Dr Fallon Cook
Dr Fallon Cook graduated from Swinburne University of Technology in 2011, with a PhD in Psychophysiology. Her Honours work examined the impact of childhood psychological trauma on neural connectivity and dissociative tendencies. Her PhD examined the impact of childhood exposure to high-level family conflict and tested the efficacy of a cognitive behavioural therapy intervention for the treatment of child trauma symptoms. She has an interest in the impact of early life stress on the child and parent, and possible bi-directional relationships between these.
Dr Cook has expertise in the fields of infant sleep and crying behaviours, postnatal mental health of parents, and mother-infant interactions. She has coordinated several large randomised controlled trials, been involved in the development of intervention programs, published in international peer reviewed journals, co-authored a book chapter and has presented at international conferences.
*major career disruption in 2011 and 2013-14
Dr Cook is currently coordinating the largest ever population based longitudinal cohort study to examine the development of child language (ELVS). She has an interest in examining how unsettled infant behaviour and maternal distress impact on learning and language across childhood.
Previous projects have examined:
(1) the effectiveness of a brief intervention designed to prevent infant sleep and crying problems and associated postnatal depression (Baby Business);
(2) the usefulness of an online program designed to help parents manage infant sleep and crying (Cry Baby)
(3) the effectiveness of a program designed to treat postnatal depression and improve mother-infant interactions (Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression- HUGS)
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.
Devilly, G., Varker, T., Cook, F., & Yap, M. (2008). Current Empirical Assessment Methods. In C. Hilarski, J. Wodarski, & M. Feit (Eds.), Handbook of Social Work in Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse (pp. 119–142). New York: Haworth Press.
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.
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.
Le, H., Gold, L., Mensah, F.K., Cook, F., Bayer, J.K. & Hiscock, H. (in press). Health service use and costs for infant behaviour problems and maternal depressive symptoms. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.