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Dr Jon Quach
Dr Jon Quach (BSc (Hons), PhD) is a senior research fellow at the Royal Childrens Hospital's Centre for Community Child Health and has worked on over 10 community-based studies with families and primary schools.
Dr Quach completed his PhD in 2011 examining the efficacy of a behavioural sleep intervention in addressing sleep problems in Grade Prep children. Findings from this directly informed a funded NHMRC Project Grant to conduct a translational trial to test the effectiveness of the program when delivered by the Primary School Nursing Program through the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
In 2013, Dr Quach was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to examine how common child health problems shape academic outcomes during the early years of school and how best to address these problems within the traditional school setting. He currently focuses on children with sleep problems, working memory difficulties and children at risk of chronic behavioural/developmental conditions. This involves a strong collaboration between CCCH and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.
- Research Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne.
- Research Excellence Award, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, 2019
- Hugh Rogers Fellowship, Melbourne-Boston Sister Cities Assocation, 2017
- Early Career Research Excellence Award, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, 2016
- Jeffrey Mahemoff Travelling Scholarship, Centre for Community Child Health, 2014
Dr Jon Quach's research focuses on the health and education interface. Drawing upon the fundamental understanding that children’s health and development are intrinsically linked, he aims to determine how children's academic outcomes are shaped by common health problems during the early years of school and how best to address these problems within the traditional school setting.
In particular, using both longitudinal data and randomised controlled trials, he focuses on children with working memory difficulties, sleep problems and children with chronic behavioural/developmental problems during the primary school years.
- Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
- Sleep Well - Be Well
- Memory Maestros
Dawson G, Clinton J, Quach J, McKenzie V. Editorial Perspective: Mindfulness: how do I describe thee? Let me synthesise the ways. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2019 Jul;60(7):822-4.
Hiscock H, Quach J, Paton K, Peat R, Gold L, Arnup S, Sia KL, Nicolaou E, Wake M. Impact of a behavioral sleep intervention on new school entrants’ social emotional functioning and sleep: A translational randomized trial. Behavioral sleep medicine. 2018 May 13:1-5.
Quach J, Sarkadi A, Napiza N, Wake M, Loughman A, Goldfeld S. Do Fathers' Home Reading Practices at Age 2 Predict Child Language and Literacy at Age 4?. Academic pediatrics. 2018 Mar 1;18(2):179-87.
Clinton JM, Aston R, Quach J. Promoting evidence uptake in schools: A review of the key features of research and evidence institutions. Report prepared for, Education Excellence Review Secretariat, Department of Education, Australian Government. University of Melbourne, DOI. 2018;10(49):3.
Quach J, Nguyen C, O'Connor M, Wake M. The cumulative effect of health adversities on children's later academic achievement. Academic pediatrics. 2017 Sep 1;17(7):706-14.
Quach JL, Nguyen CD, Williams KE, Sciberras E. Bidirectional Associations Between Child Sleep Problems and Internalizing and Externalizing Difficulties From Preschool to Early Adolescence. JAMA Pediatr. Published online February 01, 2018172(2):e174363. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.4363
Quach J, Jansen P, Mensah F, Wake M. "Trajectories and Outcomes Among Children with Special Health Care Needs." Pediatrics 2015 [16th March, online first].
Roberts G, Quach J, Mensah F, Gathercole S, Gold L, Anderson P, Spencer-Smith M, Wake M "Schooling duration rather than chronological age predicts working memory between 6 and 7 years: The Memory Maestros study." J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2015 Feb-Mar;36(2):68-74.
Quach J, Barnett T. "Impact of chronic illness timing and persistence at school entry on child and parent outcomes: Australian longitudinal study." Acad Pediatr. 2015 Jan-Feb;15(1):89-95. doi:
Quach J, Oberklaid F, Gold L, Lucas N, Mensah FK, Wake M. "Primary health-care costs associated with special health care needs up to age 7 years: Australian population-based study." J Paediatr Child Health. 2014 Oct;50(10):768-74
Quach J, Gold L, Hiscock H, Mensah FK, Lucas N, Nicholson JM, Wake M. "Primary healthcare costs associated with sleep problems up to age 7 years: Australian population-based study." BMJ Open. 2013 May 31;3(5)
Goldfeld S, Quach J, Nicholls R, Reilly S, Ukoumunne OC, Wake M.Four-year-old outcomes of a universal infant-toddler shared reading intervention: the let's read trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 Nov;166(11):1045-52.
Quach J, Hiscock H, Wake M. "Sleep problems and mental health in primary school new entrants: Cross-sectional community-based study." J Paed Child Health. 2012 48(12):1076-81.
Quach J, Hiscock H, Ukoumunne O, Wake M "A Brief Sleep Intervention Improves Outcomes in The School Entry Year: A Randomized Controlled Trial" Pediatrics 2011 Oct;128(4):692-701.
- Australian Research Council
- National Health Medical Research Council
- Melbourne Education Research Institute
- Evidence For Learning Impact Fund