Prof Robert Cummins

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Emeritus Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

Office of Faculty of Health

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Western Australia, 1979

Contact

Biography

Robert Cummins received his post-graduate training at the University of Queensland (Diploma of Psychology and Master of Science in Physiology) and the University of Western Australia (Doctor of Philosophy: 1978). He moved to Burwood State College in 1979 as Senior lecturer in the Institute of Special Education, and remained in this position as institutional amalgamations formed Victoria College, which then became part of Deakin University in 1993. Within Deakin he was appointed Reader in Psychology (1993-1996) and then to a Personal Chair in Psychology (1997-2013). He was appointed Emeritus Professor at Deakin University in 2014.

His special area of interest is research into quality of life and he is regarded as an international authority in this field. He is the originator of the concept that subjective wellbeing is under homeostatic control, that each person has a set-point for their level of subjective wellbeing, and that the dominant composition of subjective wellbeing is Homeostatically Protected Mood. Professor Cummins takes a special interest in applying this knowledge to understanding the life quality for people who are disabled.

Professor Cummins is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies. In 2005 he was designated 'Expert of International Standing in Quality of Life Research' by the Australian Research Council College of Experts. In 2004 he was the primary author awarded 'Best paper published in Social Indicators Research 2003' and in that same year, along with research colleagues and staff from Australian Unity, won the Victorian Public Health Award for Capacity Building Excellence, awarded by the Victorian Department of Human Services. He was named as the 2007 Distinguished Quality of Life Researcher by the International Society for Quality of Life Studies.

In 2000, Professor Cummins founded the Australian Centre on Quality of Life as a virtual centre within the university. It is designed as a resource for students and researchers. The Centre is listed by Google as the premier site for 'Quality of Life'. It has about 350 members, receives over a million hits each year and is accessed at no cost to the user. The Centre hosts the International Wellbeing Group with professor Cummins as convenor. The IWG comprises around 150 researchers from over 50 countries and has the purpose of developing the Personal Wellbeing Index as a valid international measure of subjective wellbeing.

Supervising post-graduate students remains his major area of his responsibility. In 1998 he received a 'Highly commended' award for the post-graduate supervision from the Deakin University Postgraduate Association and in 2004 he received the 'Faculty Academic of the Year' award from the Deakin University Student Association.

Professor Cummins has published over 300 books, monographs, chapters, papers, tests and reports. His h-Index is 53 and his publications receive over 1,400 new citations each year. His lifetime citations exceed 14,000.

Current Research Activities

* Editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies and a Board Member on 12 other journals.
* Research advisor for the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index.

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Research interests

Quality of life

Subjective well-being

Happiness and satisfaction

Affiliations

Australian Psychological Society

International Society for Quality of Life Research

International Society for Quality of Life Studies

Conferences

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Self-reported states of wellbeing. Invited Address, 1st Expert meeting on measurement and target setting for wellbeing, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). The dark side of positive psychology. Colloquium, School of Psychology, Deakin University. Melbourne.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Measuring population happiness to inform public policy, Invited seminar, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, Canberra.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). The relationship between Trust and Subjective Wellbeing is mediated by Homeostatically Protected Mood. Paper, Second Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences, Osaka.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Is happiness good for you? Public lecture, BrisScience, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Tanton, R., Cummins, R. & Mohanty, I. (2012) Small area estimates of subjective wellbeing using a spatial microsimulation model: First steps. Paper, International Microsimulation Association European Conference, Dublin.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Subjective Wellbeing and Public Policy. Invited paper, Subjective Wellbeing Workshop, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Set-points for Subjective Wellbeing: real or imagined?. Keynote address, Wellbeing and Public Policy Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Measuring Subjective Wellbeing to Inform Public Policy. Invited workshop, Wellbeing and Public Policy Conference, Wellington.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Subjective wellbeing and health. Invited address, 2nd expert meeting on measurement and target setting for well-being, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, Paris.

Holmes-Truscott ,E.; Browne,J. L.; Cummins, R. A., Reddy, P., Pouwer,F.; Speight, J. (2012) Subjective wellbeing among adults with diabetes: Results from Diabetes MILES Australia. Australian diabetes society/Australian diabetes educators association annual scientific meeting, Gold Coast.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Is happiness good for you? Invited Alumni lecture, Deakin University, Warrnambool.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Informal carers: some of your most disadvantaged clients. Invited paper, Interrelate Staff Forum, Newcastle.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Measuring Subjective Wellbeing. Invited paper, National Disability Services Forum, Melbourne.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Does healthier and wealthier make you happier?? Invited Alumni lecture, Deakin University, Melbourne.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Happiness and Quality of Life. Colloquium, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. Geelong.

Cummins, R. A.; Li, N.; Wooden, M.; Stokes, M. (2012). Set-points for Subjective Wellbeing: Evidence from HILDA longitudinal data. 11th International Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, Venice.

Cummins, R. A. (2012). Unipolar response scale: A suggested change for the PWI. 11th International Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, Venice.

Awards

2007: Distinguished Quality of Life Researcher. Awarded by the International Society for Quality of Life Studies.

2006-9: Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer.

2005: Designated Expert of International Standing in Quality of Life Research by the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

2004: Best paper published in Social Indicators Research in 2003 (Cummins, R. A., Eckersley, R., Pallant, J., Van Vugt, J., & Misajon, R.) awarded by the International Society for Quality of Life Studies.

2004: Faculty Academic of the Year Award, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences. Awarded by the Deakin University Student Association.

2004: Victorian Public Health Award for Capacity Building Excellence (Cummins, R. A., Davern, M., Hunter, B. James, A. M., Okerstrom, E., McMillan, D., Eckersley, R., & Lo, S. K.). Awarded by the Victorian Department of Human Services.

Projects

University:
2000-cont: Director, Australian Centre on Quality of Life
2000-cont: Member, Faculty Board

Discipline:
2011-cont: Past-President - International Society for Quality of Life Studies
2002-cont: Founding co-ordinator - International Wellbeing Group
2005-2013: External Academic Advisor, Master of Social Science in Counselling, City University of Hong Kong.
2008-cont: Member, Academic Advisory Board of the Australian Positive Psychology and Well-Being Conference.
2008-cont: Member, Inaugural Advisory Board for the World Happiness Forum.
2009: Co-Chair (with Anna Lau) Symposium, International Wellbeing Group. 9th Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, Florence, July.
2010-cont: Member, Expert Panel, National Carer Counselling Program, Carers Australia.
2010-cont: Member, Program Advisory Committee, Master of Wellness, RMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/wellness )
2011-cont: Member, Steering Committee, Australian National Development Index
2011: Chair, External Review Panel, Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology, Hong Kong Institute of Education.
2011-cont: Member, Advisory Committee, Partners for Livable Communities Australia (www.livable.org.au)
2012-cont: Temporary Advisor, Expert committee on measurement and target setting for wellbeing, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe.
2013-cont: Temporary Advisor, Expert Group on the Development of Indicators for Health 2020, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe.

Membership of Editorial boards:
1995-cont: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
1996-cont: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
1996-cont: International Journal of Practical Approaches to Disability
1999-cont: International Journal of Disability, Development and Education
1999-cont: Social Indicators Research
1999-2003: Journal of Happiness Studies
2004-2005: Editor, Journal of Happiness Studies
2006-2009: Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Happiness Studies
2010-cont: Editor, Journal of Happiness Studies
2005-cont: Applied Research in Quality of Life
2010-cont: Journal of Social Research & Policy
2011-cont: Pakistan Journal of Psychology
2011-cont: Journal of Organisation and Human Behaviour
2011-cont: Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research
2011-cont: International Journal of Happiness and Development
2012-cont: Journal of Happiness and Wellbeing
2012-cont: Halloran Philanthropy/History of Well-Being project

Publications

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2018

Meaning in Life in earlier and later older-adulthood: Confirmatory factor analysis and correlates of the meaning in life questionnaire

D Hallford, D Mellor, R Cummins, M McCabe

(2018), Vol. 37, pp. 1270-1294, Journal of Applied Gerontology, C1

journal

Subjective wellbeing as a social indicator

R Cummins

(2018), Vol. 135, pp. 879-891, Social indicators research, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Confirmation of subjective wellbeing set-points: foundational for subjective social indicators

T Capic, N Li, R Cummins

(2018), Vol. 137, pp. 1-28, Social indicators research, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Capabilities, subjective wellbeing and public policy: a response to Austin (2016)

R Cummins, K Land

(2018), Vol. 140, pp. 157-173, Social indicators research, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Why self-report variables inter-correlate: the role of Homeostatically Protected Mood (HPMood)

Robert Cummins, Tanya Capic, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Delyse Hutchinson, C Olsson, Ben Richardson

(2018), Vol. 2, pp. 93-114, Journal of well-being assessment, Cham, Switzerland, C1

journal
2017

The validity of subjective wellbeing measurement for children: evidence using the personal wellbeing index-school children

A Tomyn, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, R Cummins, J Norrish

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 1859-1875, Journal of happiness studies, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

geographic differences in subjective well-being among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian adolescents and adults

A Tomyn, D Mellor, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, R Cummins, R Tanton

(2017), Vol. 45, pp. 81-99, Journal of community psychology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Using dynamic factor analysis to provide insights into data reliability in experience sampling studies

M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, L Hartley-Clark, R Cummins, A Tomyn, M Weinberg, B Richardson

(2017), Vol. 29, pp. 1120-1128, Psychological assessment, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal
2016

The Psychometric Equivalence of the Personal Wellbeing Index for Normally Functioning and Homeostatically Defeated Australian Adults

B Richardson, M Fuller Tyszkiewicz, A Tomyn, R Cummins

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 627-641, Journal of Happiness Studies, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Measurement of positive irrational beliefs (positive cognitive illusions)

J Collard, R Cummins, M Fuller-Tyskiewicz

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 1069-1088, Journal of happiness studies, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Subjective wellbeing among adults with diabetes : results from Diabetes MILES-Australia

E Holmes-Truscott, J Browne, F Pouwer, J Speight, R Cummins

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 1205-1217, Journal of happiness studies, Dodrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Validation of the personal wellbeing index for people with end stage kidney disease

M Weinberg, P Bennett, R Cummins

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 1227-1240, Applied research in quality of life, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Happiness is the right metric to measure good societal functioning

R Cummins

(2016), Vol. 53, pp. 273-277, Society, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2015

Intervention efficacy among 'At Risk' adolescents: a test of subjective wellbeing homeostasis theory

A Tomyn, M Weinberg, R Cummins

(2015), Vol. 120, pp. 883-895, Social indicators research, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal

The happiness and subjective well-being of people on haemodialysis

P Bennett, M Weinberg, T Bridgman, R Cummins

(2015), Journal of Renal Care, C1

journal

The use and abuse of 'community' and 'neighbourhood' within disability research: an expos, clarification, and recommendation

R Cummins, Y Kim

(2015), Vol. 61, pp. 68-75, International journal of developmental disabilities, London, Eng., C1

journal

Bayesian hierarchical modeling of the temporal dynamics of subjective well-being: A 10 year longitudinal analysis

J Anglim, M Weinberg, R Cummins

(2015), Vol. 59, pp. 1-14, Journal of research in personality, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Understanding quality of life in medicine : a new approach

R Cummins

(2015), Vol. 34, pp. 4-9, Journal of the American college of nutrition, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

The distribution of quality of life in Australia

M Weinberg, R Cummins

(2015), pp. 609-624, Global handbook of quality of life: exploration of well-being of nations and continents, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

chapter
2014

The dyadic interaction of relationships and disability type on informal carer subjective well-being

T Hammond, M Weinberg, R Cummins

(2014), Vol. 23, pp. 1535-1542, Quality of Life Research, C1

journal

The impact of laughter yoga on subjective well-being : a pilot study

M Weinberg, T Hammond, R Cummins

(2014), Vol. 1, pp. 25-34, European journal of humour research, Galati, Romania, C1

journal

Personal resilience in times of crisis : the implications of SWB homeostasis and set-points

R Cummins, M Wooden

(2014), Vol. 15, pp. 223-235, Journal of happiness studies, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal

A demonstration of set-points for subjective wellbeing

R Cummins, N Li, M Wooden, M Stokes

(2014), Vol. 15, pp. 183-206, Journal of happiness studies, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Can happiness change? Theories and evidence

R Cummins

(2014), pp. 75-97, Stability of happiness : theories and evidence on whether happiness can change, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1

chapter

Gender dimensions of life quality for adults in Australia

R Cummins, R Cummins

(2014), pp. 25-47, Gender, lifespan and quality of life : an international perspective, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

chapter

Australia, quality of life

R Cummins

(2014), pp. 303-309, Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

chapter

The workplace wellbeing index: conceptualising and measuring 'good work'

K Page, M Davern, R Cummins, A LaMontagne

(2014), pp. 1-1, Journal of happiness studies, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

The subjective wellbeing of 'at-risk' indigenous and non-indigenous Australian adolescents

A Tomyn, R Cummins, J Norrish

(2014), Vol. 16, pp. 813-837, Journal of happiness studies, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Quality-of-community-life indicators

R Cummins, E Mpofu, M Machina

(2014), pp. 165-181, Community-oriented health services : practices across disciplines, New York, N.Y., B1-1

chapter
2013

The Personal Wellbeing Index: Psychometric Equivalence for Adults and School Children

A Tomyn, M Fuller Tyszkiewicz, R Cummins

(2013), Vol. 110, pp. 913-924, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal

Adaptive autobiographical memory in younger and older adults : the indirect association of integrative and instrumental reminiscence with depressive symptoms

D Hallford, D Mellor, R Cummins

(2013), Vol. 21, pp. 444-457, Memory, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

The Contribution of Job and Partner Satisfaction to the Homeostatic Defense of Subjective Wellbeing

L Lai, R Cummins

(2013), Vol. 111, pp. 203-217, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal

Intergenerational effects of the Holocaust : subjective well-being in the offspring of survivors

M Weinberg, R Cummins

(2013), Vol. 11, pp. 148-161, Journal of intergenerational relationships, London, England, C1

journal

Limitations to positive psychology predicted by subjective well-being homeostasis

R Cummins

(2013), pp. 509-526, The Oxford handbook of positive psychology and disability, Oxford, England, B1

chapter

An accessible survey method: Increasing the participation of people with a disability in large sample social research

E Wilson, R Campain, M Moore, N Hagiliassis, J McGillivray, D Gottliebson, M Bink, M Caldwell, B Cummins, J Graffam

(2013), Vol. 63, Telecommunications Journal of Australia, C1

journal

Cross-cultural difference in subjective wellbeing: cultural response bias as an explanation

L Lai, R Cummins, A Lau

(2013), Vol. 114, pp. 607-619, Social indicators research, Dordrecht,The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Positive psychology and subjective well-being homeostasis: a critical examination of congruence

R Cummins

(2013), pp. 67-86, A positive psychology perspective on quality of life, Dortrecht, The Netherlands, B1-1

chapter

The subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australian adolescents: validating the Personal Wellbeing Index-School Children

A Tomyn, J Norrish, R Cummins

(2013), Vol. 110, pp. 1013-1031, Social indicators research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2012

Clinical outcomes associated with screening and referral for depression in an acute cardiac ward

C Ski, K Page, D Thompson, R Cummins, M Salzberg, L Worrall-Carter

(2012), Vol. 21, pp. 2228-2234, Journal of Clinical Nursing, C1

journal

Strong spiritual engagement and subjective well-being : a naturalistic investigation of the Thaipusam festival

D Mellor, F Hapidzal, K Teh, R Ganesan, J Yeow, R Abdul Latif, R Cummins

(2012), Vol. 14, pp. 209-225, Journal of spirituality in mental health, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

journal

Subjective wellbeing homeostasis

R Cummins, A Lau, M Davern

(2012), pp. 79-98, Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research, B1

chapter

Quality of life in Australia

R Cummins, J Woerner, A Tomyn, A Gibson-Prosser

(2012), pp. 459-472, Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research, B1

chapter

Safety and subjective well-being : a perspective from the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index

R Cummins

(2012), pp. 13-29, Subjective well-being and security, New York, NY, B1

chapter

Life quality and wealth: A qualitative and quantitative comparison of affluent and poor people

D Mellor, R Cummins, T Loquet

(2012), Vol. 3, pp. 7-18, Journal of Social Research and Policy, C1

journal

The determinants of happiness

R Cummins

(2012), Vol. 1, pp. 86-101, International journal of happiness and development, Geneva, Switzerland, C1

journal
2011

Comparing Multiple Discrepancies Theory to Affective Models of Subjective Wellbeing

J Blore, M Stokes, D Mellor, L Firth, R Cummins

(2011), Vol. 100, pp. 1-16, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal

The Subjective Wellbeing of High-School Students: Validating the Personal Wellbeing Index-School Children

A Tomyn, R Cummins

(2011), Vol. 101, pp. 405-418, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal

Meehl's crud factor, subjective wellbeing and religiosity : a critique

R Cummins

(2011), Vol. 109, pp. 43-46, Psychological reports, Missoula, Mont., C1

journal

Impact of dose adjustment for normal eating in Australia (OzDAFNE) on subjective wellbeing, coping resources and negative affects in adults with type 1 diabetes: A prospective comparison study

L Engel, R Cummins

(2011), Vol. 91, pp. 271-279, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, C1

journal

Subjective Wellbeing and Homeostatically Protected Mood: Theory Validation With Adolescents

A Tomyn, R Cummins

(2011), Vol. 12, pp. 897-914, Journal of Happiness Studies, C1

journal
2010

Subjective Wellbeing, Homeostatically Protected Mood and Depression: A synthesis

R Cummins

(2010), Vol. 11, pp. 1-17, Journal of Happiness Studies, C1

journal

Fluency disorders and life quality: Subjective wellbeing vs. health-related quality of life

R Cummins

(2010), Vol. 35, pp. 161-172, Journal of Fluency Disorders, C1

journal

Well-being across cultures : issues of measurement and the interpretation of data

R Cummins, A Lau

(2010), pp. 365-379, Cross-cultural psychology : contemporary themes and perspectives, Oxford, England, B1

chapter

Primary and secondary control over eating behaviors

M de Souza, A Mussap, R Cummins

(2010), Vol. 11, pp. 223-230, Eating behaviors, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Measuring Subjective Wellbeing: The Personal Wellbeing Index - Intellectual Disability

Robert Cummins, Anna Lau, Gareth Davey, Jane McGillivray

(2010), Vol. 41, pp. 33-46, ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE, B1

chapter

Life balance and well-being: Testing a novel conceptual and measurement approach

K Sheldon, R Cummins, S Kamble

(2010), Vol. 78, pp. 1093-1134, Journal of Personality, C1

journal

Recovering from an acute cardiac event - the relationship between depression and life satisfaction

K Page, P Davidson, K Edward, J Allen, R Cummins, D Thompson, L Worrall-Carter

(2010), Vol. 19, pp. 736-743, Journal of Clinical Nursing, C1

journal
2009

The utility of the personal wellbeing index intellectual disability scale in an Australian sample

J McGillivray, A Lau, R Cummins, G Davey

(2009), Vol. 22, pp. 276-286, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, C1

journal

Islamic religiosity, subjective well-being, and health

H Tiliouine, R Cummins, M Davern

(2009), Vol. 12, pp. 55-74, Mental health, religion & culture, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

International well-being index: The Austrian version

D Renn, N Pfaffenberger, M Platter, H Mitmansgruber, R Cummins, S Hfer

(2009), Vol. 90, pp. 243-256, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal

Measuring life balance through discrepancy theories and subjective well-being

R Cummins

(2009), pp. 73-93, Life balance : multidisciplinary theories and research, Thorofare, N.J. and Bethesda, MD, B1

chapter

Encouraging governments to enhance the happiness of their nation: Step 1: Understand subjective wellbeing

R Cummins, A Lau, D Mellor, M Stokes

(2009), Vol. 91, pp. 23-36, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal

Volunteering and its relationship with personal and neighborhood well-being

D Mellor, Y Hayashi, M Stokes, L Firth, L Lake, M Staples, S Chambers, R Cummins

(2009), Vol. 38, pp. 144-159, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, C1

journal

Measures of subjective wellbeing

R Cummins, D Mellor, M Stokes, A Lau

(2009), pp. 409-423, Rehabilitation and health assessment : applying ICF guidelines, New York, N. Y., B1

chapter
2008

Need for belonging, relationship satisfaction, loneliness, and life satisfaction

D Mellor, M Stokes, L Firth, Y Hayashi, R Cummins

(2008), Vol. 45, pp. 213-218, Personality and Individual Differences, C1

journal

Volunteering and well-being : do self-esteem, optimism, and perceived control mediate the relationship?

D Mellor, Y Hayashi, L Firth, M Stokes, S Chambers, R Cummins

(2008), Vol. 34, pp. 61-70, Journal of social service research, London, England, C1

journal

The SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) pandemic in Hong Kong : effects on the subjective wellbeing of elderly and younger people

A Lau, I Chi, R Cummins, T Lee, K Chou, L Chung

(2008), Vol. 12, pp. 746-760, Aging and mental health, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

Does subjective well-being show a relationship between parents and their children?

F Casas, G Coenders, R Cummins, M Gonzlez, C Figuer, S Malo

(2008), Vol. 9, pp. 197-205, Journal of Happiness Studies, C1

journal

Quality of life down-under : the Australian unity wellbeing index

R Cummins, D Mellor, M Stokes, A Lau

(2008), pp. 135-160, Barometers of quality of life around the globe : how are we doing?, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1-1

chapter

Health Psychology, SWB and Core Affect.

R Cummins

(2008), pp. 1-1, Proceedings of the International Seminar on Health Psychology, Dayalba University, Agra, India, E1-1

conference
2007

Subjective wellbeing as an affective-cognitive construct

M Davern, R Cummins, M Stokes

(2007), Vol. 8, pp. 429-449, Journal of Happiness Studies, C1

journal

Ethnic identity and subjective wellbeing: connections and possibilities

W Kennedy, R Cummins

(2007), Vol. 7, pp. 107-116, International journal of diversity in organisations, communities and nations, Altona, Vic., C1

journal

Core affect and subjective wellbeing: a rebuttal to Moum and Land

R Cummins, M Stokes, M Davern

(2007), Vol. 8, pp. 457-466, Journal of happiness studies: an interdisciplinary forum on subjective well-being, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1

journal

On the fifth anniversary of the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index: what have we learned about subjective wellbeing?

R Cummins, J Woerner, A Tomyn, T Knapp, A Gibson, A Lau

(2007), 8th Australian Conference on Quality of Life, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference

Distribution of resources, population happiness and public policy

R Cummins

(2007), pp. 1-15, PPDO 2007 : International Conference on Happiness and Public Policy, Bangkok, Thailand, E1

conference

Social indicators and social development

R Cummins

(2007), pp. 1-13, International Conference on Social Indicator and Social Development, Taipei, Taiwan, E1

conference
2006

Using health and subjective well-being for quality of life measurement: a review

R Cummins, A Lau

(2006), pp. 165-192, Social Policy Review 18. Analysis and debate in social policy, 2006, Harlow, England, B1

chapter

Is life dissatisfaction the opposite of life satisfaction?

M Davern, R Cummins

(2006), Vol. 58, pp. 1-7, Australian journal of psychology, London, England, C1

journal

The wellbeing of caregivers

R Cummins, A Lau, J Woerner

(2006), pp. 1-30, ACQOL 2005 : Proceedings of the 7th Australian Conference on Quality of Life, Toorak, Vic., E1

conference

Measuring wellbeing in developing countries: The case of Algeria

H Tiliouine, R Cummins, M Davern

(2006), Vol. 75, pp. 1-30, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal
2005

Measuring health and subjective wellbeing: vale, quality-adjusted life-years

R Cummins

(2005), pp. 69-89, Rethinking wellbeing, Perth, W.A., B1

chapter

Quality of life measurements

R Cummins, A Lau

(2005), pp. 5-23, Supportive care for the urology patient, Oxford, England, B1

chapter

Instruments assessing quality of life

R Cummins

(2005), pp. 119-137, Assessing adults with intellectual disabilities, a service providers' guide, Malden, Mass., B1

chapter

Issues in the systematic assessment of quality of life

R Cummins

(2005), pp. 9-22, Assessing adults with intellectual disabilities, a service providers' guide, Malden, Mass., B1

chapter

Moving from the quality of life concept to a theory

R Cummins

(2005), Vol. 49, pp. 699-706, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, C1

journal

Caregivers as managers of subjective wellbeing: A homeostatic perspective

R Cummins

(2005), Vol. 18, pp. 335-344, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, C1

journal

Self-perceived quality of life of children and adolescents with physical disabilities in Hong Kong

S Chow, S Lo, R Cummins

(2005), Vol. 14, pp. 415-423, Quality of Life Research, C1

journal

An investigation into the cross-cultural equivalence of the Personal Wellbeing Index

A Lau, R Cummins, W McPherson

(2005), Vol. 72, pp. 403-430, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal

Empowerment versus quality of life: a perspective based on subjective wellbeing homeostasis

R Cummins, A Lau

(2005), pp. 79-90, Allies in emancipation : shifting from providing service to being of support, South Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter

Quality of life measurements

R Cummins, A Lau

(2005), pp. 5-23, Supportive care for the urology patient, Oxford, Eng., B1-1

chapter
2004

The Motivation to Maintain Subjective Well-Being: A Homeostatic Model

R Cummins, A Lau

(2004), Vol. 28, pp. 255-301, International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, B1

chapter

Cluster housing and the freedom of choice: A response to Emerson (2004)

R Cummins, A Lau, E Emerson

(2004), Vol. 29, pp. 198-201, Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, C1

journal

How employees remain happy: explaining a paradox

D Hutton, B Atkinson, P Judd, J Darling, T Linh, R Cummins

(2004), Vol. 13, pp. 34-41, Australian journal of career development, Hawthorn, Vic., C1

journal

HRQOL and subjective well-being: Noncomplementary forms of outcome measurement

R Cummins, A Lau, M Stokes

(2004), Vol. 4, pp. 413-420, Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, C1

journal

Subjective quality of life and self-esteem in children: The role of primary and secondary control in coping with everyday stress

K Marriage, R Cummins

(2004), Vol. 66, pp. 107-122, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal
2003

Normative life satisfaction: Measurement issues and a homeostatic model

R Cummins

(2003), Vol. 64, pp. 225-256, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal

Community Integration or Community Exposure? A Review and Discussion in Relation to People with an Intellectual Disability

R Cummins, A Lau

(2003), Vol. 16, pp. 145-157, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, C1

journal

Developing a national index of subjective wellbeing: The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index

R Cummins, R Eckersley, J Pallant, J Van Vugt, R Misajon

(2003), Vol. 64, pp. 159-190, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal

Measuring health in a vacuum: Examining the disability weight of the DALY

D Reidpath, P Allotey, A Kouame, R Cummins

(2003), Vol. 18, pp. 351-356, Health Policy and Planning, C1

journal

The management of subjective quality of life by short-stay hospital patients: An exploratory study

D Mellor, R Cummins, E Karlinski, S Storer

(2003), Vol. 1, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, C1

journal

The DALY, context and the determinants of the severity of disease: An exploratory comparison of paraplegia in Australia and Cameroon

P Allotey, D Reidpath, A Kouam, R Cummins

(2003), Vol. 57, pp. 949-958, Social Science and Medicine, C1

journal

Defining quality of life for Chinese elderly stroke survivors

A Lau, K McKenna, C Chan, R Cummins

(2003), Vol. 25, pp. 699-711, Disability and Rehabilitation, C1

journal
2002

Subjective well-being from rich and poor

R Cummins

(2002), pp. 137-156, Rich and poor: disparities, perceptions, concomintants, Dordrecht, Netherlands, B1

chapter

A model of subjective well-being homeostasis: the role of personality

R Cummins, E Gullone, A Lau

(2002), pp. 7-46, Universality of subjective wellbeing indicators, Dordrecht, Netherlands, B1

chapter

The validity and utility of subjective quality of life: a reply to Hatton & Ager

R Cummins

(2002), Vol. 15, pp. 261-268, Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Robert Cummins, Helen Nistico

(2002), Vol. 3, pp. 37-69, Journal of Happiness Studies, C1

journal

Proxy responding for subjective well-being: A review

R Cummins

(2002), Vol. 25, pp. 183-207, International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, C1

journal

Conceptualization, measurement, and application of quality of life for persons with intellectual disabilities: Report of an international panel of experts

R Schalock, I Brown, R Brown, R Cummins, D Felce, L Matikka, K Keith, T Parmenter

(2002), Vol. 40, pp. 457-470, Mental Retardation, C1-1

journal
2001

The relationships between migration, social support, and social integration on quality of life

E Foroughi, R Misajon, R Cummins

(2001), Vol. 18, pp. 156-167, Behaviour Change, C1

journal

Quality of life and sense of coherence in people with arthritis

D Germano, R Misajon, R Cummins

(2001), Vol. 8, pp. 253-261, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, C1

journal

Living with support in the community: predictors of satisfaction with life

R Cummins

(2001), Vol. 7, pp. 99-104, Mental retardation and developmental disabilities research reviews, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

The subjective well-being of people caring for a family member with a severe disability at home: A review

R Cummins

(2001), Vol. 26, pp. 83-100, Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, C1

journal

Subjective quality of life, perceived control and dispositional optimism among older people

E Maher, R Cummins

(2001), Vol. 20, pp. 139-146, Australasian Journal on Ageing, C1

journal

Quality of life indexes for national policy: Review and agenda for research

M Hagerty, R Cummins, A Ferriss, K Land, A Michalos, M Peterson, A Sharpe, J Sirgy, J Vogel

(2001), Vol. 55, pp. 1-96, Social Indicators Research, C1

journal

Self-Rated Quality of Life Scales for People with an Intellectual Disability: A Reply to Ager & Hatton

R Cummins

(2001), Vol. 14, pp. 1-11, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, C1-1

journal
1999

The gold standard for life satisfaction: confirmation and elaboration using an imaginary scale and qualitative interview

D Mellor, R Cummins, C Loquet

(1999), Vol. 2, pp. 263-278, International journal of social research methodology, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal
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Happiness versus the Environment-A Case Study of Australian Lifestyles

Manfred Lenzen, Robert Cummins

(), Vol. 4, pp. 56-74, Challenges, C1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

The health implications of child support payments for low-income single parent families

Dr Kay Cook, Prof Elizabeth Waters, Prof Robert Cummins, Dr Elise Davis

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2010: $103,433
  • 2009: $80,182
  • 2008: $78,591

The 1-in-4 Poll: Inclusion of people with a disability and carers in social and political deliberative processes.

EM/Prof Joe Graffam, Prof Robert Cummins, A/Prof Erin Wilson, Prof Jane McGillivray, Mr Michael Bink, Dr Nick Hagiliassis

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2

  • 2011: $38,483
  • 2010: $72,549
  • 2009: $67,848
  • 2008: $33,217

Subjective wellbeing and depression in Australia: A longitudinal study involving people in remote locations

Prof David Mellor, Prof Robert Cummins, Dr Lucy Firth, A/Prof Mark Stokes, Dr Sue Chambers, Mr Jed Blore

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 1 APAI APDI

  • 2007: $12,416
  • 2006: $50,754

Industry and Other Funding

The Australian Unity Index of Well-being

Prof Robert Cummins, Dr Adrian Tomyn

  • 2013: $294,112
  • 2012: $284,734
  • 2011: $304,893
  • 2010: $293,236
  • 2009: $237,155
  • 2008: $257,721
  • 2007: $185,000
  • 2006: $185,000

The 1-in-4 Poll: Inclusion of people with a disability and carers in social and political deliberative processes.

EM/Prof Joe Graffam, Prof Robert Cummins, A/Prof Erin Wilson, Prof Jane McGillivray, Mr Michael Bink, Dr Nick Hagiliassis

  • 2012: $30,000
  • 2011: $30,000
  • 2010: $30,000

Subjective wellbeing and depression in Australia: A longitudinal study involving people in remote locations

Prof David Mellor, Prof Robert Cummins, Dr Lucy Firth, A/Prof Mark Stokes, Dr Sue Chambers, Mr Jed Blore

  • 2006: $17,120

Scholarship - Horfiniak. Project: An investigation into the Quality of Life of Elite Athletes.

Prof Robert Cummins, Ms Krystine Mottram

  • 2013: $30,000
  • 2012: $30,000
  • 2011: $30,000

Neuromodulation and Subjective Wellbeing

Prof Robert Cummins, Prof Richard Bittar, Dr Renee Bittar

  • 2013: $36,000
  • 2012: $108,000
  • 2011: $72,000

NATSEM Technical Expertise on Wellbeing

Prof Robert Cummins

  • 2013: $10,000

Australian Unity Wellbeing Index (AUWI): Adult Survey 32.0 and Teen Pulse Pilot Study

A/Prof Delyse Hutchinson, Prof Gregory Tooley, Prof Craig Olsson, Prof Robert Cummins, Dr Ben Richardson, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Dr Linda Hartley-Clark, Ms Tanja Capic, Prof Brendan Crotty

  • 2015: $186,800

Australian Unity Wellbeing Index and Young Carer Wellbeing Project

A/Prof Delyse Hutchinson, Prof Craig Olsson, Dr Ben Richardson, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Dr Linda Hartley-Clark, Ms Tanja Capic, Prof Nicole Rinehart, Ms Nicole Papadopoulos, Prof Robert Cummins

  • 2017: $199,927
  • 2016: $291,031

Australian Unity Wellbeing Index 2018 - 2020

A/Prof Delyse Hutchinson, Prof Craig Olsson, A/Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Dr Ben Richardson, Ms Tanja Capic, Ms Sarah Khor, Prof Robert Cummins

  • 2019: $210,489
  • 2018: $206,441

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Aiyuen Choong

Thesis entitled: The Subjective Wellbeing of Malaysians

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

2015

Linda Hartley-Clark

Thesis entitled: Investigating the Affective Core of SWB: the Circular Way

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

2014

Thomas Gordon Hammond

Thesis entitled: The Subjective Wellbeing of Paralympic Athletes

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

Belinda Clare Davey

Thesis entitled: Examining problem gambling from a dual-process and incentive-sensitisation theory perspective

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

2013

Markus Lorbergs

Thesis entitled: An Exploration into Physical Activity and Subjective Wellbeing Homeostasis

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

2012

Alison Gluskie

Thesis entitled: Subjective Wellbeing in Children

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

2011

Wendy Kennedy

Thesis entitled: Health Satisfaction and Perceived Control: Investigating Subjective Wellbeing Homeostasis

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Kathleen Martindale

Thesis entitled: An investigation into the subjective wellbeing of people with an intellectual disability

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Melissa Weinberg

Thesis entitled: Subjective wellbeing in Australian families of Holocaust survivors

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

2010

Ching Han Lai

Thesis entitled: Religiosity and Subjective Wellbeing in Christianity, Buddhism and Taoism

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Renee Bear

Thesis entitled: Subjective Wellbeing Maintenance: Investigating Depression as Suppressed Homeostatically Protected Mood

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

James Collard

Thesis entitled: The Role of Positive Irrational Beliefs in Mental Health & Wellbeing

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology

2009

Lisa Engel

Thesis entitled: Psychological Impact of DAFNE in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology

2008

Adrian Tomyn

Thesis entitled: Subjective Wellbeing as an Affective Construct: Theory Development with Adolescents

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Yvonne MacKay

Thesis entitled: The Process through which Affect Infuses Judgements of Subjective Well-being

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

2006

Sasha Gardiner-Crossley

Thesis entitled: Controlling Subjective Well-Being: The Comparative Impact of Disordered Eating and Obesity

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology

2005

Melanie Davern

Thesis entitled: Subjective Wellbeing as an Affective Construct

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

2004

Vanessa Cook

Thesis entitled: A New Direction for Subjective Wellbeing

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology

2003

Elise Catherine Maher

Thesis entitled: Overcoming Controllable and Uncontrollable Work Problems

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

2002

RoseAnne Misajon

Thesis entitled: The Homeostatic Mechanism: Subjective Quality of Life and Chronic Pain

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Rachel Cousins

Thesis entitled: Predicting Subjective Quality of Life

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

Kylie King

Thesis entitled: The Quality of Life of People with Multiple Sclerosis and their Partners

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology

2001

Luke Heeps

Thesis entitled: The Role of Primary and Secondary Control in Psychological Adjustment

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

2000

Dorothy Hutton

Thesis entitled: Employee psychological Contracts

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Co-supervisor
2018

Kieran Gregory Thorpe

Thesis entitled: Subjective Wellbeing of Australians with an Autism Spectrum Condition

Master of Science (Psychology), School of Psychology

Associate Supervisor
2009

Megan de Souza

Thesis entitled: The Relationship between Primary and Secondary Control and Eating Behaviour

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology

2005

Mavis Kershaw

Thesis entitled: A Model for Assessing Financial Competence

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

2001

David Wellman

Thesis entitled: Towards an Integration of Theories of Achievement Motivation

Master of Arts (Psychology), School of Psychology