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1981 …2020

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Personal profile

Biography

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.

Teaching

  • 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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Projects

Research Outputs

Addressing the evidence gap: protocol for an effectiveness study of Circle of Security Parenting

Maxwell, A-M., McMahon, C., Huber, A., Hawkins, E. & Reay, R. E., 9 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Frontiers in Global Women's Health.

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  • A randomized controlled trial comparing parent child interaction therapy - toddler, circle of security- parenting™ and waitlist controls in the treatment of disruptive behaviors for children aged 14-24 months: study protocol

    Kohlhoff, J., Cibralic, S., Wallace, N., Morgan, S., McMahon, C., Hawkins, E., Eapen, V., Briggs, N., Huber, A. & McNeil, C., 31 Aug 2020, In : BMC Psychology. 8, 1, 14 p., 93.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Attachment security: influences on social and emotional competence, executive functioning and readiness for school

    Mares, S. & McMahon, C., 2020, Health and education interdependence: thriving from birth to adulthood. Midford, R., Nutton, G., Hyndman, B. & Silburn, S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 55-74 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Cross-cultural comparison of maternal mind-mindedness among Australian and Chinese mothers

    Dai, Q., McMahon, C. & Lim, A. K., 1 Jul 2020, In : International Journal of Behavioral Development. 44, 4, p. 365-370 6 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    Parental mind-mindedness: comparing parents’ representations of their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and siblings

    Ansari, S., McMahon, C. & Bernier, A., Mar 2020, In : Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 71, p. 1-11 11 p., 101491.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle