Dr Fallon Cook
Dr Fallon Cook is an emerging early career researcher in the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families group. Graduating in 2011 with a PhD from Swinburne University of Technology, she has developed and tested four evidence based programs designed to improve parents' ability to manage and cope with challenging infant/child behaviour. She has also facilitated the translation of her research findings in to standard primary care practices provided by Maternal and Child Health Nurses to families of infants born in Victoria.
Dr Cook's research aims to expand our collective knowledge around infant sleeping, crying and feeding problems (known as regulatory problems) by focusing on identifying infant, maternal and familial factors that predict infant regulation profiles; examining childhood outcomes associated with infant regulation; and, developing strategies to assist the early identification of severely dysregulated infants, many of whom require tailored support and intervention. Dr Cook is also interested in exploring the bidirectional associations between unsettled infant behaviour and parent mental health.
Dr Cook's life course epidemiological research focuses on understanding the various profiles of infant regulatory problems (including sleeping, crying and feeding problems), factors that predict these profiles, and associations between persistent unsettled infant behaviour, language development, academic achievement and mental health during childhood and adolescence. Dr Cook seeks to better understand the natural history of infant regulation problems, in the context of the child, the family and the community, to enable the development and testing of interventions to improve outcomes for dysregulated infants and their families.
Maternal Health Study
Early Language in Victoria Study
Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language
Bell, G., Hiscock, H., Tobin, S., Cook, F. & Sung, V. (in press). Behavioural outcomes of infant colic in toddlerhood: a longitudinal study. Journal of Pediatrics.
Cook, F., Bayer, J., Le, H.N.D., Mensah, F., Cann, W. & Hiscock, H. (2012). Baby Business: a randomised controlled trial of a universal parenting program that aims to prevent early infant sleep and cry problems and associated parental depression. BMC Pediatrics, 12 (13).
Cook, F., Ciorciari, J., Varker, T., & Devilly, G. J. (2009). Changes in long term neural connectivity following psychological trauma. Clinical Neurophysiology, 120 (2), 309–314.
Cook, F., Giallo, R., Petrovic, Z., Coe, A., Seymour, M., Cann, W., & Hiscock, H. (2016). Depression and anger in fathers of unsettled infants: A community cohort study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 1–5.
Cook, F., Seymour, M., Giallo, R., Cann, W., Nicholson, J. M., Green, J., & Hiscock, H. (2015). Comparison of methods for recruiting and engaging parents in online interventions: study protocol for the Cry Baby infant sleep and settling program. BMC Pediatrics, 15(1), 174.
Hiscock, H., Cook, F., Bayer, J., Le, HND., Mensah, F., Cann, W., Symon, B. & St James-Roberts I. (2014). Preventing early infant sleep and crying problems and postnatal depression: a randomized trial. Pediatrics, 133, 346–354.
Reilly, S., Cook, F. (joint first author), Bavin, E., Bretherton, L., Cahir, P., Eadie, P., Gold, L., Mensah, F., Papadopoullos, S. & Wake, M. (2017). Cohort Profile: The Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS). International Journal of Epidemiology, 48, pp329.