Associate Professor Monica Cuskelly

Adjunct Associate Professor

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
m.cuskelly@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56481

Overview

Down syndrome

Dr Cuskelly is the Director of the long running Down Syndrome Research Program based at The University of Queensland. In addition to her interests in the development of individuals with Down syndrome she has research interests in the psycho-social functioning of individuals with intellectual disability, family functioning in families with a child with a disability, and self-regulation and mastery motivation in vulnerable groups.

Research Interests

  • Development of individuals with Down syndrome
    Program of research that includes a longitudinal study of cognition, motor development and adaptive behaviour that has been in operation for 40 years. Research has also focused on self-regulation, mastery motivation and psycho-social functioning.
  • Family functioning in families with a child with a disability
    Experience of family members, including siblings, of having a child with a disability in the family.
  • Development and self-regulation in vulnerable populations
    Research has focused on children with intellectual disability, but has also included children born prematurely
  • Aspirations for the future of young people with intelelctual dsiability and their families
    Examination of aspirations and the facilitators and barriers to achieving a full and satisfying life as an adult.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master Applied Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Educational Studies, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma Educational Studies, Armidale CAE

Publications

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Publications

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  • Poulsen, Anne A., Ziviani, Jenny and Cuskelly, Monica (2015). Competence: feeling confident and effective. Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents. (pp. 61-68) edited by Anne A. Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly. London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Cuskelly, Monica (2015). Reflections, caveats and guidelines. Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents. (pp. 220-231) edited by Anne A. Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly. London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Meredith, Pamela and Cuskelly, Monica (2015). The centrality of relatedness to collaborative goal setting in therapy. Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents. (pp. 51-60) edited by Anne A. Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly. London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Poulsen, Anne A., Ziviani, Jenny and Cuskelly, Monica (2015). The science of goal setting. Goal setting and motivation in therapy: engaging children and parents. (pp. 28-39) edited by Anne A. Poulsen, Jenny Ziviani and Monica Cuskelly. London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Couzens, Donna and Cuskelly, Monica (2014). Cognitive strengths and weaknesses for informing educational practice. Educating Learners with Down Syndrome: Research, theory, and practice with children and adolescents. (pp. 40-59) edited by Rhonda Faragher and Barbara Clarke. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Gilmore, Linda and Cuskelly, Monica (2014). Mastery motivation in children with Down Syndrome: promoting and sustaining interest in learning. Educating Learners with Down Syndrome: Research, theory, and practice with children and adolescents. (pp. 60-82) edited by Rhonda Faragher and Barbara Clarke. Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.: Routledge.

  • Cuskelly, Monica and Poulsen, Anne A. (2013). Children's understanding of purpose: a matter of choice. The Art and science of motivation: a therapist's guide to working with children. (pp. 59-89) edited by Jenny Ziviani, Anne A. Poulsen and Monica Cuskelly. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Cuskelly, Monica and King, Gillian (2013). Know the child: maximising engagement and persistence in therapy. The art and science of motivation : a therapist's guide to working with children. (pp. 193-223) edited by Jenny Ziviani, Anne A. Poulsen and Monica Cuskelly. London United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Cuskelly, Monica, Gilmore, Linda and Carroll, Annemaree (2013). Self-regulation and mastery motivation in individuals with developmental disabilities: Barriers, supports and strategies. Handbook of self-regulatory processes in development. (pp. 381-402) edited by Karen Caplovitz Barrett, Nathan A. Fox, George A. Morgan, Deborah J. Fidler and Lisa A. Daunhauer. New York, USA: Taylor and Francis.

  • Ziviani, Jenny, Poulsen, Anne A. and Cuskelly, Monica (2013). Understanding motivation in the context of engaging children in therapy. The art and science of motivation: a therapist's guide to working with children. (pp. 23-57) edited by Jenny Ziviani, Anne Poulsen and Monica Cuskelly. London, United Kingdom: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Rowbotham, Michelle, Cuskelly, Monica and Carroll, Annemaree (2013). Women caring for adults with intellectual disabilities. Disability and chronic disease. (pp. 121-142) edited by Joav Merrick, Shoshana Aspler and Mohammed Morad. Hauppauge, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Cuskelly, M., Chant, D., Hayes, A. and Jobling, A. (2010). Do behavioral problems in children with Down Syndrome suggest a phenotypic pattern?. Contemporary issues in intellectual disabilities. (pp. 113-118) edited by V. P. Prasher. New York , USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

  • Cuskelly, M., Grace, R. and Hayes, A. (2009). Disability: Characteristics, contexts and consequences. Children, Families & Communities: Contexts and Consequences. (pp. 39-58) edited by J. Bowes and R. Grace. South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand.

  • McBryde, C., Ziviani, J. M. and Cuskelly, M. M. (2006). The transition to school. Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation. (pp. 222-240) edited by S. Rodger and J. Ziviani. Carlton, VIC: Blackwell Publishing.

  • Cuskelly, M. M. (2005). Ethical inclusion of children with disabilities in research. Ethical Research with Children. (pp. 97-111) edited by A. Farrell. Berkshire, UK: Open University Press.

  • Cuskelly, M. M. and Hayes, A. (2004). Disability: Characteristics, contexts and consequences. Children, Families and Communities: Contexts and Consequences. (pp. 29-51) edited by Jennifer M. Bowes. Victoria Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Jobling, M.A. and Cuskelly, M. (2002). Life styles of adults with Down syndrome living at home. Down Syndrome Across the Life Span. (pp. 109-120) edited by M. Cuskelly, A. Jobling and S. Buckley. London: Whurr. doi: 10.1002/9780470777886.ch9

  • Cuskelly, M., Jobling, M.A., Chant, D., Bower, A. and Hayes, A. (2002). Multiple perspectives of family life. Down Syndrome Across the Life Span. (pp. 159-173) edited by M. Cuskelly, A. Jobling and S. Buckley. London: Whurr. doi: 10.1002/9780470777886.ch13

  • Hayes, A. and Cuskelly, M. M. (1999). Disability: Characteristics, contexts and consequences. Children, families and communities: Contexts and consequences. (pp. 21-39) edited by Jennifer M. Bowes and Alan Hayes. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision