Doctor Rebekah Grace

Doctor Rebekah Grace

Director, Transforming Early Education and Child Health,
Teeach Strategic Research Institute

Director, Transforming Early Education and Child Health,
Teeach Strategic Research Institute

Biography

Associate Professor Rebekah Grace completed her degree in Psychology at the University of Sydney, with a major in Developmental Psychology. Her PhD was within the Department of Psychological Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Rebekah graduated from her PhD in 2002. Since that time, she has held academic positions. including a competitive postdoctoral fellowship, Program Manager for Research with Children and Young People at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation at UNSW, and as the Vice Chancellor's Innovation Fellow at Maquarie University. While at Macquartie University, Rebekah also served as the National Director of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program. Rebekah came to Western Sydney University in 2018 to take up the role of Deputy Director in the Centre for Translational Research and Social Innovation (TReSI) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. In 2019 she accepted the role of Director for a Special Research Initiative at Western Sydney University called TeEACH (Transforming early Education and Child Health). Her position is located within the Translational Health Research Institute, and is closely alinged with the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Education.

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Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy University of Sydney

Awards

  • Norman Smith Publication in Social Work Research Award, Australian Association of Social Workers 2019-07-27
  • Creswick Foundation Travel Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Development to support a Visiting Fellowship at the Dartington Social Research Unit in England 2011-05-27
  • Faculty of Medicine PhD Scholarship, University of Sydney 1998-03-02
  • Macquarie University Rudolph Goodwill award for coordinating a Christmas toy drive for Indigenous families in remote NSW 2008-12-12

Interests

  • Child health, development and wellbeing
  • Co-design and participatory methods
  • Family service and support needs
  • Implementation and Prevention Science
  • Service system reform

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Teeach Strategic Research Institute
  • Teeach Strategic Research Institute

Committees

  • Centre for Transforming early Education and Child Health
  • Child participatory methods, South West Sydney Best Start
  • Translational Research and Social Innovation (TReSI), WSU
  • Department of Educational Studies Research Committee, Macquarie University
  • Uniting Child and Family Futures Group
  • Special Teaching and Research (STaR) Association
  • International Society for Early Intervention
  • WaranWarin Aboriginal Child and Family Early Childhood Centre
  • Aboriginal child and family health, South West Sydney Local Health District
  • RAINMAN Committee (Resourceful Allies in Meeting Autism Needs), Salk Lake City, Utah

Contact

Email: Rebekah.Grace@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4620 3950
Mobile:
Location: 3.1.43
Campbelltown

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Publications

Books

  • Grace, R., Hodge, K. and McMahon, C. (2017), 'Children, Families and Communities', : Oxford University Press 9780190304461.
  • Bowes, J., Grace, R. and Hodge, K. (2012), 'Children, Families and Communities: Contexts and Consequences', : Oxford University Press 9780195576740.
  • Bowes, J. and Grace, R. (2009), 'Children, Families and Communities: Contexts and Consequences', : Oxford University Press 9780195551549.

Chapters in Books

  • Grace, R., Skerrett, M., Ritchie, J., Greenwood, M. and Trudgett, M. (2020), 'Early childhood education and care for Indigenous children and their families from colonised nations : working towards culturally meaningful service provision', Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Rights, Routledge 9780367142018.
  • Kaplun, C., Grace, R., Knight, J., Anderson, J., West, N., Mack, H., Comino, E. and Kemp, L. (2017), '"Everybody has got their own story" : urban Aboriginal families and the transition to school', Families and Transition to School, Springer 9783319583273.
  • Grace, R. and Barton, R. (2017), 'Children with developmental disability', Children, Families and Communities, Oxford University Press 9780190304461.
  • Grace, R., Burns, K. and Menzies, K. (2017), 'Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families : the legacy of strong state intervention', Children, Families and Communities, Oxford university Press 9780190304461.
  • Grace, R., Cashmore, J., Scott, D. and Hayes, A. (2017), 'Effective policy to support children, families and communities ', Children, Families and Communities, Oxford University Press 9780190304461.
  • Grace, R., Hayes, A. and Wise, S. (2017), 'Child development in context', Children, Families and Communities, Oxford University Press 9780190304461.
  • Bowes, J., Grace, R. and Hayes, A. (2012), 'The role of context in children's development', Children, Families and Communities: Contexts and Consequences, Oxford University Press 9780195576740.
  • Burns, A., Burns, K., Menzies, K. and Grace, R. (2012), 'The stolen generations', Children, Families and Communities: Contexts and Consequences, Oxford University Press 9780195576740.
  • Grace, R. (2012), 'Developmental disability', Children, Families and Communities: Contexts and Consequences, Oxford University Press 9780195576740.
  • Bowes, J., Hodge, K. and Grace, R. (2010), 'Isolation and inclusion in Australian early childhood settings', Early Childhoods in a Changing World, Trentham Books 9781858564739.
  • Bowes, J., Hayes, A. and Grace, R. (2009), 'Children, families and communities : looking forward', Children Families and Communities: Contexts and Consequences, Oxford University Press 9780195551549.
  • Bowes, J., Grace, R. and Hayes, A. (2009), 'Contexts and consequences : impacts on children, families and communities', Children, Families and Communities: Contexts and Consequences, Oxford University Press 9780195551549.
  • Cuskelly, M., Grace, R. and Hayes, A. (2009), 'Disability : characteristics, contexts and consequences', Children, Families and Communities: Contexts and Consequences, Oxford University Press 9780195551549.

Journal Articles

  • Gill, A., Grace, R., Waniganayake, M. and Hadley, F. (2020), 'Practitioner and foster carer perceptions of the support needs of young parents in and exiting out-of-home care : a systematic review', Children and Youth Services Review, vol 108 .
  • George, A., Villarosa, A., Ingram, S., Fatema, K., Elliot, K., Grace, R., Kemp, L., Scharkie, S., Anderson, C., Bucknall, N., Wright, D. and Comino, E. (2020), '[In Press] Oral health status, behaviours, food and beverage consumption of Aboriginal children in Australia', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, .
  • Grace, R., Knight, J., Baird, K., Ng, J., Shier, H., Wise, S., Fattore, T., McClean, T., Bonser, G., Judd-Lam, S. and Kemp, L. (2019), 'Where are the silences? : a scoping review of child participatory research literature in the context of the Australian service system', Children Australia, vol 44, no 4 , pp 172 - 186.
  • Baird, K. and Grace, R. (2019), '[In Press] Young children's perspectives on their social interactions within early childhood settings', Early Child Development and Care, .
  • Grace, R., Baird, K., Elcombe, E., Webster, V., Barnes, J. and Kemp, L. (2019), 'Effectiveness of the Volunteer Family Connect Program in reducing isolation of vulnerable families and supporting their parenting : randomized controlled trial with intention-to-treat analysis of primary outcome variables', JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting, vol 2, no 2 .
  • George, A., Grace, R., Elcombe, E., Villarosa, A., Mack, H., Kemp, L., Ajwani, S., Wright, D., Anderson, C., Bucknall, N. and Comino, E. (2018), 'The oral health behaviours and fluid consumption practices of young urban Aboriginal preschool children in South-western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol 29, no 1 , pp 23 - 30.
  • Grace, R., Kemp, L., Barnes, J., Elcombe, E., Knight, J., Baird, K., Webster, V. and Byrne, F. (2018), 'Community volunteer support for families with young children : protocol for the Volunteer Family Connect randomized controlled trial', JMIR Research Protocols, vol 7, no 7 .
  • Kemp, L., Grace, R., Comino, E., Jackson Pulver, L., McMahon, C., Harris, E., Harris, M., George, A. and Mack, H. (2018), 'The effectiveness of a sustained nurse home visiting intervention for Aboriginal infants compared with non-Aboriginal infants and with Aboriginal infants receiving usual child health care : a quasi-experimental trial : the Bulundidi Gudaga study', BMC Health Services Research, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Grace, R., Walsh, R. and Baird, K. (2018), 'Connection, special objects and congruence : the perspectives of young children from disadvantaged communities on participation in early childhood education settings', Early Child Development and Care, vol 188, no 8 , pp 1176 - 1189.
  • Grace, R., Miller, K., Blacklock, S., Bonser, G. and Hayden, P. (2018), 'The 'Kids Say' project : supporting children to talk about their experiences and to engage in decision making', Australian Social Work, vol 71, no 3 , pp 292 - 305.
  • Garg, P., Eastwood, J., Liaw, S., Jalaludin, B. and Grace, R. (2018), 'A case study of well child care visits at general practices in a region of disadvantage in Sydney', PLoS One, vol 13, no 10 .
  • Grace, R., Elcombe, E., Knight, J., McMahon, C., McDonald, J. and Comino, E. (2017), 'Early childhood development over time for a cohort of Australian Aboriginal children living in an urban environment', Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, vol 15 , pp 35 - 52.
  • Baird, K. and Grace, R. (2017), 'Do young children perceive change in the daily lives of their families during participation in a therapeutic family support programme?', European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, vol 25, no 2 , pp 258 - 271.
  • Van Der Wal, J., Grace, R. and Baird, K. (2017), 'It takes more than 'just scratching the surface' : the perspectives of young people on living in a disadvantaged community', Children Australia, vol 42, no 4 , pp 256 - 267.
  • Collings, S., Grace, R. and Llewellyn, G. (2017), 'The role of formal support in the lives of children of mothers with intellectual disability', Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, vol 30, no 3 , pp 492 - 500.
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G. and Grace, R. (2017), 'Home and the social worlds beyond : exploring influences in the lives of children of mothers with intellectual disability', Child: Care, Health and Development, vol 43, no 5 , pp 697 - 708.
  • Kaplun, C., Knight, J., Grace, R., Dockett, S., Perry, B., Comino, E., Jackson Pulver, L. and Kemp, L. (2016), 'Gudaga Goes to School Study : methods used in understanding school transitions and early education experiences of an urban Aboriginal cohort', Educational Studies, vol 42, no 1 , pp 54 - 71.
  • Comino, E., Knight, J., Grace, R., Kemp, L. and Wright, D. (2016), 'The Gudaga research program : a case study in undertaking research with an urban Aboriginal community', Australian Social Work, vol 69, no 4 , pp 443 - 455.
  • Byrne, F., Grace, R., Tredoux, J. and Kemp, L. (2016), 'Structured social relationships : a review of volunteer home visiting programs for parents of young children', Australian Health Review, vol 40, no 3 , pp 262 - 269.
  • Blackmore, R., Aylward, E. and Grace, R. (2016), ''One of the kids' : parent perceptions of the developmental advantages arising from inclusion in mainstream early childhood education services', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 41, no 2 , pp 13 - 17.
  • Collings, S., Grace, R. and Llewellyn, G. (2016), 'Negotiating with gatekeepers in research with disadvantaged children : a case study of children of mothers with intellectual disability', Children and Society, vol 30, no 6 , pp 499 - 509.
  • Grace, R., Bowes, J., McKay-Tempest, J., Burnstein, J. and Tregeagle, S. (2016), 'Early parenting education to strengthen Aboriginal parents in a remote area : the development and piloting of a group programme', Children Australia, vol 41, no 4 , pp 249 - 257.
  • Yoong, T., McKenzie, A. and Grace, R. (2015), 'Is the Australian Developmental Screening Test (ADST) a useful step following the completion of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) on the pathway to diagnostic assessment for young children?', Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing, vol 12, no 1 , pp 4 - 8.
  • Grace, R., Bowes, J. and Elcombe, E. (2014), 'Child participation and family engagement with early childhood education and care services in disadvantaged Australian communities', International Journal of Early Childhood, vol 46, no 2 , pp 271 - 298.
  • Grace, R. and Trudgett, M. (2012), 'It's not rocket science : the perspectives of Indigenous early childhood workers on supporting the engagement of Indigenous families in early childhood settings', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 37, no 2 , pp 10 - 18.
  • Trudgett, M. and Grace, R. (2011), 'Engaging with early childhood education and care services : the perspectives of Indigenous Australian mothers and their young children', Kulumun: Journal of the Wollotuka Institute, vol 1 , pp 15 - 36.
  • Grace, R. and Bowes, J. (2011), 'Using an ecocultural approach to explore young children's experiences of prior-to-school care settings', Early Child Development and Care, vol 181, no 1 , pp 13 - 25.
  • Grace, R., Bowes, J., McMaugh, A. and Gibson, F. (2009), 'Working in integrated child and family services : a case for specialised skills and understanding', Developing Practice, vol 24 , pp 13 - 21.
  • Bachraz, V. and Grace, R. (2009), 'Creating a different kind of normal : parent and child perspectives on sibling relationships when one child in the family has autism spectrum disorder', Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, vol 10, no 4 , pp 317 - 330.
  • Grace, R., Llewellyn, G., Wedgewood, N., Fenech, M. and McConnell, D. (2008), 'Far from ideal : everyday experiences of mothers and early childhood professionals negotiating an inclusive early childhood experience in the Australian context', Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, vol 28, no 1 , pp 18 - 30.
  • Grace, R. and Russell, C. (2005), 'Tourette's Syndrome and the school experience : a qualitative study of children's and parents' perspectives', Australasian Journal of Special Education, vol 29, no 1 , pp 40 - 59.
  • Llewellyn, G., McConnell, D. and Grace, R. (2004), 'Parent and worker expectations and experiences of early childhood services for parents with children with a disability', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, vol 48, no 4-5 , pp 372 - 372.
  • Llewellyn, G., Dunn, P., Fante, M., Turnbull, L. and Grace, R. (1999), 'Family factors influencing out-of-home placement decisions', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, vol 43, no 3 , pp 219 - 233.

Other Publications

  • 2014, 'Review of Early Childhood Parenting, Education and Health Intervention Programs for Indigenous Children and Families in Australia', Report

My research is focused on the transformation of support services and systems so that they better address the needs of all children and families, including those who experience adversity, isolation or marginalisation.  My expertise is in applied research, and in the translation of that research so that it is directly meaningful within practice settings. I am committed to the principals of community co-design, participatory methods, evidence-based practice, and practice-based research. My research always employs a cross-disciplinary, mixed-methods approach. I have extensive experience in productive collaboration with government and non-government service organisations, and with multi-disciplinary research teams. My research is driven by a commitment to ensuring that no child’s potential is limited by the settings into which they are born and live.

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Current Projects

Title: The RESPECT Project: Reconceptualising the service system from the perspectives of experienced children and teens
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Rebekah Grace and Lynn Kemp
Years: 2018-08-01 - 2022-06-30
ID: P00025164

Western Sydney University

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Penrith NSW 2751

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