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Associate Professor Kate Sofronoff
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Associate Professor Kate Sofronoff
Kate is a clinical psychologist who joined the staff of the School in 1999. Her research interests centre on interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families, and parenting programs for parents of children with a disability. She is a project leader in the Living with Autism CRC, the world’s first national, cooperative research effort focused on autism.
Room:
MC-402
Email:
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6411
Fax:
+61 7 3365 4466
Postal Address:
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Australia

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Associate Professor Kate Sofronoff
Qualifications:

B.A.(Hons),
Dip. Ed.,
PhD (Clinical)

Professional Activities:

Scientific Chair, Helping Families Change Conference, Feb 19-21, 2014, Sydney

Project Leader, Living with Autism CRC

Associate Editor, Australian Psychologist (2009-20120

Conference Convener, Helping Families Change Conference, February 17-18, 2010, The University of Queensland, Brisbane

Member Australian Psychological Society
Member Clinical College
Member Education and Developmental College
Member Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Member  Queensland Autism Association

Member International Society for Autism Research

Member Australasian Society for Autism Research

 

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Associate Professor Kate Sofronoff
Research Activities:

Project Leader: Living with Autism CRC - whole of classroom trial of the Secret Agent Society social emotional skills program; development of adolescent versions of the Secret Agent Society social emotional skills program; development of adult modules for transition from school to work or study and managing diverse situations in the workplace or study environment.


Population level evaluation of the Stepping Stones Triple P program for parents of a child with a developmental disability

Increasing emotion recognition and social understanding in children and adolescents with Asperger's syndrome - the Secret Agent Society social-emotional skills program.

Cognitive behaviour therapy for adolescents and young adults with depression and Asperger syndrome

Social vulnerability and bullying in children with Asperger syndrome

 

Representative Publications:

 

Sofronoff, K., Beaumont, R., & Weiss, J. (in press). Treating transdiagnostic processes in ASD: Going beyond anxiety. In Thompson E. Davis III, Susan W. White, & Thomas H. Ollendick (Eds), Handbook for autism and anxiety. Springer Publishers.

Brown, F., Whittingham, K., Boyd, R., McKinlay, L., & Sofronoff, K. (2014). Improving child and parent outcomes following pediatric acquired brain injury: A randomized controlled trial of Stepping Stones Triple P plus Acceptance and Commitment therapy. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55(10), 1172-1183. IF 5.66. DOI:10.1111/jcpp.12227

Butterworth, T., Redoblado Hodge, A., Sofronoff, K., Beaumont, R., Gray, K., Roberts, J., Horstead, S., & Einfeld, S. (2014). Validation of the Emotion Regulation and Social Skills Questionnaire for young people with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(7), 1535-1545. (IF 3.72)
 
Sumargi, A., Morawska, A., & Sofronoff, K. (2014). Evaluation of a brief format of the Triple P positive parenting programme: A pilot study with Indonesian parents. Behaviour Change, 31(2), 144-158.

Sofronoff, K., Lee, J., Sheffield, J., & Attwood, T. (2014). The construction and evaluation of three affection measures for children with Asperger’s syndrome. Autism, 18(8), 903-913. (IF 1.96)
 
Sumargi, A., Sofronoff, K., & Morawska, A. (2014). Parenting practices and parenting programs in Indonesia: A literature review and current evidence. Anima, Indonesian Psychological Journal, 29(4), 186-198.

Tellegen, C.L., & Sofronoff, K. (2015). Commentary of a recent Stepping Stones Triple P trial: Putting the findings in context.  BMC Medicine, 13:25. DOI 10.1186/s12916-014-0260-9
 
Sumargi, A.,Sofronoff, K., & Morawska, A. (2015). Understanding parenting practices and parents’ views of parenting programs: A survey among Indonesian parents residing in Indonesia and Australia. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(1),141-160.  DOI:10.1007/s10826-013-9821-3

Sofronoff, K., Silva, J., & Beaumont, R. (2015). The Secret Agent Society social-emotional skills programme for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder: A parent-directed trial. Focus onAutism and Other Developmental Disorders, 1-16. DOI:10:1177/1088357615583467
 
Beaumont, R., Rotolone, C., & Sofronoff, K. (2015). The Secret Agent Society social skills program for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders: A comparison of two brief versions for schools. Psychology in the Schools, 52(4), 390-402.

Sumargi, A., Sofronoff, K., & Morawska, A. (in press).  A randomized controlled trial of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program seminar series with Indonesian parents. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.
 
Brown, F., Whittingham, K., & Sofronoff, K. (in press). Parental experiential avoidance as a potential mechanism of change in a parenting intervention for parents of children with pediatric acquired brain injury. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Beaumont, R., & Sofronoff, K. (2013). Multi-modal intervention for social skills training in students with Asperger syndrome: The Secret Agent Society. In A. Scarpa, S. Whire and T. Attwood (Eds), Promising cognitive behavioral interventions for children and adolescents with high functioning autism spectrum disorders. Guilford Publications.

Attwood, T., & Sofronoff, K. (2013). Anxiety prevention in children and adolescents with autistic and Asperger disorders. Cecilia A. Essau and Thomas Ollendick (Eds), Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.

Einfeld, S. L., Stancliffe, R. J., Gray, K. M., Sofronoff, K., Rice, L., Emerson, E. & Yasamy, M. T. (2012). Interventions provided by parents for children with intellectual disabilities in low and middle income countries. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 25, 135-142.

Quek, L.H., Sofronoff, K., Sheffield, J., White, A., & Kelly, A. (2012). Co-occuring anger in young people with Asperger’s syndrome. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68(10), 1142-1148.

Brown, F., Whittingham, K., Boyd, R., & Sofronoff, K. (2013). Supporting parents of children with acquired brain injury: A scientific protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Brain Impairment. 14(2), 253-269.
 
Andrews, L., Attwood, T., & Sofronoff, K. (2013).  Increasing the appropriate demonstration of affectionate behavior in children with Asperger syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(12), 1568-1578.

Brown, F., Whittingham, K., Boyd, R., & Sofronoff, K. (2013). Parenting a child with a traumatic brain injury: Experiences of parents and health professionals. Brain Injury, 27(13-14), 1570-1582. DOI:10.3109/02699052.2013.841996
 
Haslam, D.M., Sanders, M.R., Sofronoff, K. (2013). Reducing work and family conflict in teachers: A randomized controlled trial of Workplace Triple P. School Mental Health, 5(2), 70-82.

Brown, F., Boyd, R., Whittingham, K., & Sofronoff, K. (2013). A systematic review of parenting interventions for Traumatic Brain Injury: Child and parent outcomes. Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation, 28(5), 349-360.

Brown, F., Whittingham, K., Boyd, R., & Sofronoff, K. (2013). Supporting parents of children with acquired brain injury: A scientific protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Brain Impairment. 14(2), 253-269.
 
Andrews, L., Attwood, T., & Sofronoff, K. (2013).  Increasing the appropriate demonstration of affectionate behavior in children with Asperger syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(12), 1568-1578.

Brown, F., Whittingham, K., Boyd, R., & Sofronoff, K. (2013). Parenting a child with a traumatic brain injury: Experiences of parents and health professionals. Brain Injury, 27(13-14), 1570-1582. DOI:10.3109/02699052.2013.841996

Haslam, D.M., Sanders, M.R., Sofronoff, K. (2013). Reducing work and family conflict in teachers: A randomized controlled trial of Workplace Triple P. School Mental Health, 5(2), 70-82.


Roux, G., Sofronoff, K., & Sanders, M.R. (2013).  A randomized controlled trial of Group Stepping Stones Triple P for families of children with disabilities. Family Process, 52(3), 411-424.

Sofronoff, K., Dark, E., & Stone, V. (2011). Social vulnerability and bullying in children with Asperger syndrome. Autism, 15(3), 355-372.

Sofronoff, K., Jahnel, D., & Sanders, M. (2011). The Stepping Stones Triple P Seminars for parents of a child with a developmental disability: A randomized controlled trial. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 2253-2262.

Sofronoff, K., Eloff, J., Sheffield, J., & Attwood, T. (2011). Increasing the understanding and demonstration of appropriate affection in children with Asperger syndrome. Autism Research and Treatment, 2011,doi:10.1155/2011/214317.

Matsumoto, Y., Sofronoff, K., & Sanders, M. (2010). Investigation of the effectiveness and social validity of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program in Japanese Society. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(1), 87-91.

Sofronoff, K. & Beaumont, R. (2009).  The challenges of working with young people diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. D.McKay and E.Storch (eds), Treating complex and refractory cases: Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for children. Springer Publishing Co.: New York.

Whittingham, K., Sofronoff, K., Sheffield, J., & Sanders, M.R. (2009). Behavioural Family Intervention with parents of children with ASD: What do they find useful in the parenting program Stepping Stones Triple P? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 868-875.


Whittingham, K., Sofronoff, K., Sheffield, J., & Sanders, M. (2009). An exploration of parental attributions within the Autism Spectrum Disorders population.  Behaviour Change, 25(4), 201-214.


Wiggins, T., Sofronoff, K., & Sanders, M.R. (2009). Pathways Triple P-Positive Parenting Program: Effects on Parent-Child Relationships and Child Behaviour Problems. Family Process, 48(4), 515-530.


Hawkins, D., Sofronoff, K., & Sheffield, J. (2009). Psychometric properties of the Social problem Solving Inventory: Is the short form a valid and reliable measure for young adults? Cognitive Therapy and Research, 33, 462-470.


Matsumoto, Y., Sofronoff, K., & Sanders, M.R. (2009). A socio-ecological predictor model of parental intention to participate in a Triple P Positive Parenting Program.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 18(3), 274-283.


Whittingham, K., Sofronoff, K., Sheffield, J., & Sanders, M.R. (2009). Stepping Stones Triple P: A randomized controlled trial with parents of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology,37, 469-480.


Whittingham, K., Sofronoff, K., Sheffield, J., & Sanders, M.R. (2009). Do parental attributions affect treatment outcome in a parenting program? An exploration of the effects of parental attributions in an RCT of Stepping Stones Triple P for the ASD population. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 129-144.


Samios, C., Pakenham, K.I., & Sofronoff. K. (2009). The nature of benefit finding in parenting a child with Asperger syndrome. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 358-374.


Pachana, N., Sofronoff, K., & O’Brien, M. (2008).  Focus on clinical psychology postgraduate training: Taking the curriculum into the next decade. Australian Psychologist, 43, 219-221.


Hinton, S., Sofronoff, K., & Sheffield, J. (2008).  Training teachers to manage students with Asperger syndrome in an inclusive classroom setting. The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 25, 34-47.


Beaumont, R., & Sofronoff, K. (2008). A multi-component social skills intervention for children with Asperger syndrome: The Junior Detective Training Program. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49, 743-753.


Samios, C., Pakenham, K.I., & Sofronoff, K. (2008). The nature of sense making in parenting a child with Asperger syndrome. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2, 516-532.


Sanders, M.R., Ralph, A., Sofronoff, K., Gardiner, P., Thompson, R., Dwyer, S., & Bidwell, K. (2008). A population approach to reducing behavioural and emotional problems in children making the transition to primary school. Journal of Primary Prevention, 29, 197-222.


Beaumont, R., & Sofronoff, K. (2008). A new computerized advanced theory of mind measure for children with Asperger syndrome: The ATOMIC. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 249-260.


Matsumoto, Y., Sofronoff, K., & Sanders, M. (2007).  The efficacy and acceptability of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program with Japanese parents. Behaviour Change, 24, 205-218.


Sofronoff, K., Attwood, T., Hinton, S., & Levin, I. (2007). A randomized controlled trial of a cognitive behavioural intervention for anger management in children diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 1203-1214.

Whittingham, K., Sofronoff, K., & Sheffield, J. (2006). Stepping Stones Triple P: A pilot study to evaluate acceptability of the program by parents of a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 27, 364-380.

Sofronoff, K., Dalgliesh, L., & Kosky, R. (2005). Adolescent suicide and risk-taking behaviour. Cambridge University Press: New York, London.

Sofronoff, K., Attwood, T., & Hinton, S. (2005). A randomised controlled trial of a CBT intervention for anxiety in children with Asperger syndrome. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46, 1152-1160.

Russell, E., & Sofronoff, K. (2005). Anxiety and social worries in children with Asperger syndrome. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39, 633-638.

Pachana, N., & Sofronoff, K. (2005). Sexual problems. In N. Kazantzis, F.P. Deane, K.R. Ronan, and L. L'Abate (eds), Using homework assignments in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Brunner-Routledge.

Pakenham, K., Samios, C., & Sofronoff, K.(2005). Adjustment in mothers of children with Asperger syndrome: An application of the Double ABCX Model of family adjustment. Autism, 9, 191-212.

Pakenham, K.,Sofronoff,K., & Samios,C.(2004). Finding meaning in parenting a child with Asperger syndrome:Correlates of sense making and benefit finding. Research in Developmental disabilities,25, 245-264.

Sofronoff, K. (2004). Counseling Adolescents. In L.Welkovitz and L.Baker (Eds), Asperger's Syndrome: Understanding intervention. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates:New York.

Sofronoff,K., Leslie,A., & Brown,W.(2004).Parent management training and Asperger syndrome:A randomized controlled trial to evaluate a parent based intervention.Autism, 8, 301-317.

Sofronoff, K., & Attwood,T.(2003). A cognitive behaviour therapy intervention for anxiety in children with Asperger syndrome. Good Autism Practice,6, 1-8.

Harrison, C., & Sofronoff, K. (2002). ADHD and parental psychological distress: The role of demographics, child behavioural characteristics, and parental cognitions. Journal of the American Academy of Child and ADolescent Psychiatry, 41,703-711.

Sofronoff, K., & Farbotko, M. (2002). Parent management training to increase parental self-efficacy in parents of a child diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Autism, 6, 271-286.

Sofronoff, K. (2001). Cognitive behaviour therapy for the management of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Behaviour Change, 18, 28-35.

Griffin, T., Schwartz, S., & Sofronoff, K. (1998). Implicit processes in medical diagnosis. In K.Kirsner et al (Eds). Implicit and explicit mental processes. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers: Mahwah, New Jersey.

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Associate Professor Kate Sofronoff
Topics:
Interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families; parenting programs for parents of children with a disability.
Keywords:
clinical psychology
Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 1, 2017
    PSYC7052 - Advanced Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Semester 1, 2016
    PSYC7052 - Advanced Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC7052 - Advanced Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC7052 - Advanced Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Semester 2, 2014
    PSYC2311 - Developmental Disorders of Childhood
  • Semester 1, 2013
    PSYC2311 - Developmental Disorders of Childhood
  • Semester 1, 2013
    PSYC7052 - Advanced Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Semester 1, 2012
    PSYC2311 - Developmental Disorders of Childhood
  • Semester 1, 2012
    PSYC7052 - Advanced Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Semester 1, 2011
    PSYC7052 - Advanced Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Semester 2, 2011
    PSYC2311 - Developmental Disorders of Childhood
  • Semester 1, 2010
    PSYC7052 - Advanced Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSYC2311 - Developmental Disorders of Childhood
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSYC7042 - Child & Adolescent Behavioural Assessment & Therapy
  • Semester 1, 2009
    PSYC7052 - Advanced Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Semester 2, 2009
    PSYC7042 - Child & Adolescent Behavioural Assessment & Therapy

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

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