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A/Prof Rebecca Giallo

A/Prof Rebecca Giallo

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Role Honorary Fellow Manager
Research area Population health
Associate Professor Giallo leads a productive life course epidemiological and clinical intervention research program focused on optimising the mental health of children and families affected by social adversity and intergenerational trauma. She is particularly passionate about men’s health in early fatherhood, and family-based interventions in the early years of children’s lives to prevent and disrupt intergenerational cycles of poor health within families. This work has been enabled by partnerships with community health services supporting children and their families. Her research is informed by 10 years’ experience as a psychologist working with children and families in educational, hospital and community health settings.

Associate Professor Giallo's vision is to optimise the health of children and their families affected by intergenerational trauma and social adversity across the life course. She is leading research that is informing investment in evidence-based, cost-effective and scalable interventions for families during pregnancy and the critical early years of their child’s development.

Her integrated program of life course epidemiological and clinical intervention research is:

(1) determining the relative contribution of early life adversity, including the COVID-19 pandemic, to poor family health and common child health problems (poor mental health, asthma, obesity) that are of significant burden to children, families and the health care system,

(2) identifying what promotes resilience in children and families experiencing social adversity, and

(3) designing and trialling scalable interventions for harder-to-reach and neglected cohorts such as fathers, families receiving child protection services, and those affected by family violence.

This research program is generating high-quality evidence to reduce health inequalities in socially disadvantaged children and break intergenerational cycles of poor family heath.
Associate Professor Giallo leads a productive life course epidemiological and clinical intervention research program focused on optimising the mental health of children and families affected by social adversity and intergenerational trauma. She is...
Associate Professor Giallo leads a productive life course epidemiological and clinical intervention research program focused on optimising the mental health of children and families affected by social adversity and intergenerational trauma. She is particularly passionate about men’s health in early fatherhood, and family-based interventions in the early years of children’s lives to prevent and disrupt intergenerational cycles of poor health within families. This work has been enabled by partnerships with community health services supporting children and their families. Her research is informed by 10 years’ experience as a psychologist working with children and families in educational, hospital and community health settings.

Associate Professor Giallo's vision is to optimise the health of children and their families affected by intergenerational trauma and social adversity across the life course. She is leading research that is informing investment in evidence-based, cost-effective and scalable interventions for families during pregnancy and the critical early years of their child’s development.

Her integrated program of life course epidemiological and clinical intervention research is:

(1) determining the relative contribution of early life adversity, including the COVID-19 pandemic, to poor family health and common child health problems (poor mental health, asthma, obesity) that are of significant burden to children, families and the health care system,

(2) identifying what promotes resilience in children and families experiencing social adversity, and

(3) designing and trialling scalable interventions for harder-to-reach and neglected cohorts such as fathers, families receiving child protection services, and those affected by family violence.

This research program is generating high-quality evidence to reduce health inequalities in socially disadvantaged children and break intergenerational cycles of poor family heath.

Top Publications

  • Gartland, D, Riggs, E, Giallo, R, Glover, K, Stowe, M, Mongta, S, Weetra, D, Brown, SJ, Herman, H, Hegarty, K, et al. Development and validation of a multidimensional, culturally and socially inclusive Child Resilience Questionnaire (parent/caregiver report) to measure factors that support resilience: a community-based participatory research and psychometric testing study in Australia. BMJ Open 12(6) : e061129 2022
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  • Kelly, P, Field, M, Payne, R, Giallo, R. Examining a rural Victorian community's knowledge and help seeking behaviour for family violence and the role of the local public health service. Australian Journal of Rural Health 2022
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  • Bulford, E, Fogarty, A, Giallo, R, Brown, S, Szwarc, J, Riggs, E. Risk and Protective Factors Experienced by Fathers of Refugee Background during the Early Years of Parenting: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19(11) : 6940 2022
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  • Savopoulos, P, Bryant, C, Fogarty, A, Conway, LJ, Fitzpatrick, KM, Condron, P, Giallo, R. Intimate Partner Violence and Child and Adolescent Cognitive Development: A Systematic Review.. Trauma Violence & Abuse 15248380221082081 2022
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  • Fogarty, A, Seymour, M, Savopoulos, P, Talevski, T, Ruthven, C, Giallo, R. The COVID-19 pandemic and Australian parents with young children at risk of interparental conflict.. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 1 -15 2022
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