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Dr Megan Chapman
Dr. Megan Chapman is a Research Associate, conducting research in her role as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in Mental Health at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH). She also co-ordinates the RCH Infant Mental Health Program.
- Senior Clinical Psychologist & Coordinator, Infant Mental Health, Royal Children's Hospital
- Honorary Fellow, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
2008: Donald J. Cohen Fellowship, awarded by the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions
2009: International Psychoanalytical Association – Research Training Fellowship
Dr Megan Chapman's current research focus is the experience of infants and their families of an admission to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from a psychosocial and relational perspective, and the impact of illness during infancy. She is also interested in the role of parental reflective functioning and mentalization on the developing parent-child relationships, and on infant, child and adolescent mental health outcomes.
Her work is driven by the interface between direct clinical work and research, with the experience of both influencing practice in the other.
Reflecting on Babies in NICU – ROBIN Study
The ROBIN study is exploring the biopsychosocial profiles of infants admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care, and the psychosocial profiles of their families. These profiles are being analysed to determine whether there are distinct risk factors or patterns that can be identified which are indicative of emerging psychosocial difficulties arising for any of the infant, the parent, or the parent infant relationship, with a view to offering a targeted infant mental health assessment and early intervention to treat or circumvent emerging difficulties. Within this research, we are particularly interested in the psychosocial experience and outcomes of these infants and their families, and whether the parent capacity to reflect on the infant's world beyond simply their medical symptomatology, that is, to display parental reflective functioning, is helpful in understanding the diversity of psychosocial outcomes for this population.
Chapman, M. & Paul, C. (2014). Working in twilight: Infant mental health interventions with babies who may die. In: PAUL, C. & THOMSON-SALO, F. (eds.) The baby as subject: Clinical studies in infant-parent therapy. London: Karnac
Chapman, M., Anderson, V. & Paul, C. (2014). Minding minds in the NICU: The role of mentalization in understanding the experience of parents and infants in neonatal intensive care. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35 (3), (Supplement A)
Chapman, M. & Paul, C. (2014). To see, to hear, to speak: Working wisely with infants who have experienced non accidental injuries. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35 (3), (Supplement A)
Lim, I., Chapman, M. & Paul, C. (2014). Complex feeding difficulties: a relationship and social-emotional perspective. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35 (3), (Supplement A)
Paul, C., Nicolson, S., Salo, F., Thomas, N., Chapman, M. & Judd, F. (2014). The baby as subject: helping parents meet their baby as a person with the newborn behavioral observation (NBO). Infant Mental Health Journal, 35 (3), (Supplement A)
Goren, J., Phillips, L., Chapman, M. & Salo, B. (2012). Dissociative and psychotic experiences of adolescents admitted to a psychiatric inpatient unit. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. 13(5):554-67
Chapman, M. & Paul, C. (2012). Engaging clinicians in engaging infants: The development of introductory trainings in infant mental health. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33 (Abstract Supplement, p 156)
Chapman, M., Paul, C., Rance, S. and Bain, K. (2012). Infants and families in times of crisis: Trauma, adjustment and working in the unknown. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33 (Abstract Supplement, p 199)
Chapman, M., Howard, J., Kernutt, J., Enderby, K., Cleary, J., Heynatz, A., Eyre, K., da Silva, L., O'Hara, A, Kasiannan, P. & Paul, C. (2010). Developing services, nurturing clinicians, and seeing babies: Growing infant mental health in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Infant Mental Health Journal, 31 (Abstract Supplement, p 233)
Dykman, M. & Chapman, M. (2010). A state wide initiative for parents with serious mental illness and their infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 31 (Abstract Supplement, p 177)