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Senior Research Officer

BA (Hons) Psychology, MPsych (Clinical), PhD

Jess is a Senior Research Officer and Clinical Psychology Registrar.

Her research interests are in mental health in childhood and adolescence, maternal mental health, and nutrition and lifestyle in mothers and young infants. Her major research projects to date have included an investigation of the influence of parental age on mental health problems in children and adolescents, and an investigation of key predictors of mental health outcomes in a cohort of Western Australian children. She completed Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the University of Western Australia in 2015. In 2011, she was named as an inaugural member of the ISSBD Jacobs Foundation Early Career Scholar Fellows. Jessica currently works at the Telethon Kids Institute developing a comprehensive lifestyle intervention program for women and their infants postpartum.

In her work as a psychologist, Jess has a particular interest in working with personality disorders and mental health after traumatic life events.

Jess has presented on her work at fifteen national and international conferences, and has had her research work published in several high-level journals including Fertility and Sterility and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Her research has been highlighted with a press release by the American Psychological Association and she has appeared as a guest expert on Channel Nine. Jess' work has been recognised with several research grants and prizes including the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology Heniz Berendes International Travel Award, and she was awarded a UWA Student Guild Student Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.