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Biography

My research and community outreach work has focused on psychological adaptation during the transition to parenthood in the context of various reproductive risk factors – in particular,  infertility/assisted conception, and perinatal mood disorders.  I have a particular interest in the parent-child attachment relationship,and in programs to support parents and infants during the early years.  I have published more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles and supervised over 20 doctoral research students.  A forthcoming book “Becoming a Parent: Contemporary Contexts and Challenges during the Transition to Parenthood” will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2022. 

Research interests

  • 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
  • The Parent-Child Attachment Relationship
  • Working collaboratively with community service providers to build an evidence base for programs that support parents in the early years.  

 

Research engagement

I work collaboratively on research projects with

  • Tresillian Family Care Centres 
  • Karitane
  • Marymead Child and Family Centre ACT
  • ACT Perinatal Mental Health Service 

Community engagement

  • Executive Committee Healthy Attachment Australia New Zealand (HAANZ)

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