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Dr Deirdre Gartland
Dr Deirdre Gartland completed a BSc (Psychology Honors) at the University of Melbourne and a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at Swinburne University in 2009, developing the first international measure of resilience in adolescence, while at the Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children's Hospital.
Dr Gartland joined the Intergenerational Health Research Group in 2008, where she is now co leader of the Strengthening Families Stream. She was originally employed on the Maternal Health Study, a longitudinal cohort of first time mothers and is now co leading the project, recently completing the 10 year follow up of mothers and their 10 year old child. She is also working collaboratively with researchers in Ireland to combine Maternal Health Study data with data from a similar study of women giving birth in Ireland (MAMMI). Dr Gartland has published extensively on women's health during pregnancy and postpartum, intimate partner abuse and child mental health.
She is leading a four year National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant to develop a measure of childhood resilience. The Childhood Resilience Study team is co-designing the measure with partner organisations and communities to ensure the resilience measure is culturally sensitive, effective and relevant for children from diverse backgrounds, including refugee background and Aboriginal children.
She is a member of PreVAiL, an international research collaboration of over 60 researchers and partners funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The goal of the collaboration is to bring together researchers and decision-makers to produce and share knowledge to help children, women and men exposed to family violence. She is also a member of the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against Women and their Children. Collaborators include: Prof Harriet McMillan (McMaster University, Canada), Prof Christine McArthur (University of Birmingham, UK), Professor Helen Herrman (President World Psychiatric Association). She is a named scholar on the Centre for Research Excellence: Safer Families led by Stephanie Brown and Kelsey Hegarty, with the aim to make families safer by generating evidence-informed knowledge to assist services to identify domestic and family violence early and tailor effective responses.
Current appointments: Research Fellow and Co-leader Strengthening Families Stream, Intergenerational Health Research Group, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne.
- Prevention of Violence across the Lifespan (PreVAiL)
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute for Gender and Health (2009-2014)
- 2009 Best Free Communication Oral Presentation Award. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Invited member of PreVAiL - an international collaboration of researchers working towards the creation and sharing of knowledge that will help men, women and children exposed to violence (funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute for Gender and Health, 2009-2017)
Dr Gartland co-leads the Strengthening Families stream which is a program of epidemiological and clinical intervention research focussed on generating the evidence about how to best promote the health and resilience of children experiencing early life stress and adversity, and their families. This program of work consists of NHMRC funded projects and activities (i.e., Childhood Resilience Study, Maternal Health Study, Safer Families CRE), contracted projects (i.e., Working Out Dads, Family Foundations), and student-led projects.
Since completing her doctorate in developmental psychology in 2011, Dr Gartland has secured 3 NHMRC grants supporting an expanding program of work focusing on resilience and intimate partner violence. She leads the Childhood Resilience Study, working to create a measure of child resilience that is culturally appropriate and effective for diverse families, including populations who are often excluded from research but are known to be at high risk of social adversity and disadvantage. She is currently leading analysis and publication of a high profile series of papers on intimate partner violence in the large longitudinal general population cohort, the Maternal Health Study.
Dr Gartland is also involved in a cohort study of Aboriginal women having a baby, currently following up families at 5 years postpartum. The study was developed in collaboration with the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and is unique in having undertaken a year of state-wide consultations with Aboriginal communities and policy makers in South Australia, to ensure the research would be relevant, ethically sound and translate into making a difference for Aboriginal families. The five year follow up is incorporating her resilience work, as this was a key area for investigation as identified in the consultation work. This study is providing some of the first population level data on Aboriginal women's experiences of ante- and post- natal care in South Australia for guiding service and policy implementation.
CI Gartland has been instrumental in establishing Aboriginal and Refugee Working groups, and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies to inform design and conduct of her studies at all stages, including interpretation of data and publishing of findings.
- Maternal Health Study: a prospective pregnancy cohort study investigating the health of over 1500 first time mothers.
- Childhood Resilience Study: building the evidence for reducing health inequalities across the life course.
- Aboriginal Families Study: closing the gap in Aboriginal maternal and child health outcomes in South Australia.
- Healing the past, nuture the future: developing culturally acceptable and feasible screening and intervention strategies to support healing and recovery of Indigenous parents who have experienced complex trauma.
Gartland, D., E. Riggs, S. Muyeen, R. Giallo, T. O. Afifi, H. MacMillan, . . . S. J. Brown (2019). "What factors are associated with resilient outcomes in children exposed to social adversity? A systematic review." BMJ Open 9(4): e024870.
Gartland, D., H. Woolhouse, R. Giallo, E. McDonald, K. Hegarty, F. Mensah, . . . S. J. Brown (2016). "Vulnerability to intimate partner violence and poor mental health in the first 4-year postpartum among mothers reporting childhood abuse: an Australian pregnancy cohort study." Arch Womens Ment Heal 19(6): 1091-1100.
Gartland, D., C. MacArthur, H. Woolhouse, E. Mcdonald and S. J. Brown (2015). "Frequency, severity and risk factors for urinary and faecal incontinence at 4 years postpartum: a prospective cohort " Br. J. Obstet. Gynaecol. 123(7): 1203–1211
Gartland, D., H. Woolhouse, F. K. Mensah, K. Hegarty, et al. (2014). "The Case for Early Intervention to Reduce the Impact of Intimate Partner Abuse on Child Outcomes: Results of an Australian Cohort of First-Time Mothers." Birth 41(4): 374-383.
Gartland, D., L. Bond, C. A. Olsson, S. Buzwell and S. M. Sawyer (2011). "Development of a multi-dimensional measure of resilience in adolescents: the Adolescent Resilience Questionnaire." BMC Med. Res. Methodol. 11(134): 1-10.
Gartland, D., S. A. Hemphill, K. Hegarty and S. J. Brown (2011). "Intimate partner violence during pregnancy and the first year postpartum in an Australian pregnancy cohort study." Matern Child Health J 15(5): 570-578.
Gartland, D., S. Brown, S. Donath and S. Perlen (2010). "Women's health in early pregnancy: findings from an Australian nulliparous cohort study." Aust. N. Z. J. Obstet. Gynaecol. 50(5): 413-418.
Brown, S. J., D. Gartland, S. Donath and C. MacArthur (2011). "Effects of prolonged second stage, method of birth, timing of caesarean section and other obstetric risk factors on postnatal urinary incontinence: an Australian nulliparous cohort study." Br. J. Obstet. Gynaecol. 118(8): 991-1000.
Clark, Y., G. Gee, N. Ralph, C. Atkinson et al. (2019). "The Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future: Cultural and Emotional Safety Framework." Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing. Te mauri-pimatisiwin In Press.
Woolhouse, H., D. Gartland, F. Mensah and S. J. Brown (2015). "Maternal depression from early pregnancy to 4 years postpartum in a prospective pregnancy cohort study: implications for primary health care." Br. J. Obstet. Gynaecol. 122(3): 312-321.
Woolhouse, H., D. Gartland, S. Papadopoullos, F. Mensah et al. (2019). "Psychotropic Medication Use and Intimate Partner Violence at 4 Years Postpartum: Results from an Australian Pregnancy Cohort Study." J. Affect. Disord. In press.