Centre for Health and Social Research

Dr Yoon-Suk Hwang
Learning Sciences Institute Australia


Relevant professional roles

  • Research Fellow (2015-)
  • Lecturer in special education at Griffith University (2011-2015)

Brief summary of expertise
Yoon-Suk is Yoon-Suk a Research Fellow at the Learning Sciences Institute Australia. Prior to this role she was a lecturer in special education at Griffith University. Yoon-Suk’s research aims at listening to the voices of disadvantaged people and investigating ways of enhancing the quality of their school, family and community life. Her recent research examined the applications of mindfulness intervention for improving behavioural and psychological wellbeing of individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Completed disability research projects

  • Cultivating mind enhancing life: Mindfulness interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and challenging behaviour, and their parents
  • Experiencing bullying: Young people with autism Spectrum Disorder and their families (Trust Company)
  • Can you hear me Singapore: The inner experience of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Thomas T. Roberts Fellowship)
  • Supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and challenging behaviour within school settings: A literature review. (UnitingCare)

Disability research publications

  1. Hwang, Y. S. (2016). Mindfulness can improve living with a disability. The Conversation (https://theconversation.com/mindfulness-can-improve-living-with-adisability-51990)
  2. Hwang, Y S. & Singh, N. (in press). Mindfulness and intellectual disabilities. In N.Singh (Ed.), Clinical handbook of evidence-based practices for individuals with intellectual disabilities. New York: Springer.
  3. Hwang, Y S. & Kearney, P. (2015). A mindfulness intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: New directions in research and practice. New York: Springer.
  4. Hwang, Y S., Kearney, P., Lang, W., Klieve, H. & Roberts, J. (2015). Cultivating Mind: Mindfulness interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and problem behaviours, and their mothers. Journal of Child and Family Studies. DOI 10.1007/s10826-015-0114-x
  5. Hwang, Y. S. (2014). “Miss mum”: Mind and affective experience of Korean learners identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder and cognitive difficulties. Disability and Society. 29(10), 1583-1600.
  6. Hwang, Y. S., & Kearney, P. (2014). Mindful and mutual care for individuals with developmental disabilities: A systematic literature review. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23, 497-509.
  7. Hwang, Y. S., Klieve, H., Kearney, P., & Saggers, B. (2013). Experience, recursive awareness and understanding in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Insights of parents and teachers in Singapore. Asia Pacific Journal of Education.
  8. Hwang, Y. S., & Kearney, P. (2013). A systematic review of mindfulness intervention for individuals with developmental disabilities: Long term practice and long lasting effects. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 314-326.
  9. Saggers, B., Hwang, Y. S., & Mercer, L. (2012). Your voice counts: messages from high school students with autism spectrum disorders about best inclusive practices. Australasian Journal of Special Education, 35, 173-190.
  10. Hwang, Y. S., & Evans, D. (2011). Attitudes towards inclusion: Gaps between belief and practice. International Journal of Special Education, 26(1), 136-145.

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