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1981 …2021

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Personal profile


My early career was as a Developmental Physiotherapist. I studied Psychology whilst raising my own children and completed my doctorate as a mature age student. I now teach and research in Developmental Psychology  with a focus on early development.

Research interests

  • The parent-child attachment relationship
  • Psychological adjustment of parents during pregnancy and early parenthood and the social-emotional wellbeing of their children in the context of various reproductive risk factors – in particular, perinatal mood disorders and infertility/assisted conception.
  • Working collaboratively with community service providers to build an evidence base for programs that support parents in the early years.  Current projects include a mulit-site study evaluating the effectiveness of the Circle of Security Parenting intervention 
  • Exploring the cross-cultural validity of various measures of parent-child attachment in collaboration with developmental researchers in China and Hong Kong.   



Research student supervision

I supervise Masters Level and HDR students studying the parent-child relationship and interventions that support positive parenting.


  • PSY 235 Developmental Psychology (second year, Convenor)
  • PSY 468 4th year: Developmental Problems across the Lifespan (Convenor)
  • Workshop: Attachment Theory Informed Approaches to Working with Families (Professional Masters Program) 
  • Guest Lectures PSY 105 Introduction to Developmental Psychology, PSY339 Applied Developmental Psychology, Masters of Public Health


Research engagement

I work collaboratively on research projects with

  • Tresillian Family Care Centres 
  • St John of God Raphael Centres 
  • Marymead Child and Family Centre ACT
  • ACT Perinatal Mental Health Service 
  • IVFAustralia 

Community engagement

  • Co-Director HDR for Department of Psychology 
  • Executive Committee Healthy Attachment Australia New Zealand (HAANZ)


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