hemispheres serve intelligent acting and communicating. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Cognitive Studies at Harvard, where his research on infant communication or 'intersubjectivity' began with Jerome Bruner in 1966. He has published over 200 articles and chapters on brain development, infant communication and child learning and emotional health. He is interested in the inherent motives for development of human cultural learning and the effects of disorders, such as autism and depressive illness. His current research and writing concerns how rhythms and emotions of 'musicality' in movement and the intrinsic sense of time in the mind help children play and communicate. He studies how other children parents, educators and therapists may be companions who use sympathy with these intuitive talents and feelings in movement to aid development of a young child's pleasure in being a member of the community - their pride in sharing rituals of art, language and other cultural skills. He has an Honorary Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Crete, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters and a Vice-President of the British Association for Early Childhood Education.

You may also be interested in a colloquia presentation by Emeritus Professor Trevarthen

Professor Iram Siraj Blachford

Professor Iram Siraj Blachford from the Institute of Education, University of London will be visiting Macquarie in late March and will give a CFRC colloquium. She will also give an evening talk students, IEC alumni and practitioners from services associated with the Institute of Early Childhood.

Iram Siraj-Blatchford is Professor of Early Childhood Education. Her main interests are: curriculum and pedagogy in Early Childhood Education; early childhood curriculum and policy development; ICT; parental involvement; home learning environment; multiprofessional approaches to early childhood care and education; integration; cross cultural socialisation; social justice in education; qualitative research methods and epistemology; preschool-effectiveness.

You may also be interested in the "In Conversation" event. Click here for details.

Dr John Siraj-Blatchford

John Siraj-Blatchford is an independent educational researcher and consultant. He was previously employed at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education and served as an Associate Director of the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme. Recent work has included contributing to the Equalities Review Report for EPPE 3- 11, and to an initiative associated with identifying the role of Early Childhood Education in Sustainable Development.

Following an early career in the electronics industry John Siraj-Blatchford gained practical experience across the 4-16 age range, teaching in both primary and secondary schools before entering initial teacher education in 1992. Since then his research and development work has increasingly focused upon ICT, Science, Design and Technology in the early years.

Professor Judith Carta

Professor Judith Carta from the School of Education at the University of Kansas, USA is visiting in April the Children and Families Research Centre and Macquarie University Special Education Centre. Professor Carta specializes in early intervention for children growing up in poverty; progress monitoring of infants and young children; improving outcomes for children and families affected by multiple environmental risks; observational approaches for measuring care-giving environments and interactions; family-centered comprehensive intervention and prevention efforts for children at-risk; classroom interventions that support young children's early literacy and social development.

Professor Charles Greenwood

Charles R. Greenwood, PhD is Professor of Applied Behavioral Science and Senior Scientist at the Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas (KU). His principal role is Director of the Juniper Gardens Children's Project (JGCP), a university-community-based research center in inner-city Kansas City in the USA ( The mission of the children's project is to develop effective interventions that measurably advance the social and academic achievements of local children in poverty. He has a strong record of developing evidence practices in elementary general and special education, as well as in early childhood. These practices have included interventions and measures for use by home visitors, teachers, and other school-based practitioners. He has been a principal investigator of research projects funded by the many U.S. federal funding agencies, just two including technology innovation research that has produced the IGDI website ( and the Center for Response to Early Intervention in Early Childhood. He was the 2009 recipient of the Youngberg Research Achievement Award in Applied Science at the University of Kansas

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