Dip Educational Psychology, B Science (Pyschology and Zoology), Bachelor of Special Education, Master of Education, Doctor of Philosophy
Deb has worked with individuals who have developmental disorders including autism and their families for over 25 years as a psychologist, educator, administrator and researcher. Deb’s research interests in autism include assessment and interventions related to communication and problem behaviour, engagement, family-centred practice and parent/professional partnerships. Outcomes from one of Deb's research projects, an intervention program delivered within 6 months of a diagnosis, showed that the intervention significantly reduced parenting stress and increased parenting competence. As part of this program of research, an innovative tool that uses multimedia technology to educate parents about parenting their young children with autism was developed. This DVD (Being Responsive: You and Your Child with Autism) has attracted wide recognition from families, educators, therapists, and government agencies nationally and internationally. Deb has published widely in peer reviewed journals, edited and authored books, and held a number of large research grants. A recently completed Australian Research Council grant examined engagement in young children with autism. Deb is on the editorial board of numerous journals, including Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice. She has regularly presented my research at national and international conferences.
- Keen, D. & Rodger, S. (2012). Working with parents of a newly diagnosed child with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A guide for professionals. London: Jessica Kingsley Press.
- Harcourt, D. and Keen, D. (2012). Learner engagement: Has the child been lost in translation? Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37, 71-78.
- Riches, V. C., Harman, A. D., Keen, D., Pennell, D., Harley, J. H. and Walker, M. (2011). Transforming staff practice through active support. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 36, 156-166.
- Simpson, K. and Keen, D. (2011). Music interventions for children with autism: Narrative review of the literature. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 1507-1514.
- Keen, D., Pennell, D., Muspratt, S. and Poed, S. (2011). Teacher self-report on learner engagement strategies in the early years classroom. Australian Educational Researcher, 38, 293-310.
- Keen, D. and Pennell, D. (2010). Evaluating an engagement-based preference assessment for children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4, 645-652.
- Simpson, K. and Keen, D. (2010). Teaching young children with autism spectrum disorders graphic symbols embedded within an interactive song. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 22, 165-177.
- Keen, D., Couzens, D., Muspratt, S., and Rodger, S. (2010). The effects of a parent-focused intervention for children with a recent diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder on parenting stress and competence. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4, 229-241.
- Keen, D. (2009). Engagement of children with autism in learning. Australasian Journal of Special Education, 33, 130-140.
- Dempsey, I., Keen, D., Pennell, D., O’Reilly, J., and Neilands, J. (2009). Parent stress, parenting competence and family-centered support to young children with an intellectual or developmental disability. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 30, 558-566.
- Dempsey, I. and Keen, D. (2008) A review of processes and outcomes in family-centered services for children with a disability. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 28, 42-52.
- Rodger, S., Keen, D., Braithwaite, M. and Cook, S. (2008). Mothers’ satisfaction with a home based early intervention program for children with ASD. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 21, 174-182.
- Keen, D. (2007). Parents, families and partnerships: Issues and considerations. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 54, 330-349.
- Keen, D., Rodger, S., Doussin, K. & Braithwaite, M. (2007). A pilot study of the effects of a social pragmatic intervention on the communication and symbolic play of children with autism. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 11, 63-71.
- Keen, D., Brannigan, K. & Cuskelly, M. (2007). Toilet training for children with autism: The effects of video modelling. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 19, 291-303.
- Carroll, A., Keen, D., Davies, C., Skehan, T. & Fritz, E. (2005). Knowledge and understanding of choice diversity of residential care staff working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologists, 22, 84-97.
- Keen, D. (2005). The use of non-verbal repair strategies by children with autism. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 26, 243-254.
- Keen, D., Sigafoos, J., & Woodyatt, G. (2005). Teacher responses to the communicative attempts of children with autism. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 17, 19-33.
- Rodger, S., Braithwaite, M., & Keen, D. (2004). Early intervention for children with autism: Parental priorities. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 29, 34-41.
- Keen, D. & Knox, M. (2004). Approach to challenging behaviour: A family affair. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 29, 52-64.
- Keen, D. (2003). Communicative repair strategies and problem behaviours of children with autism. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 50, 53-64.
- Keen, D., Woodyatt, G., & Sigafoos, J. (2002). Verifying teacher perceptions of the potential communicative acts of children with autism. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 23, 133-142.
- Keen, D., Sigafoos, J., & Woodyatt, G. (2001). Replacing prelinguistic behaviors with functional communication. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 31, 385-398.
- Keen, D., Sigafoos, J., & Woodyatt, G. (2000). Functional communication training and prelinguistic communication behaviour of children with autism. Advances in Speech Language Pathology, 2, 107-117.
- Sigafoos, J.; Woodyatt, G.; Keen, D.; Tait, K.; Tucker, M.; Roberts-Pennell, D.; and Pittendreigh, N. (2000) Identifying potential communicative acts in children with developmental and physical disabilities. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 21, 77-86.