Dr David Hawes

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


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Research interests

As a clinician and researcher I specialise in behavioural and emotional problems of childhood, and family-based interventions. My research focuses on the developmental psychopathology of antisocial behaviour, and innovations in treatment approaches. This research examines the processes through which parenting practices and child neurobiology interact, and the translation of this evidence into early intervention and prevention practices.

  • Child psychopathology & conduct problems;
  • Parenting practices & behavioural parent training;
  • Childhood psychopathy (callous-unemotional traits);
  • The neurobiology of antisocial behaviour.

Teaching and supervision

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology Program
Coordinator for the following courses:

  • PSYC6049 Child Psychological Disorders
  • PSYC6064 Paediatric and Developmental Disorders
  • PSYC6013 Clinical Internship 3 (Child & family therapy)

Honours program

  • Child Clinical Psychology (Special Fields Seminar)

IN PRESS PUBLICATIONS

Luppino, D., Dadds, M. R., Moul, C., Hawes, D. J., & Brennan, J. (in press). Association between a polymorphism of the vasopressin 1B receptor gene and aggression in children. Psychiatric Genetics.

Hawes, D. J. (in press). Does the concept of "borderline personality features" have clinical utility in childhood? Current Opinion in Psychiatry.

Mence, M., Hawes, D. J., Wedgwood, L., Morgan, S., Barnett, B., Kohlhoff, J., & Hunt, C. (in press). Flooding and hostile discipline in the families of toddlers with disruptive behavior problems. Journal of Family Psychology.

Pasalich, D.S., Waschbusch, D.A., Dadds, M.R., Hawes, D.J. (in press). Emotion socialization style in parents of children with callous–unemotional traits. Child Psychiatry & Human Development.

Dadds, M.R., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Dobson-Stone, C., Hawes, D.J., Brennan, J., Urwin, R., & Ebstein, R. (in press). Polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor gene are associated with the development of psychopathy. Development and Psychopathology.

Dadds, M.R., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Dobson-Stone, C., Hawes, D.J., Brennan, J., & Ebstein, R. (in press). Methylation of the oxytocin receptor gene and oxytocin blood levels in the development of psychopathy. Development and Psychopathology.

Dadds, M, R, Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Hawes, D. J., & Brennan, J. (in press). Replication of a ROBO2 polymorphism associated with conduct problems but not psychopathic tendencies in children. Psychiatric Genetics.

van Zwieten, A., Meyer, J., Hermens, D.F., Hickie, I.B., Hawes, D.J., Glozier, N., Naismith, S., Scott, E.M., Lee, R.S. & Guastella, A.J. (2013) Social cognition deficits and psychopathic traits in young people seeking mental health treatment. PLoS ONE, 8(7), e67753.

Selected grants

2014

  • D Hawes: Internal Research - Non HERDC; Hawes D; University of Sydney/Startup Projects Psychology.
  • Clinical observation and comprehensive psychophysiological recording and behavioural coding equipment; Hawes D, Hickie I, Lagapolos J, Glozier N, Menzies R, Naismith S, Matthews S, Einfeld S, Morley K, de Rosnay M, Guastella A; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.

2013

  • Early intervention for treatment-resistant conduct disorder in children; Dadds M, Hawes D; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • An MRI study of emotional processing deficits in childhood; Lenroot R, Hawes D; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2012

  • A biological model of early-onset aggression and antisocial behaviou; Dadds M, Hawes D, Brennan J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • LNK: LP100200150 Development of a comprehensive model and programmed intervention for emotion proces; Hawes D.
  • Development of a comprehensive model and programmed intervention for emotion processing deficits in childhood-onset mental health problems.; Dadds M, Hawes D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
  • Child development and psychopatholgy: Translating research into clinical training modules; Hawes D; Psychologists Registration Board (NSW)/Psychological Education and Research Grant.

2009

  • The HPA- axis as a marker for disruptive behaviour subtypes; Hawes D, Barnett B, Barnett B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2007

  • Improving Identification and Treatment of Early-Onset Behaviour Disorders in Children; Dadds M, Urwin R, Falcov A, Sprague T, Hawes D, Brennan J, Heriot S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2006

  • Relating genetic, biological, and behavioural markers of early vulnerability in conduct problem children; Urwin R, Dadds M, Hawes D, Brennan J, Hay D; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • Emotion processing deficits in childhood: Risk for psychopathology and indications for clinical inte; Hawes D, Dadds M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Dadds, M., Hawes, D. (2006). Integrated family intervention for child conduct problems: A Behaviour-Attachment-Systems Intervention for Parents. Brisbane, Queensland: Australian Academic Press.

Book Chapters

  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2012). Revisiting the Role of Empathy in Childhood Pathways to Antisocial Behaviour. In R. Langdon & C. Mackenzie (Eds.), Emotions, Imagination and Moral Reasoning, (pp. 43-70). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2005). Oppositional and Conduct Problems. In Jennifer Hudson and Ron Rapee (Eds.), Psychopathology and the Family, (pp. 73-91). Kidlington, Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Journals

  • Pasalich, D., Waschbusch, D., Dadds, M., Hawes, D. (2014). Emotion Socialization Style in Parents of Children with Callous–Unemotional Traits. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 45(2), 229-242. [More Information]
  • Mence, M., Hawes, D., Wedgwood, L., Morgan, S., Barnett, B., Kohlhoff, J., Hunt, C. (2014). Emotional flooding and hostile discipline in the families of toddlers with disruptive behavior problems. Journal Of Family Psychology, 28(1), 12-21. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Dobson-Stone, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Ebstein, R. (2014). Methylation of the oxytocin receptor gene and oxytocin blood levels in the development of psychopathy. Journal Development and Psychopathology, 26(1), 33-40. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Dobson-Stone, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Urwin, R., Ebstein, R. (2014). Polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor gene are associated with the development of psychopathy. Journal Development and Psychopathology, 26(1), 21-31. [More Information]
  • Rose, K., Hawes, D., Hunt, C. (2014). Randomized controlled trial of a friendship skills intervention on adolescent depressive symptoms. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(3), 510-520. [More Information]
  • Moul, C., Dobson-Stone, C., Brennan, J., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2013). An Exploration of the Serotonin System in Antisocial Boys with High Levels of Callous-Unemotional Traits. PLoS One, 8(2), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Helyer, R., Herlianto, E., Willing, J. (2013). Borderline personality features and implicit shame-prone self-concept in middle childhood and early adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42(3), 302-308. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Zadro, L., Iannuzzelli, R., Godwin, A., MacNevin, G., Dadds, M., Griffiths, B., Richardson, R. (2013). Internalising Problems and the Effects of Peer Ostracism on Children’s Primary Needs. International Journal of Developmental Science, 7(1), 41-45. [More Information]
  • Zadro, L., Hawes, D., Iannuzzelli, R., Godwin, A., MacNevin, G., Griffiths, B., Gonsalkorale, K. (2013). Ostracism and children: A guide to effectively using the Cyberball paradigm with a child sample. International Journal of Developmental Science, 7(1), 7-11. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M., Frost, A., Russell, A. (2013). Parenting practices and prospective levels of hyperactivity/inattention across early- and middle-childhood. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35(3), 273-282. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M., Brennan, J., Rhodes, T., Cauchi, A. (2013). Re-visiting the treatment of conduct problems in children with callous-unemotional traits. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(7), 646-653. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2013). Replication of a ROBO2 polymorphism associated with conduct problems but not psychopathic tendencies in children. Psychiatric Genetics, 23(6), 251-254. [More Information]
  • van Zwieten, A., Meyer, J., Hermens, D., Hickie, I., Hawes, D., Glozier, N., Naismith, S., Scott, E., Lee, R., Guastella, A. (2013). Social cognition deficits and psychopathic traits in young people seeking mental health treatment. PLoS One, 8(7), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Pasalich, D., Dadds, M., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2012). Attachment and callous-unemotional traits in children with early-onset conduct problems. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53(8), 838-845. [More Information]
  • Pasalich, D., Dadds, M., Vincent, L., Cooper, F., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2012). Emotional Communication in Families of Conduct Problem Children With High Versus Low Callous-Unemotional Traits. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41(3), 302-313. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Cauchi, A., Wimalaweera, S., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2012). Outcomes, moderators, and mediators of empathic-emotion recognition training for complex conduct problems in childhood. Psychiatry Research, 199(3), 201-207. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Zadro, L., Fink, E., Richardson, R., O'Moore, K., Griffiths, B., Dadds, M., Williams, K. (2012). The effects of peer ostracism on children's cognitive processes. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 9(5), 599-613. [More Information]
  • Pasalich, D., Dadds, M., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2011). Assessing relational schemas in parents of children with externalizing behavior disorders: Reliability and validity of the Family Affective Attitude Rating Scale. Psychiatry Research, 185(3), 438-443. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D. (2011). Commentary: Developmental Perspectives on the Treatment of Childhood Conduct Problems. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 7(3), 410-421.
  • Pasalich, D., Dadds, M., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2011). Do callous-unemotional traits moderate the relative importance of parental coercion versus warmth in child conduct problems? An observational study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(12), 1308-1315. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M., Frost, A., Hasking, P. (2011). Do childhood callous-unemotional traits drive change in parenting practices? Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40(4), 507-518. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Jambrak, J., Pasalich, D., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2011). Impaired attention to the eyes of attachment figures and the developmental origins of psychopathy. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(3), 238-245.
  • Salmon, K., Dadds, M., Allen, J., Hawes, D. (2009). Can emotional language skills be taught during parent training for conduct problem children? Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 40(4), 485-498. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Dadds, M. (2009). Cortisol, callous-unemotional traits, and pathways to antisocial behavior. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 22, 357-362.
  • Dadds, M., Hawes, D., Frost, A., Vassallo, S., Bunn, P., Hunter, K., Merz, S. (2009). Learning to ''talk the talk'': the relationship of psychopathic traits to deficits in empathy across childhood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50(5), 599-606.
  • Dadds, M., Hunter, K., Hawes, D., Frost, A., Vassallo, S., Bunn, P., Merz, S., El Masry, Y. (2008). A measure of cognitive and affective empathy in children using parent ratings. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 39(2), 111-122. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2007). Stability and malleability of callous-unemotional traits during treatment for childhood conduct problems. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 36(3), 347-355.
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2006). Assessing parenting practices through parent-report and direct observation during parent-training. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 15(5), 555-568. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Whiting, C., Hawes, D. (2006). Associations Among Cruelty to Animals, Family Conflict, and Psychopathic Traits in Childhood. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(3), 411-429.
  • Dadds, M., Perry, Y., Hawes, D., Merz, S., Riddell, A., Haines, D., Solak, E., Abeygunawardane, A. (2006). Attention to the eyes and fear-recognition deficits in child psychopathy. British Journal of Psychiatry, 189(3), 280-281.
  • Dadds, M., Fraser, J., Frost, A., Hawes, D. (2005). Disentangling the underlying dimensions of psychopathy and conduct problems in childhood: A community study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73(3), 400-410. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2005). The treatment of conduct problems in children with callous-unemotional traits. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73(4), 737-741.
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2004). Australian data and psychometric properties of the strengths and difficulties questionnaire. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 38(8), 644-651.
  • Dadds, M., Hawes, D., Schaefer, B., Vaka, K. (2004). Individual differences in imagery and reports of aversions. Memory, 12(4), 462-466.

2014

  • Pasalich, D., Waschbusch, D., Dadds, M., Hawes, D. (2014). Emotion Socialization Style in Parents of Children with Callous–Unemotional Traits. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 45(2), 229-242. [More Information]
  • Mence, M., Hawes, D., Wedgwood, L., Morgan, S., Barnett, B., Kohlhoff, J., Hunt, C. (2014). Emotional flooding and hostile discipline in the families of toddlers with disruptive behavior problems. Journal Of Family Psychology, 28(1), 12-21. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Dobson-Stone, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Ebstein, R. (2014). Methylation of the oxytocin receptor gene and oxytocin blood levels in the development of psychopathy. Journal Development and Psychopathology, 26(1), 33-40. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Dobson-Stone, C., Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Urwin, R., Ebstein, R. (2014). Polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor gene are associated with the development of psychopathy. Journal Development and Psychopathology, 26(1), 21-31. [More Information]
  • Rose, K., Hawes, D., Hunt, C. (2014). Randomized controlled trial of a friendship skills intervention on adolescent depressive symptoms. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(3), 510-520. [More Information]

2013

  • Moul, C., Dobson-Stone, C., Brennan, J., Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2013). An Exploration of the Serotonin System in Antisocial Boys with High Levels of Callous-Unemotional Traits. PLoS One, 8(2), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Helyer, R., Herlianto, E., Willing, J. (2013). Borderline personality features and implicit shame-prone self-concept in middle childhood and early adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42(3), 302-308. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Zadro, L., Iannuzzelli, R., Godwin, A., MacNevin, G., Dadds, M., Griffiths, B., Richardson, R. (2013). Internalising Problems and the Effects of Peer Ostracism on Children’s Primary Needs. International Journal of Developmental Science, 7(1), 41-45. [More Information]
  • Zadro, L., Hawes, D., Iannuzzelli, R., Godwin, A., MacNevin, G., Griffiths, B., Gonsalkorale, K. (2013). Ostracism and children: A guide to effectively using the Cyberball paradigm with a child sample. International Journal of Developmental Science, 7(1), 7-11. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M., Frost, A., Russell, A. (2013). Parenting practices and prospective levels of hyperactivity/inattention across early- and middle-childhood. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35(3), 273-282. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M., Brennan, J., Rhodes, T., Cauchi, A. (2013). Re-visiting the treatment of conduct problems in children with callous-unemotional traits. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(7), 646-653. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Moul, C., Cauchi, A., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2013). Replication of a ROBO2 polymorphism associated with conduct problems but not psychopathic tendencies in children. Psychiatric Genetics, 23(6), 251-254. [More Information]
  • van Zwieten, A., Meyer, J., Hermens, D., Hickie, I., Hawes, D., Glozier, N., Naismith, S., Scott, E., Lee, R., Guastella, A. (2013). Social cognition deficits and psychopathic traits in young people seeking mental health treatment. PLoS One, 8(7), 1-9. [More Information]

2012

  • Pasalich, D., Dadds, M., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2012). Attachment and callous-unemotional traits in children with early-onset conduct problems. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53(8), 838-845. [More Information]
  • Pasalich, D., Dadds, M., Vincent, L., Cooper, F., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2012). Emotional Communication in Families of Conduct Problem Children With High Versus Low Callous-Unemotional Traits. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41(3), 302-313. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Cauchi, A., Wimalaweera, S., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2012). Outcomes, moderators, and mediators of empathic-emotion recognition training for complex conduct problems in childhood. Psychiatry Research, 199(3), 201-207. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2012). Revisiting the Role of Empathy in Childhood Pathways to Antisocial Behaviour. In R. Langdon & C. Mackenzie (Eds.), Emotions, Imagination and Moral Reasoning, (pp. 43-70). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Hawes, D., Zadro, L., Fink, E., Richardson, R., O'Moore, K., Griffiths, B., Dadds, M., Williams, K. (2012). The effects of peer ostracism on children's cognitive processes. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 9(5), 599-613. [More Information]

2011

  • Pasalich, D., Dadds, M., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2011). Assessing relational schemas in parents of children with externalizing behavior disorders: Reliability and validity of the Family Affective Attitude Rating Scale. Psychiatry Research, 185(3), 438-443. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D. (2011). Commentary: Developmental Perspectives on the Treatment of Childhood Conduct Problems. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 7(3), 410-421.
  • Pasalich, D., Dadds, M., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2011). Do callous-unemotional traits moderate the relative importance of parental coercion versus warmth in child conduct problems? An observational study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(12), 1308-1315. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M., Frost, A., Hasking, P. (2011). Do childhood callous-unemotional traits drive change in parenting practices? Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40(4), 507-518. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Jambrak, J., Pasalich, D., Hawes, D., Brennan, J. (2011). Impaired attention to the eyes of attachment figures and the developmental origins of psychopathy. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(3), 238-245.

2009

  • Salmon, K., Dadds, M., Allen, J., Hawes, D. (2009). Can emotional language skills be taught during parent training for conduct problem children? Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 40(4), 485-498. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Brennan, J., Dadds, M. (2009). Cortisol, callous-unemotional traits, and pathways to antisocial behavior. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 22, 357-362.
  • Dadds, M., Hawes, D., Frost, A., Vassallo, S., Bunn, P., Hunter, K., Merz, S. (2009). Learning to ''talk the talk'': the relationship of psychopathic traits to deficits in empathy across childhood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50(5), 599-606.

2008

  • Dadds, M., Hunter, K., Hawes, D., Frost, A., Vassallo, S., Bunn, P., Merz, S., El Masry, Y. (2008). A measure of cognitive and affective empathy in children using parent ratings. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 39(2), 111-122. [More Information]

2007

  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2007). Stability and malleability of callous-unemotional traits during treatment for childhood conduct problems. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 36(3), 347-355.

2006

  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2006). Assessing parenting practices through parent-report and direct observation during parent-training. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 15(5), 555-568. [More Information]
  • Dadds, M., Whiting, C., Hawes, D. (2006). Associations Among Cruelty to Animals, Family Conflict, and Psychopathic Traits in Childhood. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(3), 411-429.
  • Dadds, M., Perry, Y., Hawes, D., Merz, S., Riddell, A., Haines, D., Solak, E., Abeygunawardane, A. (2006). Attention to the eyes and fear-recognition deficits in child psychopathy. British Journal of Psychiatry, 189(3), 280-281.
  • Dadds, M., Hawes, D. (2006). Integrated family intervention for child conduct problems: A Behaviour-Attachment-Systems Intervention for Parents. Brisbane, Queensland: Australian Academic Press.

2005

  • Dadds, M., Fraser, J., Frost, A., Hawes, D. (2005). Disentangling the underlying dimensions of psychopathy and conduct problems in childhood: A community study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73(3), 400-410. [More Information]
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2005). Oppositional and Conduct Problems. In Jennifer Hudson and Ron Rapee (Eds.), Psychopathology and the Family, (pp. 73-91). Kidlington, Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2005). The treatment of conduct problems in children with callous-unemotional traits. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73(4), 737-741.

2004

  • Hawes, D., Dadds, M. (2004). Australian data and psychometric properties of the strengths and difficulties questionnaire. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 38(8), 644-651.
  • Dadds, M., Hawes, D., Schaefer, B., Vaka, K. (2004). Individual differences in imagery and reports of aversions. Memory, 12(4), 462-466.

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