Carmen Naivalu (nee Cubillo) - Approved area of practice - clinical psychology

Qualifications

Carmen is a Clinical Psychologist and a member of the Australian College of Clinical Psychologists.Dr Cubillo is a Clinical Psychology and Play Therapy lecturer at Charles Darwin University.  Dr Cubillo graduated on Friday 13th of October 2017 with her PhD titled “Understanding Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal parenting in the Let’s Start Exploring Together pre-school program”.

Professional Experience

Dr Cubillo graduated on Friday 13th of October 2017 with her PhD titled “Understanding Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal parenting in the Let’s Start Exploring Together pre-school program”. Dr Cubillo used traditional song and dance to connect troubled Northern Territory children to their parents as part of a behaviour therapy program.   The research that Dr Carmen Cubillo lead, contributed to the pre-school program “Let’s Start Exploring Together”, run in Darwin and on the Tiwi Islands.   Dr Cubillo said Australia had minimal research on the differences between Indigenous and Western parenting styles.  Dr Cubillo in her research consulted with the community, by speaking with the local families to understand the environmental and cultural conditions in which they lived.  As part of this work, Dr Cubillo used video to monitor improvement parenting and parent-child attachment during the work on the Tiwi Islands.  Dr Cubillo also asserts that, this type of research into programs that focus on early intervention can increase school retention and employment, and decrease costs of welfare and crime. 

She hopes her past and present research will shed light on the underlying issues of Aboriginal mental health and well being, and will contribute to improving practice and research with Aboriginal communities.

Carmen was a founding member of AIPA's Steering Committee 
and until recently was the convenor of the APS Interest Group Aboriginal and Torres 
Strait Islander Peoples and Psychology.
  Carmen stepped down from both positions to focus on her PhD.

Areas of Interest / Expertise

Carmen’s interests are:  transcultural counselling, attachment problems, psychotherapy with children and adolescents.

Recent Publications

Robinson, G., Moss, B., Jones, Y., Robertson L., Cubillo, C.  (2007). Every Child magazine - Thinking and problem-solving: The Let’s Start Program, 13(3)12-14.

Guthrie, J., Dance, P., Cubillo, C.  (2006). Working in Partnership: skills transfer in developing a cross-cultural research team. Journal of Community Psychology, Vol 34(5): 515-52.

Dance, P., Tongs, J., Guthrie, J., McDonald, D., D’Souza, R., Cubillo, C., Bammer, G.  (2004). An analysis of needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Illegal Drug Users in the ACT and region for treatment and other services. Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, ACT.

Current Research Activities

To be advised.