Researcher

Associate Professor Terry Cumming

My Expertise

Education, learning disabilities, emotional & behavioural disorders, intellectual disabilities, inclusion, social skills.

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Biography

Therese M. Cumming is Professor of Special Education in the School of Education and a Scientia Education Fellow at UNSW Sydney. Her research interests are centred around special education, focused on the following areas: students with emotional and behavioural disorders, social skills training, positive behavioural interventions, the use of technology in the classroom, and lifespan transitions for people with disabilities. Her research aims...view more
Therese M. Cumming is Professor of Special Education in the School of Education and a Scientia Education Fellow at UNSW Sydney. Her research interests are centred around special education, focused on the following areas: students with emotional and behavioural disorders, social skills training, positive behavioural interventions, the use of technology in the classroom, and lifespan transitions for people with disabilities. Her research aims to improve the experiences of students with disabilities by working with schools to reduce the research-to-practice gap through the implementation of evidence-based practices in special and inclusive education. Prior to her university teaching and research work, Dr. Cumming has many years' experience as a special educator and behaviour mentor in the United States. 

My Grants

Cumming, T., & Strnadova, I. (2019). A Wraparound approach to ‘whole of student’ issues: Education, health, and community services. UNSW Gonski Education Institute ($100,000).

 

Strnadová, I., Cumming, T., Martin, A., Danker, J., & Loblinzk, J. (2018). Mobile Technology as a Tool to Increase the Social Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities. UNSW Disability Innovation Institute Research Seed Funding 2018 ($30,000).

 

Cumming, T. (2018). Applied Behavioural Analysis: The socially validity of an evidence-based practice. UNSW School of Education Research Grants Program ($5,000).

 

Cumming, T. (2016). Evaluating teacher's perceptions of school connectedness for students with emotional and behavioural disorders.UNSW School of Education Research Grants Program ($5,000).

 

Silvera-Tawil, D., Strnadova, I., & Cumming, T. (2015). Social stories in robot-assisted therapy for children with autism. UNSW Art & Design Faculty Research Grant ($18,920).

 

Dowse, L., Cumming, T., Strnadová, I., Lee, J. S., Mendes, P., Snow, P., Smith, L., Ellem, K., & Birt, E. (2015). Lost in transition: Supporting young people with complex support needs. Total $392, 000. Linkage Project; Australian Research Council. RG142451, LP150100528.

 

O’Neill, S., Strnadová, I., & Cumming, T. (2015). How Juvenile Justice and Education support the transition of school-aged youth from within a custodial environment to the community: Lessons to be learned and celebrations to share.Total $60,000: UNSW School of Education Research Grants Program ($20,000), NSW Department of Education ($20,000), and NSW Department of Juvenile Justice ($20,000). 

 

Cumming, T., & Strnadová, I. (2014). Transitions of students with emotional and behavioural disorders: A flexible integration model. UNSW School of Education Research Grants  Program ($5,000).

 

Strnadová, I. & Cumming, T. (2013). Transitions of students with developmental disabilities: Fostering school-home partnerships. UNSW School of Education Research Grants Program ($3,700).

 

Cumming, T., & Strnadová, I. (2013). Positive behaviour supports: Using MERP to reorganise client activities. ACES ($10,000).

 

Dowse, L., Lee, J. S., Strnadová, I., & Cumming, T. (2013). Young people with disabilities in the criminal justice system: Exploring patterns of involvement and frameworks of intervention. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty Research Grant($10,000)

 

Cumming, T. & StrnadováI. (2012) Survey of Positive Behavioural Supports and Wraparound Services Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities. UNSW School of Education Research Grants Program ($5,000).

 

Strnadová, I., Cumming, T., Knox, M., Parmenter, T. (2011). Investigating the Coping Skills of Ageing Women with Intellectual Disabilities: Developing a Strategy- BasedFramework for Promoting Healthy Ageing. University of New South Wales Goldstar Award ($30,000).

 

Strnadová, I. & Cumming, T. (2011). Women with intellectual disabilities becoming active researchers: Using iPads to facilitate research training. School of Education Research Grants Program. ($5,000).

 

Cumming, T. (2010). Needs assessment of Sydney Catholic behaviour schools Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Promotion Grant ($1450). 

 

Cumming, T. (2009). Effects of technology-enhanced social skills instruction on a middle school student with an emotional disorder. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 2009 Research Promotion Grant ($1335).

 

Cumming, T. (2008). New South Wales Special Education Teachers’ Perceptions of Classroom Social Skills That Link To Success. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 2008 Early Career Researcher’s Grant ($5,500).


My Qualifications

B.S.Ed. Bloomsburg U., M.Ed. UNLV, Ph.D. UNLV


My Awards

2017 UNSW Scientia Education Academy Fellowship

2017 Australian College of Educators Inner Sydney Region Ralph Rawlinson Award for Education of Students with Disadvantage

2015 Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

2013 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Learning and Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence

2010 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Commendation for Teaching Excellence


My Research Activities

My research program in special education has three domains: mobile technology as assistive technology, students with complex needs, and transitions and disability. My research program contributes to theoretical understanding, and influences both educational practice and policy in order to improve the lives of students with disabilities, particularly those with complex needs.My work has made a large contribution to the excellent "well above world standard" UNSW ERA ranking for FoR code 1303: Specialist Studies in Education.

 

Previous and current research projects include:

  • A Wraparound approach to ‘whole of student’ issues: Education, health, and community services. (2019, with Strnadová, I.).
  • Mobile Technology as a Tool to Increase Social Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities (2019, with Strnadová, I., Martin, A., Danker, J., & Loblinzk, J.).
  • Applied Behavioural Analysis: The social validity of an evidence-based practice. (2018, with Strnadová, I., O’Neill, S., & Danker, J.)
  • Lost in transition: Supporting young people with complex support needs. (2016, with Dowse, L., Strnadová, Lee, Mendes, Snow, Smith, Ellem, & Birt
  • Evaluating teacher's perceptions of school connectedness for students with emotional and behavioural disorders. (2016, with Robbie Marsh)
  • How Juvenile Justice and Education support the transition of school-aged youth from within a custodial environment to the community: Lessons to be learned and celebrations to share. (2015-16, with S. O'Neill and I. Strnadová)
  • Transitions of students with emotional and behavioural disorders: A flexible integration model (2014, with I. Strnadova)
  • Transitions of students with developmental disabilities: Fostering school-home partnerships (2014, with I. Strnadova, UNSW, C. Draper Rodriguez, CSUMB)
  • Young People with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: Exploring Patterns of Involvement and Frameworks of Intervention (with L. Dowse, J.S. Lee, and I. Strnadová)
  • Positive Behaviour Supports: Using MERP to Reorganise Client Activities (with I. Strnadová, contracted by ACES, Port Macquarie)
  • Investigating the Coping Skills of Ageing Women with Intellectual Disabilities: Developing a Strategy-Based Framework for Promoting Healthy Ageing (with I. Strnadová, M. Knox, and T. Parmenter)
  • Using iPads to Increase the Language Skills of English Learners with Autism (with C. Draper Rodriguez, CSUMB)
  • iPad Action Research in a Special Education Setting: Access, Learning, and Engagement (with I. Strnadová)
  • Women with Intellectual Disabilities Becoming Active Researchers: Using iPads to Facilitate Research Training (with I. Strnadová and M. Knox)
  • Using Technology to Enhance Social Skills Instruction for Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioural Disabilities, and NSW Special Education Teachers' Perspectives on Student Misbehaviour

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Through research, teaching, and the supervision of research students, it is my aim to raise awareness and influence both educational practice and policy in order to improve the lives of students with disabilities, particularly those with complex needs. I am happy to supervise students in the areas of special education, transitions of students with disabilities, mobile technology as assistive technology, and wraparound support services for students with special needs.


Currently supervising

Caroline Basckin, Doctor of Philosophy: Literacy instruction for students with disabilities: An analysis of mainstream primary school teachers’ knowledge, 

beliefs, and use of evidence-based practices.

 


My Engagement

Australian Teacher Education Association

Council for Exceptional Children

Council for Children with Behaviour Disorders

Council for Learning Disabilities

UNSW Women in Research Network

Editorial committee member for Australasian Journal of Special and Inclusive Education 

Consulting editor for Journal of Special Education Technology (editorial review board).

Reviewer for the Australian Journal of Educational Technology

Guest Reviewer for Teaching and Teacher Education

Associate editor for Intervention in School and Clinic (Behaviour column)


My Teaching

EDST5133 Creating Engaging Learning Environments
EDST5106 Behaviour Management of Exceptional Students
EDST5458 Research in Special Education

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Location

G29 Morven Brown Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 1944
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