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Research

Past Research Projects

2013 – 2014: Aussie Optimism: Enhancing the effects of the Positive Thinking Program: A longitudinal evaluation.

2010-2013: Aussie Optimism Positive Thinking Skills Program: Preventing Childhood Internalising disorders: 42 and 54 months follow-up.

2008-2009: Aussie Optimism Positive Thinking Skills Program: Prevention of Internalizing Disorders in 9-10 year old children: Efficacy of the Aussie Optimism Positive Thinking Skills Program at 30-month follow-up.

2007-2008: Aussie Optimism Secondary Dissemination

2004-2007: Aussie Optimism Positive Thinking Skills Program Universal Randomised Controlled Trial   Prevention of internalising disorders in 8-9 year olds

2003-2006: Aussie Optimism Positive Thinking Skills program: The prevention of Depression in 8 to 9-year old children: a pilot study.

2002: Aussie Optimism Universal Randomised Controlled Dissemination Trial
Diffusion and dissemination of a mental health innovation in an educational setting

2001-2004: Aussie Optimism Parents and Families Program Universal Controlled Trial
Family-based mental health promotion for younger adolescents

2000-2002: Aussie Optimism Social Life Skills and Optimistic Thinking Skills Programs
Universal Randomised Controlled Trial
The prevention of internalising problems in children: The effectiveness of a universal version of the Aussie Optimism Program.

Research Grants

2014-2016: $120,000 – Government of WA Mental Health Commission (Administering institution: Curtin University of Technology). Expanding the “Aussie Optimism” project in both metropolitan and rural Education Districts in Western Australia: Feelings and Friends and Positive thinking Program dissemination (Chief Investigators: Dr. R. Rooney, & Dr. R.T. Kane).

2013 – 2018: $1,144,920 – Government of WA Mental Health Commission (Administering institution: Curtin University of Technology). Expanding the “Aussie Optimism” project in both metropolitan and rural Education Districts in Western Australia. (Chief Investigators: Assoc. Prof. C. Roberts, Dr. R. Rooney, & Dr. R.T. Kane).

2010- 2013: $414,240.  Aussie Optimism Dissemination Project – Secondary Dissemination continued.  WA Mental Health Commission. (Roberts, C., Ho, M., Rooney, R., & Kane, R.)

2010 – 2012: $340,000, Healthway Project Grant. Enhancing the effects of the Positive Thinking Program: A longitudinal evaluation. ( Rooney, C. Roberts, R. Kane, M. Nesa, and S. Hassan).

2008- 2009: $214,209, Healthway Project Grant.  Preventing childhood internalising Disorders: 42 and 54-months follow-up (R.Rooney, C.Roberts, R.Kane, S. Silburn and Nesa, M).

2008 – 2010: $317,333 – Healthway Research Project Grant. Preventing challenging behaviours in children with intellectual disabilities. Chief Investigators: Assoc. Prof. C. Roberts, Prof M. Sanders, Mr T. Mazzuchelli, & Ms L. Studman (with associate investigators Dr. R.T. Kane, & Dr N. Walsh).

2006 – 2009: $562,207, WA Office of Mental Health.  Aussie Optimism Dissemination Project – Secondary Dissemination. (C. Roberts, R. Kane, R. Rooney, Y. Pintabona, & M. Nesa).

2006 – 2010: $121,988 – WA Office of Mental Health (Administering institution: Curtin University of Technology). Expanding the “Aussie Optimism” project in both metropolitan and rural Education Districts in Western Australia. (Chief Investigators: Assoc. Prof. C. Roberts, Dr. R.T. Kane, & Dr. R. Rooney).

Research books

Drake-Brockman, R. & Roberts, C. (2007). Aussie Optimism A Program for Parents and Families. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Green, L., Pophillat, E., Taylor, B., Rooney, R., Roberts, C., & Nesa, M. (2010). Aussie Optimism: Feelings and Friends Year 3. Student Resource. School of Psychology, Curtin University of Technology.

Nesa, M., Rooney, R., Roberts C., & Pike, L. (2004). Aussie Optimism: Positive Thinking Program, Student booklet. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Pophillat, E., Taylor, B., Rooney, R., Roberts, C., & Nesa, M. (2006). Aussie Optimism: Feelings and Friends Manual. Student Resource. School of Psychology, Curtin University of Technology.

Redmond, M., Nesa, M., Roberts, C., Rooney, R., & Taylor, B. (2006). Aussie Optimism: Whole School Program. Aussie Optimism Team File 2006. School of Psychology, Curtin University of Technology, August 2006.

Roberts, C., Ballantyne, F. & van der Klift, P. (2014). Aussie Optimism Social Life Skills Student Booklet. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Roberts, C., Ballantyne, F. & van der Klift, P. (2014). Aussie Optimism Social Life Skills Teacher Resource. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Roberts, C., Drake-Brockman, R., & Pintabona, Y. (2007). Aussie Optimism Parents and Families: School Resource (cd-rom). Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Roberts, C. & Ho, M.S. (2009). Aussie Optimism 1 day workshop: Social Life Skills & Optimistic Thinking Skills. Trainer’s Manual. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Roberts, R., Roberts, C., Cosgrove, S., Honston, K., Ludlow, T., Mar, D., Sanders, M. & van der Klift, P. (2014). Aussie Optimism Optimistic Thinking Skills Student Booklet. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Roberts, R., Roberts, C., Cosgrove, S., Honston, K., Ludlow, T., Mar, D., Sanders, M. & van der Klift, P. (2014). Aussie Optimism Optimistic Thinking Skills Teacher Resource. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Roberts, R., Roberts, C., Cosgrove, S., Honston, K., Ludlow, T., Mar, D., Sanders, M. & van der Klift, P. (2014). Aussie Optimism Optimistic Thinking Skills Teacher Resource. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Roberts, C. & Rudge, L. (2007). Aussie Optimism Optimistic Thinking Skills Trainer’s Manual. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Roberts, C. & Rudge, L. (2015). Aussie Optimism Social Life Skills Trainer’s Manual. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Roberts, C., West, D., & Campbell, M. (2009). Aussie Optimism. Resilience Skills. Teacher Resource. Peth, WA: Curtin University of Technology.

Roberts, C., West, D., & Campbell, M. (2009). Aussie Optimism. Resilience Skills. Student Booklet. Peth, WA: Curtin University of Technology.

Rooney, R., Rudge, L., Snowball, L., Roberts, C., Pike, L., Mullan, A., & Nesa, M. (2004). Aussie Optimism: Positive thinking Program, Teacher Resource. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Rooney, R., Rudge, L., Snowball, L., Roberts, C., Pike, L., Mullan, A., & Nesa, M. and Hassan, S. (2009). Aussie Optimism: The Enhanced Positive thinking Program, Teacher Resource. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

Pophillat, E., Taylor, B., Rooney, R., Roberts, C., & Nesa, M. (2006). Aussie Optimism: Feelings and Friends Manual. Student Resource. School of Psychology, Curtin University of Technology.

Pophillat, E., Taylor, B., Rooney, R., Roberts, C., & Nesa, M. (2006). Aussie Optimism: Feelings and Friends Manual. Teacher Resource. School of Psychology, Curtin University of Technology.

Veloso, B., Pophilat, E., Taylor, B., Rooney, R., Roberts, C., & Nesa, M. (2006). Aussie Optimism: Feelings and Friends Manual Year 1-2. Student Resource. School of Psychology, Curtin University of Technology.

Veloso, B., Pophilat, E., Taylor, B., Rooney, R., Roberts, C., & Nesa, M. (In Prep). Aussie Optimism: Feelings and Friends Manual Year 1-2. Student Resource. School of Psychology, Curtin University of Technology.