Doctor Brenda Dobia

Doctor Brenda Dobia

SENIOR LECTURER,
Centre for Educational Research (SoE)

Biography

Dr Brenda Dobia is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Western Sydney University, and a senior researcher in the Centre for Educational Research.She teaches in pre-service and postgraduate teacher education and social ecology. She has received teaching citations from the University of Western Sydney and from the Australian Government for her work in social ecology and pre-service teacher education.

Dr Dobia has a professional background in clinical psychology, a PhD in cultural studies, and is an active researcher and research supervisor in the areas of school-based behaviour and wellbeing initiatives and sustainability education. She led resources development for KidsMatter, the Australian national primary schools mental health initiative, and undertook research into its ‘adaptation’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families. Dr Dobia has been a chief investigator on a major investigation of the implementation of school-wide positive behaviour supports in Western Sydney schools. In collaboration with NAPCAN and the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group she is continuing her research into developing and implementing culturally appropriate school-based interventions to support the resilience and wellbeing of Aboriginal youth, with a particular emphasis on the Aboriginal Girls Circle. She is currently undertaking a university research fellowship to further her research collaboration with NAPCAN around respectful relationships education with young people. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Dobia.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MA University of Melbourne
  • BA (Hons) University of Melbourne

Awards

  • College of Arts Teaching Citation 2011-11-01
  • Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching Citation 2012-09-25
  • University of Western Sydney Vice Chancellor s Award for Excellence in University Sustainability 2012-11-30
  • Green Globe Award for Public Sector Sustainability - Youth Eco Summit 2013-09-24

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Centre for Educational Research (SoE)

Committees

  • Low and Negligible Risk Ethics Committee

Contact

Email: B.Dobia@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 729
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Location:
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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101656 Researching Practice, 2011
  • 101652 Ecopsychology and Cultural Change, 2012
  • 101663 Education for Sustainability, 2013
  • 101657 Independent Study/Practice in Context, 2014
  • 102163 Professional Project, 2016

Publications

Books

  • Dobia, B. and O'Rourke, V. (2011), 'Promoting the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous children in Australian primary schools', : Commonwealth of Australia 9781742415208.

Chapters in Books

  • Dobia, B. and Roffey, S. (2017), 'Respect for culture : social and emotional learning with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth', Social and Emotional Learning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific: Perspectives, Programs and Approaches, Springer 9789811033933.
  • Dobia, B. (2014), 'What's in it for the man? : models of masculinity in the worship of the Goddess Kamakhya', Gender and Masculinities: Histories, Texts and Practices in India and Sri Lanka, Routledge 9780415725545.
  • Power, A., Mooney, M., Barker, K., Dobia, B., Watson, K. and Yeung, A. (2008), 'Positive Behaviour for Learning: School-wide Student Behaviour Intervention in Western Sydney', Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference, Springer International Handbooks of Education, Volume 11 978-1-4020-1007-1.

Journal Articles

  • Dobia, B., Parada, R., Roffey, S. and Smith, M. (2019), 'Social and emotional learning : from individual skills to class cohesion', Educational and Child Psychology, vol 36, no 2 , pp 78 - 90.
  • 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.
  • Colley, T., Burgin, S. and Dobia, B. (2014), 'Building eco-social capacity to meet environmental crisis : a model accommodating perspectives of Western Sydney Community groups', International Journal of Sustainability Education, vol 10, no 1 , pp 1 - 15.
  • Dobia, B. (2013), 'What's in it for the man? Models of masculinity in the worship of the Goddess Kamakhya', South Asian History and Culture, vol 4, no 2 , pp 230 - 249.
  • Yeung, A., Mooney, M., Barker, K. and Dobia, B. (2009), 'Does school-wide positive behaviour system improve learning in primary schools? Some preliminary findings', New Horizons in Education, vol 57, no 1 , pp 17 - 32.
  • Graetz, B., Littlefield, L., Trinder, M., Dobia, B., Souter, M. and Champion, C. (2008), 'KidsMatter : a population health model to support student mental health and well-being in primary schools', International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, vol 10, no 4 , pp 13 - 20.
  • Dobia, B. (2007), 'Approaching the Hindu Goddess of Desire', Feminist Theology, vol 16, no 1 , pp 61 - 78.
  • Dobia, B. (2006), 'The Tantric Matrix at the Kamakhya Temple, Assam', TAASA Review: The Journal of The Asian Arts Society of Australia, vol 15, no 1 , pp 10 - 12.

Conference Papers

  • Barker, K., Yeung, A., Craven, R., Ali, J., Mooney, M., Dobia, B., Power, A., Schofield, J. and Whitefield, P. (2013), 'Does positive behaviour facilitate self-concept or does positive self-concept facilitate behaviour?', International Biennial SELF Research Conference, Singapore.
  • Barker, K., Yeung, A., Dobia, B. and Mooney, M. (2009), 'Positive Behaviour for Learning: Differentiating Teachers' Self-Efficacy', Australian Association for Research in Education Conference (AARE 2009), .
  • Barker, K., Dobia, B., Mooney, M., Watson, K., Power, A., Ha, T., Yeung, A., Schofield, J., McCloughan, G. and Denham, A. (2008), 'Positive Behaviour for Learning: Changing Student Behaviours for Sustainable Psychosocial Outcomes', Australian Association for Research in Education, International Education Reserach Conference, Brisbane, Queensland Australia.
  • Mooney, M., Watson, K., Dobia, B., Power, A., Barker, K., Ha, T., Yeung, A., McCloughan, G., McCloughan, G., Schofield, J. and Denham, A. (2008), 'Positive behaviour for learning : local features of an adapted US model of behaviour management', Australian Association for Research in Education, International Educatin Research Conference, Brisbane, Queensland Australia.
  • Mooney, M., Dobia, B., Power, A., Watson, K., Barker, K., Yeung, A., Denham, A., McCloughan, G. and Schofield, J. (2008), 'Why positive behaviour for learning : the how's and why's of translating a US model for local sustainable education', Australian Association for Research in Education, International Educatin Research Conference, Brisbane, Queensland Australia.

Other Publications

  • 2017, 'Inner West Council Respectful Relationships Education Project Scoping Study: Final Report 26 March 2017', Research Report
  • 2016, 'Each One Teach One: An Evaluation of Learning Ground Mt Druitt', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P1 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P3 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012 S3 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012 S3 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, S1 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, S1 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P1 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, S2 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, S2 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P4 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P4 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Enabling Schooling Success: 2010-2012, P3 School Findings', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Aboriginal Girls Circle: Enhancing Connectedness and Promoting Resilience for Aboriginal girls: Final Pilot Report', Research Report
  • 2008, 'Positive Behaviour for Learning: Investigating the Transfer of a United States System into the New South Wales Department of Education and Training Western Sydney Region Schools: Report', Research Report

2009-2010 KidsMatter Indigenous Adaptation – research consultancy with National Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Dobia.

Current Projects

Title: Improving the Drinking Culture in Australia
Funder:
  • Macquarie University
Western Researchers: Kathryn Holmes, Brenda Dobia and Christina Curry
Years: 2018-12-18 - 2020-01-31
ID: P00025455

Previous Projects

Title: NAPCAN Respectful Relationship Program Northern Territory 2017-2018 Evaluation
Funder:
  • National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Inc
Western Researchers: Brenda Dobia
Years: 2018-02-12 - 2018-06-29
ID: P00024766
Title: Love Bites Junior Curriculum
Funder:
  • National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Inc
Western Researchers:
Years: 2018-01-22 - 2018-03-31
ID: P00024978
Title: Community Education Professional Development
Funder:
  • Cumberland Council
Western Researchers:
Years: 2018-03-02 - 2018-03-16
ID: P00024982
Title: Wilding Nature Play for Children and Families: An evaluation of the Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden
Funder:
  • Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust
Western Researchers: Brenda Dobia, Son Truong and Kumara Ward
Years: 2018-07-23 - 2019-02-21
ID: P00025196
Title: Positive Behaviour for Learning: investigating the transfer of a US system into DET Western Sydney Region schools
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
  • Panthers On The Prowl Ltd
Western Researchers: Mary Mooney, Alexander Yeung, Brenda Dobia and Katrina Barker
Years: 2006-12-21 - 2009-10-30
ID: P0015348
Title: Enabling schooling success: Psycho-social drivers & impact of Positive Behaviour for Learning intervention on behaviour, well-being, academic engagement & achievement
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Margaret Vickers, Katrina Barker, Anne Power, Mary Mooney and Brenda Dobia
Years: 2009-07-14 - 2017-03-14
ID: P00016592
Title: Chain Reactions Learning Ground Project -Mt Druitt
Funder:
  • Chain Reaction Foundation Ltd
Western Researchers: Brenda Dobia and Roberto Parada
Years: 2016-06-07 - 2016-08-01
ID: P00024392
Title: The Aboriginal Girls Circle - enhancing connectedness and promoting resilience for Aboriginal girls
Funder:
  • National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Inc
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Brenda Dobia, Sue Roffey and Roberto Parada
Years: 2012-01-04 - 2016-01-31
ID: P00020511

Supervision

Doctor Dobia is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: TIPS: Trauma Informed Practices in Schools - Development of a Professional Development Package for Teachers and whole School Intervention Model
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Building Social Capacity for Rapid Action on Critical Natural Resource Issues in New Millennium Australia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: An Action Research Study of Young People and the Notion of an Emerging Culture that Supports Sustainable, Responsible and Ethical Practices Towards Society and the Environment.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Closing the Educational Gap for Australian Aboriginal Primary Students in Low Density Schools: A Qualitative Analysis of Inclusive Practices and Conditions for Success
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Re-storying to Restore: ?The truth not sought comes forth to the light?
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: An Investigation into the Relational Dynamics of Power, Exploring Awareness and Skill Development
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Spirit of Reconciliation: A Phenomenology of the Fault-Line Between the Attachments to Land of Indigenous Australians and the Settler Society
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Reinventing the Goddess: Emanations of the Feminine Archetype in the Contemporary World
Field of Research: Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Neoshamanism and the Shadow: 'the soul's journey'.
Field of Research: Psychology
Thesis Title: ACTING AND ESSENCE: Experiencing Essence, Presence and Archetype in the Acting Traditions of Stanislavski and Copeau
Field of Research: Performing Arts
Thesis Title: EMBODIED VALUES, CONSCIOUSNESS, CHOICES: Evolution of Values in Women's Lives - A case Study
Field of Research: Social Work
Thesis Title: Women Dreaming Around Marriage: A Transpersonal Study of Personal Narratives, Group Dreamwork, Image and Archetype.
Field of Research: Education Not Elsewhere Classified
Thesis Title: Encountering Satyananda Yoga in Australia and India: Reflections of a Complex, Postcolonial, Gendered Subject
Field of Research: Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Sustaining Women's Sense of Occupational Authenticity in the Catholic Workplace
Field of Research: Religious Studies
Thesis Title: A Phenomenological Exploration of Ecological Consciousness and its Development
Field of Research: Ecology And Evolution
Thesis Title: Women's Wellbeing through Creative Arts and Spriritual Practice: Reclaiming a Space for the Emergence of Self within Community
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture; Visual Arts And Crafts; Visual Arts And Crafts Not Elsewhere Classified
Thesis Title: A Creative Imaginary for Cultural Change, Explored Through a Feminist Spirituality and Women's Textile Art.
Field of Research: Indigenous Studies
Thesis Title: Navigating the complexities of culture change
Field of Research: Sociology
Thesis Title: Climate Change and Psyche: Mapping Myths, Dreams and Conversations in the Era of Global Warming
Field of Research: Counselling; Psychology
Thesis Title: Empathic Connection or Addictive Flight? Helping Fathers in Recovery from Addiction Develop Empathic Relationships with their Children
Field of Research: Mental Health Nursing; Counselling; Psychology
Thesis Title: What are the characteristics and principles of environmental or sustainability education as it emerges in specific cultural, local, and community-based settings: from interrogating this specificity, what conclusions can we draw that might serve other localities and countries in implementing environmental education?
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Developing Pre-Service Teachers' Cultural Responsiveness for Working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
Field of Research:

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