Dr Koa Whittingham

Senior Research Fellow

Child Health Research Centre
Faculty of Medicine
koawhittingham@uq.edu.au
+61 7 3069 7346

Overview

I am a senior research fellow at the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre within the UQ Child Health Research Centre in the Faculty of Medicine. My research spans three key areas: (1) parenting, transition to parenting, and parenting intervention, (2) neurodevelopmental disabilities including autism spectrum conditions, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and prematurity and (3) acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and related therapies. I am especially passionate about the application of ACT to parenting. I am the author of Becoming Mum, a self-help book for the transition to motherhood grounded in ACT and the first author of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy the Clinician's Guide for Supporting Parents.

Research Interests

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    Particularly the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to enhance parenting, the parent-child relationship or parental adjustment
  • Mindfulness
    Particularly the use of mindfulness to enhance parenting, the parent-child relationship or parental adjustment
  • Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
    Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury, infants at risk of neurodevelopmental disability including due to prematurity
  • Parenting
    Parenting, parent-child relationships, parenting interventions, the transition to parenthood, parent-infant sleep

Research Impacts

I am the author of Becoming Mum, a self-help book for the transition to motherhood grounded in ACT and the first author of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy the Clinician's Guide for Supporting Parents. I have an interest in developing online interventions using the platform EdX.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science with Honour Class C1, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Sofronoff, Kate, Whittingham, Koa and Brown, Felicity L. (2018). Children with developmental disorders. Handbook of parenting and child development across the lifespan. (pp. 313-334) edited by Matthew R. Sanders and Alina Morawska. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-94598-9_14

  • Whittingham, K. and Douglas, P. (2016). "Possums": building contextual behavioural science into an innovative evidence-based approach to parenting support in early life. Psychotherapy in parenthood and beyond: personal enrichment in our lives. (pp. 43-56) edited by Bruce Kirkcaldy. Turin, Italy: Edizioni Minerva Medica.

  • Jones, Laura Backen, Whittingham, Koa, Coyne, Lisa and Lightcap, April (2016). A contextual behavioral science approach to parenting intervention and research. The Wiley Handbook of Contextual Behavioral Science. (pp. 398-421) edited by Robert D. Zettle , Steven C. Hayes , Dermot Barnes‐Holmes and Anthony Biglan. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118489857.ch20

  • Whittingham, Koa (2016). Mindfulness and transformative parenting. Mindfulness and Buddhist-derived approaches in mental health and addiction. (pp. 363-390) edited by Edo Shonin, William Van Gordon and Mark D. Griffiths. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-22255-4_18

  • Sofronoff, K. V. and Whittingham, K. (2007). Parent management training to improve competence in parents of children with Aspergers syndrome. Handbook of Parent training: Helping parents prevent and solve problem behaviours. (pp. 107-128) edited by J. Briesmeister and C.E. Schaefer. United States: John Wiley & Sons.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision