Research fellow, The University of Queensland

Amy is a Registered Nurse and Research Fellow at the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, and the recipient of the Children's Hospital Foundation Early Career Fellowship (2018-2020). She completed her PhD in Health at the Queensland University of Technology in 2011, for which she received the Executive Dean's Commendation for Higher Degree Research. Amy's research examines relationships between parents' beliefs and behaviours and child outcomes. Her current research projects fall across the areas of parenting children with chronic health conditions, the development of healthy habits in early childhood, and the impact of the transition to parenthood and early parenting experiences on infant and child health and wellbeing. She is passionate about supporting parents to improve health outcomes for their children. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and two young children.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Research Fellow, The University of Queensland
  • 2014–2016
    Research Manager, The University of Queensland
  • 2011–2014
    Research Coordinator, The University of Queensland
  • 2004–2014
    Registered Nurse, The Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane

Education

  • 2011 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD (Health)
  • 2007 
    Queensland University of Technology, Grad Cert (Paediatrcs, Child, and Youth Health Nursing)
  • 2003 
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction
  • 2003 
    The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Science (Microbiology and Biomedical Science)

Publications

  • 2019
    A randomised controlled trial of SMS reminders for routine asthma care in an Australian general practice, Australian Journal of General Practice
  • 2019
    Promoting children’s healthy habits through self-regulation via parenting, Child and Family Psychology Review
  • 2019
    Chapter 22: Children’s health, physical activity, and nutrition., Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan, pp. 289-311. Springer.
  • 2019
    Paediatric nursing research in Australia: A descriptive survey, Collegian
  • 2018
    Bidirectional relationships between psychological health and dermatological conditions in children., Psychology Research and Behavior Management
  • 2018
    Feasibility and acceptability of a brief online self-compassion intervention for mothers of infants., Archives of Women’s Mental Health
  • 2017
    Student expectations of online lectures., Clinical Teacher
  • 2017
    Associations between parental factors and child diabetes-management-related behaviours., Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • 2017
    Development and validation of a measure assessing child diabetes behaviour: the Diabetes Behaviour Checklist. , Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing
  • 2017
    Fathers’ perception of change following parenting intervention: randomised controlled trial of Triple P for parents of children with asthma or eczema., Journal of Paediatric Psychology
  • 2017
    Randomised controlled trial of Triple P for parents of children with asthma or eczema: Effects on parenting and child behaviour., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • 2017
    Child behaviour problems and childhood illness: Development of the Eczema Behaviour Checklist., Child: Care, Health and Development
  • 2016
    Positive parenting for healthy living (Triple P) for parents of children with type 1 diabetes: protocol of a randomised controlled trial, BMC Pediatrics
  • 2016
    Parenting and childhood atopic dermatitis: A cross-sectional study of relationships between parenting behaviour, skin care management, and disease severity in young children. , International Journal of Nursing Studies
  • 2016
    Effects of Triple P parenting intervention on child health outcomes for childhood asthma and eczema: Randomised controlled trial, Behavior Research and Therapy
  • 2015
    Nursing care of children in general practice settings: roles and responsibilities, Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • 2015
    A systematic review of parenting interventions for parents of children with type 1 diabetes, Child: Care Health and Development
  • 2015
    Childhood atopic dermatitis: A cross-sectional study of relationships between child and parent factors, atopic dermatitis management, and disease severity., International Journal of Nursing Studies
  • 2014
    Management of atopic dermatitis in children: Evaluation of parents’ self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and self-reported task performance using the Child Eczema Management Questionnaire., Neonatal Paediatric & Child Health Nursing
  • 2013
    A pilot study exploring Australian General Practice nurses roles, responsibilities and professional development needs in well and sick child care., Neonatal Paediatric & Child Health Nursing
  • 2011
    Parents’ self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and self-reported task performance when managing atopic dermatitis in children: Instrument reliability and validity., International Journal of Nursing Studies

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Positive Parenting Programs in the PKU Clinic – impacts on metabolic control
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Children’s Health Queensland
  • 2018
    Does integrating a parenting support program into paediatric eczema care services improve treatment outcomes? A randomised controlled trial.
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Children’s Hospital Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Australian College of Child, Youth and Paediatric Nurses
  • Royal College of Nursing, Australia
  • Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Paediatric Teaching and Research Network (PATTERN)