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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.
Honorary Principal Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne
Honorary Associate, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University
Associate Research Supervisor, Swinburne University
- MCRI Population Health Research Excellence Award, 2020
- MCRI Near-Miss Award, 2020
- 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.
- Stronger Futures CRE in Intergenerational Trauma and Social Inequity
- Working Out Dads Randomised Controlled Trial
- Safer Families CRE in Family Violence
- 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
- Family Foundations projects - Reducing parental conflict in the perinatal period and early years
- Restoring Childhood projects - 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 126 peer reviewed publications. The following reflect her research in early life adversity, parent mental health, and children's health and development.
Conway L, Cook F, Cahir, P... Giallo, R. (2020). Pathways from early life exposure to intimate partner violence and maternal depressive symptoms to language ability at 10 years. Journal of Family Psychology
Giallo, R., Seymour, M., Fogarty, A., ... Cooklin, A. (2020). Trajectories of interparental conflict and children's emotional-behavioural functioning at 10-11 years: An Australian population-based study. European Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Giallo, R., Williams, L., Seymour, M... Wood, C. (2020). Working Out Dads' to promote men's mental and physical health in early fatherhood: A mixed-methods evaluation. Journal of Family Studies
Giallo, R., Seymour, M., Gartland, D... Brown, S. (2020) 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... 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
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