Conjoint Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney

Conjoint Associate Professor

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
Overview The inner world and subjective distress of children who have been harmed and emotionally deprived is mysterious and largely unknown. My journey towards understanding the minds of such children, as well as the causes of their psychic impairment, began in 1989, when I started to work as a child and family psychologist in child protection and alternate care. Aside from realising that working with such children was a great privilege, I was struck by the absence of empirical knowledge about their mental health and well-being of the lack of conceptual frameworks, of various phenomenological mysteries, and a reliance on non-standardised and subjective measurement tools. Few people in the world had researched these issues for maltreated children, and even fewer had looked in any detail at the problems of children in care. Over time I resolved to devote my lifes work to pursuing such research questions, and to develop more specific measurement tools, in the hope that this might lead to better prevention, identification and treatment of the psychological problems manifested by such children. I was also motivated by a strong intellectual curiosity. With this in mind I completed graduate training in psychiatric epidemiology, established a Psychologists Research group in the NSW Department of Community Services, and embarked on the Children in Care study. Both the Children in Care study and the development of the Assessment Checklist for Children (see descriptions below) represent groundbreaking research in this specialised field. The findings from these studies are contributing to re-conceptualisation of the development and psychiatric problems of children in care. For example, patterns of aberrant eating behaviour have been identified for the first time in this population, leading to the proposal of a syndrome (termed Food Maintenance Syndrome). Some of the findings and theoretical formulations that have come from this research are published or submitted for publication (see publication list), while further research questions are to be addressed in a follow-up study (commencing later this year). With over half of the several hundred thousand children residing in long-term alternate care in the developed world estimated to have some form of psychiatric disturbance, my research program has major public health significance. Research interests * Developmental psychopathology, with special interest in the epidemiology, phenomenology and determinants of psychopathology among maltreated children, and children in alternate care * Social policy for high-risk children (especially regarding primary prevention of psychopathology) * Measurement and screening of mental health problems and attachment difficulties among children in care * Attachment disorders, and the spectrum of attachment difficulties * Significance of loss and disrupted attachments among maltreated children entering care * Mental health of inter-country adoptees * Mental health of indigenous children * The mental health and wellbeing of children in rural and remote communities * Teaching health equity * Remote problem-based learning Research skills / experience * Large-scale epidemiological research * Test development, psychometrics, mental health screening * Phenomenological investigations and enquiry * Qualitative methods * Data analysis (STATA) and database management * Meta-analysis and clinical reviews

Teaching Expertise
University of Canterbury 2006 - Engaged to teach in the Master of Education (Child and Family Psychology) and Post-Grad Diploma in Child and Family Psychology. Lecturing in the practicum and internship years. Practicum Year: Professional Development in C+F Psychology C+F Psychology Practicum Internship Year: Advanced Academic Development Advanced Professional Practice Structuring and Examining Professional Practice 2006 - 2007 Supervision of 5 Masters research theses and dissertations University of Newcastle 1996 - 2005 MEDI6190 Psychiatric Epidemiology Postgraduate 1 semester course. Initially internal, later distance learning Elective for postgraduate programs in Population Health (Clinical epidemiology, Health Social Science, etc), Drug and Alcohol Studies, Nursing and Psychology. 2004 - 2005 MEDI6290 Psychological Solutions Postgraduate, 1 semester course by distance learning. Elective for postgraduate programs in Population Health (Clinical epidemiology, Health Social Science, etc), Drug and Alcohol Studies, Nursing and Psychology 2003 - 2006 MEDI3014 Health Equity Selective Year 3, Bachelor of Medicine. Offered four times a year. Innovative approach to medical education, replacing the traditional clinical health elective. Students focus on social disadvantage, access to care, and health inequity. Consists of a common week of teaching and an eight-week health equity field placement in one of eight streams: Aged and Community Care; Indigenous health (mostly in remote Aboriginal communities); Global Health (in developing countries); Rural Health (with rural physicians); Mental Health; Child Health; Prison Health; and Drug and Alcohol health. 2001 - 2006 Coordination and delivery of all Psychiatry training in Year 3 of the medical degree 2001 - 2005 Supervision of mental health clinical reviews by Year 3 medical students (NUGGETS) 2005 Problem-Based Learning Tutor for Year 2 medical students

Administrative Expertise
University of Newcastle 2004 - 2005 Member of the Medical School Executive 2003 - 2006 Director of Health Equity training, responsible for academic supervision of six academic stream coordinators within the Health Equity Selective 2003 - 2006 Member of the Bachelor of Medicine Program Committee University of Canterbury 2006 - present Acting Programme Director, Postgraduate Child and Family Psychology programme 2007 - present Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies, School of Educational Studies and Human Development 2006 - present Chair of the Postgraduate Examination Committee, School of Educational Studies and Human Development 2006 - present Privacy officer, School of Educational Studies and Human Development 2007 - present Standing Faculty representative on the Academic Appeals Committee Course co-ordination University of Newcastle 1996 - 2006 MEDI6190 Psychiatric Epidemiology (Postgraduate) 2004 - 2006 MEDI6290 Psychological Solutions (Postgraduate) 2003 - 2006 MEDI3014 Health Equity Selective (Year 3, Bachelor of Medicine) 2001 - 2006 Coordination and delivery of all Psychiatry training in Year 3 of the medical degree University of Canterbury 2006 - present EDUC623 Professional development in Child and Family Psychology (Practicum year) EDUC624 Child and Family Psychology practicum (Practicum year) EDUC501 Advanced academic development (Internship year) EDUC502 Advanced professional practice in Child and Family Psychology (Internship year) EDUC503 Structuring and examining professional practice (Internship year) 2007 EDUC616 Applied Developmental and Paediatric Psychology (Foundation year - co-coordinator) Research management 1997 - ongoing Chief investigator of the Children in Care Study. (Recruited and supervised three research staff) 1999 - 2000 Project manager of the Disruptive Behaviour Study (Recruited and supervised seven research staff)

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(Psychology), Macquarie University

Keywords

  • Attachment disorders
  • Development of multidisciplinary mental health learning modules
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Ecological analysis and complex formulations
  • Foster care
  • Health Equity Training in Medicine
  • Kinship care
  • Problem-based learning for trainee Psychologists
  • Professional training in Child and Family Psychology
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Social care policy

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111499 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine not elsewhere classified 20
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified 30
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2010 -  Editorial Board - Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Australia
1/05/2009 - 1/05/2010 Visiting Research Fellow University of Bristol
Policy Studies
United Kingdom
1/04/2009 - 1/12/2009 British Academy Visiting Fellow The Britiah Academy
United Kingdom
1/01/2009 -  Senior Lecturer (Above the Bar) in Child and Family Psychology University of Canterbury
New Zealand
1/04/2008 -  Deputy Director of Health Sciences University of Canterbury
Health Sciences Centre
New Zealand
1/01/2008 -  Deputy Director of Health Sciences University of Canterbury
New Zealand
1/02/2006 -  Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
1/02/2006 -  Senior Lecturer In Child and Family Psychology University of Canterbury
New Zealand
1/01/2006 -  Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/02/2006 Lecturer in Psychiatry and Epidemiology University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
1/01/1999 - 1/01/2000 Research Psychologist Hunter Area Health Service
1/01/1999 -  Membership - Australian Psychological Society Australian Psychological Society
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Trustee - Cholmondeley Children's Home, Christchurch Cholmondeley Children's Home, Christchurch
New Zealand
Member of the Research Advisory Committee Life Without Barriers Fostering Service
Australia
Member - Australian Psychological Society Australian Psychological Society
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1999 -  Consulting Child and Family Psychologist Self Employed
Australia

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2005 Tarren-Sweeney, M. Out-of-Home Care & Outcomes for Children & What works best? Seminar presentation for the NSW Department of Community Services, Sydney June 30, 2005
2004 Tarren-Sweeney, M. Assessment of Children in Care. Invited presentation at Clinical and Psychometric Assessment in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice conference
Organisation: Sydney University
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Tarren-Sweeney M, 'Mental health services for vulnerable children and young people: Supporting Children who are, or have been, in foster care', 1-226 (2013)

© 2014 selection and editorial material, Michael Tarren-Sweeney and Arlene Vetere. More than half of children either in foster care, or adopted from care in the developed world, ... [more]

© 2014 selection and editorial material, Michael Tarren-Sweeney and Arlene Vetere. More than half of children either in foster care, or adopted from care in the developed world, have a measurable need for mental health services, while up to one quarter present with complex and severe trauma- and attachment-related psychological disorders. This book outlines how services can effectively detect, prevent, and treat mental health difficulties in this vulnerable population. Responding to increasing evidence that standard child and adolescent mental health services are poorly matched to the mental health service needs of children and young people who have been in foster care, this book provides expert guidance on the design of specialised services. The first part provides an overview of these children's mental health needs, their use of mental health services and what is known about the effectiveness of mental health interventions provided to them. The second part presents some recent innovations in mental health service delivery, concentrating on advances in clinical and developmental assessment and treatment. The final part confronts the challenges for delivering effective mental health services in this area. This is the definitive international reference for the design of specialised mental health services for children and young people in care and those adopted from care. It is invaluable reading for health and social care professionals working with this population and academics with an interest in child and adolescent mental health from a range of disciplines, including social work, nursing and psychology.

DOI 10.4324/9780203095478
Citations Scopus - 5
2011 France K, Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Preparing psychologists to work within the Family Court', Psychology and the Law in Aotearoa New Zealand, The New Zealand Psychological Society, Wellington, NZ 95-108 (2011) [B2]
2007 France K, Annan J, Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Butler H, 'Beyond educational and clinical psychology: working with children, families and the agencies that care for them', Professional Practice of Psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand, The New Zealand Psychological Society Inc., Wellington, NZ 467-485 (2007) [B2]

Journal article (38 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Tarren-Sweeney M, 'Rates of meaningful change in the mental health of children in long-term out-of-home care: A seven- to nine-year prospective study', Child Abuse and Neglect, 72 1-9 (2017)

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Children residing in long-term out-of-home care have high rates of clinical-level mental health difficulties. However, the stability of these children's ... [more]

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Children residing in long-term out-of-home care have high rates of clinical-level mental health difficulties. However, the stability of these children's difficulties throughout their time in care is uncertain. This paper reports estimates of the seven- to nine-year stability of carer-reported scores on the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and Assessment Checklists for Children (ACC) and Adolescents (ACA) for 85 children in long-term foster or kinship care. Prospective score changes on the CBCL total problems and ACC-ACA shared-item scales were assigned to one of four change groups: ¿sustained mental health¿ ¿meaningful improvement¿ ¿no meaningful change¿ and ¿meaningful deterioration¿. On each of the two measures, more than 60% of children manifested either sustained mental health or meaningful improvement in their mental health, while less than a quarter showed meaningful deterioration. Mean mental health scores for the aggregate sample did not change over the 7¿9¿year period. Findings discount the presence of a uniform, population-wide effect¿suggesting instead, that children's mental health follows several distinct trajectories. Rather than asking whether long-term care is generally therapeutic or harmful for the development of previously maltreated children, future investigations should focus on the questions ¿¿what are the systemic and interpersonal characteristics of care that promote and sustain children's psychological development throughout childhood, and what characteristics are developmentally harmful?¿ and ¿¿for which children is care therapeutic, and for which children is it not?¿

DOI 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.07.002
2016 Matheson SL, Kariuki M, Green MJ, Dean K, Harris F, Tzoumakis S, et al., 'Effects of maltreatment and parental schizophrenia spectrum disorders on early childhood social-emotional functioning: a population record linkage study', Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 1-12 (2016)

Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016 This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/li... [more]

Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016 This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Aims.: Childhood maltreatment and a family history of a schizophrenia spectrum disorder (SSD) are each associated with social-emotional dysfunction in childhood. Both are also strong risk factors for adult SSDs, and social-emotional dysfunction in childhood may be an antecedent of these disorders. We used data from a large Australian population cohort to determine the independent and moderating effects of maltreatment and parental SSDs on early childhood social-emotional functioning. Methods.: The New South Wales Child Development Study combines intergenerational multi-agency data using record linkage methods. Multiple measures of social-emotional functioning (social competency, prosocial/helping behaviour, anxious/fearful behaviour; aggressive behaviour, and hyperactivity/inattention) on 69 116 kindergarten children (age ~5 years) were linked with government records of child maltreatment and parental presentations to health services for SSD. Multivariable analyses investigated the association between maltreatment and social-emotional functioning, adjusting for demographic variables and parental SSD history, in the population sample and in sub-cohorts exposed and not exposed to parental SSD history. We also examined the association of parental SSD history and social-emotional functioning, adjusting for demographic variables and maltreatment. Results.: Medium-sized associations were identified between maltreatment and poor social competency, aggressive behaviour and hyperactivity/inattention; small associations were revealed between maltreatment and poor prosocial/helping and anxious/fearful behaviours. These associations did not differ greatly when adjusted for parental SSD, and were greater in magnitude among children with no history of parental SSD. Small associations between parental SSD and poor social-emotional functioning remained after adjusting for demographic variables and maltreatment. Conclusions.: Childhood maltreatment and history of parental SSD are associated independently with poor early childhood social-emotional functioning, with the impact of exposure to maltreatment on social-emotional functioning in early childhood of greater magnitude than that observed for parental SSDs. The impact of maltreatment was reduced in the context of parental SSDs. The influence of parental SSDs on later outcomes of maltreated children may become more apparent during adolescence and young adulthood when overt symptoms of SSD are likely to emerge. Early intervention to strengthen childhood social-emotional functioning might mitigate the impact of maltreatment, and potentially also avert future psychopathology.

DOI 10.1017/S204579601600055X
2016 Liberty K, Tarren-Sweeney M, Macfarlane S, Basu A, Reid J, 'Behavior problems and post-traumatic stress symptoms in children beginning school: A comparison of pre- and post-earthquake groups', PLoS Currents, 8 (2016)

© 2016 Public Library of Science. All rights reserved. Introduction: Literature reviews caution that estimating the effects of disasters on the behavior of children following a d... [more]

© 2016 Public Library of Science. All rights reserved. Introduction: Literature reviews caution that estimating the effects of disasters on the behavior of children following a disaster is difficult without baseline information and few studies report the effects of earthquakes on young children. In addition the relationship between age at the time of disaster and consequential behavior problems have not been reported for young children who experience disaster-related stress during a developmentally sensitive period. Methods: Behavior problems and symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS) were reported for two groups of children from nearby neighborhoods during their first term at school, using the Behavior Problem Index by teacher report, following approved informed consent procedures. Data on one group, ¿Pre-EQ¿ (N=297), was collected four years before the beginning of the earthquakes on children born 2001-2002. Data on the second group, ¿Post-EQ¿ (N=212), was collected approximately three to four years after the beginning of the earthquakes on children born 2007-2009 and living in heavily damaged neighborhoods. The Post-EQ group had significantly more children from high socioeconomic neighborhoods but no other significant differences on main demographic characteristics. Results: The mean behavior problem score was significantly higher in the Post-EQ group (Mean =6.11) as compared to the Pre-EQ group (Mean = 3.78). PTS symptoms were also significantly higher in the Post-EQ group (Mean =2.91) as compared to the Pre-EQ group (Mean=1.98) and more children had high PTS scores (20.9% v. 8.8%, OR= 2.73, 95%CI =1.57, 4.76). Model testing identified that a younger age at the time of exposure was the only significant predictor of high numbers of PTS symptoms in the Post-EQ group. Discussion: Rates of teacher-reported behavior problems in young children more than doubled following the Christchurch earthquakes. Younger children may be more vulnerable to the effects of earthquakes that occur during a developmentally sensitive period. Additional research is needed to consider the effects of age and duration of disaster effects to better understand the effects of disasters on children, their families and communities.

DOI 10.1371/currents.dis.2821c82fbc27d0c2aa9e00cff532b402
Citations Scopus - 2
2016 Tarren-Sweeney M, 'The developmental case for adopting children from care', Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 21 497-505 (2016)
DOI 10.1177/1359104516670277
Citations Scopus - 2
2014 Tarren-Sweeney M, 'The clinical application of attachment theory and research: Introducing a series of clinical child Psychology and Psychiatry special sections', Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 19 333-335 (2014)
DOI 10.1177/1359104514538709
Citations Scopus - 1
2013 Tarren-Sweeney M, 'An Investigation of Complex Attachment- and Trauma-Related Symptomatology Among Children in Foster and Kinship Care', Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 44 727-741 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s10578-013-0366-x
Citations Scopus - 17
2013 Tarren-Sweeney M, 'Setting the bar higher: What information do we need to establish the effectiveness of mental health interventions for children with complex attachment- and trauma-related difficulties?', Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 18 3-6 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1177/1359104512467406
Citations Scopus - 3
2013 Tarren-Sweeney M, 'The Brief Assessment Checklists (BAC-C, BAC-A): Mental health screening measures for school-aged children and adolescents in foster, kinship, residential and adoptive care', Children & Youth Services Review, 35 771-779 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.01.025
Citations Scopus - 6
2013 Tarren-Sweeney M, 'The Assessment Checklist for Adolescents - ACA: A scale for measuring the mental health of young people in foster, kinship, residential and adoptive care', Children & Youth Services Review, 35 384-393 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.12.005
Citations Scopus - 8
2013 Dallos R, Vetere A, Brazier A, Tarren-Sweeney M, 'A farewell and a welcome', Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 18 167-168 (2013)
DOI 10.1177/1359104513476769
2011 Liberty K, Pattemore P, Reid J, Tarren-Sweeney M, 'Asthma associated with lower achievement in reading for school entry', Journal of Primary Health Care, 3 255 (2011)
2011 Murray L, Tarren-Sweeney MJ, France K, 'Foster carer perceptions of support and training in the context of high burden of care', Child and Family Social Work, 16 149-158 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2010.00722.x
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 31
2010 Liberty KA, Pattermore P, Reid J, Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Beginning school with asthma independently predicts low achievement in a prospective cohort of children', Chest, 138 1349-1355 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1378/chest.10-0543
Citations Scopus - 21
2010 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Concordance of mental health impairment and service utilization among children in care', Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 15 481-495 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1359104510376130
Citations Scopus - 13
2010 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Vetere A, 'Special Issue Editors: Mental health services for children in care, and those adopted from care', Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 15 (2010) [C2]
2010 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'It's time to re-think mental health services for children in care, and those adopted from care', Clinical Child Psychology Psychiatry, 15 613-626 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1359104510377702
Citations Scopus - 19
2010 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'An exploratory investigation of abnormal pain response among preadolescent children in foster care', Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 15 65-79 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1359104509338433
2008 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Predictors of problematic sexual behavior among children with complex maltreatment histories', Child Maltreatment, 13 182-198 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1077559508316043
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 25
2008 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Retrospective and concurrent predictors of the mental health of children in care', Children and Youth Services Review, 30 1-25 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2007.05.014
Citations Scopus - 68Web of Science - 54
2008 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'The mental health of children in out-of-home care', Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 21 345-349 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/yco.0b013e32830321fa
Citations Scopus - 66Web of Science - 54
2007 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'The Assessment Checklist for Children - ACC: A behavioral rating scale for children in foster, kinship and residential care', Children and Youth Services Review, 29 672-691 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2007.01.008
Citations Scopus - 28
2007 Tarren-Sweeney M, 'Review of the lives of foster carers', Public Restrictions Child and Family Social Work, 12 (2007) [C3]
2006 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Patterns of Aberrant Eating Among Pre-adolescent Children in Foster Care', Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 34 621-632 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s10802-006-9045-8
Citations Scopus - 23
2006 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Promoting the emotional well-being of children and adolescents and preventing their mental ill health: A handbook (book review)', Children and Youth Services Review, 28 587-589 (2006) [C3]
2006 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Hazell P, 'Mental health of children in foster and kinship care in New South Wales, Australia', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 42 89-97 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2006.00804.x
Citations Scopus - 86
2005 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Hazell P, 'The mental health and socialization of siblings in care', Children and Youth Services Review, 27 821-843 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2004.12.014
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 31
2004 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Hazell P, Carr VJ, 'Are foster parents reliable informants of children's behaviour problems?', Child: Care, Health and Development, 30 167-175 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2003.00407.x
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 32
2004 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Carr VJ, 'Principles for development of multi-disciplinary, mental health learning modules for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education', Education Health, 17 204-212 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13576280410001711021
Citations Scopus - 2
2003 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Parental Substance Misuse and Child Welfare [book review]', Drug and Alcohol Review, 22 478 (2003) [C3]
2003 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Hazell P, Callan K, Vimpani GV, Keatinge DR, 'Parent-nominated priorities for delivery of educational services to children with disruptive behavior', Journal of International Special Needs Education, 6 21-27 (2003) [C2]
2002 Tarren-Sweeney M, Hazell P, Vimpani G, Keatinge DR, Callan K, 'The service needs of families caring for preschool-aged children with disruptive behaviours', The Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 27, No 1 39-45 (2002) [C1]
2002 Hazell P, Tarren-Sweeney M, Vimpani G, Keatinge DR, Callan K, 'Children with disruptive behaviours I: Service utilization', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 38 27-31 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3
2002 Hazell P, Tarren-Sweeney M, Vimpani G, Keatinge DR, Callan K, 'Children with disruptive behaviours II: Clinical and community service needs', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 38 32-40 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 19
2002 Hazell P, Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Vimpani GV, Keatinge D, Callan K, 'Children with disruptive behaviours I: Service utilization', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 38 27-31 (2002) [C1]
2002 Hazell P, Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Vimpani GV, Keatinge D, Callan K, 'Children with disruptive behaviours II: Clinical and community service needs', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 38 32-40 (2002) [C1]
2002 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Drugs and Your Teenager: a practical guide for Australian parents [book review]', Drug and Alcohol Review, 21 308 (2002) [C3]
2000 Keatinge DR, Tarren-Sweeney M, Vimpani G, Hazell P, Callan K, 'Identifying service needs of children with disruptive behavior problems using a nominal group technique', Nursing and Health Sciences, 2 179-189 (2000)

A recent study used both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine families' perceptions of service needs for children with disruptive behavior problems. Focusing on th... [more]

A recent study used both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine families' perceptions of service needs for children with disruptive behavior problems. Focusing on the qualitative component of the study, the present paper discusses the modified Nominal Group Technique used in focus groups attended by carers living in rural, regional or metropolitan contexts. Three questions posed to each focus group sought to identify families' concerns about health facilities and/or related support services currently available to them, the benefits they perceived in these services and the changes needed to make these services more appropriate or accessible to them. Major themes in the responses relating to each of these questions included concerns about a lack of, or perceived need for, access to help/support, benefits in schools that accommodated the needs of the children, and support from the community. Families' recommendations for change included increased access to health care advice, information and/or support systems.

Citations Scopus - 4
2000 Keatinge DR, Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Vimpani GV, Hazell P, Callan K, 'Identifying service needs of children with disruptive behavior problems using a Nominal Group Technique', Nursing and Health sciences, 2 179-189 (2000) [C1]
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Conference (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Assessment of complex and severe mental health difficulties among children adopted from care, with particular reference to the Assessment Checklist for Children', 3rd International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR3) (2010) [E3]
2010 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'The psychosocial effects of impermanent, non-institutional care - A conceptual framework for future research', 3rd International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR3). Posters (2010) [E3]
2010 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'It's time to re-think mental health services for children in care, and those adopted from care', Australian Child Welfare Association (ACWA) Conference. Programme (2010) [E3]
DOI 10.1177/1359104510377702
2009 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Attachment and trauma-related psychopathology among children in alternate care', Child2009: Programme (2009) [E3]
2009 Tarren-Sweeney M, 'Attachment- and trauma-related psychopathology among children in alternate care' (2009) [E3]
2009 France K, Butler H, Tarren-Sweeney M, 'Family Matters: Are we there yet guys? Conflict, process, resolution (?) in training New Zealand Psychologists to work with families', Presentation to the Annual Conference of the New Zealand Psychological Society (2009) [E3]
2008 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, 'Could sexual behaviour problems be manifestations of disordered or disorganizes attachment among maltreated pre-adolescent children', Annual Conference of the New Zealand Psychological Society Programme & Abstracts (2008) [E3]
2005 Kelly BJ, Stain HJ, Carr V, Beard J, Fragar L, Lyle D, et al., 'Living in a rural community: Determinants and consequences of mental health and wellbeing', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (2005) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1614.2005.01674_39_s1.x
Co-authors Helen Stain, Brian Kelly, Terry Lewin
2004 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Hazell P, 'The development and factor structure of the Assessment Checklist for Children (ACC): A rating scale of psychiatric problems specific to children in foster care', Book of Abstracts of the 16th World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) (2004) [E3]
2003 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Hazell P, 'Development of the assessment checklist for children (ACC): A psychiatric rating scale for children in care', ASPR Conference 2003: Origins of Psychopathology: Programme and Abstracts (2003) [E3]
2003 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Hazell P, 'The mental health of children in long-term foster and kinship care in NSW (The Children in Care Study)', ASPR Conference 2003: Origins of Psychopathology: Programme and Abstracts (2003) [E3]
2003 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Carr VJ, 'Principles for development of multi-disciplinary mental health learning modules for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education', Towards Equity in Education, Training and Health Care Delivery (2003) [E3]
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
1997 Tarren-Sweeney MJ, Hazell P, Carr V, Tadele G, 'Report of the pilot stage of the Children in Care Study: Technical report to the NSW Department of Community Services', University of Newcastle (1997) [R1]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Tarren-Sweeney M, The Children in Care Study: an epidemiological study of the mental health of children in foster and kinship care, and associated risk factors, (2005) [T3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 9
Total funding $777,971

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20101 grants / $2,000

International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR3), University of Leiden, The Netherlands, 11 - 15 July 2010$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000432
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $9,600

The Children in Care Study - Stage 4$9,600

Funding body: NSW Department of Community Services

Funding body NSW Department of Community Services
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G0189925
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20072 grants / $727,750

Living in a rural community: Determinants and consequences of mental health and wellbeing$717,750

Funding body: National Health & Medical Research Council

Funding body National Health & Medical Research Council
Project Team

Kelly, Brian

Scheme unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

Criterion-referenced validation of the Assessment Checklist for Children (ACC): Ability to differentiate 5-11 year-old children in long-term foster care from same-aged children at large$10,000

Funding body: University of Canterbury

Funding body University of Canterbury
Project Team

Tarren-Sweeney, Michael

Scheme University research grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON N

20042 grants / $2,400

The 16th World Congress of the Int Assoc for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Allied Professions (IACAPAP), 22-26 August 2004, Germany$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184486
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Rural community database for mental health research $0

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team

Kelly, Brian

Scheme University of Newcastle Research Infrastructure Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20031 grants / $310

The Network:Towards Unity fir Health International Conference 'Towards Equity in Education, Service and Health Care Delivery.' Newcastle 11-15 October 2003$310

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183318
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20001 grants / $27,911

The Children in Care Study$27,911

Funding body: NSW Department of Community Services

Funding body NSW Department of Community Services
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0178693
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

19961 grants / $8,000

A prospective study of mental health outcomes and associated risk factors, for children in foster care.$8,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Professor Vaughan Carr, Conjoint Professor Philip Hazell, Conjoint Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0175674
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed7
Current4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2008 Masters Analysis of qualitative responses to a national survey of parents of children with Downs Syndrome Psychology, Unknown Principal Supervisor
2008 Masters Development of an emotion knowledge intervention for treatment of disruptive behaviour among pre-school aged children. Psychology, Unknown Co-Supervisor
2008 Masters Foster and kinship (whanau) caregiver perceptions of contact between children in care and their birth parents Psychology, Unknown Principal Supervisor
2007 PhD The prevalence of anti-social behaviour among children in Canterbury-region primary schools Education Studies, Unknown Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2008 Masters Psychology, Unknown Co-Supervisor
2008 Masters Psychology, University of Canterbury Co-Supervisor
2008 Masters Functional asthma severity and impulsive behaviour in 6 and 7 year old children Psychology, Unknown Co-Supervisor
2008 Masters Therapeutic and support service provision for children with dual intellectual disability and emotional and/or behavioural difficulties in Christchurch, New Zealand Psychology, Unknown Principal Supervisor
2008 Masters Families' experiences of short-term residential respite care for children. Psychology, Unknown Principal Supervisor
2007 Masters Perceived training and service needs of foster parents in Christchurch Psychology, Unknown Principal Supervisor
2007 Masters Relationships between children's anxiety symptoms and asthma symptoms Psychology, Unknown Co-Supervisor
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Conjoint Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney

Position

Conjoint Associate Professor
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email michael.tarrensweeney@newcastle.edu.au
Phone +64 3 3642 418

Office

Building University of Canterbury
Location Other

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