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Dr Cassandra Dittman
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Cassandra is a research fellow in the PFSC who joined the School in 2012. She is the Curriculum Development Leader in the PFSC, where she is responsible for developing and revising the training materials that are used to train practitioners in Triple P around the world. Her research interests lie in the impact of quality parenting on important developmental outcomes for children and adolescents and the use of the evidence-based parenting program, Triple P, as a means of experimentally testing this issue. She is also interested in ways that other important caregivers can be trained and supported to promote children’s prosocial behaviour and learning skills.
Room:
S216
Email:
Phone:
+61 7 3365 7303
Fax:
+61 7 3365 4466
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Postal Address:
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Australia

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons Class I)

PhD (Clinical Psychology) 

Representative Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles

Dittman, C. K., Henriquez, A., Roxburgh, N. (2016). When a non-resident worker is a non-resident parent: Investigating the impact of Fly-in/Fly-out work practices in Australia.Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0437-2

Dittman, C. K. (2016). Associations between inattention, hyperactivity and pre-reading skills before and after formal reading instruction begins. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11145-016-9652-x

Dittman, C. K., Farruggia, S. P., Keown, L. J., & Sanders, M. R. (2016). Dealing with Disobedience: An evaluation of a brief parenting intervention for young children showing noncompliant behaviour problems. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 47(1), 102-112. doi: 10.1007/s10578-015-0548-9

Chu, J. T. W., Bullen, P., Farruggia, S. P., Dittman, C. K., & Sanders, M. R. (2015). Parent and adolescent effects of a universal group program for the parenting of adolescents. Prevention Science, 16(4), 609-620. doi:10.1007/s11121-014-0516-9

Frank, T. J., Keown, L. J., Dittman, C. K., & Sanders, M. R. (2015). Using father preference data to increase father engagement in evidence-based parenting programs. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(4), 937-947. doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-9904-9

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

Salmon, K. Dittman, C. K., Sanders, M. R., Burson, R., & Hammington, J. (2014). Does adding an emotion component enhance the effects of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program? Journal of Family Psychology, 28(2), 244-252. doi: 10.1037/a0035997

Sanders, M., Dittman, C.K., Farruggia, S., & Keown, L. (2014). A comparison of online versus workbook delivery of a self-help positive parenting program. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 35(3),125-133. doi: 10.1007/s10935-014-0339-2

Dittman, C. K., Sibley, C., & Farruggia, S. P. (2013). Attitudes towards smacking in a New Zealand probability sample: Psychological and demographic correlates. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 42(2), 41-50.

Dittman, C. K. (2013). The impact of early classroom inattention on phonological processing and word reading development. Journal of Attention Disorders. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1087054713478979

Chand, N. L., Farruggia, S. P., Dittman, C. K., & 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.

Dittman, C. K., Keown, L. J., Sanders, M. R., Rose, D., Farruggia, S. P., & Sofronoff, K. (2011). An epidemiological examination of parenting and family correlates of emotional problems in young children. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81(3), 360-371. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2011.01104.x

Sanders, M. R., Dittman, C. K., Keown, L. J., Farruggia, S. P., & Rose, D. (2010). What are the parenting experiences of fathers? The use of household survey data to inform decisions about the delivery of evidence-based parenting interventions to fathers. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 41, 562-581.

Dittman, C. K., & Sanders, M. R. (2010) The Triple P Positive Parenting Programme and early childhood education. The First Years Journal, 11(2), 18-24.

Refereed Conference Papers

Dittman, C. K., Burke, K., & Barton, K. A mixed methods evaluation of the efficacy of brief, targeted parenting groups for parents of teenagers. Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies: Melbourne, Australia. June 2016.

Dittman, C. K. (chair), Turner, K. M. T., Cobham, V., Dingle, G., Hodges, J. & March, S. (2016, June). Innovative applications of behavioural and cognitive therapies in educational settings. Symposium presented at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies: Melbourne, Australia. June 2016.

Turner, K. M. T.,Dittman, C.K, & Lee, S. (2016, June).Development and pilot evaluation of the Positive ChildCare Program for educators: Bringing a behavioural family intervention approach to early learning and childcare settings.Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies: Melbourne, Australia. June 2016.

Dittman, C. K. (chair), Adamson, M., Morawska, A., & Keown, L. J. Exploring the parenting timeline: The role of parenting and the parent-child relationship from infancy to young adulthood. Symposium presented at the 19th Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association: Wellington, New Zealand. July 2015.

Dittman, C. K., & Burke, K. Continuity in parental influence: young adults’ reports on their relationship with their parents and their parents’ parenting. Paper presented at the 19th Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association: Wellington, New Zealand. July 2015.

Keown, L. J., Franke, N., Frank, T., Palmer, M., & Dittman, C. K. (discussant). Innovations in parenting interventions for young children with disruptive behaviour problems. Symposium presented at the 19th Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association: Wellington, New Zealand. July 2015.

Dittman, C.K. Assessing the impact of Fly-in/Fly-out and Drive-in/Drive-out work practices on children and families. Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference: Melbourne, Australia. July 2014.

Dittman, C.K. Assessing the impact of Fly-in/Fly-out and Drive-in/Drive-out work practices on children and families. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Helping Families Change Conference: Sydney, Australia. February 2014.

Frank, T., Keown, L., Dittman, C. K., & Sanders, M. R. A randomised controlled trial of Group Triple P for both fathers and mothers. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Helping Families Change Conference: Sydney, Australia. February 2014.

Frank, T., Keown, L., Dittman, C. K., & Sanders, M. R. Does an adaptation of Group Triple P enhance the engagement and program effectiveness for both fathers and mothers? Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting: Seattle, U.S. April 2013.

Chu, J. T. W., Bullen, P. Farruggia, S. P., Dittman, C. K., & Sanders, M. R. Evaluating the effectiveness of a parenting program for parents of adolescents. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting: Seattle, U.S. April, 2013.

Dittman, C. K., Salmon, K., & Sanders, M. R. Promoting developmental competencies in children through parental participation in Triple P: A pilot study. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Helping Families Change Conference: Los Angeles, United States. February 2013.

Dittman, C. K., Sanders, M. R., Farruggia, S. P., Keown, L. J., & Palmer, M. L. Examining the effectiveness of Triple P Online: Comparing online versus workbook delivery of self-help positive parenting programs and the role of child, parent, and family factors in predicting success. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Helping Families Change Conference: Los Angeles, United States. February 2013.

Dittman, C. K., Sanders, M. R., Farruggia, S. P., & Keown, L. J. Increasing options for self-directed parenting support: Online versus workbook-based delivery of a parenting program. Paper presented at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting: Washington, U.S. June 2012.

Dittman, C. K. (chair), Sanders, M. R., & Morawska, A. Developing consumer-responsive interventions: Illustrations from a public health approach to parenting. Symposium presented at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting: Washington, U.S. June 2012.

Dittman, C. K., Sanders, M. R., Farruggia, S. P., Keown, L. J., & Rose, D. An evaluation of an online self-directed parenting intervention for families of children with early onset conduct problems. Paper presented at the Australasian Human Development Association Conference: Dunedin, New Zealand. July, 2011.

Palmer, M., Dittman, C. K., Rose, D. & Sanders, M. R. Predictors of treatment outcomes in an internet-based behavioural family intervention. Poster presented at the Australasian Human Development Association Conference: Dunedin, New Zealand. July, 2011.

Frank, T., Keown, L., Dittman, C. K., & Sanders, M. Father preferences for engagement and involvement in behavioural family interventions. Poster presented at 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association, Dunedin, New Zealand. July, 2011.

Turner, K., Sanders, M. R., Joachim, S., & Dittman, C. K. Piloting Level 4 Triple P as a web-based intervention. Presented at the Helping Families Change Conference: Antwerp, Belguim. February 2011.

Dittman, C. K., Sanders, M. R., Keown, L. J., Farruggia, S. P., & Rose, D. An evaluation of an online self-directed parenting intervention for families of children with early onset conduct problems. Presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference: Melbourne, Australia. July, 2010.

Dittman, C. K.Longitudinal associations between children’s phonological processing abilities, ADHD-like behaviour ratings, and early academic achievement. Poster presented at the Australian Human Development Association Conference: Sydney, Australia. July, 2007.

Dittman, C. K. & Bowey, J. A. What is more important in the association between early reading development and ADHD-like behaviour ratings: Inattention or hyperactivity? Poster presented at the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Conference: Melbourne, Australia, July, 2006.

Dittman, C. K. & Bowey, J. A. Longitudinal associations between children’s phonological processing abilities, ADHD-like behaviour ratings, and early reading development. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Conference: Brisbane, Australia, April, 2006.

Bowey, J. A. & Dittman, C. K. Do good readers use context-sensitive grapheme-phoneme correspondences? Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Conference:  Sydney, Australia, April, 2003.

Course Tutor:
  • Semester 1, 2007
    PSYC3092 - Language Development
  • Semester 2, 2007
    COUN7016 - Ethics and Professional Practice Issues in Counselling
  • Semester 2, 2007
    PSYC3122 - Attitudes & Social Cognition
  • Semester 2, 2007
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2006
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2006
    PSYC2030 - Developmental Psychology

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

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