Early Literacy Research Library (ELRL) - Profile

Elisabeth Duursma, EdD

Contact Email: E.Duursma@westernsydney.edu.au


Western Sydney University Australia
Sydney, New South Wales
Research Theme Fellow

University of Wollongong, Australia
Wollongong, New South Wales
Honory Academic


Elisabeth Duursma is a Research Theme Fellow at Western Sydney University. She holds a doctoral in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. Elisabeth worked as a researcher at Reach Out and Read. Her research focuses on father engagement and the impact on child development, in particular in the areas of early language and literacy development. Recent research includes the impact of video visitation on father-child relationships while fathers are incarcerated, and fathers’ views and experiences with parental leave.

Research Interests

  • Reach out and Read
  • ROR in early infancy
  • Shared reading
  • Community
  • Libraries and Public Resources
  • Father involvement in early language and literacy activities

Past Research

Shared book reading and early assessment of ASD

Ongoing Research

Fathers’ views and experiences with parental leave. Father engagement with their infants around literacy activities. Emotional labour of teachers.

Future Research

Father-child book reading in Chilean prisons. Promoting book reading in infant rooms in early childhood and education centres in Australia.