Senior Research Officer, ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies

Douglas RussellDouglas qualified as a primary school teacher 15 years ago, and has worked across Australia, the UK and in Dubai - teaching students from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. As well as working as a behaviour therapist with children with developmental disabilities, Douglas has most recently lectured at the tertiary level with a focus on teaching and research in developmental psychology.

Douglas is involved in Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) research regarding the participation of children and young people in child safety studies, as well as managing the Safeguarding Children and Young People Portal on the ICPS website.

Selected Publications

  • Russell, D., & Warner, R. (2017). Motivational intermediaries of self-regulation among university students. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 9(3).
  • Kabli, A. & Russell, D. (2017, April). Teacher Stress and Coping in Dubai Based Teachers: An Interpretative Phenomenological Exploration. Poster presented at the first Middle East Psychological Association conference, Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Russell, D. (2016, October). Genetic contributions to the development of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presented at the Autism around the World Conference, Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Russell, D. (2016). Engendered well-being: The importance of being content with one’s gender identity. International Journal of Psychology, 51(S1), July 2016, p. 609–621. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12320
  • Russell, D. (2016). The influence of parents’ attitudes and perceived norms on the behaviour of restricting children’s’ screen time. International Journal of Psychology 51(S1), July 2016, p. 580–596. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12318
  • Russell, D. (2016). TED-Ed web-based blended learning to support teaching: An action research project. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Higher Education Advances, Valencia, Spain, June 2016.
  • Russell, D. (2015, August). The predictive value of creativity, working memory and temperament on schizotypy: A study among school children. Paper presented at the New Zealand Psychological Society conference.

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