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1981 …2019

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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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Research Outputs

A systematic review of emotion regulation in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cibralic, S., Kohlhoff, J., Wallace, N., McMahon, C. & Eapen, V., Dec 2019, In : Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 68, p. 1-21 21 p., 101422.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

1 Citation (Scopus)

Examining ecological constraints on the intergenerational transmission of attachment via individual participant data meta-analysis

Verhage, M. L., Fearon, R. M. P., van IJzendoorn, M. H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., Madigan, S., Roisman, G. I., Oosterman, M., Behrens, K. Y., Wong, M. S., Mangelsdorf, S., Priddis, L. E., Brisch, K-H. & The Collaboration on Attachment Transmission Synthesis, Nov 2018, In : Child Development. 89, 6, p. 2023-2037 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    11 Downloads (Pure)

    Non-attuned mind-mindedness, infant negative affect, and emotional availability: assessing mind-mindedness during the still-face paradigm

    McMahon, C. & Newey, B., Nov 2018, In : Infancy. 23, 6, p. 873-892 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    10 Downloads (Pure)

    The role of paternal mind-mindedness in preschoolers' self-regulated conduct

    Gagne, C., Bernier, A. & McMahon, C., 1 May 2018, In : Infant and Child Development. 27, 3, p. 1-12 12 p., e2081.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)