Sarah is interested in severe conduct problems, complex developmental and mental health assessment and intervention, and the effects of early childhood trauma. Her current focus of research is in assessment and intervention with families who have involvement with child protection services.
- Roche L., McLay L., Sigafoos J. and Whitcombe-Dobbs S. (2022) A review of behavioral treatments for sleep disturbances in civilians who have experienced trauma. Behavioral Interventions 37(3): 835-863. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bin.1853.
- McLay L., van Deurs J., Gibbs R. and Whitcombe-Dobbs S. (2021) Empirically Supported Strategies for Teaching Personal Hygiene Skills to People with Intellectual Disabilities. Adaptive Behavior Strategies for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: 47-72.Springer International Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66441-1_3.
- Whitcombe-Dobbs S., Tarren-Sweeney M. and Schluter P. (2021) Attachment representations and reflective functioning among parents involved with Child Protection Services: Do they predict ongoing harm? Zurich, Switzerland: XVI International Conference of European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF), 1 Sep 2021.
- Whitcombe-Dobbs S., Tarren-Sweeney M. and Schluter P. (2021) Self-report measures of parental psychosocial functioning do not predict further maltreatment of children involved with child protection services. Zurich, Switzerland: XVI International Conference of the European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF), 1 Sep 2021.
- Whitcombe-Dobbs S. (2020) Through a glass darkly: the assessment of parenting capacity in the context of child protection. PhD Thesis, Christchurch. University of Canterbury.