Parenting and Family Support Centre
School of Psychology
The University of Queensland
Brisbane QLD 4072
BA, MA, DipEdPsych, PhD
Matthew Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. He is also an honorary Professor at The University of Manchester, a visiting Professor at the University of South Carolina, and holds adjunct Professorships at Glasgow Caledonian University and The University of Auckland. As the founder of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program, Professor Sanders is considered a world leader in the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of population based approaches to parenting and family interventions. Professor Sanders is recognised as the global leader in the field of evidence-based parenting intervention and one of The University of Queensland’s Innovation champions. Sanders’ Triple P system is currently in use across 25 countries, has more than 50,000 practitioners trained to deliver it, and some 7 million families are estimated to have benefited from Triple P.
Professor Sanders’ work has been widely recognised by his peers as reflected a number of prestigious awards. In 2007, he received the Australian Psychological Society’s President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and in 2004 he received an International Collaborative Prevention Science award from the Society for Prevention Research in the US. In 2007 he received a Trailblazers Award from the Parenting and Families Special Interest Group in the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy and in 2008 was became a fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society. Professor Sanders has also won a Distinguished Career Award from the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour therapy, was named Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association (2009), and Queenslander of the Year (2007). Most recently he was named one of The University of Queensland’s Top 5 Innovators (2013).
Prevention and treatment of psychopathology in children and adolescents; parent training and family intervention.
Recent Research Publications
Tellegen, C. L., & Sanders, M. R. (2014). A randomized controlled trial evaluating a brief parenting program with children with autism spectrum Disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. doi: 10.1037/a0037246
Dittman, C. K., Farruggia, S. P., Palmer, M. L., Sanders, M. R., & Keown, L. J. (2014). Predicting success in an online parenting intervention: The role of child, parent, and family factors. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(2), 236-243. doi: 10.1037/a0035991
Frank, T. J., Keown, L. J., Dittman, C. K., & Sanders, M. R. (2014). Using Father Preference Data to Increase Father Engagement in Evidence-Based Parenting Programs. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-11. doi:10.1007/s10826-014-9904-9
Kirby, J. N., & Sanders, M. R. (2014). A randomized controlled trial evaluating a parenting program designed specifically for grandparents. Behavior Research & Therapy, 52, 35-44. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2013.11.002
Healy, K. L., Sanders, M. R., & Iyer, A. (2014). Facilitative Parenting and Children's Social, Emotional and Behavioral Adjustment. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-9980-x.
Mazzucchelli, T. G., & Sanders, M. R. (2014). Parenting from the outside-in: A paradigm shift in parent training? Behaviour Chang, 31(2), 102-109. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/bec.2014.4
Mejia, A., Calam, R., & Sanders, M. R. (2014). Examining delivery preferences and cultural relevance of an evidence-based parenting program in a low-resource setting of Central America: Approaching parents as consumers. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10826-014-9911-x
Morawska, A., Tometzki, H., & Sanders, M. R. (2014). An evaluation of the efficacy of a Triple P-Positive Parenting Program podcast series. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 35(2), 128-137. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000020
Salari, R., Ralph, A., Sanders, M. R. (2014). An efficacy trial: Positive Parenting Program for parents of teenagers. Behaviour Change, 31(1), 34-52. doi:10.1017/bec.2013.31
Salmon, K., Dittman, C. K., Sanders, M. R., Burson, R., & Hammington, J. (2014). Does adding an emotion component enhance the Triple P−Positive Parenting Program? Journal of Family Psychology, 28(2), 244-252. doi:10.1037/a0035997
Sanders, M. R., & Burke, K. (2013). The “Hidden” Technology of Effective Parent Consultation: A Guided Participation Model for Promoting Change in Families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(7), 1289-1297. doi:10.1007/s10826-013-9827-x
Sanders, M. R., Dittman, C. K., Farruggia, S. P., & Keown, L. J. (2014). A comparison of online versus workbook delivery of a self-help positive parenting program. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 1-9. doi:10.1007/s10935-014-0339-2
Sanders, M. R., Kirby, J. N., Tellegen, C. L., & Day, J. J. (2014). The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program: A systematic review and meta-analysis of a multi-level system of parenting support. Clinical Psychology Review, 34(4), 337-357. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2014.04.003
Shapiro, C., Prinz, R. J., & Sanders, M. R. (in press). Sustaining use of an evidence-based parenting intervention: Practitioner perspectives. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Manuscript Accepted 17 April 2014.
Stallman, H. M. & Sanders, M. R. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of Family Transitions Triple P: A group-administered parenting program to minimize the adverse effects of parental divorce on children. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 55(1), 33-48. doi:10.1080/10502556.2013.862091
Sumargi, A., Sofronoff, K., & Morawska, A. (2014). Evaluation of a brief format of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program: A Pilot Study with Indonesian Parents Residing in Australia. Behavior Change, 31, 144-158. doi:10.1017/bec.2014.7
Tsivos, Z., Calam, R., Sanders, M. R., & Wittkowski, A. (2014). A pilot randomised controlled trial to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the Baby Triple P Positive Parenting Programme in mothers with postnatal depression. Clinical Child Pyshcology and Psychiatry. Advance Online Publication. doi:10.1177/1359104514531589
Adamson, M., Morawska, A., & Sanders, M.R. (2013). Childhood feeding difficulties: A randomised controlled trial of a group parenting intervention. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 34(5), 293-302. doi:10.1097/DBP.0b013e3182961a38.
Chand, N. L., Farruggia, S. P., Dittman, C. K., Chu, J. T. W., & Sanders, M. R. (2013). Positive youth development and Teen Triple P: Promoting positive youth development through a brief parenting intervention programme. Youth Studies Australia, 32(1), 29-36.
Clarke, S., Calam, R., Morawska, A., & Sanders, M. R. (2013). Developing web-based Triple P-Positive parenting programme for families of children with asthma. Child: Care, Health, and Development. doi:10.1111/cch.12073.
Doherty, F., Calam, R., & Sanders, M.R. (2013). Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) for families of adolescents with Type 1 diabetes: A randomised controlled trial of self-directed Teen Triple P. Journal of Primary Prevention, 38(8), 846-858. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jst046.
Healy, K.L., Sanders, M.R. & Iyer, A. (2013). Parenting practices, children’s peer relationships and being bullied at school. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10826-013-9820-4
Jones, S.H., Calam, R., Sanders, M., Diggle, P., Dempsey, R., Sadhnani, V. (2013). A pilot web based positive parenting intervention to help bipolar parents to improve perceived parenting skills and child outcomes. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. doi:10.1017/S135246581300009X
Kirby, J. N. & Sanders, M. R. (2013a). The acceptability of parenting strategies for grandparents providing care to their grandchildren. Prevention Science. doi: 10.1007/s11121-013-0428-0
Kirby, J.N., & Sanders, M. R. (2013b). Using a behavioural family intervention to produce a three-generational benefit on family outcomes: A case report. Behaviour Change. 30(4), 249-261. doi:10.1017/Bec.2013.24
Love, S.M, Sanders, M.R., Metzler, C., Prinz, R.J., & Kast, E.Z. (2013). Enhancing accessibility and engagement in evidence based parenting programs to reduce maltreatment: Conversations with vulnerable parents. Journal of Child Public Welfare. 7(1), 20-38. doi:10.1080/15548732.2012.701837
Leung, C., Fan, A., & Sanders, M. R. (2013). The effectiveness of a Group Triple P with Chinese parents who have a child with developmental disabilities: A randomized controlled trial. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 976-984.
Morawska, A., Ramadewi, M. D., & Sanders, M. R. (2013). Using survey data to examine factors influencing participation in parent-training programs. Journal of Early Childhood Research. Manuscript accepted 16 January 2013.
Roux, G., Sofronoff, K., & Sanders, M.R. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of Group Stepping Stones Triple P: A mixed disability trial. Family Process, 52(3), 411-424. doi:10.1111/famp.12016
Palmer, M. L., Henderson, M., Sanders, M. R., Keown, L. J., & White, J. (2013). Study protocol: Evaluation of a parenting and stress management programme: An exploratory randomised controlled trial of Triple P Discussion Groups and Stress Control. BMC Public Health, 13:888. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-888
Sanders, M. and K. Burke (2013). The “Hidden” Technology of Effective Parent Consultation: A Guided Participation Model for Promoting Change in Families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-9. doi:10.1007/s10826-013-9827-x
Sanders, M. R. & Mazzucchelli, T. (2013). The promotion of self-regulation through parenting interventions. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16(1), 1-17.
Sanders, M. R. Morawska, A., Haslam, D. M., Filus, A., & Fletcher, R. (2014). Parenting and Family Adjustment Scale (PAFAS): Validation of a brief parent-report measure for use in assessment of parenting skills and family relationships. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 45(3), 255-272. doi:10.1007/s
Tellegen, C. L. & Sanders, M. R. (2013). Stepping Stones Triple P-Positive Parenting Program for children with disability: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Research in Developmental Disabilities,34(5), 1556-1571. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2013.01.022
Whittingham, K., Wee, D., Sanders, M. R., & Boyd, R. (2013a). Predictors of psychological adjustment, experienced parenting burden and chronic sorrow symptoms in parents of children with cerebral palsy. Child Care Health and Development, 39(3), 366-373. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2012.01396.x
Whittingham, K., Wee, D., Sanders, M. R., & Boyd, R. (2013b). Sorrow, coping and resiliency: parents of children with cerebral palsy share their experiences. Disability and Rehabilitation. 35(17), 1447-1452. doi:10.3109/09638288.2012.737081
Whittingham, K., Boyd, R. N., Sanders, M. R., & Colditz, P. (2013). Parenting and prematurity: Understanding parent experience and preferences for support. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-013-9762-x
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