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A/Professor Rebecca Giallo
Associate Professor Rebecca Giallo is a Senior Research Fellow and Psychologist with the Intergenerational Health Group. She is also an Honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, and has held a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (2016-2019).
A/Prof Giallo brings over 15 years' experience in life course epidemiological and clinical intervention research focussed on promoting the health and wellbeing of children and families. She co-leads the Strengthening Families Stream which aims to: (1) explore the impact of early life stress on children and families, (2) understand what supports resilience in families experiencing early life stress, and (3) evaluate the effectiveness of clinical interventions to promote child and family health. She has also worked with children and families in a range of educational, hospital and clinical settings.
Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne
- NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 2016-2019
- Visiting Scientist Award to University of Calgary, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, 2016
- MCRI Career Development Award 2015
- SINGA scholarship, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, 2011
- Outstanding Poster Presentation, 24th Annual meeting, Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research, 2011
- New Investigators Network Mentorship, Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth (ARACY), 2010
Associate Professor Giallo's broad research vision is to optimise the health of children who have experienced early life adversity, with a specific focus on exposure to family violence and conflict, parent mental health difficulties, child abuse and neglect. Her three inter-related streams of research focus on: (1) investigating the association between early life adversity and the onset and course of child health problems, (2) identifying the modifiable mechanisms underlying the intergenerational transmission of poor child and family health, and (3) designing, testing and scaling innovative child and family health interventions in close partnership with the child and family service sector.
A/Prof Giallo's pivotal epidemiological and clinical intervention research targeting fathers’ perinatal mental health has inspired a paradigm shift in focus from ‘maternal and child health’ to a more ‘father inclusive’ approach, and has influenced health policy and clinical practice in Australia.
- Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) to promote safer families
- Maternal Health Study: 10 year follow-up
- Childhood Resilience Study: building evidence for reducing health inequalities across the lifecourse
- Aboriginal Families Study
- Refugee Fathers project
- Pilot evaluation of Family Foundations
- Pilot evaluation of Working Out Dads
- Pilot evaluation of a brief relational intervention for women and children who have experienced family violence
- Evaluation of home visting and residential parenting assessment and skills development services
Associate Professor Giallo has 113 peer reviewed publications. The following reflect her research focus on the relationships between early life adversity, parent mental health, and children's health and development.
Giallo, R., Seymour, M., Gartland, D., Conway, L., Mensah, F., Skinner, L., Fogarty, A, & Brown, S. Maternal childhood abuse and children’s emotional-behavioural difficulties: Intergenerational transmission via birth outcomes and psychosocial health. Journal of Family Psychology.
Skinner, L., Brown, S., Gavidia-Payne, S., & Giallo, R. (2019). Mechanisms underlying exposure to partner violence and children’s emotional-behavioural difficulties. Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 730-741
Fogarty, A., Brown, S., Wood, C., & Giallo, R. (2019). Emotional-behavioural resilience and competence in preschool children exposed and not exposed to intimate partner violence in early life. International Journal of Behavioral Development.
Giallo, R., Pilkington, P., Borschmann, R., Seymour, M., Dunning, M., & Brown, S. (2018). The prevalence and correlates of self-harm ideation trajectories in Australian women from pregnancy to 4 years postpartum. Journal of Affective Disorders, 229, 152-158.
Giallo, R., Gartland, D., Woolhouse, H., Mensah, F., Westrupp, E., Nicholson, J.M., & Brown S. (2018). Emotional-behavioural resilience among children of first-time mothers with and without depression across the early childhood period: An Australian prospective pregnancy cohort study. International Journal of Behaviour Development, 42, 214-224.
Kingston, D., Kehler, H., Austin, M-P., Mughal, M.K., Wajid, A., Vermeyden, L., Benzies, K., Brown, S., Stuart, S., & Giallo, R. (2018). Trajectories of maternal depression symptoms during pregnancy and the first 12 months postpartum and child externalizing and internalizing behavior at three years. PLoS ONE 13(4): e0195365.
Rominov, H., Giallo, R., & Whelan, T. (2016). Fathers' postnatal distress, parenting self-efficacy, later parenting behaviour and children's emotional-behavioural functioning: A longitudinal study. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 907-917.
Giallo, R., Bahreinian, S., Cooklin, A., Kingston, D., Brown, S., Kozyrskyj, A. (2015). Maternal mental health problems across early childhood and asthma in school children: Findings from a longitudinal Australian population based study. PLOS ONE.
Giallo, R., Woolhouse, H., Gartland, D., Hiscock, H., Brown, S. (2015). The emotional-behavioural functioning of children exposed to maternal depressive symptoms across pregnancy and early childhood: A prospective Australian pregnancy cohort study. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 24, 1233-1244.
Giallo, R., D'Esposito, F., Cooklin, A., Christensen, D., & Nicholson, J. (2014). Factors associated with trajectories of psychological distress for fathers across the early parenting period: A national Australian study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 49, 1961-1971.