Associate Professor Danielle Tracey

Associate Professor Danielle Tracey

Biography

Danielle is an Associate Professor in Educational and Developmental Psychology and Disability Studies, and a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University. In 2018 she was appointed as the University-wide Research Theme Champion for Education and Work where she applies her research and leadership expertise to foster high quality interdisciplinary research across the University within this substantive area. 

Her career objective is to advance the psychosocial wellbeing of children and young people, with a particular focus on individuals with intellectual disabilities. She achieves this through the synergies between her research, teaching and leadership, HDR supervision, and consultancy in the field. Her work adopts an ecological approach to understand and shift the influential factors at individual, systemic practice, and community policy levels.

As an accomplished researcher winning over $2.2 million in national and international research grants she collaborates with scholars in Canada, USA, Germany, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, and Hong Kong.  She is widely authored in high-impact journals and is the co-editor of two international volumes on inclusive education. She is a mixed-method researcher conducting rigorous program evaluations and longitudinal designs to identify developmental trends and practices that optimise psychosocial development.

Most notably, she works closely with industry and end-users of research as a consultant and researcher. These partnerships are strengthened by her experience as an Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Service Manager within the community sector for 15 years prior to entering academia.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Tracey.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (1999)
  • Australian Psychological Society (1999 - 2018)

Contact

Email: D.Tracey@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone:
(02) 9772 6105
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Publications

Books

  • Morin, A., Maiano, C., Tracey, D. and Craven, R. (2017), 'Inclusive Physical Activities: International Perspectives', : Information Age 9781681238531.
  • Craven, R., Morin, A., Tracey, D., Parker, P. and Zhong, H. (2015), 'Inclusive Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities', : Information Age 9781623969998.

Chapters in Books

  • Lee, F., Barker, K., Tracey, D. and Yeung, A. (2018), 'Towards inclusion in early childhood education : personal and environmental factors associated with teachers' resistance', Focus on Early Childhood Education, Nova 9781536129564.
  • Lee, F., Yeung, A., Tracey, D., Barker, K. and Fan, J. (2015), 'Special education teachers of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and teachers in inclusive and regular classrooms : differential views toward inclusive education', Inclusive Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Information Age 9781623969998.
  • Tracey, D., Craven, R. and Marsh, H. (2015), 'The next frontier : advancing quality of life and self-determination by explicating the self-concepts of children with mild intellectual disabilities', Inclusive Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Information Age Publishing 9781623969998.
  • Yeung, A. and Tracey, D. (2013), 'Motivation for achieving high marks : are Anglo and Asian children in Australian schools similar or different?', Advancing Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Educational Psychology: A Festschrift for Dennis M. McInerney, Information Age Publishing 9781623963866.
  • Tracey, D. (2012), 'A dual disadvantage? Examining the academic self-concept of students with learning difficulties', Communication and Language, Information Age 9781617359446.
  • Tracey, D., Marsh, H. and Craven, R. (2003), 'Self-Concepts of Preadolescents with Mild Intellectual Disabilities: Issues of Measurement and Educational Placement', International Advances in SELF Research, Information Age Publishing Inc. 1593110057.

Journal Articles

  • Maiano, C., Hue, O., Morin, A., Lepage, G., Tracey, D. and Moullec, G. (2019), 'Exercise interventions to improve balance for young people with intellectual disabilities : a systematic review and meta-analysis', Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, vol 61, no 4 , pp 406 - 418.
  • Tracey, D., Johnston, C., Papps, F. and Mahmic, S. (2018), 'How do parents acquire information to support their child with a disability and navigate individualised funding schemes?', Journal of Research in Special Education Needs, vol 18, no 1 , pp 25 - 35.
  • Maiano, C., Hue, O., Tracey, D., Lepage, G., Morin, A. and Moullec, G. (2018), 'Static postural control among school-aged youth with Down syndrome : a systematic review', Gait and Posture, vol 62 , pp 426 - 433.
  • Gannon, S., Tracey, D. and Ullman, J. (2018), 'Bolstering graduates' success through working as student ambassadors in university widening participation programs', Higher Education Research and Development, vol 37, no 4 , pp 715 - 729.
  • Maiano, C., Coutu, S., Tracey, D., Bouchard, S., Lepage, G., Morin, A. and Moullec, G. (2018), 'Prevalence of anxiety and depressive disorders among youth with intellectual disabilities : a systematic review and meta-analysis', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol 236 , pp 230 - 242.
  • Tracey, D., Gray, T., Truong, S. and Ward, K. (2018), 'Combining acceptance and commitment therapy with adventure therapy to promote psychological wellbeing for children at-risk', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 9 .
  • Maiano, C., Coutu, S., Morin, A., Tracey, D., Lepage, G. and Moullec, G. (2018), 'Self-concept research with school-aged youth with intellectual disabilities : a systematic review', Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, vol 32, no 2 , pp 238 - 255.
  • Tracey, D. and Hanham, J. (2017), 'Applying positive psychology to illuminate the needs of adolescent males transitioning out of juvenile detention', International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, vol 61, no 1 , pp 64 - 79.
  • Morin, A., Arens, A., Maiano, C., Ciarrochi, J., Tracey, D., Parker, P. and Craven, R. (2017), 'Reciprocal relationships between teacher ratings of internalizing and externalizing behaviors in adolescents with different levels of cognitive abilities', Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol 46, no 4 , pp 801 - 825.
  • Hanham, J. and Tracey, D. (2017), 'Evolution of mentoring relationships involving young male offenders transitioning from a juvenile justice centre to the community', Youth Justice, vol 17, no 2 , pp 116 - 133.
  • Morin, A., Arens, A., Tracey, D., Parker, P., Ciarrochi, J., Craven, R. and Maiano, C. (2017), 'Self-esteem trajectories and their social determinants in adolescents with different levels of cognitive ability', American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol 122, no 6 , pp 539 - 560.
  • Yeung, A., Craven, R., Mooney, M., Tracey, D., Barker, K., Power, A., Dobia, B., Chen, Z., Schofield, J., Whitefield, P. and Lewis, T. (2016), 'Positive behavior interventions : the issue of sustainability of positive effects', Educational Psychology Review, vol 28, no 1 , pp 145 - 170.
  • Tracey, D., Craven, R., Yeung, A., Tregeagle, S., Burnstein, J. and Stanley, H. (2016), 'A place to learn : cultivating engaging learning environments for young rural Aboriginal Australians', International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol 20, no 6 , pp 641 - 658.
  • Morin, A., Maiano, C., White, R., Owen, K., Tracey, D., Mascret, N. and Lonsdale, C. (2016), 'English validation of the short form of the physical self-inventory (PSI-S)', Psychology of Sport and Exercise, vol 27 , pp 180 - 194.
  • Lee, F., Yeung, A., Tracey, D. and Barker, K. (2015), 'Inclusion of children with special needs in early childhood education : what teacher characteristics matter', Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, vol 35, no 2 , pp 79 - 88.
  • Lee, F., Yeung, A., Barker, K., Tracey, D. and Fan, J. (2015), 'Teacher perceptions of factors for successful inclusive early childhood education in Hong Kong', Australasian Journal of Special Education, vol 39, no 2 , pp 97 - 112.
  • Patterson, P., McDonald, F., Ciarrochi, J., Hayes, L., Tracey, D., Wakefield, C. and White, K. (2015), 'A study protocol for Truce : a pragmatic controlled trial of a seven-week acceptance and commitment therapy program for young people who have a parent with cancer', BMC Psychology, vol 3 .
  • Tracey, D., Hornery, S., Seaton, M., Craven, R. and Yeung, A. (2014), 'Volunteers supporting children with reading difficulties in schools : motives and rewards', School Community Journal, vol 24, no 1 , pp 49 - 68.
  • Lee, F., Tracey, D., Barker, K., Fan, J. and Yeung, A. (2014), 'What predicts teachers' acceptance of students with special educational needs in kindergarten?', Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, vol 14 , pp 60 - 70.
  • Chandrasena, W., Craven, R., Tracey, D. and Dillon, A. (2014), 'Seeding science success : psychometric properties of secondary science questionnaire on students' self-concept, motivation, and aspirations', Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, vol 14 , pp 186 - 201.
  • Hornery, S., Seaton, M., Tracey, D., Craven, R. and Yeung, A. (2014), 'Enhancing reading skills and reading self-concept of children with reading difficulties : adopting a dual approach intervention', Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, vol 14 , pp 131 - 143.
  • Tracey, D., Yeung, A., Arens, A. and Ng, C. (2014), 'Young second language learners' competence and affective self-concept', Asian EFL Journal, vol 16, no 4 , pp 76 - 95.
  • Yeung, A., Barker, K., Tracey, D. and Mooney, M. (2013), 'School-wide positive behavior for learning : effects of dual focus on boys' and girls' behavior and motivation for learning', International Journal of Educational Research, vol 62 , pp 1 - 10.
  • Marsh, H., Tracey, D. and Craven, R. (2006), 'Multidimensional self-concept structure for preadolescents with mild intellectual disabilities: A hybrid multigroup-MIMC approach to factorial invariance and latent mean differences', Educational and Psychological Measurement, vol 66, no 5 , pp 795 - 818.

Conference Papers

  • Gray, T., Truong, S., Tracey, D. and Ward, K. (2018), 'Get out of the way and let the outdoors be the teacher', European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning. Conference, Plymouth, England.
  • Truong, S., Gray, T., Ward, K. and Tracey, D. (2018), 'Expanding the circles across outdoor learning and acceptance commitment therapy in schools', International Adventure Therapy Conference, Stanwell Tops, N.S.W..
  • Truong, S., Gray, T., Ward, K., Tracey, D. and Pettitt, P. (2018), 'The impact of community gardening on perceived health and wellbeing in social housing communities', International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Sippy Downs, Qld..
  • Chandrasena, W., Craven, R., Tracey, D. and Dillon, A. (2012), 'A study of the relations between students' self-concepts, motivation, aspirations and achievement of high school science and chemistry', Higher Degree Research Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Tracey, D. and Marsh, H. (2002), 'Self-concepts of Preadolescents with Mild Intellectual Disability:Multidimensionality, Measurement, and Support for the Big Fish Little Pond Effect.', Self-concept Research: Driving International Research Agendas, Sydney, Australia.

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'The Impact of Royal Botanic Gardens' Community Greening Program on Perceived Health, Wellbeing, and Social Benefits in Social Housing Communities in NSW', Research Report
  • 2018, 'Fostering a Culture of Evaluation to Understand and Increase the Social Benefit of Community First Step's Activities', Research Report
  • 2018, 'ACT in the Outdoors: A Program Based on Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Adventure Therapy: Facilitator Manual', Research Report
  • 2017, 'Evaluation of the Widening Participation Student Ambassadors Initiative: Project Report for Office of Widening Participation, Western Sydney University', Research Report
  • 2017, 'Fostering the Wellbeing of Students With Challenging Behaviour and/or Emotional Needs Through Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Outdoor Learning', Research Report
  • 2016, 'Implementing a Trauma Informed Framework in a Disability Non-government Organisation', Research Report
  • 2014, 'The Experience of Young People Transitioning from Juvenile Justice Back into the Community: Final Report', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Getting the Best from DisabilityCare Australia: Families, Information and Decision Making: Report of a Project Undertaken for the Practical Design Fund Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Supporting Indigenous Children to Learn: The use of Reading for Life in Barnardos Australia Learning Centres (Phase 2): Final Report', Research Report
  • 2012, 'Supporting Aboriginal Children to Learn: The Use of Reading for Life in Barnardos Australia Learning Centres: Report on Phase One', Research Report

Current Projects

Title: Advancing the mathematical ability self-concept and motivation of primary students with learning difficulties
Funder:
  • Learning Links
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey and Kathryn Holmes
Years: 2019-03-04 - 2019-12-20
ID: P00025597
Title: Teachers supporting children with an incarcerated parent: Impact and applicability of an innovative teacher training program
Funder:
  • SHINE for Kids Co-operative Ltd
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey and Katrina Barker
Years: 2019-04-18 - 2020-01-31
ID: P00025757
Title: iPLAY for Inclusion "iPLAY for teachers working with children with intellectual disability"
Funder:
  • Australian Sports Commission
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey and Andrew Bennie
Years: 2019-04-01 - 2020-06-30
ID: P00025587
Title: Resilient Families: Engaging parents in social-emotional learning curriculum for high school students in a community-based resilience program
Funder:
  • Social Ventures Australia
Western Researchers: Katrina Barker, Danielle Tracey and Jacqueline Ullman
Years: 2017-03-06 - 2020-02-28
ID: P00023824
Title: Pathways to wellbeing, skill development and participation in disadvantaged communities: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney's Master Gardener Volunteer Program
Funder:
  • Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
Western Researchers: Kumara Ward, Danielle Tracey, Tonia Gray and Son Truong
Years: 2018-09-04 - 2021-06-30
ID: P00025265

Previous Projects

Title: Furthering Positive Futures for Children with Intellectual Disabilities: A Longitudinal Investigation [via ACU]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey
Years: 2014-01-15 - 2017-06-19
ID: P00021422
Title: Improving PNG teacher training to advance inclusive education for students with disabilities
Funder:
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey and Katrina Barker
Years: 2016-09-05 - 2017-12-02
ID: P00023517
Title: The impact of Royal Botanic Gardens' Community Greening program on perceived health, wellbeing, and social benefits in social housing communities in NSW
Funder:
  • Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
Western Researchers: Son Truong, Tonia Gray, Kumara Ward and Danielle Tracey
Years: 2017-05-01 - 2018-04-30
ID: P00024002
Title: AISNSW Teachers Action Research Projects Review
Funder:
  • Association of Independent Schools
Western Researchers:
Years: 2016-03-07 - 2016-05-13
ID: P00024465
Title: Implementing trauma-informed practice in a disability NGO: Supporting the wellbeing and recovery of clients in the disability sector
Funder:
  • Department of Family and Community Services
Western Researchers: Tonia Gray and Danielle Tracey
Years: 2015-06-10 - 2016-07-31
ID: P00022898
Title: Play Positive Program to bolster the prosocial behaviour of young disadvantaged children
Funder:
  • Collier Charitable Fund
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey and Katrina Barker
Years: 2016-01-01 - 2017-02-28
ID: P00022909
Title: Fostering the wellbeing of students with challenging behaviour and/or emotional needs through Acceptance Commitment Therapy
Funder:
  • Lomandra School
Western Researchers: Tonia Gray, Danielle Tracey, Son Truong and Kumara Ward
Years: 2016-09-02 - 2017-04-30
ID: P00023621
Title: Positive Pathways to Reading for Disadvantaged Children: Identifying Psychosocial Antecedents and Implementing Effective Intervention to Enhance Literacy, Self-concept, and Motivation
Funder:
  • Unilever Australasia
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Learning Links
Western Researchers: Rhonda Craven, Alexander Yeung and Danielle Tracey
Years: 2006-10-16 - 2011-01-31
ID: P0015037
Title: Individualised funding websites and online training module
Funder:
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston and Danielle Tracey
Years: 2012-11-28 - 2013-06-28
ID: P00021159
Title: The experience of young people transitioning from Juvenile Justice back into the community
Funder:
  • SHINE for Kids Co-operative Ltd
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey
Years: 2011-11-30 - 2013-12-31
ID: P00020521
Title: An individually randomised group treatment controlled trial of Truce: An ACT based psychological intervention for young people who have a parent with cancer [via CanTeen Australia - no funding to UWS]
Funder:
  • Australian Rotary Health (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey
Years: 2012-01-01 - 2012-12-31
ID: P00020458
Title: Supporting Aboriginal children to learn: The use of Reading for Life in Barnardos Australia Learning Centres
Funder:
  • Barnardos Australia
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey and Alexander Yeung
Years: 2012-01-27 - 2013-06-30
ID: P00020606
Title: Supporting Aboriginal Children to Learn: The use of Reading for Life in Barnardos Australia Learning Centres - Phase 2
Funder:
  • Barnardos Australia
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey and Alexander Yeung
Years: 2012-08-02 - 2013-07-31
ID: P00021055
Title: Fostering a Culture of Evaluation to Understand and Increase the Social Benefit of Community First Step's Activities
Funder:
  • Community First Step
Western Researchers: Danielle Tracey
Years: 2017-02-01 - 2018-03-31
ID: P00023815

Supervision

Associate Professor Tracey is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Implementing Evidence Based Early Childhood Intervention
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Teachers' Attitudes towards the Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Education in Saudi Arabia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Investigating the Relationship between Locus of Control, Motivation and Academic Performance of Second Chance Learners
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Attitudes of Undergraduate Students in Saudi Arabia Toward Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities (ID's) in Mainstream Settings
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Teacher Attitudes towards the Effectiveness of Using iPads as an Educational Instrument for Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities in Saudi Arabia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: There and Back Again: From Research to Practice in Early Childhood Intervention
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Impact of Individualized Funding Models on Children, Families and Service Providers
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Jordan: The Impact of Teachers' Attitudes, Beliefs, Knowledge and Resources
Field of Research: Teacher Education: Special Education; Teacher Education: Vocational Education And Training; Other Education; Education Not Elsewhere Classified

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Crazy by Design. Brain research and adolescence: Implications for classroom teaching, teacher learning and possibilities of teacher research.
Field of Research: Curriculum And Education Studies; Education; Teacher Education: Secondary
Thesis Title: Seeding Science Success: Relations of Secondary Students' Science Self Concepts and Motivation with Aspirations and Achievement
Field of Research: Curriculum Studies; Education Not Elsewhere Classified; Teacher Education: Secondary
Thesis Title: Family Quality of Life for Families of Children with Intellectual Disability in Saudi Arabia
Field of Research: Teacher Education: Special Education; Other Education

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